On behalf of mrs TBogg, the L& T Casey , and myself I would like to thank everyone for their kind concern and best wishes. Needless to say the passing of Beckham came out of the blue and I don’t think we have really absorbed it all yet.
When we first got Beckham as a puppy back in April of ’04 he developed kennel cough which eventually led to pneumonia. Mrs TBogg would sleep on the floor with him every night, holding his head up, so that he could breathe. For a week he was dropped off at our vets where he was pumped full of medicine and taken care of full time. When he was finally out of the woods we saw his lung x-rays and saw that his lungs were almost completely full of fluid. It cost us a small fortune, but we were determined to keep him alive. Because of his bout with pneumonia his immune system was impaired and we knew that he probably wouldn’t be with us for long. We just didn’t expect it this soon.
As best as we can tell, the dogs picked up some type of intestinal virus and, in Beckham’s case, his body couldn’t fight it and it led to a coma-like state and then cardiac arrest. Fenway is not entirely healthy at the moment and he will be spending the day with the vet on Friday. It’s hard to tell how much of his lethargy is from the virus and how much is because he misses Beckham; he spent part of the evening going from room to room looking in some of Beckham’s favorite haunts, unable to find him. Our plan is to get him up and on his feet and hopefully very soon we will be bring another basset buddy for him into the mix.
Speaking personally I feel very hollowed out right now. Even though it has been a year and a half since we lost Satchmo I still haven’t reached the point where, to my mind, I don’t feel some horrible wrong has been done by his early passing. In Beckham, Mrs TBogg feels like she has lost her baby, and the L&T Casey is disconsolate because she is away at school and can’t believe Beckham won’t be here to be snuggle when she comes home.
Sorry to go on so, but our dogs mean the world to us and, while there are a lot of bad things going on in the world right now, we have lost someone very near and dear to us. Despite his grumpy face, Beckham was a wonderfully sweet dog and I will miss him for the rest of my life.
I’m a dog person, I make no excuses.
Once again, thank you.