My Baby Kayley
Such a blessing to find this page in time of grief and deep sorrow. Having been raised with Miniature Schnauzers in childhood and having multiples in adulthood, I can proudly say that there is no better breed. Their intelligence, the dog with the human brain!, their stunning personalities and spirit, their wit, charm and comedic ways, all you fans know exactly what I'm trying to say...they are extraordinary!
So I write this with a complete broken heart, actually I tell my friends that my heart is gone, with the passing of my beloved little buddy, Kayley. She was the perfect little Schnauzer and A rate companion, guard, friend, and daughter! She was absolutely fine, ... barking, running, jumping , eating, everything! For almost 14, I thought, boy, she's really doing great, eyesight, hearing, the whole thing.... And absolutely no medical problems her entire life, no allergies, no stones, no diabetes, no bumps, nothing! I took her for her grooming on a Friday morning, normal, happy and beautiful. Sunday night she started this gentle snorting sound. Monday no better, but was still doing all her normal things. I thought perhaps she picked up something at the groomers.
I took her to the vet, blood work, X rays, EKG...to find she had CHF and a bad mitral valve. We were shocked! How could this be with no signs of ANYTHING??? We went home with Meds and an injection of diaretic...Kayley never improved and when another set of X rays were taken just 5 days later, both lungs were filling with fluid. My husband and I had to make that last ultimate act of love decision to have Kayley earn her wings and halo...no matter how many times you go through this, it is never easy and you never become a seasoned professional. And when your buddy is fine one minute, and gone the next, the shock and heartbreak seems surreal.
Her alertness was with her to the very end. Her coat was thick, shiny and youthful. Two weeks later, the shock has not worn off one bit...we look for and hear her, we expect her to come barreling in from enjoying her yard...on and on I can go but I know my fellow Schnauzer lovers know the words I want to say. So thank you for letting me share my deep sorrow and please, those of you that have those amazing critters, give them an extra squeeze from me, and those that share my pain, embrace those happy memories of a truly exceptional breed. Thank you. RIP my beloved Kayley, we will meet again...July 8,2002-March 21,2016.