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