Skeeter, 1994-2007

My mom got Skeeter around the time I finished college in November 1994. He was a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, a PBGV for short. The best part of coming home to visit my family was the cacophonous din he made when I walked in the door, like an avant-garde cello concerto. Tail wagging, banging into everything. He would bump his forehead against my shins so I could rub his ears.

This morning, we had to put Skeeter to sleep. He'd had a bunch of complications related to a low blood platelet count. He was still able to walk but he was so tired. He'd been through hell yesterday but the decline was so fast, not a long, slow illness. He was hanging out in my room with me on Wednesday, the day after I arrived — jumped up on the arm chair you see above to hang out with me. And that din? He made noise when I walked in the door Tuesday night.

Before the vet administered the shot, he bumped his forehead into my shins so I could rub his ears one last time. My mom and stepfather gave him hugs. We all petted him. And then we let him go.

I love that little guy. I'm going to miss him so much. Coming home will never be the same.

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  1. I'm so sorry for your loss. Canine or otherwise, they are always important members of our families. I hope that you were able to have a Merry Christmas otherwise.

  2. Many condolences. It's so hard to put a pet to sleep, and so empty when they're gone. But I bet your mom and stepdad were glad to have you with them.

  3. Thanks, Joy. It was the worst Christmas I've ever spent. But I'm glad that I got to spend a few good days with him here before he got so sick, and that I was there to say goodbye.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about this. I've had to confront Tiamat's (my cats) mortality this year after a run of eye ulcers, abcesses and corneal lesions. It's made me realize just how artificial species boundaries are. You and Skeeter will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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