PUBLISHED
SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
I'm sad to report that since the last Update page, two members
of our family have started their journeys to the Rainbow Bridge.

Before we left for our Michigan vacation the end of May, Reno
was showing signs of really slowing down.  He became very senile
and his arthritis seemed to be affecting him a lot more.  I came
very close to changing my mind about going on the trip, but our
vet assured us he would take good care of Reno and be there to
help him if he needed it.  Reno chose to leave for the Bridge the
night before we returned from our trip.  I believe he didn't want
us to have to make the decision for him.  The vet called us at our
hotel very late the night before we were to return home.  He said
Reno had been having seizures throughout the day and was in a
coma.  We told him to go ahead and help Reno make that
transition to his new, pain-free life.

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The loss of little Tucker came as a much bigger shock to us
because there were no long-term symptoms to prepare us.  On
July 1 Tucker was just fine.  He was out playing in the pool with
his water hose (his favorite game).  On July 2 he woke up
coughing quite a bit.  Something about that cough really worried
me, but I really can't explain why.  I decided in the afternoon to
take him to the emergency clinic (since it was the weekend and
our vet was away on vacation).  The emergency vet's first
thought was possible pneumonia.  She suggested leaving Tucker in
the hospital so they could put him on antibiotics and take
x-rays.  The following day they called saying they found
something on Tucker's lungs and wanted to do a biopsy.  The next
morning we received the call telling us our baby was dying of lung
cancer.  We decided to try chemotherapy to extend his life.  He
received weekly chemo treatments for four weeks but after the
last treatment, he started to deteriorate rapidly.  He was able to
give us one last good weekend with him, and on Tuesday, August
2, I had to take him back to the cancer clinic.  There was
nothing more that could be done for my "little guy", so we had to
say our final goodbye.
AND THEN THERE WERE NINE
BENJI
AGE - 15
MAX
(DaOdderWeenie)
AGE - 7
JENNIE
AGE - 7
APRIL
AGE - 10
AMBER (DaWeenie)
AGE - 7
RUSTY
AGE - 9
HOLLY
AGE - 11
SARAH
AGE - 11
BAILEY
AGE - 13
THE TRIP TO MICHIGAN
Oh boy, we are going to
Michigan to visit our
Uncle Jeff and his family
and K-9 Officer Chase
and our pal, Sabrina.
***
Ah, we have a problem
here.  I don't fit in my
green traveling bag
anymore.
Ok, Max.  I'm all
set.  This'll work!
Time to hit the
road.  Let's Go!
We got to take lots of
walks in Michigan.  And
look, they even had a
GUEST spot for us!
K-9 Officer Chase
enjoyed all the
extra back rubs he
was getting from
Mom.
Our 2-week
vacation went by
too fast.  Then we
had to go back
home again.
OUR MICHIGAN FAMILY THEN CAME TO
OUR HOUSE TO VISIT US
K-9 Officer Chase
(On Vacation)
Sabrina
Is that a treat you
have there in your
hand?
Just Chillin'
Jennie decides the
sofa is the best
place to avoid being
stepped on by "Big
Foot"
This Florida heat is too much for a
Michigan dog!
What could be better.....
A/C and a nice home-baked treat.
(Thank you Cheryl)
Ahhhhh...A dog could get used to this!
RUSTY AND HIS THUNDERSHIRT
Rusty is terrified of storms and even rain.  In fact, he starts
shaking if there is even a darker cloud in the sky.  He is our
household barometer.  So, we purchased a "
Thundershirt" for
him.  The jury is still out on this one.  It seems to help him a
little bit but he still heads straight to his crate to hide when he
feels a change in the weather.  The Thundershirt seems to have
more of an easing effect on April during the times when she is
nervous about an upcoming storm.
MAX, THE WATCHDOG
Uh Oh...I see great BIG birds out in my
yard.  They shouldn't be out there!
OK, time to sound a warning!
EEEEK...Big Bird is gonna eat me.
Time to .... RUN!!!
DAY OF THE HAIRCUTS
BEFORE
AFTER
BEFORE
AFTER
BEFORE
AFTER
THE CANDID CAMERA!
EEEEEEEEEEEK..
I'm Naked!
Kisses from Max
Wanna hear a secret?
No, I won't believe that Mom
broke the treat jar!
Please photograph only my better side!
Don't bother me
until it's time for
supper!
Hey, where's my
ball?  You know I
don't get
photographed
without my ball!
It looks like
BIGFOOT
walked across this
blanket!
Happy Days!
More Happy Days!
PHOTOS FROM TUCKER'S LAST
FIVE DAYS WITH HIS FAMILY
Tucker's last photo with his brother,
Rusty
Photo taken the day we learned that
Tucker had lung cancer.
CROSSED PAWS...A
wonderful group we met
through Amber
DaWeenie's Blog...heard
of Tucker's illness and
sent him a box of treats
and toys.
BARBEQUED
SQUIRRELS!!
Yum!!!
Tucker really loved
his new Wubba!
And his TOP HAT with all the bunnies
hiding in it!
After all the
excitement, a good
nap was in order.

GOING....
GOING....
GONE!  (For a nice restful nap)
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE
CROSSED PAWS GROUP
FOR MAKING TUCKER'S LAST FIVE DAYS
VERY HAPPY ONES BEFORE HE STARTED
HIS JOURNEY TO THE BRIDGE.
Please click
HERE
to join in all the fun at
Amber DaWeenie's Blog
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