|Birth: ||Apr. 30, 2008|
|Death: ||May 5, 2008|
Sir Graver was born at 8:45 pm on April 30, 2008. He weighed 3.4 oz at birth. He was the son of Sierra Faith and Reggie Lewis Sivo.
He came out of the womb thriving and was quite a suprise. We had believed that Sierra was done whelping and had begun feeding the other puppies when he suddeny appeared. We were thrilled. He ended up being number 8 in a litter of 9.
The day after he was born he began to take a turn for the worst. He became dehydrated and started losing weight. It was believed he was passing from fading puppy syndrome (the canine version of SIDS or crib death). I refused to give up on the lil' guy. I loved him and as long as he had life in his body I would fight to preserve it. He began minute-by-minute care. This included bottle feeding, tube feeding, liver broth, karo drops and more. Every measure was taken in order to try and save him.
At one point he began to seem to rehydrate and we became very hopeful that he would pull through. However, God had other plans for him. On the 5th (his due date) he began doing the worst ever. I was no longer able to tube feed him. It would just come right back up despite it being done properly. It was at that point I knew there was a serious problem. Especially since I couldn't even get 1 cc into him. We were in constant communication with our reguar vet, an emergency vet, and the vet at the end of my road. They all advised me that it was best not to try to remove him from the house because of the cold, rainy, windy weather we had been having. Two believed that he may pull through and to put him in any extra risk by the elements was both unfair and not very wise. I continued my efforts at home.
By 7 am that fateful morning I knew there was nothing more I could do. Feeling like I had to do all I could in his best interest I made an appointment with the vet at the end of our road for the earliest they had, 9:15 am. I came on findagrave with him to type an update and ask for continued thoughts and prayers. I laid him down to take a picture and then he took his last breath. I then performed cpr on him and it became obvious that there was some sort of organ dysfunction or abnormality. He passed at 7:48 am. One of our vets had suspected this and informed me that there was nothing I could do in that case. It is now believed that the five days I kept him alive were probably out of my sure will and drive to keep him alive. Had I not of interevened he probably would of passed sooner.
He may of not lived very long but he had an incredible life. He spent a good deal of his time in illness snuggled against my skin, swaddled in a comfy blanket, or on his heating pad. He was loved and spoiled every second he was alive. He was never left alone. I was awake with him the whole time. Shortly before he passed (when I knew his time was near) I had pictures taken of he and I. You can actually see a smile on his face :-) He was given lots of cuddles, snuggles, hugs, kisses, pets, and love. I was with him from beginning to end. He knew only love. He passed without any obvious pain.
During this great dire time, I turned to my kind fellow findagravers for support. Words could never express what your words, thoughts, and prayers meant to us. I read him every single message. I wanted him to know just how loved he was and just how many people were pulling for him. Once again, thank you all so very much for all you are and all you did.
He is buried in our family pet cemetery on our land underneath a beautiful tree.
His middle name comes from a beautiful angel named Rebecca Ann "Becky" Black. Please take a moment to stop by and visit her memorial. She was such a beautiful young woman with such a beautiful soul. She and Sir Graver share an Angel Day and I could think of no one better to name him after.
Graver is survived by his parents and also his siblings:
Lady Spooky(ina) Hallow
Lady Graver Divinity-Jo
Sir Lancelot Orion
Sir Hunter Horatio-Hurricane
Lady Mystic Miracle
Lady Spirit Karma-Love
Lady Isis Trinity-Hope
Lady Raven Indigo-Crow
He will be greatly missed, fondly remembered, and forever loved xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
+*+ A special thank you to Sir Graver's Auntie Jo for sponsoring his memorial +*+ I am sure he is saying, "woof woof...thank you...woof...pant pant pant" :-)
Specifically: Buried in family pet cemetery
Created by: Mysticalminded
Record added: May 08, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26687284