Farewell to Lilly

Yesterday, exactly one month after we lost Jane Margaret, we had to say goodbye to our sweet Swiss Mountain Dog, Lilly.

My husband has had Lilly since she was a puppy, over 9 years ago. (He’s loved her longer than he’s loved me!) She has been a loyal member of the family, companion to our pug, Winston, and to C. Samuel, and occasional guest on this blog (for example, here and here).

Yesterday afternoon, Lilly had a seizure. She’d been having seizures and losing muscle control due to a suspected brain tumor. This was the second seizure since we started antiseizure meds in early July, and the first one that she didn’t come out of on her own. C loaded her, panting and non-responsive, into the back of my car, and we drove her to the veterinary specialty hospital, where they gave her phenobarbitol to break the seizure.

We knew we had pushed Lilly past the point of a good quality of life, but after so much recent sorrow, we had a very hard time letting go. The phenobarbitol made her sedated but responsive, which gave us an opportunity to say goodbye.

She will be deeply missed. 😦


Best friends. (Lilly was wearing the cone while recovering from an eye ulcer.)


Our neighborhood 4th of July parade. Lilly couldn’t walk the route, so we pulled her in the wagon.


The brain tumor made it hard for Lilly to get up to pee, so we did nighttime diapers, held up with ‘suspenders’ made from my NST-monitor elastic bands.

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Out for a walk. This was one of Lilly’s recent ‘good days’.


Yesterday morning, C. gave Lilly a new haircut to make it easier to clean up after accidents. She was still giving us attitude even then.


C. saying goodbye.

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  1. jonsie13

     /  August 26, 2016

    I lost my dog of 11 years almost 2 months ago. I’m so sorry you’re going through this.

  2. Jane Allen

     /  August 26, 2016

    Oh my, what a horrible way to compound your grief. I am so sorry for your family’s loss, but I like to think that she’s snuggling with Jane.

  3. Rest in peace, Lilly ❤
    Prayers to heal your family's pain ❤

  4. I’m so sorry for the loss of your dog, Lilly. Sending love.

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