Five years ago today Pepi crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. He set the bar so high that I’m still not able to have another dog. Five years later I still get upset when I look at rainbows because they seem so close yet so far. Pepi’s essence is still as strong as ever and still guides my life in so many ways.
Aged 18 years old, Pepi spent 7 nights in an Intensive Care Animal Hospital after suffering an after-effect from dental surgery. The Canine Specialist said he had at least another 5 healthy years left in him and that his heart, and other vital organs and signs were that of an 8 year old, not an 18 year old.
I went to the ICU four times each day/night, for the 7 days/nights and would arrive at different times. Every time I arrived the nurses always said he started barking 30 minutes ago. The drive to the ICU was 30 minutes! He knew I was coming. He wouldn’t eat anything in hospital unless I hand fed him.
On the Sunday Pepi was in the ICU he had been booked as the Featured Guest for The Animal Welfare League’s big event. The Canine Specialist insisted I take him. When I arrived, the nurses had secretly bathed him and covered his IV with a glamour bandage so it wouldn’t be spotted.
As soon as Pepi saw his pram’stroller and his suit, he sprang to life; it was what he lived for: showing off infront of large crowds. He made his stage appearance and did a full photo shoot. It was a great day for us. Writing about still fills my eyes with tears. I drove him back to the ICU, I didn’t know that in less than 48 hours he would be gone.
36 hours later Pepi was cleared to come home. I was so excited! He seemed tired right before we ledft the hospital, but ti didn’t realise what was about to happen.
We arrived home and within minutes he seemed completely blind and disorientated and in less than five minutes after arriving home he suffered a massive stroke. I rushed him back to the ICU and the Canine Specialist was waiting for us. He regained consciousness but I could see he had suffered brain damage.
I could have kept Pepi alive with dialysis three times a week but his quality of life had now been forever altered. Pepi was a happy dog filled with fun and a sense of adventure, He was a dog who carried a lot of dignity.
I chose to hold Pepi in my arms as he was put to sleep by lethal injection. It seemed everything good had gone out of the world, as I carried him from the hospital, wrapped in muslin sheets with a blue ribbon and blue roses tied to it.
When I went online on twitter, pals burst into tears. Then the MOST AMAZING THING HAPPENED! For 24 hours, Pepi’s twitter pals climbed aboard Henry’s Truck and together they all drove to the Rainbow Bridge Gates and waved farewell to pepi as he journeyed across it.
@ChatteMuse and @PuzTheCat were waiting for him. They had spray painted his beloved pram/stroller gold. I was online throughout most of the 24 hours, although I was unable to tweet because I was sobbing uncontrollably for most of it. It was the kindest most beautiful thing ever imaginable!
Our twitter pals took the most difficult day of my life and made it one of the most special days ever! The sea of kindness our twitter pals created wrapped me in their love and support and carried me along. Its still difficult to write about now, even 5 years later. It was truly a life altering experience and one I shall never forget.
‘She’s hopeless. She did it again, started getting all morbid, so I’m writing my own Memorial post again. BOL! I was a happy guy who took life by the teeth and lived it to the full. I didn’t sit around moping so my Memorial has to be happy too.
When I wasn’t striking a post in-front of some pretty big media cameras, which I LOVED (the bigger the camera the more I worked it), I loved rolling in duck poo. it always gave me a nice shade of green on my white face-fur. And I always got a good reaction from it too – she’s scream and say “Oh no, not again.” BOL!
I have a zillion stories but I’ll save them for another time. Thanks for visiting me on my 5th Memorial Over the Rainbow Bridge. When ‘she’ unexpectedly arrives over the Rainbow Bridge i’ll be there to meet her. We will be a forever family again, but not just yet. *waves paw*