Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sugar Plum

Hi friends. It is with a heavy heart that I write today's blog post about my beloved Sugar Plum. If you've been a long time reader of my blog, you have probably seen her pop up in a few posts. She passed away on Sunday from what appeared to be liver cancer. If you've been following my Instagram, then this isn't news.

Shugy was a little old lady and I knew this day would come eventually, but I wan't prepared for it to happen so fast and so quick. She's always been slow and developed arthritis early on. Three weeks ago she went for her yearly check-up and they said she was doing great! She started showing obvious symptoms of being sick this past Thursday. I took her to the vet on Friday. Saturday, I took her to the emergency vet and that is where she died on Sunday morning. The emergency vet did an ultrasound on her tummy and found masses in her liver that were presumed cancerous, and Friday's x-ray showed a suspicious area near her heart where they thought the cancer had spread to her lungs. Apparently doggy liver cancer comes on strong and quick and once real signs appear, there isn't much time left at all. The emergency vet said she just stopped breathing and passed very peacefully. They were very kind and not only helped me make arrangements for her cremation, but also gave me a clay paw print with her impression.

I know everyone thinks their dog is the best in the world, but Shugy really was a truly special girl. She had a unique personality; she was so gentle and quiet and loving...so smart and intuitive, as well. She had the kindest and sweetest spirit. I never had to obedience train her - she never needed it. Everyone who met her remarked at how wonderful she was. Her favorite place to visit was my parents' lake house. I'm just so upset as I write this because there is such a huge void now. I just can't believe she's gone.

I adopted her as an adult dog 9.5 years ago to the day - on April 27, 2004 - October 27, 2013. I never knew what kind of dog she was other than a spitz mix, but I always thought she looked like a Swedish Lapphund. Rest in peace, my sweet girl. I love you forever.

Sugar Plum, Christmas 2012

Helen, GA, 2011

Jacksonville, FL, 2007

Cheaha Mountain, AL, 2007

Shugy's first hair cut, Boston, 2006

Shugy's last hair cut, June, 2013

Lake house, May 2011

December, 2012

December, 2012

Alabama, 2008

Shugy frequently layed with her back paws out like this. Made me laugh. Atlanta, 2008

September, 2011

I had to include a typical Shugy face. Despite all these wonderful pics of her smiling, she actually did not like to have her picture taken and would purposely avoid looking at the camera. Here she is pouting because I pulled out the camera, even though there's a treat for her. I'm lucky to have gotten as many happy pics of her as I did. Florida, 2007

Atlanta, January, 2011

Helen, GA, 2011

David cuddling with Shugy, 2013

December, 2012

Shugy at the vet Friday afternoon, 10/25/2013

Such a sad day. Bandit and I say good-bye to sweet angel Sugar Plum. She looks so peaceful. 10/27/2013

I love you Sugar Plum, May, 2012


Corinne said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, deary. I lost one of my first pets earlier in the year and it was so very, very difficult. It's horrible when it happens so suddenly, but at least she is no longer suffering. You will always miss your little furry friend but it will get easier, just give it time.
Big hugs your way!
xx Corinne

Carrie Couch said...

You just made me boo hoo :( I agree, that lil Shug was quite the perfect animal. So sweet, so gentle, so human-like. I will miss her very much as well. "wag your tail if you're in doggie heaven!"

If Shugy was anything like Ling Ling, then you will see glimpses of her everywhere...and even in other animals. She will visit you...as you have seen, she already has today!

Lots of love to you and Bandit. I'm so sorry.

Marionberry Style said...

Oh Mary Ann...I am so so sorry. It was almost 11 months ago that my dog Bogey died and it still makes me cry thinking about him and how much I miss him every day. Your Sugar Plum was such a sweetheart of a dog (you can see how much you loved eachother in these pictures). I am so sorry and will be thinking about you both.

I would like to think that Bogey and Sugar Plum are playing together right now in doggy heaven.

Big hug,

B said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, and glad you have these precious photos to accompany your many happy memories of her.

Rachel said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Having lost my childhood dog 2 years ago, I know what you're going through. These photos will be beautiful memories <3

Hello Jodi said...

Oh you poor, poor baby. My heart aches for you. I am using all the power I can muster to COMMAND THE UNIVERSE to be extra gentle with you while you grieve.

Laura Wears... said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. It's never easy to lose a pet - they really become members of the family. Thanks for sharing photos of Sugar Plum - such a beautiful girl.