by Debbie Preston
(Reidsville North Carolina)

Miniature Schnauzer Frtiz

Miniature Schnauzer Frtiz

I was living in San Diego California. I had no family there and didn't really know very many people. I was in training for my job and knew I would not be living there very long. I ended up staying 2 years.

The last year I was there I was very lonely. I saw an add for a miniature schnauzer for sale. I called and made an appointment to see him. It was instant love. He was my companion. We'd play peek a boo through my fence. I could go to the dumpster to take out the trash and when I returned 5 minutes later, he treated me like a rock star. He would do tricks and give you big hugs and kisses.

I moved back to my home state of North Carolina. I flew Fritz back with me. He adjusted to the weather change fairly quickly. I thought his inability to jump and run was just a fluke. I had no idea it was a warning of things to come. Bad things.

He began to lay around more. Drink lots of water. Needed to go outside for more frequent potty breaks. I mentioned this to my vet at the time. He informed me that it was probably due to my feeding him dry food. Causing him to drink more water. I didn't question him. I wish now I had.

Time went on and Fritz stopped playing. He would see me and wag his little nub. But he was so weak. I called my usual vet and he was out of town. I called another and took Fritz to see them. They did some lab tests and informed me that he had kidney failure. We tried everything to get his kidneys to work. 3 days in intensive care with medications and fluids did not have any affect. I made the painful decision to say goodbye to my longtime faithful companion. My fur-kid.

I was with Fritz when his soul left his little body. It was painful for me to watch but he had been through so much with me that I knew I owed him that final tribute of affection. He was only 2 years old.

Some people say dogs have no soul. I disagree. When I look into the eyes of my faithful companion, I definitely see a soul. God made dogs and named them after his name. God=dog.

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Oct 31, 2011
So sorry
by: Anonymous

I lost Alex at 11 months to kidney failure after a 5 month battle from diagnosis so I know what you have experienced. It was so hard after seeing massive improvement to see him decline again and have to leave us.His last moments were sad and beautiful because, as you say, it was as if his soul lifted and went away to a better place. Let's hope they're playing happily together.

Sep 28, 2011
RIP Fritz
by: earl & carolyn

only someone who,like ourselves,has lost a friend
can appreciate what you are going through;
our prayers are with you-rest in peace Fritz;

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