My Sweet Boy Levi


| 6/6/2019 7:30:00 PM


Rosedale GardenLevi, my fourteen-year-old Hooligan was recently poisoned, it seems.  I have the underground wireless fence system, so he stays at home.  He was jumping up and down with Lucy Saturday night, wanting to be fed.  Sunday morning, he didn’t want his biscuit, which was very unusual for him. He’s always hungry. That afternoon, he was laying on his side in the driveway not responding. I ran a little water on the corner his mouth every thirty minutes.  He was sitting up the next morning, and off we went to the Veterinarian’s office.  In addition to the toxic liver, he had some tumors.  IV’s and liver biopsies to see what was causing the damage was suggested.  I asked my vet if it was going to make him better, and she said no.  I told her I wasn’t going to put him through all of that.  I wasn’t going to let him suffer.

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He was at the shelter in Columbus Tennessee, the same one that Patches came out of. He was due to be put down the next day.  Karen at NW Alabama Herding Dog Rescue, sent me his picture.  I told her that I didn’t need a male dog around all my flowers.  She said he was a sweet boy, and could let him be put down.  A few days later, I went by her house to pick up rabbit pellets to compost.  When I opened my truck door, he was in my lap licking me in the face.  I knew I was licked, and he came home.  When Mom saw him, I told her I was fostering him.  For some reason, Mom didn’t believe me. That sweet boy never left foster care.   He loved getting his picture taken.  One photo of him sitting pretty in his first snow, was used a few times in an on line GRIT advertisement for the magazine.

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When you lose a pet, you don't realize that their companions who are with them 24 hours daily also grieve. When I took Patches to go over the rainbow, Blackie and Levi saw me take her off. Every time I come home; they go to the back door of my truck looking for her. I was feeding Levi and Patches in the back garage, and Blackie on the driveway by the house garage. Things were more peaceful when Patches and Blackie weren't together at feeding. Levi doesn't want to eat by himself, and Blackie isn't eating all of her food. Being 14, the same age as Patches, it's a worry for me. Patches lost 4 pounds in just a few days.



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MARYC
6/8/2019 2:48:46 PM

Thanks Dave, hope you are doing well. Blackie the last of the Hooligans is 15, and not doing well. Having 3 dogs all close to the same age is really hard when you start loosing them. I'm sorry about your wife and your last dog. They are family when we loose them. Have a good day in the garden, and thanks for checking in.


NebraskaDave
6/8/2019 8:00:29 AM

Mary, I see you are still as active as ever. So sorry to hear about Levi. He was definitely a source of blog material over the years. I have so enjoyed all your stories of the hooligans over the years. I do know about animals grieving. The last dog that I had was really my wife's dog. When she passed away, he would lay at the top of the stairs and watch the door waiting for her to come home. It took about two weeks before he decided that she wasn't coming home. It was a very sad time for both of us. He lasted a couple more years and then lost the use of his back legs. Putting him down was like loosing my wife all over again. I've not had any more animals since and won't be getting any. It's just too hard to give them up when it's their time to go. ***** Have the best day that you can. **** Nebraska Dave, Urban Farmer






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