Today, around 5pm, Blaze crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I hope this isn’t goodbye forever, but just a brief separation until he’s standing there at the Bridge waiting, knowing I’m coming for him, wagging his tail as he sees me walking in the distance. Run free Blazey-Doo, your legs are restored now. There is no more pain. I will always love you.
Larry and I wanted to keep Blaze alive as long as he had a spark in him…you know, if he still had an appetite, if he was still being with our family. Over the past 3 days, he’s done nothing but lay in a corner behind the couch-which told us he was in pain. Larry heard him whimpering last night when he was by the couch. Today he had to be lifted inside the house after we let him out. Also, lately he had been having accidents in the house. His paw was swollen so much and the tumor was becoming enormous. We didn’t want to wait till Wednesday which was the only time the vet could come to our house. So, I called and took him to a different vet that could fit him in at 4:45. Larry, Caroline, Brittany and I took him. Scott carried him to the car and tearfully said goodbye.
The Dr. gave him the first shot, a strong sedative like the one they use for surgerys. It took about 3 or 4 minutes for that to take affect. In that time, before he fell asleep, we hugged him, kissed him, talked about what he did when he was a puppy, reminded him about how he used to love to lay by Grandpa, all the time we just stroked him gently till he fell into a deep sleep. I apologized to him for making him hate me for all the times I clipped his nails and cleaned his sore ears-I was only trying to help. When the sedative started to take affect, it seemed like the pain went away. Kind of like how we feel when we have a bad back ache and take 4 motrins and suddenly that feeling we get when the pain starts to lift. It was just like that. After he was completely out, I left the room. The other three were there with him (although at this point, he wasn’t aware of anything). They shaved a little spot on his leg and gave him the lethal injection. Brittany stroked his face gently and Caroline was lying on the floor next to him and had her face pressed against his side. Before the Dr. was finished injecting the shot, Blaze took his last breath. Caroline wanted to be there till the end. That was her dog….she’s such a trooper.