- Dog ID: 12-051
February 15, 2014 Update:
We had to say “goodbye” to Rex this week. We were not prepared for this parting and his absence has filled our house. Rex was fourteen, an old dog by anyone’s standards. He came into GRRoW with undiagnosed kidney disease, something which we were able to medicate and slow but which continued its deadly progress for the seventeen months he was with us. Rex had been in for his check-up and lab work a week earlier, and it seemed at that time that his illness had not yet become so acute as to be life-threatening. But last week everything came together. He lost interest in food and refused his meds. He developed an insatiable thirst and a lack of energy and interest in his toys. He finally began to separate from the family. This was a hard goodbye. His personality was huge. So was his love. He is greatly missed. Rex was a big dog – almost 90 lbs. and as strong as a draft horse, something which often presented challenges when he disagreed with the direction of our walk or could no longer get on the sofa or climb stairs without help. His personality, however, was equally big - gentle and loving. Everyone he met became his new best friend, and he was quickly described as the nicest dog in the neighborhood. He was just someone you couldn’t forget. Rex was a “sniffer”. His nose was always on high alert and ready to follow a scent relentlessly to its source – a trait that people either found endearing or annoying. He loved being part of the family and put himself at the center of any gathering with a look which clearly said, “Well I’m here and ready. What are we going to do now?” How do we sum up a dog’s life and what sharing a part of it has meant of us? Ask the four year old who loved to dress him in layers of fabric and who considered him her best friend or any of us who knew that we were in the presence of an awesome personality. Rex was a true rescue - saved from a deteriorating situation by his owner and his vet and then made a forever foster by GRRoW. During the time we knew him, he experienced only love – total unconditional love. In return, he changed everyone he was close to – forming bonds, softening hearts, creating a legacy most people would envy. Being able to walk with these old dogs as they complete the final leg of their journey is an incredible privilege, one which allows us the opportunity of ensuring that their end time is really good time, sometimes the best time of their life. In return we are given their absolute, complete devotion. Thank you, Rex, for simply being the best dog ever.