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15-Year-Old Dog Stumbles Onto Hero’s Lawn and Both Get Swept Away

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Free of heartworm, Roadie wants to live

My vet came back in and said “Roadie has a lot of problems right now but heartworm isn’t one of them.”  He obviously knew I was concerned about the costs involved and he told me if I wanted to treat this sweet old man he would give me every possible discount. I asked him to leave me alone with Roadie for a few minutes so I could try to make the right decision.  As I stood there stroking Roadie’s matted dirty coat, I realized that he had been put in my path for a reason and be it only six months or maybe a year, I was going to do everything in my power to show this old man who had suffered a lifetime of neglect and abuse that somebody loved him and cared about him before he left this world — full well knowing that when that time came, I would be crushed with grief.

So Roadie was going to be treated.  He stayed at the vet’s office for five days where he was put on IV fluids and antibiotics, his flea infestation was dealt with, his draining infected ears were cleaned, and he was given a medicated bath.  All of his issues were addressed and it took almost two months, but he recovered fully.

The best months of his life…even playing ball at his old age

Roadie lived on the farm with me and my other dogs and the horses for seven months happy and full of life .  He played with his favorite ball and slept in my bed every night until that morning I had been dreading came. I awoke that Friday to take Roadie and the other kids out but he couldn’t get up and stand on his feet and I thought well he is just having a bad day, so I helped to his feet and outside to do his business and continued to do so over the weekend.  By Monday, his legs couldn’t support his weight even with my assistance, so just as I had seven months earlier, I carried him into my vet’s office and my vet told me it was time.  I held him in my arms and cried as Roadie left this world, but as he looked at me just before the lights went out behind those big beautiful brown eyes, I knew in my heart that Roadie knew I loved him as I knew he loved me.

Roadie lies on a rug

I took Roadie back to the farm and my friend who had helped with the vet bills for Roadie then helped me bury him on the farm with his favorite ball.   I went to the house and sat with my other dogs for comfort and cried for days just as I am now, telling his story. I can honestly say knowing everything I know now that I would do it all over again. You see, just weeks before I found Roadie, I had lost my mother, and Roadie, without me even knowing it at the time, had helped me through some of the darkest days of my life focusing on him and not the recent loss of my mom. I will never forget him or the special gift he gave me and rarely a day goes by that I don’t think of him playing with his ball or my other dogs and walking as fast as he could to try to keep up with them that I don’t smile or sometimes still shed a tear. I have a magnet on my Jeep that looks like a dog’s paw print and it says “Who Rescued Who?”

I’ll let you decide.

Roadie walking as the sun sets

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3:53AM PDT on Jul 28, 2015

thanks for the article.

8:19PM PDT on Apr 21, 2015

Roadie looks lovely, so happy his last months were happy, he could be a normal dog and was so well cared for and loved. You rescued each other, how special and wonderful is that!

1:16PM PDT on Mar 26, 2015

So glad that Don and Roadie got to share the joy and love of each other.

5:58PM PDT on Mar 20, 2015

Noted

4:41AM PDT on Mar 16, 2015

Through my tears, I can say with absolute certainty that Roadie was sent to you, Laura, at just that time, just as you were meant to be there for him. What you gave to each other was immeasurable. He gave you focus at that awful time and you gave him a peaceful, comfortable, loving last months of life. True Karma!

4:40PM PDT on Mar 15, 2015

....so deeply touching....it stretched my heart to tears too....rest in peace lovely Roadie ~

9:21AM PDT on Mar 14, 2015

tyfs

2:36AM PDT on Mar 14, 2015

Thank you

4:06PM PDT on Mar 13, 2015

Thank you

11:50AM PDT on Mar 13, 2015

THIS IS ABOUT THE 3RD OR 4TH TIME I'VE READ THIS STORY AND IT TOTALLY BREAKS MY HEART, BUT IN A GOOD WAY.........ROADIE WAS ON THE ROAD TO GLORY WHEN THEY MET..........

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