Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Pork Chop


We got Pork Chop (aka Petunia) 3 1/2 years ago from the local SPCA. She had been living there about 5 months already when KC decided that she, and our Poodle, needed a new friend. Poodle, our terri-poo, was getting on in years, and I was looking at going back to work full time. We thought that Porky would be a good companion for Poodle.


When we first went to meet Porky, she was bouncy, friendly, and SO cute. She seemed to be a perfect fit.


We had to visit with her about 3 times before we were allowed to bring her home. We spent time with her in the 'family room' where there were toys and chairs, and we all hung out getting to know each other. We even took her for a little walk outside.

It was the one and only time that she ever walked willingly on a leash. Once we got her home, we realized that the happy lil dog that was now a part of our family had snowed us.


She was NOT happy. She had been abused, and it was hard for her to trust. She was unable to walk up stairs (mind you, her legs were only about 3 inches long) but would try to bite you when you picked her up to help her.


She was a coffee addict. We found this out when she stole the neighbours Tim Hortons cup one day and tried to run off with it. I can't say how much she actually drank, but she spent the next EIGHT hours bouncing uncontrollably.


We lost Poodle and we were grateful to have the chihuahua/jack russell around. She hated to be cuddled, and she refused to walk on a leash, but she was entertaining.


When Ruby came home one year (to the day) after we lost Poodle, the angry, sullen Porky suddenly became loving. She played with the new puppy, and even carried food into the living room for her. Ruby spent the 1st two weeks here covered in Porky slobber.


She was NOT impressed when KC brought Bumble home. We knew that Porky was getting on, and we wanted a friend for Ruby. She would growl and grouse whenever they ran by her, like a cranky old lady. She hated visits from The Pug, because they would run around the house for hours on end. Her motto seemed to be No Fun On My Watch.

A couple of days ago, she stopped eating. She had been having a lot of accidents in the house (on the new carpet) and we could see that she was winding down. She didn't get up to say hi to Shawn when he came from work, and wasn't interested in the treats that we tried to tempt her with. She picked at her kibble, and drank constantly.

Yesterday, KC poured some coffee in a bowl, and brought to Porky. She barely lifted her head. We had the talk last night. The one where you have to decide whether or not you can watch a beloved family member suffer.

In the end, none of it mattered. She passed away this morning, shortly before we left the house.
I wrapped her in a blanket, put her in a box. When Shawn gets home, we will bury her in the back yard.

I hope that she finds peace now. I will never know what happened to Porky before she came to us. I can only hope that she felt loved in her last few years.

We will miss her.

28 comments:

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

(((((HUGS)))))

I'm so sorry Biddie.

debi said...

Ah Geez, When ot rains it pours eh? I am sorry Biddie. It is heartbreaking to losea family member in pet form. Last night Jack had an accident with a bench out in the yard and the sound of his screams were terrifying.I hope you get meds soon, real soon. Liike the movie, I do believe that All Dogs Go To Heaven. The God that loves me wouldn't have it any other way.

deb said...

The part of my brain that is in charge of spelling is not functioning today. Soprry

Heidi the Hick said...

I am so sorry.

Please know that her last years were full of love. She really was like a kicked dog when you got her and although I wouldn't say that she changed, she wasn't as defensive anymore. I'd even go so far as to say she was content.

Im glad I got to see her at Christmas. I got to pat her little muzzle and look into her giant eyes.

What an amazing, disapproving, funny, grumpy little dog she was. I'm so glad she was yours. You gave her a good life.

I'm not looking forward to The Talk with my kids. They know Nigel's old. They know we will have to make a decision some day. We could have two months, or two years. Who knows. For now we just love the old guy all we can.

Hug Shawn for me. This is going to be hard for the big guy.

I'll call you tonight.

Bunny said...

sorry to hear about your loss. . .
(hugs)

Phoenix5 said...

(((((((BIG HUGS)))))) So sorry for your loss. I used to have trouble understanding why people had such a hard time dealing with the death of a pet, but that was because I didn't have a pet that loved unconditionally. Now that I have such a loving little dog of my own, I think I am beginning to understand. You all are in my thoughts this evening.

Heather said...

Hi B! I am thinking of you everyday.I have caught up on your lastest blogs..*hugs*

Sorry about Porkchop.

FOUR DINNERS said...

(((((((((HUGS)))))))))

We've had the same with cats. A blind cat that got dumped to die spent five years getting loved.

A brain damaged cat (on the way out I think) has been here since kittenhood.

It hurts when they go but console yourself that they had love they would have never known without you.

That's what counts.

Porkchop loved you 'n you loved Porkchop.

You made a difference. x

Burfica said...

I'm so sorry for your loss hun. I know she felt loved, and comfortable enough to be her old persnickity self. hehehehe

Know you did a good thing by taking her and loving her, and now she is in no more pain and can play till her hearts content.

Gabriel said...

I'm very sorry for your loss, Biddie.

I bet Pork Chop is in dog's heaven having a blast right now.

Camie Vog said...

Awww! I am so sorry. Losing a pet is so hard. I lost my dog when I was 12 and took it so badly that I have yet to get another dog.

This story was very moving. At least you were able to give her a great home. It was very sweet that you put coffee in the dish.

dilling said...

So sorry...we love them in spite of it all...I actually love them more when they have their own Oh so Definite Mind of Their Own.
Poor Pork Chop...I am sure she knew she was loved in later years.
Love always.

Cynnie said...

aww..
yeah, i'm going to have to make the decision soon with my old dog..

he is such a cranky old man now..
he sleeps all the time ..

sorry for your loss...

~JJ! said...

Oh Porky.

I'm sorry.

Tod said...

I'm so sorry Biddie, but even though you will all miss her at least she had a loving home during her time with you all.

katy said...

So so very sorry to hear this Biddie, but if Pork chop lived with you and your family it is a 100% certainty that the years had with you all were years of true happiness.
((((hugs))) to all of you x

Marni said...

Big, big, bug hugs. I'm so sorry to hear she is gone, but she knew love for the last few years of her life. Be happy for that.

* (asterisk) said...

Sorry for your loss, Biddie. Those animals will tear us up every time.

captain corky said...

I'm so sorry. That's really sad. I'm glad you guys were able to give her so much love while you had her.

Santi said...

that sucks! :(

rain said...

So sorry, biddie. thinking of you.

jAMiE said...

I am so sorry for your loss Biddie, i am sure s he knew she was a very lucky dog to have you all and knew your love.

Ron said...

Like Camie, I have never gotten over the loss of my first dog. I grieve for your loss of such a cool friend.

mjd said...

Hi Biddie, I have been away from visiting many blogs. I am trying to catch up today. I am sorry to read about the death of your Porky. I am sure that she felt loved in her last few years.

CindyDianne said...

Oh, Biddie. I am so sorry!

Palm Springs Savant said...

Oh Biddie- I am so sorry to hear this. My Shimi is really getting on in his years and I fear that he's on his lats few months. :sigh:

so from one dog lover to another, hugs to you.

Stinkypaw said...

Sorry for your loss. We get so attached to those fur balls... I'm sure she felt the love and remember, she'll be waiting for you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge...

Canadian flake said...

I am so very sorry for your loss...it is always hard to lose such a close friend...and pets are so loving...

Take comfort that she knew love wiht you...and she isn't suffering now..

((((hugs))))