SAYING GOOD-BYE TO OUR LUCIUS

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I have posted several times about our youngest boy, Elias.

This post is dedicated to our Lucius.  Lucius was 11 years old.  In the last couple of months he developed a cough.  Sort of like when a human cannot clear his or her throat.  He was acting normal otherwise.  Eating fine, stools were fine.  Still relatively active.

Lucius had developed weakness in his back legs as well.  Diagnosis was arthritis.  I knew it would only get worse.  I started him on a joint therapy powder called Nupro.  It seemed to help a bit.

In the last 2 weeks, Lucius' breathing became very labored.  We took him to a local clinic and they put him on two meds - which are used to treat heart failure.  The dr. recommended an x-ray.  

We were going to take him back for the x-ray;  however, the night before the appt., I arrived home from work and found that Lucius was basically in distress.  His breathing was much worse.  I gave him some food and water - which he ate and drank.  But I knew that we had to get him to an emergency clinic.  I found VCA Old Marple, in a neighboring boro - Springfield, PA.  I called my husband at work and told him to get home ASAP.

Once James got home, we got Lucius in our car and drove to the clinic.  The doctor who examined him told us that he was in heart failure and without oxygen he may not even make it through the night.  I felt like someone stabbed me right in my heart.

Dr. O'Brien gave us some treatment options; however, no guarantees anything would help.  When I looked at James' face I knew we would not be taking Lucius home.

James asked Dr. O'Brien what she would do if Lucius belonged to her.  She said that given his age, the severity of the condition, and the fact that his legs would only get weaker, she would let him go.

So, we did.  My husband always called Lucius a "Centurian".  He did everything with gusto - played with his brothers, ate, barked at squirrels (his mortal enemies!!!).  He gave us 11 years of loyalty, devotion, unconditional love, and protection.  We loved him back just as fiercely.

Rest peacefully my beautiful boy.  We will ALWAYS love you and ALWAYS miss you.

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I am so, so sorry for your loss. I'm sure your grief is overwhelming. These beautiful souls come into our lives for such a short time but they have such an impact that you are blindsided when they get called home. Until you meet again. 

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So very very sorry for you and your family. RIP  Lucius Centurion. Tears falling...

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Thank you so much Tess!  So very thoughtful of you to respond.  The pain will ease;  the memories will hopefully carry on in our hearts always.

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Awww - thank you so much!   I picked his ashes up yesterday.  The box is beautiful - wooden, with his name engraved. The vet's office even included a little angel pin!  It hurts so much now - but I know it will get easier.

So sorry for your loss - it is never easy no matter how many years you were blessed to have him. 

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Thank you Fitzmar;  you are right - never ever easy.  We've all been through this.  Lucius was my BUDDY.  We were stunned to have to return home without him.  When we did get home, Zuriel was looking at the door and I'm sure he was wondering where he was.  We make sure to give Zuriel, Maxi and Elias extra extra kisses and hugs every day - you just never know.