I did not expect to have to write this post for several months. Our sweet beagle Cricket left us for the Rainbow Bridge on Saturday night. We are devastated, and were not expecting this now at all. I have written about Cricket’s enlarged heart on many occasions, most recently in our post “Looking on the Bright Side” in early February. The new medicine we added at that point seemed to help at first, but then her cough worsened again, and we were back at the vet just over a week ago. Our vet did not find anything alarming in the exam or blood tests. They checked her blood pressure, which was up, but Cricket is very nervous at the vet, so that may have been a factor. Over that weekend, she consulted with a cardiologist (who saw all of Cricket’s records and x-rays), and they came to the conclusion that Cricket might have bronchitis in addition to her heart condition. It all made sense to us, we made some changes in meds, and her cough seemed to get a bit better. Through all of this, Cricket was eating and drinking fine, and still playing ball on some days (for very short times). Other than some breathing that seemed a bit off at times for short spells, we were not overly concerned.
I left for a short weekend in Maine with the girls with no worries at all. Therefore, I was quite shocked when I got home and Cricket was gone. My husband had found her collapsed outside, and her breathing was labored when he brought her in. It was only a matter of minutes before she passed on. We did not see this coming. We expected Cricket’s decline to be slow, with more and more symptoms of heart failure over time. Apparently her heart gave out that night.
I’m taking this loss hard. Maybe because it was more sudden, though we can’t say completely unexpected considering her bad heart and age of 13. Cricket is the last of our 2004 puppies and the original canine Wag ‘n Woof crew…we got 3 puppies back then to keep our beagle Kobi company after the devastating and sudden loss of our Lab mix, Maggie. I will be writing more about how she entered our lives, and the years of joy she gave us, soon. We may be quiet here and elsewhere for a while…I’m not sure what I feel up to at this point. This time has been rough, but the support of friends and family is getting us through it. RIP, our sweet little girl, 9/1/2004 – 3/24/2018. We love you more than you could have ever known, and you returned that love to us a million times over.