Not sure if there will be any updates till the weekend

I got some terrible news today. I had noticed some alarming signs in my dog Kinsey and took her to the vet this morning to see what was going on. The vet says her kidneys are giving out; her creatinine level is sky-high. She’s lost ten pounds since her senior wellness visit in July (she weighed about 60 pounds then, so this is a really huge loss) and the vet reckons it’s because she feels really awful and not much like eating her kibble. Though she still begs for people food.

My husband and I have decided to say goodbye to her on Friday. I know this is the right decision for Kinsey: she’s old, she’s tired, she’s sick and she’s not going to get better. But we are absolutely broken-hearted about it. She is such a great dog and has really been a blessing to me in particular; having her depending on me has often helped me when I’m feeling really depressed and useless.

Until Friday we are going to love her and spoil her like never before. Fluffle her ears, scritch her chest, snuggles, and all the people food and puppy treats she wants to eat. We’re going to make her a nice steak. And just before her final car ride, we’re going to give her chocolate.

Kinsey would have been seventeen in November. I know since she’s been with us she’s had a very good life, much better than before. I know she knows we love her. But saying goodbye is so hard.

So I might go quiet for a few days.

23 thoughts on “Not sure if there will be any updates till the weekend

  1. Aimee October 26, 2021 / 6:39 pm

    So sorry about your pup

  2. David S Schwartz October 26, 2021 / 6:40 pm

    I’m so very sorry amount your dog. I went through the same some years back… they are truly part of the family.

  3. Chris Mielke October 26, 2021 / 7:18 pm

    Meaghan, I’m so sorry to hear about Kinsey. This is one of the hardest decisions we have to make. I now adopt only senior dogs, making their last years the best that I can. Sadly, that means they are with me only a few years. Max-dog, with me now, is my third in six years, and he is 9 years old at 90 lbs, his bloodline has lived to 12 years, and I hope he lives much longer, but can’t expect that.
    You may have read the poem “Rainbow Bridge” about rejoining all our pets in the next world. Thinking about it is making me cry now. There is another called “The Last Battle”. You may be able to find it online, or I can send it. But it too will make you cry. so you or others here may not want to read it. Let me know.
    Again I’m sorry, all the best to you and yours.

    • Meaghan October 26, 2021 / 7:22 pm

      Kinsey has lived much longer than I originally thought she would. She’s half Siberian Husky and half Labrador Retriever, and exceeded the average lifespan of both her parent breeds by several years. Hybrid vigor, perhaps.

      I looked up The Last Battle. It is very touching.

  4. Kristi Hearn October 26, 2021 / 7:25 pm

    I’m so sorry.

  5. rottimom October 26, 2021 / 8:50 pm

    I am sorry about Kinsey, it is never easy. Please take all the time you and your husband need to grieve. We will all be here when you return.
    Praying for you!

  6. Mary L Byars October 26, 2021 / 8:57 pm

    I am so sorry. Take your time to grieve and we’ll be right here when you are ready to return.

  7. Ashley October 26, 2021 / 9:46 pm

    I’m so sorry, Meaghan. Y’all made the last few years of her life so much better.

  8. . October 26, 2021 / 11:19 pm

    I don’t expect an answer to this comment, and it’s probably best that you don’t reply. But I’d like to suggest you get a second opinion, as there are numerous conditions that could cause those symptoms.

  9. Kathy Australia October 27, 2021 / 3:57 am

    I’m so sorry. This is so hard and I extend my heartfelt sympathy. I’ve always loved seeing her in your photos. I used to have an old grey lab that looked just like Kinsey.
    Take care

  10. T. T. October 27, 2021 / 9:45 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your girl. My sincerest condolences to you all.

  11. Wrye October 27, 2021 / 1:20 pm

    I feel so deeply for you. Last Friday I had to make the same decision for my Ursula dog that I had raised from birth, but who was now 13 and suddenly very ill. Nothing can replace them, but they will live in your heart and dreams forever. All the love-

  12. Stephanie October 27, 2021 / 3:24 pm

    No matter how long they are with us, it is never long enough. I am so glad that you were able to give Kinsley a good life in her golden years. Although it is never an easy decision, it is a kindness to be able to ensure that her final days are the best she has ever had.

  13. TRACY KAHLA October 27, 2021 / 4:39 pm

    So sorry love – never easy but you’re doing the best thing for her. Just think of her being able to run and play and do all the things she may not have been able to do lately due to age and health. She knows she’s loved.

  14. Janny October 27, 2021 / 9:05 pm

    I’ve been there and done that. A vet told me that this is the very kindest thing we can do when our loves get so old and their bodies are falling apart. I don’t know if that helps at all, but it helped me to a degree. Know that everything you are doing until Friday is nothing short of absolutely wonderful of you. Thank you for being a kind generous and very very special person to do this for one of God’s creatures he put in your care.

  15. Mike October 28, 2021 / 12:57 am


    Samantha Jean Hopper

    Courtney Esther Danielle Holt

    Seeing this on Facebook and then the evening news, I thought of you and your project. They were located underwater just a few miles from home just off a bridge that crossed very often on my way to work.

  16. diamondlil16 October 30, 2021 / 9:00 am

    Sorry to hear about your Kinsey. You two provided her with a loving home and I know her absence in the home will be hard.

    A decision my husband will have to make as well in the future with our German Shepherd mix. We took her last week to the vet’s as she had vomited twice after her meals. She also has the weight loss. The blood panel came back that she has some kind of cancer, and kidneys aren’t working as well. The vet said maybe 6-8 months left. She’s over 15 years old, but still enjoys things and her demeanor is good. We took her to the dog park she likes the next day where she kept up with all the others there. The vet only suggested to let her drink as much water as she wants to help keep her kidneys flushed.

    The song “God and Dog” by Wendy Francisco has always touched my heart. Such a privilege to love and be loved by our animal family companions.

  17. Kelly October 30, 2021 / 4:36 pm

    So sorry Meaghan. I lost my Scarlet Rose in January. She was 17 and lived a great life, but it’s still hard. Thinking of you…

  18. Susan Motschman October 30, 2021 / 6:30 pm

    So sorry about your loss of Kinsey. My eyes are welled with tears as I am taking my much-loved cat to the vet in a few days for the last time. It never is easy, always heart-wrenching.

  19. sarahdirks October 30, 2021 / 8:10 pm

    I’m so sorry. I hope you find some comfort in knowing you gave her the best life possible, and that she loves you so much. Thanks for being a best friend to a wonderful dog, I hope you find that kind of love again when you are ready.

  20. Emily Jones October 31, 2021 / 2:24 am

    i’m so sorry about kinsey!! thank you for giving her a good life.

  21. Ellen Tallabas October 31, 2021 / 2:54 pm

    Oh Meaghan so sad to see this news here. Please accept my sincere condolences and love. With great sorrow, Ellen

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