Smudge 1997 - 2011
Smudge has been a huge part of our lives during the past 14 years but we had to say goodbye to her yesterday. When we picked her out of a liter of 5, little did we know that we had chosen the devil of the bunch. At that time, Gin was in a wheelchair so we knew we wanted a small dog that could stay in the house to use a pee-pad when nature called. She enjoyed riding in Gin’s lap as she wheeled around in the house.
When we got our MH in 2006, Smudge adjusted to our little travels very well. She did not like being left behind. She had a case of separation anxiety and stuck to me like Velcro. Oh how I miss that little cling-on!
One of our best memories of a good day together was a hike in the woods near Brevard, NC in 2008. We made a wrong turn and never found the waterfall, but Smudge was hopping over limbs and pulling me on her leash. She had a blast!
During the past two years she aged rapidly. A few months ago we took her to the vet because she wasn’t acting quite right. The doctor told us that she was in kidney failure and that it was only a matter of time. We fed her the kidney formula of Science Diet hoping that would help. During the past few weeks, we had to hand feed her (spoiled a little) to get her to eat. She didn’t drink any water on Wednesday and was so weak. She didn’t sleep much that night and was sick Thursday several times. She trembled in pain. We knew it was time to say our goodbyes.
This is my tribute post so I am posting a lot of pictures. They have captions if you stop the cursor on the pic. We have had other dogs before her but she lived with us the longest. She was very ill-tempered but very much loved by us. We will see her at the Rainbow Bridge.