Monday, 6 January 2014

R.I.P. Naughty George. Died 6th January 2014

*SADNESS WARNING*

This is a post that I never wanted to write. I knew that there was an inevitability about it because Naughty George (my dog) was 19, but still, it doesn't make it any easier.

Suffice to say, there are tears on my keyboard as I write to inform you that Naughty George died this morning at 11.50am. Gutted doesn't come close to describing how I feel.

We had been travelling throughout the UK for two weeks, visiting various friends for Christmas. At the beginning of our travels, he was pretty much his normal self; chasing their cats, guffing under the dining table whilst we were eating dinner, and woofing vacuously every time I tried to hold a conversation with someone.

But on Boxing day, I noticed some slight changes in his behaviour. He seemed a bit unsteady on his feet, went off his food, and was vomiting a lot. I thought he had picked up a bit of a bug, and coaxed him to eat by proffering him some of his favourite food.

He did perk up a bit for a few days, but by the time we finally returned home to Oxford last night, he had deteriorated quite a bit. He seemed confused and wobbly on his paws, and had lost control of his bowel movements.

I decided to treat him to a doggy pamper evening. I managed to feed him a bowl of his favourite chicken and rice, and then I let him snooze on the sofa (not normally allowed).

As a grand finale, I lit the fire and put his basket next to it - absolutely his favourite place in the world.

Pic.No.1 Naughty George, feeling poorly, and having a snooze on the sofa whilst the fire is being lit

Pic.No.2 Naughty George chilling in front of the fire last night

Pic.No.3 Naughty George, my faithful friend

Pic.No.4 I love you Georgie

Pic.No.5 I didn't know it at the time, but this was the last ever picture of Naughty George ... taken yesterday evening

At the end of the evening, I tucked him into his bed and then retired myself.

The first thing that I did this morning, was to check that he was ok.

He wasn't.

He was lying in his bed and was shallow breathing and unresponsive. He wouldn't even open his eyes when I stroked him, he just let out little groans to indicate that he knew I was there.

I wrapped the little fella in a blanket to keep him warm, and then I made one of the hardest decisions of my life - to call the Veterinary.  

I knew the significance of the call to the Vet, and it was totally heartbreaking. But there was one final gesture that I could do for my faithful friend. Naughty George has always been petrified of Veterinary Surgeries, so I asked if the Vet come come to my house to spare him the ordeal. She agreed, and said that she would be there in an hour.

It was as though Naughty George knew I had made the call. He lifted his head up and looked at me with his big brown eyes before dragging himself shakily to his feet. My little mutt was fighting to the end.

11.30am. I stroked his head and steadied him until I heard the dreaded knock at the front door. It was the Vet.

She examined Naughty George and said that he had an irregular heartbeat and that his symptoms indicated that there were many other underlying problems.

"I can treat him for some of his ailments, but that would only take him through another couple of weeks," she told me softly.

"I don't want him to suffer any more," I remember telling her, tears welling up big time. I needed to hold it together.

11.35am. She nodded and then gently asked where Naughty George would be happiest whilst she administered the injection.

"In his bed," I replied.

I remember numbly carrying him there, and cuddling him whilst the Vet prepared the injection.

11.40am. Her first attempt failed, because Naughty George realised that something was going on, and started fighting against all the people around him (there was a Veterinary Assistant as well as the Vet there) .

11.43am. "I'm going to have to sedate him first," the Vet concluded, realising that Naughty George was a bit distressed, "and it'll will take effect in five minutes. I'll leave him with you during that time."

It was a good decision on the Vet's behalf. I got an extra five minutes with my trusty mutt, and he gradually calmed down, lying his head into my cupped hands.

When the Vet came back, she had 'the' injection in her hands, ready to go.

11.48am. She took Naughty George's right leg in her hand and cut off some fur so that she could find an artery. And then she put the injection into it.

11.49am. Even though Naughty George was sedated, he felt the final injection enter his leg. I know that for sure, because for the last time, he opened his big brown eyes and looked straight at me (his head still lying in my cupped hands) ......... but then they closed, and he became all limp as my tears fell onto his head. 

11.50am. Naughty George died in my arms.

11.55am. The Vet gently removed Naughty George from his bed and wrapped him carefully in a red blanket. I stroked him one last time, and then she left with his body. 

Pic.No.6 R.I.P Naughty George - I will miss you more than you'll ever know
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Leila (aged 10) wrote a brilliant poem for Naughty George, straight after finding out that he had died ....... it sums my lovely mutt up ...... god I miss him.


 George, George

George, George,
You peed in my bed,
George, George,
Did you hear what I said?

George, George,
How do you do,
George, George,
You’ve just done a great big poo!

George, George,
You’ve lived a long and happy life,
George, George,
Now it’s time to say goodbye.
By Leila (aged 10)
In Memory of
Naughty George

Died: 6th January 2014
George’s favourite Hobbies
Stinking a lot and Getting in the way.
We Love you Georgie!

57 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear this. Nineteen years is a long time; they're almost a part of you by that time. We had to have our border collie put to sleep a few years ago, he was fifteen and you even miss all the annoying stuff that they used to do! You did all you could for Naughty George; he gave a lot back, and he'll live on on your blog. Remember the good times...

    Love the poem, by the way...

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  2. Anne, I just balled my eyes out it was like i was there with him! So sorry to hear this awful news. I hope that you are coping and it may take quite a time to move forward. What a great, long life he led. Best wishes and all that to you and Izzy! Rest in peace George, a great dog and friend! Mark, Kirstin, Callum and Burnley.

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  3. I know I commented on your post on FB, I wanted to say again how very sorry I am to hear this. I loved NG and I never even met the boy. I balled my eyes out reading your post as it brought back many memories of the loss of pets over the years. Some of which died in my arms the very same way that NG did with you. I love you and Izzy, and I am sending you loads of love and hugs as fast I can. There is no word to describe the breadth and depth of pain we feel at the loss of one of our furballs....even when they aren't ours. Love you! xoxoxoxoxox <3

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  4. Broke my heart Annie, reading this. I so so feel for you. George was a wonderful companion. He knew he was well loved by you, Izzy and Steve too. Many people loved him and his funny little ways, he was such a loyal friend and member of the family. I am sending you big hugs, just remember the happy and fun times with George. xxxx

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  5. Bodaciousboomer6 January 2014 22:22

    OMG Annie! I am soooo sorry. I'm weeping as I write this. Although I never actually got to hold that lovable mutt, I almost feel as if he was one of ours. My heart is breaking for you and Izzy. When I read this on FB and started crying in the car Doug had no idea what was going on. As horrid as this is, I'm glad at least he didn't suffer for weeks or months. I tried to call you on Skype; however I can't get it to work right now. Huge hugs to you guys.

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  6. So very sorry to read this Annie. You did the right thing, the best for NG. Take care. Jx

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  7. Oh Annie. This is a lovely tribute to a fantastic dog, Naughty George. I can feel your pain and feel so bad for you and Izzy and all his 'fans'.
    Take care and remember all those great times he gave you. I certainly will from this blog of yours.Thanks for sharing this Annie.

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  8. Oh Naughty George:-( I'm so, so sorry.

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  9. Marjorie Stintzi6 January 2014 23:47

    Hugs. I am so sorry.

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  10. Oh Annie, I am so sorry. Our dear collie, Jock, passed last year and I admit, I cried when I read this and it all came flooding back. Not that it ever went away. Sending the hugest hugs, Rach xxxxxxxx

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  11. Oh, Anne, I am so sorry to hear about your sweet boy. You know I always thought Darling George was a sweetheart of a mutt. I am sending hugs your way. Again, I am so sorry.

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  12. Oh Annie, heartbreaking news. The little bloke had a very good life though, So very sad. Be kind to you. Hugs.

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  13. Naughty George, forever in your heart. x

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  14. So sad to read this Anne, but at nineteen he had a marvelous innings and he's left you with some wonderful memories.

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  15. So sad, but pleased his life ended with you and at home.

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  16. So sorry to read this, Anne - brought back all the farewells we've had with our animals over the years. So glad you were able to say goodbye and be with him at home.

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  17. 'A long and happy life'
    That's the important bit

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  18. Gosh, lump in my throat and tears on my cheeks. Such sad news. I am so sorry

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  19. Annie, I am sobbing after reading that. It is almost exactly how my Dillon left me…..with me holding his head, him in his bed at home….ye gods it still hurts to think of it….but be a little bit comforted that you were able to have it done at home and with you loving him to the end. I am so sad for you and Izzy…..especially for you…he was your best pal, as was my Dillon . Lots of love. Sue XX

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  20. I loved Naughty George from afar. He was the best playmate a family could have. I realize that Izzy has never known a day without him and you probably can't remember a time when he wasn't getting into trouble. He will be sorely missed. So glad you were able to treat him to a sleep on the couch and a night by the fire. I sure am thinking of you two. RIP Naughty George.

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  21. Thanks Sol, I really appreciate your comment.

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  22. Hello Greenpatches. Thanks ever so much for stopping by. I feel for your farewells ….. it is truly awful. You are right though, I am sooooo glad I was with him and he was at home in his basket.

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  23. Aw thank you so much Jill. You are so right, it is a real consolation that he was at home and with me. I would have hated him to be on his own.

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  24. Thanks Mash. It was awful. But you are so right …… 19 is a ripe old age, and as for having a dog with many memories, I don’t think I could have done better than NG.

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  25. Thank you so much Sally. He will definitely always be in my heart. I miss the little fella x

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  26. Hello Sheridan, thank you so much for your kind comment. blimey ….. it was sooo heartbreaking. I miss the little fella.

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  27. Awwww yes Bren, it was terrible :(

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  28. Thank you Cheryl, that means so much. I think you were one of ‘Darling Georges’ biggest fans. Even when he was being really naughty!

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  29. Awww Rachel, thank you so much for your lovely message. I am so sorry about Jock. It’s an awful thing to have to go through. I hope it is getting easier for you. xxx

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  30. Thank you for your kind message Majorie, I appreciate it.

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  31. Thank you ever so much Katie, I appreciate it …. I miss the little fella.

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  32. Awww Jimski, you always have such lovely words. I know you can feel the pain because you are such a dog person yourself. It’s funny, nearly everyone who rang me up after they heard the news, had a funny story about him doing some naughty thing or other. It cheered me up a lot to remember the little fella had such a character.

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  33. Thank you so much Jessica for your kind words. It didn’t feel like the right thing at the time …. It was so hard. But I think it was kindest x

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  34. Awwww Michele, from one doggy person to another …….. your words meant so much to me. I know you were a fan of the little NG. Crikey, I miss him so much. You must be the same with Gizmo, it’s heartbreaking.

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  35. Awww thanks Shirley, Naughty George was such as character, as you know …… he’s probably piddled on your kitchen floor at some point! It was awful, and I just keep reminding myself that he died at home, with me. xxxx

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  36. Jules, thank you sooo much for your lovely words. I am sorry to hear that you have had to go through the same thing in the past – it’s awful. Thank you for all the love and hugs … I really appreciate it xxxxx

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  37. Thank you for your kind words Martin. You are so right, you even miss the annoying stuff, like vacuous barking for no reason! It is funny about him living on in my blog, I went back and read some of his stories, and it made me smile (albeit sadly).

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  38. Awww Mark, thank you so much ………I really appreciate your message. I miss the little fella. It will take time to move forward, but I am hoping it will get easier.

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  39. I am so sorry to hear your news Annie. Hugs, m'dear!

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  40. Awwww, thanks Toff, appreciate that.

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  41. Jayne, thank you so much my friend. That was a lovely message. You are so right, it never gets easier.

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  42. Awwww Sue, I didn't know that you had lost Dillon. I am sooooo sorry. But you know what? If there was a way for him to go ..... being in his bed at home, with you holding him, doesn't get any better. I hope you are ok. I really feel for you xx

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  43. Aw Annie, you are so right ...... I can't remember a time when he wasn't getting into trouble. He was a right little character (aka git)! It was lovely that I was able to treat him to a nice night in front of the fire before he died. Much comfort. Thank you, I appreciate really appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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  44. Savanna, how lovely that you read this and took the time to comment. Naughty George really took to you, and although he probably left dog hair on your bed, he loved lying with you on the sofa, with his head on your lap. It's a nice memory, thank you xxx

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  45. pennysteeltalktalknet10 January 2014 19:04

    Naughty George made me smile. What a tremendous age the old fella was - so sad to read he's gone. Bless his little naughty self x

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  46. A late commentator
    And a sorry one
    Take care
    I've been there
    Too many times

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  47. The last comment was from going gently x

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  48. Thank you John, that was lovely.

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  49. Aw thank Pen, he did reach a ripe old age. He’ll be chasing cats in that kennel in the sky!

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  50. Bless you. I'm so sad to hear of NG's passing. So is my sweet Tucker whom I may never let out of my sight again after reading this post. What a long sweet life your sweet NG had. This is the hardest part about loving a pet. Hugs.

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  51. Oh God ... I've only just read this. I'm so sorry to hear this news, he was such a character.

    You were so brave and did what only the very best animal people do and were there with him until his last breath. What a life he led and what wonderful memories you will have of your boy.

    RIP Naughty George, you'll be missed all over Blogland.

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  52. Awwww thanks Pam. It was very hard. But he lived to a ripe old age. Give Tucker a stroke from me.

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  54. Was true love till the end !! So sorry for your loss. They steal our hearts.

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