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Amelia The Dog

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 8 Aug 2005 Maryland, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 68929052

From Best Dawg Rescue, Inc. (DAWG) in Maryland:

Unfortunately, many people don't appreciate their older dogs and "dump" them into shelters, perhaps after determining the dog has a medical ailment that is not "cost effective" to treat or even check out.

We had to piece together what little we knew about Amelia, but figured her owners decided she was no longer an important part of their lives. In fact, she arrived at the shelter in a terribly disheveled state, her flowing fur matted and dull. We were told about Amelia and decided she should get a special home in her twilight years through DAWG.

When we brought Amelia to our vet, he examined her and looked up in alarm. He detected an enormous tumor which he thought was attached to her spleen. After much consideration and preoperative tests to determine Amelia's ability to endure surgery, we decided to operate. Unbelievably, an eight pound tumor was taken from her. From all initial indications, it seemed the tumor was not cancerous nor had it infiltrated other parts of her body!

We were deliriously happy that Amelia was one step closer to living out the life she deserved. However, we celebrated too soon. Amelia lay listless, not interested in getting up or eating. She should have felt better with the removal of the tumor, but she just drifted. Her bloodwork came back and it was improved. The biopsy confirmed that the tumor was, indeed, not cancer, yet she let food roll right out of her mouth. We realized that Amelia did not want to try. Her surgeon spent hours with her over the weekend, hoping that his ministrations would help her. Nothing made a difference. Amelia was no longer interested in living. We were sure her heart was broken because her people abandoned her. She was finished with life. So, we released her.

We know Amelia is bounding up and down Heaven's fields like a young dog again. She probably looks down upon her former owners with the same loyalty that she gave them while on earth. We are sure she knows about our efforts to give her a new life, and that she appreciates that we accepted her decision. It's hard to let go, but Amelia reminded us that we should put more value on listening to our dogs than asserting our human values on them. Thanks for teaching us, Amelia. That was your final gift.

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