Saturday, July 05, 2008
Last Sunday (30th June) I had to say Goodbye to Dear Sweet Libby.
I was at Lansdown Agility Show for the weekend. Libby had had a bit of an upset tummy a couple of days before I went,but she had been on a prescription diet and she had fully recovered. We had a lovely Saturday,we had been for a lovely walk,Libby had laid in the caravan garden on her favourite bed in the sun, and had loads of fuss whilst friends sat with me for a cuppa and cakes. It was even mentioned how well she looked albeit still painfully thin !. Sunday morning came and once again we had a lovely walk and she demanded her breakfast as usual. I delayed it for a while as I had to run Woody & Chip in their classes. I fed her when I returned and she polished off the lot as usual.
She then spent the morning mooching around the caravan & garden. However about 2 hrs later I noticed her trying to be sick a couple of times. I wasn't unduly concerned to start with and went off to run Disney,when I returned she was laying awkwardly on her bed,was shivering and had pale gums. She was also very unsteady. I knew instantly something was wrong,her stomach also felt tight. My friend Jennie went to see if there was a vet on site and came back with the details of the emergency vet in Bath. She phoned for me and we went straight there. Libby bless her wagged her tail as I got her out of the van, so I was feeling more optimistic. The vet was lovely and couldn't immediately see what her problem was, but agreed something was clearly wrong ,so it was suggested that she took her in,take some bloods, put her on a drip to stabilise her and also take an Xray of her stomach as it was clear that was where the problem was , and to also make her comfy for the journey home. We left her there expecting to pick her up in a couple of hrs......about and hr later we got the call saying to come back as Libby had a torsion. I was totally devastated and I am so grateful I had friends around me.I knew instantly what had to be done. I was also so upset that Libby wasn't at home ,or that my wonderful Vet Emily wasn't there at the end, she had been so good to Libby for the last 6 years, added to that Steve or Laura wouldn't be able to say goodbye to her. However I was so lucky that the vet was so kind and compassionate and was extremely gentle. We made Libby comfortable on vet bed on the floor and I knelt down with her whilst she went. The Vet then suggested I bring all my other dogs in to say goodbye. they all sniffed her and then walked away apart from Chip who licked her face. That was very very moving.
I have made a video tribute to Libby below. Please take time to watch it.