Goodbye Penny

I’m writing this now because I won’t be able to do it later, I’ll be too sad.

For the last week to ten days, Penny has been falling over a lot, whether indoors or even in the middle of the road. She’s always had bad legs, but it spread to her front ones and has been dragging her feet with every step, leaving a trail of blood all the way home from the park. She doesn’t seem to be in any pain, but on Tuesday she fell over in a pile of her own poo (not for the first time) and looked up at me to say, “I don’t want to do this anymore”.

Today we took her to the vets. OH thought she could be fixed as it was only her legs and she was on medicine for them. However, we were told it was neurological and there’s nothing more that can be done for her.

She has tablets until Tuesday to help blood flow to the brain, and some stronger anti-inflammatories. But unfortunately we know this will be the last few days we have with her, she is going to be put to sleep on Wednesday so we need to make this weekend extra special for her. We will really miss her, but the vet and Penny have made the decision for us, so it is not so tough and we know now that we are doing the right thing. She will live on in memory through PennyDog and our favourite photographs, and of course she was Best Veteran 2010, so this “useless” runner won something in the end.

I am very honoured that I could give Penny her twilight years. We got her just before her 10th birthday a nervous wreck of a stray, frightened of men, socks, footballs, cats and pretty much everything else. She has turned into a self-confident, if not slightly contrary old lady, with the occasional kleptomania streak and adamant that when at OH’s mum’s house she will get dog meat otherwise she is not eating it thank you very much. She is a campaigner against bathing dogs, and surprisingly tasty when she has come in from the rain (well, Fletcher thinks she is!). She takes no crap from puppies and communicates by moistening her palate. She either lays on her back with a single paw in the air or on her front like an aquatic dinosaur fossil. She can fall down a flight of stairs and come off unscathed, and has only barked twice in all the time we have had her.

So this is in memory of the inspiration behind PennyDog, also known as Penny, Pencilface, Penelope, The Penz, Mrs P, Pickle, Honeypickle, Stumblina, Peas, Penelope Pankhurst, Pixie, Pix, Chief… We will all miss her so much.

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29 Comments

  1. Posted October 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Aw such a beautiful dog, I’m so sorry xxx

  2. Posted October 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Here’s to all those super-huge, super tasty bones and big, warm, springy cushions that will be waiting for Penny when you part for the time being x

    I’m sorry for your sadness. It’s nice that ou were able to give her such joy during these years.

  3. Posted October 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m really sorry you’re going through this situation.

    That’s made me feel very emotional. I hope she will soon find her peace.

  4. Posted October 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh, that is sad. I feel sad; you’ve done so much for her and with her. I’ve seen photos of her over the past couple of years of knowing you on the internet. HUGS

  5. Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a lovely dog, and Pennydog is a fantastic legacy.

  6. Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    *big hugs* :’o(

  7. Razor
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I am so, so sorry to hear. My DH and I are adopting an elderly cat whose owners have to move, and I know we will be facing the same thing sometime in the future.

    Big hugs to you and OH, and especially to Fletcher and Penny.

  8. Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh Kerry I’m so sorry to hear about Penny, but it does sound as though she’s ready, not that that makes it any easier.

    I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for “good long walk” weather this weekend with maybe just a smattering of rain so Fletcher can have a lick.

    Leanne xx

    • Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Long walk isn’t really an option, bless her. I’m going to drive her to her favourite spots instead of walking so she can have a sniff though 😥

  9. Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    so sad 😦 have a special weekend together. btw, nice new blog.

  10. Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I am so sorry to hear this, it sounds like you have made her last years very special. I don’t think it matters what you do this weekend she will be happy just to have you there. xxxxx

  11. Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    so so sorry to hear about your beautiful dog, you certainly gave her a wonderful later years, enjoy your weekend. I suppose on the plus side at least you get to have this last weekend and know what is coming.
    xxx

  12. Kitty Ballistic
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh, I’m so sorry. 😦 Penny looks like such a lovely girl, and she’s clearly had a fabulous life with you.

  13. Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I saw your tweet earlier but couldn’t bring myself to say anything at the time. I am so sorry that you have to say goodbye to Penny, she’s such a beautiful dog. We went through the same thing June last year with our dog Buster. He had the same thing, falling all over the place and all. It was so hard and it was hard for Taz too, it broke my heart to see him sat waiting for Buster to come home when we knew he wouldn’t be. Taz himself is nearly 14 and he’s my baby. I worship that dog, and it upsets me every day to know he won’t be around forever. So I’m just sending you big BIG hugs and as you said, she’ll still be with you.
    (mmmbisto on twitter)

  14. Posted October 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh Kerry. Such sad news. Such a beautiful old lady. Hugs to you all
    Gemxxx

  15. Posted October 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Permalink | Reply

    awww, I’m so sorry that she is failing in her health. I hope your weekend till Wednesday is wonderful with her and your heart makes it through Wednesday with out breaking too much. We will all be thinking of you and your family through this difficult time. (((((hugs))))

  16. Toadybobbins
    Posted October 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    So sorry. Have a special weekend with her. We’ve had to say goodbye to two dogs and it’s awful, but you have given her wonderful time and loads of love.
    TB

  17. Posted October 16, 2010 at 8:31 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh dear. Have a lovely weekend and I know you will be heart-broken on Wednesday and only doggy people will understand. Thinking of you. xx

  18. Posted October 16, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink | Reply

    How very sad for all of you …you were right about getting the tissues ready. Pets are just part of the family and it is always a huge sadness when you lose one. I will be thinking of you.
    Rach xx

  19. Posted October 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That’s very sad news. Been following your tweets about Penny being poorly. I hope you can enjoy the next few days with her and will be thinking of you on Weds x

  20. Evie
    Posted October 17, 2010 at 4:15 am | Permalink | Reply

    So sorry to here that. Putting a loved pet down is such a hard and heartbreaking thing. Sending you love.

  21. Posted October 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh no, Kerry. I can’t even imagine how tough this must be 😦 I hope you are all doing okay and Penny dog’s had a lovely weekend.

    *love*

  22. Fiona
    Posted October 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi,

    I’ve come across your blog for the first time today and cried as I read your latest entry. I’m so sorry for the hard time you are going through just now. I have a dog myself and dread the day he will be taken from us.

    Penny obviously had a tough start to life and you have given her a wonderful few years. Well done. I hope your happy memories will get you through the days, weeks and months ahead.

    My thoughts are with you.

  23. Posted October 18, 2010 at 9:45 am | Permalink | Reply

    aww that is a very sad but lovely post to celebrate Penny’s life – this is the trouble with owning dogs i’ve been there myself and no doubt will soon be again but at least we can do right by them – stay strong and enjoy your time together xxx

  24. Posted October 18, 2010 at 11:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh my goodness. I’ve come here late (thanks to @LauraAWNTYM on twitter), but I love a hound and I’m so terribly sad for you, but so terribly pleased for Penelope Pankhurst (love that one) that she allowed you to adopt her and give her such a wonderful life. Big, heowge hugs to you all. Sleep tight, Penny xx

  25. Taffy's Mum
    Posted October 18, 2010 at 11:39 am | Permalink | Reply

    English Mum sent me the link to your blog.
    RIP Penny Dog – run free at the Rainbow Bridge.
    Will go home tonight and give my 2 houndies a big hug for you xx

  26. julia york
    Posted October 20, 2010 at 11:12 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thinking of you… it’s awful when you love someone you love. It hurts but in the end you have to do what’s best for them. I really feel your grief. Jx

  27. Posted October 21, 2010 at 12:06 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow I cant believe it I have always followed your blog and loved reading about penny and her antics I am here with tears in my eyes thinking of ye… All the best.
    Paul.

  28. Selchi
    Posted October 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You don’t me, I’ve just found your blog but wanted to say how deeply sorry I am. I too had to have my beautiful greyhound Ice put to sleep in June for the very same reason. The heartbreak is tangible and I miss his personality and presence every day but it was for the best. Just wanted you to know that someone else in this often hostile world understands and feels deeply sad and sorry for your loss x

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