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Zo-e My Favorite Girl
by Bobbie Streebe
My Girl Zoe
Zoe was born on February 24, 2002, and passed away June 1, 2011. I got first pick from the litter, and she was going to be my blue merle Aussie, with the two bluest eyes ever. Around the age of 1 year, she started to develop bumps on her nose that looked like dirt. We took her in to get examined and found out it was discoed lupus. She was given a low dose of prednisone and was basically on that for the rest of her life. Through out her life, she had immune issues that came up that we tried to take of naturally and medically through our vet. She was full of life in the mean time. Smart, alert, and energetic. It wasn't till February of 2011 that she started to develop an upper respiratory problem that we didn't realize at the time we were in a battle for her life. Tests were done, xrays were taken, different specialists consulted, and treatments were given, but to no avail. She also developed a bad bacterial infection in her urine on top of all this. She was on pretty strong antibiotics and her prednisone was rasied to help combat the respiratory problem.
In April, more tests and xrays were done, and there apparently was no indication at the time that there might be cancer in her lungs. It wasn't until May that she wasn't getting any better with all the meds and treatments that we took her, on the advice of our vet to a cancer specialist for dogs. They took xrays, and within 5 minutes, the verdict was in - there was cancer in her lungs. Apparently the original disorder of lupus from her early stages of life, gradually went into her lymph nodes and into her lungs. The prednizone kept everything at bay for her until now.
Like the vet said, I give you 3 days with her, but my girl Zoe held out for another week. Zoe told us when it was time to let her go that morning, and we knew by the look she was giving us that it was time. She couldn't fight it any more. We had our vet on call, and she came over and a very kind and merciful way, our Zoe went to sleep.
She will always be in my heart, she was my girl that I raised from a puppy. We gave the best love and care we could provide. I will always love her. We never know how long they will be with us, but we should never take for granted the time we do have with them. Cherish the times we spend and enjoy every moment.