Gibs came here as a foster dog for RAGOM in January. His owner, who had doted on him, had passed away, and he had no place to go. Three days after he arrived, he was diagnosed with lymphoma, so he became a hospice dog. The oncologist gave him 4 - 6 weeks.
He was a big sweet lug, the biggest Golden I’ve had. The Happy Meals that his owner used to feed him for lunch had him, at one point, up to 150 lbs. But he was also tall and long, just a big dog. He was just under 130 lbs. when he came here. He had a thyroid condition and had had two knee surgeries.
He went on a diet and lost 15 lbs., could move around much easier and was looking good. He was majestic, and bossy, and spoiled, and a big love. He did great for a long time, and the predicted 4 - 6 weeks turned into 4 months.
But the past few weeks he was declining, struggling to climb the stairs, barking during the night because (I assume) something wasn’t right, and developing nosebleeds. Cancer was winning. So, wanting him to go with some dignity, I knew it was time.
I made the dreaded call to make the appointment, let him spend the afternoon in the sun, eating some Frosty Paws, and getting lots of love. The staff at VCA Animal Care Hospital in Richfield rocks.
Gibs LOVED that place! It was his happy place. He would wag his tail every time we were there, and he would get doted on by everyone there, and he'd get treats, and he could not have been more happy. There were two vets who came to say goodbye, and three of the vet techs.
They had French fries, cheesy crackers, and cookies for Gibs’ send off—all foods that he hadn't tasted since he came to my house! Goodbyes were said with lots of hugs and pets, tears were shed, a tail was wagged almost the whole time, and the big old guy sailed off peacefully.
So, goodbye, Gibs. You had a good life. Your owner adored you and you were an excellent house guest with us. It was an honor shepherding you on your way. I hope Marnie is there to greet you with a Happy Meal and that you have good tales to tell.
You were a good boy. Woof.