Charlie was the greatest birthday gift. He came into my life the month of August 2009. Little did I know that he would be mine for only 3 shorts years and 5 months.
Charlie loved to chase the neighborhood squirrels and cats. He was very agile and loved to chase water. He was truly my love. He would protect me and follow me around the house. I was his favorite and he was mine.
He was taken from me suddenly on January 4th, 2014 at 3:00am. He passed suddenly from a condition called HGE (Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis). I urge you to google it and learn all you can about it in the event you are faced with any of the listed symptoms. That can be the difference between life and death.
I was completely unaware of the condition as my Charlie was a healthy dog. He never showed any signs for concern. I awoke on that dreadful night around 2 a.m. as if I knew something was wrong. I seldom get up at night. I found my Charlie lethargic with very labored breathing... laying in a pool of blood and feces. It was quite tragic.
I picked him up and quickly put him in warm water to rinse him. I was unsure of what was going on. His eyes were dilated and he would not stand on his own. His body was very limp. I wanted to take him to the Emergency Vet but as I looked at him... I just knew.. it was too late. I was right. He passed away in my arms.
I feel fortunate enough to have helped comfort him in his final moments but I am angry that there was nothing that I could have done. There was no indication that he was ill. It was sudden. I'm still hurting for him... he was only 3 years old. He did leave behind a litter of 3 beautiful pups. I've decided to keep the male of the litter to help me heal and comfort me.