Category Archives: My Pets

Till we meet again, Elle

My dear Elle has passed away yesterday.

She was weak on Sunday evening, and her cough turned persistent on Monday night, and she was panting away throughout the night. We decided to bring her to the vet after work on Tuesday, but, when we returned home after work on Tuesday, she was already dead.

She was laying near the door, and she was still warm and soft, which showed she had not died all that long before we came back.

What a faithful, loyal and loving companion she was – waiting for our return but it was not meant to be.

My eyes are swollen from all that crying but I am still affected.

Everything triggered memories of her – a leash, a harness, a bowl, her medication. What is worst, I am still not used to not having a dog shadowing me.

I think if I feel this way, Muffin would feel worse.

Muffin is the other Chihuahua, which we love just as dearly.

They are companion dogs, and Muffin has never been alone in the house before. There was always Elle around.

Thank you Elle for the years of love, loyalty and companionship. I know you have crossed the rainbow bridge and we will all meet again one day.

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Elle

My husband brought both our dogs, one a long-haired chihuahua, and the other, a short-haired one, for their annual vaccinations and check-ups this morning.

It was discovered during last year’s check-up that the long-haired one, Elle, had heart murmurs and an enlarged heart, and we exercised due care with her from then on. We even bought a pet stroller just so that she could go on long walks without exerting herself too much.

However, it was during this morning’s check-up that the Caucasian vet noticed that her heart has grown even larger and has reached a critical stage (Dilated Cardiomyopathy). Elle would be put on lifelong meds for her heart and she would also be given medication for the excess fluid in her lungs, which explained the constant hacking cough she has of late.

Although she is already 9 years old, small breeds like her should live well into their teens or late teens, even. We cannot even begin to imagine what life would be without her. She and the other chihuahua, Muffin, are tight. They do everything together, and if one were to “ceased to exist”, the other would most certainly be badly affected too.

We will have to make some adjustments to their feeding times as Elle has to be fed one of the meds an hour before she has her meals. As we usually feed her before we leave for work, that will mean we will have to wake up earlier to feed her the meds first.

We have been very lucky to have Elle and Muffin, and we will most certainly give Elle the best care she can get.

Here’s beautiful Elle: