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What a rough, ROUGH day...

by Stephanie Stricklen

kgw.com

Posted on October 17, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:42 PM

Well, (deep breath) here goes......

Since before I left for China, I've been caring for my sweet puppy Milo who has a lesion in his spine (most likely a glioma that they can't biopsy due to its location). He's actually 10 years old, but always a puppy in my mind. I cried and cried when I left for the Olympics figuring that would be the last time I would ever see him, but god bless him-- he hung on for almost a month and a half after I got back. Until yesterday.

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It was time to put him to sleep-- which, if you have ever, ever done anything like that in your life-- you know how gut-wrenching it is. My vet is simply the most wonderful man in the world and came to the house where Milo would be most comfortable. I soothed Milo and talked to him so the last thing he would hear would be my voice telling him what a very good dog he was. And then he slipped away.

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This morning was rough.

Drew Carney was out previewing a phenomenal event-- one I actually already had on my calendar after a friend told me about it a few weeks ago: Doggie Palooza. I definitely recommend checking it out if you're a dog lover like me.

But, seriously, what are the odds THAT is what I'd have to deal with not 12 hours after making the most difficult decision I've had to make in years? I gotta tell you, it was hard watching Drew's segments.. and seeing his dog Zoe (who is a sweet, adorable dog and made for TV). You just can't help but think about your own circumstances in a case like that, you know? And I just about lost it watching Zoe get worked on by the doggie masseuse and hearing Brenda say during the segment that she puts her dog to sleep with a massage. It was too much and knocked me down for the rest for the newscast. But I kept it together because the event is a fun, unique one that deserves enthusiasm-- just the kind of event dogs like Milo would love to attend (yes, dogs are welcome.. just make sure they're well-behaved).

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I've got my head on straight again, but just barely. I miss my Milo and am not looking forward to going home to an empty house. At least it's Friday.

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