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We lost our sweet old goofball.

 

Sarge was also known around these parts as Cheese Dog because he had ears that flipped forward and looked like little cheese triangles when he was interested in something.

 

He wasn't known for his smarts like some of the hounds we've had, but he made up for it with extra cuddliness. He was a big squishy love sponge. He never, ever tired of petting. Your hand would fall off before he could get enough pets. He loved armpit snuggles and ear rubs.

 

Unfortunately for all of us DH received a birthday gift through UPS. We had no idea what was in it because it was... well, a surprise gift.

 

Since DH was on a business trip I set the package aside for him to open when he got home and thought no more of it.

 

I found Sarge lying dead on his side this morning. He was stretched out with congealed blood visible underneath the skin on his belly. His gums were white, his tongue was white and he had foamed at the mouth.

 

It probably goes without saying that I was shocked, confused and stricken. I couldn't figure out what on earth had happened to him. It looked like he had suffered some kind of internal bleeding.

 

Then I noticed that the package was not on the table. I went looking for it and found it chewed open and empty in the dog run. He had stolen the box, opened it and eaten whatever was inside.

 

A call to the well-meaning sender revealed that she had given DH a bunch of black tea, dark chocolate covered coffee beans and some "really good raspberry candy"... sweetened with Xylitol. Any one of those could have killed him and he snarfed the whole damned lot.

 

I did not tell her that this killed our dog and neither DH nor I will ever mention it to her. It would have been pointless and cruel to say so when all she meant was to send a birthday treat. It was entirely, 100% my own stupid fault for leaving the box within reach. It simply never occurred to either me or DH that there were edibles in there, much less toxic edibles.

 

Mea culpa. I was a dumbass. And Sarge just did what he always did, which was seek and destroy all tasty items.

 

Public Service Announcement: If you receive a gift package and don't know what's in it, do not leave it anywhere within your dog's possible reach.

 

PSA #2: Black tea contains caffeine and tannins, both of which are toxic to dogs. Dark chocolate covered coffee beans contain theobromine and caffeine, both of which are toxic to dogs. Candy or *anything* from chewing gum to mouthwash that is sweetened with Xylitol kills dogs dead.

 

If there's any silver lining at all it's that I know he richly enjoyed his pilfered treasures. But that's very cold comfort considering the price he paid for it.

Kristen with

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I'm so sorry. There are no adequate words.

 

Run-free, Sarge. :f_red

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I'm so sorry for your loss, and for the horrific circumstances around it. Please go easy on yourself. You could not have known. :grouphug

 

Rest well, Sarge.

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How tragic. I am so very sorry.

 

Run free, Sarge.

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I loved the photos of Sarge's cheese triangle ears :heart I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

 

Godspeed good boy, rest well.

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I am so very, VERY sorry. :cry1 :cry1 :cry1

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:sad1 Sounds like Sarge was quite a character. :brokenheart

 

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I'm so sorry to read how that happened to your Sarge, and thank you for warning us how an accident like that can come from the simplest of oversights.

 

:bighug Let's make all dog owners aware of the dangers in human foods. Run free and healthy at the bridge Sarge :gh_run

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There are no words...peace to your broken hearts. Rest well, Sarge.

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Oh, no! I'm so sorry for your shock and pain and sadness, and the loss of your precious boy. Be gentle to your grieving heart---there was no way you could have known.

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How awful. I can't even imagine what you must be feeling. I am so very sorry for your loss. :(

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Oh no....

So very sorry for the tragic loss of your boy.

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What an awful shock for you and dh. I'm so sorry for your loss.

 

 

 

Godspeed, good boy.

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Run free Sweet Sarge. I am so very sorry.

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My heart is bleeding for you. As C. S. Lewis said "You can’t see anything properly while your eyes are blurred with tears." :grouphug I must tell you though that I know for sure-because one of my bridge angels told me and taught me, that there was NOTHING you could have done to prevent it. Even if you would have put the box away somewhere then Sarge would have just found another way to leave. It was just his time and nobody could have changed it. Perhaps in time Sarge will teach you the same. He will be with you always. Love is energy like everything else and it cannot be destroyed-not even by death. My deepest sympathy.

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The birthday giver found out by accident. DH posted on Facebook that Sarge had died. No details. But she remembered that I had called to ask precisely what was in the package she sent and had asked for ingredients if she knew them. She's not stupid and put 2 and 2 together.

 

"OMG I killed your dog!" No, honey, you did not. You sent a thoughtful gift. I was stupid and careless and the dog got the package. I accept full responsibility. No guilt on your end. That was what I said to her and it's true.

 

The real pisser is that we're going to lose Finn too. He has osteosarcoma. It's fast and it's aggressive.

 

Enough death. We're full up here.

Kristen with

Penguin (L the Penguin) Flying Penske x L Alysana

Costarring The Fabulous Felines: Squeak, Merlin, Bailey & Mystic

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