First of all, I want to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts, and prayers for Kobi when I posted on Saturday that he is ill.
His blood test results came back yesterday and they were not what we hoped for. The bottom line is that Kobi’s liver and kidneys are failing, most likely due to his age (13), and there is nothing that we can do for him. The hope was that he had a treatable disease, but deep down we knew that was probably not going to be the case, though we needed to know for sure. It is at least a relief to finally know, the not knowing was very difficult.
Right now we are keeping him comfortable at home. He’s a tough old guy and he is still getting around some, but mostly he sleeps. However, he has not been eating or drinking, so we know the time is coming to make the decision to let him go. Every so often he will pop his head up and his eyes will look bright and normal, so it is just difficult to know when exactly that time is going to be. But I think we’ll know, and it won’t be much longer.
On Sunday we took him for a drive. Kobi has always loved to ride in the car, and he snuggled on my lap with the sun on his face, and he was grunting. Kobi has always grunted when he’s content….whether he was laying in front of the warm wood stove or getting his ears rubbed. I think he enjoyed his ride.
I already have two blog posts scheduled for this week, and I am going to let them go on as originally planned. I waffle between trying to feel a sense of normalcy while he is sleeping peacefully, and fighting tears (not always succeeding) and basically not functioning much. I will probably do a post over the weekend to let everyone know where we’re at, but I imagine it will be a sad one. For now we are making the best of the time we have left together.
Jan, I am so sorry – I just heard the news about Kobi. I’m so sorry. Shedding a tear and saying a prayer.
Christine & Riley says
We are so sad for you in this very difficult time. Paws and prayers heading your way
Ann Staub says
So sorry to hear about his kidneys 🙁 Sounds like you are doing all that you can. Will be thinking of both of you.
M. K. Clinton says
Oh I am so very, very sorry that it has come to this time in Kobi’s life. What a great idea to be able to take him for a ride. There are no words to make your next few days more bearable. Just know that the love in your heart will never leave and Kobi feels that same love. You all will be in my prayers!
That normalcy/tears place is all too fresh for me after losing Gryphon… It’s funny how the blog acts as a reminder: why didn’t I post more during that week? OH! It was THAT week/month/months… You and the whole family are in my thoughts, as always, but more so now! Love to Kobi from our entire family…
I have been in that place, and I know it’s tough! I could say a lot of things about what a great life Kobi has had with you, but I know that doesn’t ease the ache in your heart too much. Just know that we are thinking about you and Kobi!
The drive was a wonderful idea, Jan, I am sure he was so happy with that. Love you and Kobi, please make one of your hugs from me..
2 brown dawgs says
Gosh I am so sorry to hear this news about Kobi. We lost our 13 year old golden retriever to kidney failure (just one month before we got Thunder). It was a difficult time. It was difficult to make the decision to say good-bye. Hugs to you. 🙂
The Island Cats says
We’re so sorry. Purrs to you and Kobi. Enjoy your time with him.
mollie and alfie says
Oh Kobi we are so so sorry to hear this darling, we were not about the weekend. You are all in our thoughts and sending loads of love and hugs xxxoxxx
Mollie and Alfie
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
I am so so very sorry. My heart goes out to you during this very difficult time that won’t get better and I am ever so sorry for that. Cherish the time you have left with Kobi and make each day special. If you need to talk I am here for you ! Hugs
Oh, Jan. I’m so sorry to hear this. My heart and thoughts are with you through this difficult time. Sending you hugs and peace as you make the most of your precious time together.
I am so very sorry. He is very loved, and I truly believe he will let you know when he is ready.
My mom is crying and dripping all over the place. She feels so bad for you and Kobi. He is such a nice old guy, and she knows the pain of having to make “the decision”. We are thinking of you and all the dogs. It will be hard for them too, and little Luke will probably search for him for some time, that is what Katie did when Trine’s time came. Hugs to you all!
I’m so sorry to hear this Jan. I know how hard it is when you know they’re failing and the time is coming.
Our beagle Roxanne did the same thing; stopped eating.
I know you are making the most of the time you have with Kobi, just know we are all here for you. HUGS
We are sorry to hear such heartbreaking news. The joy of having dogs in our lives is always cut short by their short lifespans compared to our own. Enjoy him while you can and keep the memories forever.
Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady says
Oh my goodness 🙁
That is such sad news….I’m glad you now know what’s going on now…some sort of closure I suppose 🙁
I can’t imagine having to deal with this although I know the day will come. My heart is with you and my thoughts and prayers as well. Enjoy your time together.
Big warm furry husky hugz being sent your way
Jackie Bouchard says
I’m so sorry. I know how hard this time is. I also know how scary it is when a beagle doesn’t get excited about food. 🙁 It’s so hard, but I do agree that you’ll know when it’s time. Most folks I know who have been in this situation talk about seeing “the look” and knowing their pup was letting them know it was time. Sending big hugs your way.
Kimberly Withrow says
ANGELS ON LOAN wish the loans were longer but our 4 legged loved ones need to go back to Dr. GOD to be fixed up and sent to share all that UNCONDITIONAL LOVE that.we were privileged to have in our lives. I feel your pains.
I am so, so sorry Jan. These are the times that loving them so hurts the worst. Keeping you in our thoughts and purrs.
Caren Gittleman says
My heart is just breaking for you….please give him gentle kisses from all of us…..and we are sending (((hugs))) to you. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
I’m so very sorry to hear the news. We’ll be keeping Kobi and your family in our hearts. Treasure your time with him now. Wishing you peace….
I’m so sorry to read this sad news. 🙁
Letting them go is one of the hardest decisions we can make, but I truly believe it is the most selfless gift we can give to our faithful seniors when it is their time. And I know you will know when it’s time. Please give Kobi a hug from me, and I hope your last days together are filled with sweet memories that you can cherish. (((HUGS)))
Pamela | Something Wagging This Way Comes says
I’m so sorry to hear your news. I know you’ll make the most of the time you have with Kobi. And my heart is going out to you.
Roxy the Traveling Dog says
Oh Jan….that breaks my heart! Please know that you are in my thoughts. I can only say that I hope you and Kobi find peace.