Monday 27 October 2014

Veteran and the Vet (3)

Many of you will remember the saga we had with finding a Vet on a Sunday. Veteran and the Vet (1) and Veteran and the Vet (2) The problems were eventually resolved and Abbey was given excellent care by us and first class treatment by the Veterinary practice. So first of all we think that Glenthorne Veterinary Group (Burton upon Trent and Uttoxeter) as a practice are wonderful. Our opinion is from the first moment when we arrived with a very sick dog in arms. They were outstanding. They ticked every box both for Abbey and for us. 

Me and Abbey

Abbey who was deaf and at best only partially sighted had an undiminished sense of smell allied with an indomitable spirit. She recovered well, but being an old dog it had taken its toll. She had a few more good walks where we would leave her to follow her nose and like dutiful staff we would just follow on behind her.

However, a few days ago (12th of October) she suddenly appeared to be unwell again and gave the impression of being quite frail. So another trip to the Vets who once again provided sterling service. In a consultation and various test that took about half an hour to conduct. It was thought that she had suffered a stroke. Medication and advice to us was given. For a couple of days she seemed to gradually improve and appeared as stalwart as ever. She would only pee and poo outside, even when we had to help her to stand.

As was her habit she waited a month until another Sunday morning arrived. This time she had gone down hill once again. We were soon on our way to Glenthorne but this time in Uttoxeter. It was a heartbreaking moment for us, but it was the last kindness that we could do for our old companion. Abbey was put to sleep and we held her for our final moments together. We asked for her remains to be cremated and her ashes to be put in a casket so that she can continue her travels with us on the boat.

On our way back to the boat with our hearts full of sadness we saw the most amazing sunset. There is an old story about the rainbow bridge and our pets waiting at the other side for us to arrive. I don't know that I believe in such stories. But I do know that Abbey has left an Abbey sized hole in our lives.

I just thought that everyone who followed her story and had wished her well, would like to know the last chapter in her eventful life. If you would like to know a bit more about her, and her staff. You will find it here.

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