Kirby the Love Dog is with Coco now

Kirby was the bravest boy and best therapy dog

Kirby was the bravest boy and best therapy dog

We thought it was Cushings.

But the ultrasound gave us more devastating news.

Kirby had a very aggressive invasive type of cancer involving several organs. The cancer had even invaded his vena cava, the blood vessel to the heart.

Just last February he had knee surgery and recovered so quickly.

Then just one short week ago his life changed dramatically.

This is how I will always remember Kirby and Coco - smiling and happy

This is how I will always remember Kirby and Coco – smiling and happy

Three years ago I had to question Coco the Love Dog’s quality of life.

Now it was time to look at sweet Kirby and the quality of his life.

In just a few short days he lost the light in his eyes.

He stopped eating.

He did not want to be held or cuddled, even by me.

One last car ride

One last car ride

He was confused and not able to breathe comfortably.

In just a few short days his quality of life was slipping away.

He did seem to enjoy seeing the people he loved, but that joy did not last for long.

He did seem to want to eat but could not keep any food down.

He did seem to want to be held but there was no peaceful position that did not hurt.

His little body that once wiggled with joy now heaved with the extra effort put on his heart.

His little body that made children squeal with delight was now so thin he was unrecognizable.

His little body could no longer fight.

Kirby loved his Santa toy

Kirby loved his Santa toy

Kirby was only with me for four short years but they were the happiest years of my life. He touched thousands with his story of strength and bravery and love.

Kirby the Love Dog passed away today. I know Coco was waiting for him.