Will You Pray With Me For My Little Doggie?

Filed in Living by on February 19, 2015 5 Comments

Aaaarrrrgggghhhh…ahoy, Matey! I’m just an old Seadog!

Munson, in his current off-Broadway role as Captain Jack Sparrow

Munson Eye Patch

I’m trying to be light-hearted about this, but I am really, really worried about my little buddy Munson. He’s not doing very well, and it makes me terribly sad.

Munson is 13 years old, and he’s had a tough go of it lately. He lost his hearing about a year ago. Four months ago he developed an allergy to plaque, which caused him to develop ulcers in his mouth, and had to have 32 teeth pulled. Now he has an ulcer in his left eye that won’t heal.

The thing that makes me the most sad is that mouth and eye ulcers are apparently quite painful. He never whimpers or complains, but the doctor says he has been, and is now, in a lot of pain. I just can’t bear the thought of it. He’s so sweet and innocent, it just doesn’t seem fair somehow.

Anyway, it’s probably the case that the end is near for my little buddy.

There are a couple of ways I am trying to cope with this awful inevitability.

I will continue to make sure he has great medical care. I can’t say that I won’t at all consider the cost, but that is far from my major concern. His healing and comfort are my key priorities.

More importantly, I will treasure every single day with him from this day on, because each day is a wonderful gift from God. I have also decided that I will have him put down the minute I think he is suffering too much and has insufficient quality of life ahead of him. I will not keep him alive just for my own personal sake.

Lastly, after the fateful day, I will do what I would have wanted Munson to do if it were me to pass away before him. If it were me to die first, I would want him to fully enjoy the rest of his life and be happy. So when Munson dies, of course I will miss him terribly and mourn his loss, but I will also commit to move forward in a productive and optimistic way. As part of this, I plan to get another Bichon Frise, and treat him or her in the same loving way I have treated beautiful Munson, with the utmost care and compassion. We will enjoy each other’s companionship, and yet I will still think often, and fondly, about my first Little Buddy.

Fortunately, he’s not gone just yet, so I continue to pray hard every day for his recovery. If you have a moment, would you mind sending a prayer Munson’s way? He and I would be greatly in your debt.

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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  1. Lorraine Fischer says:

    My heart goes out to You, Elaine and of course Munson I hope he gets better. I know he had a great life with you And he is loved very much.

  2. Tina Thompson says:

    Bless you for taking such great care of this little guy! I too faced a similar dilemma years ago when my cat of 15 years fell ill. I wondered if I would ever have the courage to put him down when the time came, or if I would even recognize when the time was right. As it turned out, when the time came I knew it right away, and while the decision was not easy, it was certainly a peaceful one once his suffering was over.

    I’ll keep you and this little guy in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Annelle Paschal says:

    I will pray for your little buddy! Our pets are our family and wonderful companions. You are doing all the rights things to make him and you comfortable.

  4. Jo Anne says:

    Tim and Elaine, I know this is a very hard time for you both, our pets r our family, they love us unconditionally, they never judge us they count on us for luv, stability and comfort and in return we do the same for them. They put a smile on our faces a warmness in our hearts and the best gift of all LOVE. Thinking of all of you and saying some doggy prayers. Love U Jo Anne

  5. Tim McIntyre says:

    I have so many caring family members and friends, thank you all so much for your thoughts and kind words. Munson seems to be getting better, so it is working!

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