Today I am sharing the final moments of Lady Hugs life.
My dream since discovering on August 17, 2011 that at the age of 12 she had a fragmented large caliber bullet in her head. And no one knew until an x-ray revealed that she was indeed a Miracle Dog, once again. My goal of starting her biscuit company in the the spring of 2012 was to share her amazing life of miracles with many . . . that she would become a household name across the country while she was still here. I would have loved for you to meet her in person ….
Lady Hugs so enjoyed the porterhouse steak and three small sweet potato dinner and Dove Bar for desert too. She nearly ate the stick as well!! When she finished I took her outside for the last time. I had barely gotten her down the steps and Dr. Nathan Booth, DVM and Monica, a vet tech pulled up to the curb. They waved at me but I could hardly see them due to the hot stream of tears that rolled down my face. I cannot even believe I had any tears left. They arrived way too soon, though not according to the clock.
I turned Lady Hugs towards the house though she recognized Dr. Booth. And she wanted to greet him. I just wanted to get her in the house so I could spend a few minutes with her. They kindly offered to help her up the stairs and I told them it was alright, I would help her. The quality of time with her through the day was such an incredible blessing, but the timer of her life was about to sound. It nearly took my breath away and crushed my very being.
This was the most heartbreaking part of the day and of her life. There was nothing else I could do help reduce the pain. The alternative treatments I had given her had helped greatly for about six weeks until recently. The arthritis and nerve pain meds were no longer working. She had been up most of the previous night til 3:30 a.m.. She could not get comfortable and there was nothing I could do physically to help her. It absolutely broke my heart.
I walked her down to my room and put her on my bed for the final time. When I did she immediately closed her eyes. She did have an extremely busy day, but in our 14 ½ years together she had never closed her eyes on my bed especially with a houseful of guests. And, she always had to see where I was and what she might be missing out on. She signaled yet one more time she was ready and she was at great peace.
I invited family and friends to come in and said good bye. My sister Florence knew how much Boaz loved Lady Hugs and she made sure both he and Bootsie came in too. They all loved on her. She looked up at everyone and gave them her smile or grin. I shared her amazing story briefly with Dr. Booth and Monica. Dr. Booth then shared with us what would happen and how it would happen.
I held her tightly and sobbed and sobbed. I told her I would be okay (as I had told her many times in the last while). It was time for her to go and I would see her soon. I told her that God would introduce her to Stephanie (my daughter). And that both of them would be romping through the glorious flower gardens in heaven and having a blast. I told Lady Hugs how much I loved her and how much she had meant to me like I had a million times before.
Dr. Booth completed the procedure he described and she went peacefully and very quickly.
Lady Hugs was a survivor, champion and overcomer she her entire life. And a life of miracles. Lady Hugs, the Miracle Dog. And through all of her challenges she provided unconditional love, joy and laughter. I will always love my Lady Hugs. I miss her so very much. My life will never be the same again.