We lost our black lab Anna just yesterday March 7th 2012, to GVD or bloat.
She was 12, old yes, but to me still had some spunk in her. She was fine yesterday morning, but when we got home from work we could tell something was wrong. Her breathing was very shallow and she started vomiting and wouldn't eat... a sure sign for a Lab that something isn't quite right. I took her to the vet immediately and they took an x-ray and knew right away what was wrong. They pretty much told us she wouldn't make it through the surgery so we had to let her go.
She was our first "baby" and I'm finding it very hard to not cry every second right now. I know she's in a better place now, pain free, and I know we will see her again. I don't want to go to heaven if dogs aren't there.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful but sad story of Anna. What a shock that must have been to you, to come home and find your girl so sick.
You're right, she was getting on at 12 years, but somehow it's just never enough time, is it? It's always too soon to say goodbye.
I know Anna's lovely presence will stay with you though, for some time to come. They never disappear right away. I believe the spirit of a beloved pet lingers until they know we are OK, and then they take the journey over the Rainbow Bridge to wait for us there.
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