A dog can truly be a “man’s best friend” and they make any Coastal home feel complete. A pet quickly becomes a member of the family and when they pass their loss can impact your family in many ways. A friend of ours recently lost their dog, Rupert, and they shared their experience with Michael and myself. We are passing their story on to you as we are sure many of you too may be able to relate. The loss of their beloved Rupert comes after they lost their other dog, Rosie, less than a year ago. They continue to find great joy in spending time with their dog, Racer, who also misses his friends Rupert and Rosie. Thank you Nell for sharing your story with us.
From the time that Rupert entered our lives from a box outside of Safeway until he took his last breath in my arms yesterday evening, he was a Teddy Bear with a mission.
He took his role very seriously making sure his family was okay at all times, no matter what it took and no matter how sick he felt. He was a serious boy and yet he was always ready to cuddle. No one cuddles better than Rupert. We called him our living Teddy Bear.
What started out as being finicky about his food ended up being an aggressive cancer that caused him to lose weight, have balance issues, be unable to walk any significant distance, and have difficulty breathing. Although we had hoped for weeks with Rupert, the rate of his degradation changed that to days. As the cancer progressed and made him more and more uncomfortable, the possible date of his last day kept moving closer.
We used our last days with Rupert to get his bucket list all checked off. He ate his favorite foods and spent time outdoors, which he loved. Early Saturday morning he had a bad breathing episode that passed for a bit and then occurred again for a shorter time. He had grown progressively more uncomfortable and evenings to early morning were the worst times. Usually once the family was up and breakfast was eaten he would have good energy. Saturday morning was different. After the bad breathing episode, he got sick to his stomach and had no energy. It was clear it was time and we called the place that would come to our home to help Rupert pass. They agreed to come that evening.
We gave Rupert his favorite breakfast and got things ready for a picnic on the beach. It was going to be too hot for him to sit there without shade so we changed the plans and found a nice shady tree to sit under in Balboa Park. We had a nice day together as a family and he walked a small bit. He got a salami and mortadella snack, which he thought was quite cool. For dinner he ate steak and he had no problems getting all that eaten up. That was followed with a fortune cookie, which he was glad to get a whole cookie. His fortune said he would receive a pleasant surprise that day. We're sure seeing Rosie again would be a pleasant surprise for him.
As we waited for the Vet to arrive Rupert was real still. When the vet arrived Racer spent a little time getting to know him and then went to his bed by the sofa and sat there throughout the process. We placed Rupert in my arms as we both sat with him on the sofa. The Vet was very nice and respectful to Rupert. He gave Rupert a strong sedative and once that had taken full effect he gave him the final dose of an even stronger sedative and with that Rupert took his last breath. The Vet then listened to his heart until it stopped and let us know he was gone. We laid him down on a blue blanket the Vet had brought for Rupert. When we did that, Racer came over, sniffed on him and then went back to his bed. Racer stayed in his bed as the Vet wrapped Rupert in the blue blanket and took him away.
Racer looked very sad and did not move. He seems fine today. We are mourning the loss of our little Rupert and appreciate all the support you have given us through this.
Rupert, you will always be loved and always missed. Rest in peace little man, rest in peace.
If you have recently lost a pet visit here to learn 10 coping tips on dealing with the loss of a pet. If you are looking for a new home for your family and pet, The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.
If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.