I knew this day was coming. A year ago you may recall she was diagnosed with Cushings. I started her on Vetoryl and changed her diet. No more cheezits (my horse show staple food), no more horse show food, no more sneaking off to visit the crepes guys.
At 12 pounds she was a portly chihuahua. I don't know how you mothers do it carrying around your kids. By the end of a horse show day that 12 pounds felt like 50.
The new diet helped and Nugget looked great. I started to think this whole Cushings thing was no big deal.
The vet said just let her enjoy however long she had left. She got to where it was hard to get her to eat. I stopped the kibble and tried soft puppy food and that did the trick. A wonderful friend even made her a couple weeks worth of fresh food which she gobbled up. Then the going out 3 times during the night turned into every 45 minutes followed by not eating. She was still her happy sweet Nugget self. Still ordering the big dogs around but she looked like a skeleton. I firmly believe that it is our duty as an animal owner to not allow them to suffer. We are able to gift them with the opportunity to leave this world with dignity and without pain. This week I felt it was time. I second guessed myself over and over despite friends telling me it was time. I am fortunate enough to have a friend who is a vet and knows Nugget well and she was kind enough to help Nugget cross the rainbow bridge yesterday.
The only down side to animals is they don't live long enough. The house and barn feel empty without her. My dog Soot wouldn't eat his dinner last night. Somehow the other dogs know.
I'm sorry for my first post after my hiatus is a sad one but I also know so many people who lived Nugget. She traveled thousands of miles with me during her 11 years and never missed a horse show. If we've been at the same show, you've probably met her. I often went places and people who I had never seen before would yell Nugget when they saw her. She changed so many people's minds about chihuahuas and small dogs. Mini Nugget, you broke the mold girl.