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Gator (Papa Conch) Mar 7, 1999 - April 3, 2010


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On Saturday, April 3 we had to allow Gator (Papa Conch) to cross the Rainbow Bridge. Gator had turned 11 on March 7. He had eatne breakfast on Wed Mar 31, but did not eat his midday treat or dinner. He threw-up a few times during the night but early Thur morning he had HORRIBLE diarrhea. We took him to the e-vet and Gator had a 104.5 fever!!. The e-vet said the blood work had to be redone cuz Gator had HGE - Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis. Gator was put on fluids and antibiotics. We took him to our normal vet @ 7:30am and they did some more blood work and stomach x-rays. No tumors found and no problems seen with his pancreas. No obvious reason for the infection was found.


So he was at the vet All day Thursday and Friday. He was not getting re-hydrated and still was having watery diarrhea. We were told he looked depressed and for us to come by this morning and see if he would eat for us. Our normal vet is only open till noon on Saturdays and they would have to have him transported to the e-vet for the weekend.


My hubby went to see Gator Sat. morning (I had to work at my part-time job) and was told that Gator's numbers were not looking good. Patrick took him to the e-vet and Gator's temps was 103 and bloodwork was re-done (by the e-vet who had seen him Thur morning). Gator's kidneys were failing and the prognosis was not good. Patrick came to get me from work (3 mins away from the e-vet) and we made the decision to let Gator go and to not have him suffer anymore. We were both holding him when he passed.


Gator and I bonded very closely in early 2005 (we adopted him in Nov 2004) when my hubby began commuting from DE to CT. I began working from home and had to work very hard to teach Gator to not jump up on me when I would come home. Gator was not really food motivated BUT he loved affection and attention. So, I worked with him to get him to go out of his crate and to get on a bed before he got affection. Gator learned how to calm himself and the crate went away!!!! I can still him shaking from excitement on his bed and waiting so patiently for his affection!! We do the same thing when someone comes to visit. He was such a lover boy - he sooo wanted to get petted and to lean (and shed) on everyone he met!!!


One of my favorite memories is when he brought a dead mole into the house and my hubby was in CT so there was no one to help me get the mole out of the house. I learned that day that if there's no one to hear you, then screaming for someone else to take care of a critter is NOT going to work. I HAD to do it myself!! Gator was sooo proud of the gift he brought me :colgate



I miss my Baby Boy sooo much. It is soo quiet in our home (despite having both Glitter & Gigi with us). Not only was he a big boy (normally weighed ~ 90 lbs) his presence in our home was gigantic!!!


We will pick up his ashes today. Anyone have any recommendations for memorial plaques with a greyhound on it. Thanks!!!



Here are some of my favorite pics of Gator:







Dad, I can help you...T-R-E-A-T




Oh he did LOVE to roach!!!



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Guest aaspenwall

I'm so sorry for your loss and can relate to the feeling of such a loss of such a big presence, even with other dogs in the house. Those special big boys make a place in your home and your heart that no one else can fill. But even when they've moved on they can still occupy part of your heart. I don't have any recommendations for memorial plaques, but when my heart boy died just over a year ago, I got a piece of cremation jewelry in which to keep a small bit of his ashes. The thought kind of seemed odd at first, but I really like it.

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:sad1 Sorry for your lose. It sounds like he was a special joy to have around and will be sadly missed for some time to come. :bighug:brokenheart:angelwings Godspeed Gator
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Sharon, I'm so sorry for you loss. Gator was a great dog!!!


Godspeed Gator, may you run free with the wind at the Bridge. :gh_run:f_red


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What a beautiful boy. I am so sorry.

Rest in peace, sweet Gator.


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He was so handsome and happy. I am so sorry. :(

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Handsome boy, gone too soon.


Godspeed, sweetheart.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. Gator was a good lookin' boy - I can just picture him shaking with excitement on his bed. Godspeed Gator! flowers_yellow.gif

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I'm so sorry...he sounded very special and loving.

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I'm so very sorry. :cry1 He was a handsome special boy.


Godspeed Gator.

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