But as he grew older Doogle came down with a few issues. Anxiety issues which led to many sleepless nights due to thunder and lightning storms, even loud trucks and of course fire crackers. Even within the past couple of years he injured his back while jumping off furniture.
Doogle was not the kind of dog that many people dream of having. He did not greet you when you came home from work or school. He rarely waged his tail. He even preferred to stay close to home then go for a long walk. But he was our Doogle and when he came looking for attention you better be ready.
But things changed last weekend when Doogle reinjured his back while trying to jump onto a high raised bed. He fell awkwardly backwards and that led to a serious life ending injury. Within 24hrs of Doogle being hurt we noticed a severe change in Doogle, he was having difficulty walking. My husband took Doogle to the vets who gave him a thorough examination including xrays and blood work. The xrays showed that one of his discs in his lower back had ruptured. He was given pain meds and muscle relaxers to help get Doogle back on his feet. But after 4 days of constant rest, not eating or drinking and even having more difficulty walking Doogle was taken back to the vets and was put to sleep.
Today was a very sad and emotional day for my family. Doogle will always be in our hearts and cherished in our thoughts. He will be missed beyond words. RIP Doogle.
Thursday September 4 2014
9 1/2 years old