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Goodbye Mr Frodo

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RIP Frodo Dobby Baggins
17/07/2002 – 2/12/2013

Yesterday was a hard day. The worst day. I had to say goodbye to my best friend, my baby, or as Caitlin put it, my furry soul mate. Those of you who have followed my blog for a long time will know how much this little man meant to me, and to say that I am devastated would be an understatement.

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Frodo had been getting old. After his operation early last year, he’s aged dramatically. The past month or so, he’s just grown really lazy, mainly due to some arthritis in his legs. He’s been less lively. On Saturday, his back right leg just wouldn’t work, he’d stand, and hobble a little when I took him out to the toilet, but he just wouldn’t use it. So we went to the vet first thing Monday morning.

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The vet believed he’d hurt it, and mixed with the arthritis, just didn’t want to use it. He gave Frodo some pain killers and asked me to bring him back in the next day for some Xrays.

I took him home, but later that day when I took him outside to go to the toilet, he pooped blood. We took him back to the vet, and he checked him out. His gums had started going white, and he could feel his liver. The vet rubbed my arm and said “You know what I’m going to say, don’t you?”

Of course I did. I knew Frodo. The night before I actually told my boyfriend that I was petrified that it was going to be the last night I spent with Frodo, and I was right. The vet didn’t think he’d last the night and I didn’t want him to suffer.

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 So he was given a sedative, and then put to sleep, surround by my parents and I. I patted him, kissed his face and told him he was loved, that he was the best dog ever and that I was so thankful for everything he gave me.

You know, I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Mr Frodo. I know I wouldn’t. He came into my life, and he gave me this sence of purpose, this love and support. He was my rock. I am so thankful for everything that he’s given me, and the time I got to spend with him. What he taught me, what we shared.

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People often scoff when you refer to your animals as your babies, but I don’t have children and Frodo was as close as I’d have. I can’t imagine loving anyone or anything the way I love Frodo. I’d look at him and my heart would just swell with love and pride.

He loved squeaky toys, and playing fetch. His favourite music was Missy Elliott. He loved to eat chicken and would go crazy for lambs fry (ew!). He would lay in my arms for hours, and every morning he’d wake to give me kisses and dig in the bed.

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 This Christmas will be hard. Mr Frodo loved Christmas, he loved opening his presents, it was so adorable. (Video below).

It’s so odd, it’s only been 24 hours and it’s so surreal. I keep going to do things, like take him out to pee, and then I realise, “oh, he’s gone”. I actually don’t remember a time when I’ve never had a dog. Luckily I have Tonka here to take care of me, and boy has he. He slept cuddled in my arms all last night.

So, RIP little man. You will forever be in my heart.

 

 

  • http://www.prettycannibalgirl.com/ Brittany Norma

    I am so sorry Natalie, It was clear how important he was to you. I hope he has fun in doggy heaven. Sending you hugs. I know how it feels, you’re welcome to message me if you just need someone to talk to. <3

  • http://whenlifegivesyoucurvesflauntthem.blogspot.co.nz/ Jackie Birch

    I am so sorry to read this, I cried reading your post. :(

  • http://soprefontaine.com Louise

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I feel the same way about my little Gary and I know that I’m going to be the same way when he passes, though hopefully that won’t be for years. He’s gotten me through some very tough times. You did the kindest thing for Frodo, letting him go gently and with dignity. <3

  • flashionaffair

    I cannot help but cry for little Frodo and your loss. I do not scoff at your relationship with your fur babies I have the same thing going with our little Elmo and my cat Tilly. It is so hard, yet one of the most rewarding feelings is having a pet. lots of love, Ezmae

  • http://cherizangelandstyleluvin.blogspot.com/ Cheri’z Angel

    I’m so sorry, losing pet family is always hard.

  • Christie

    Here I sit crying and crying. I know how you feel. I lost Spoukie 2 years ago and I miss him every day. He was my very special little friend. Try and remember all the love he had for you and all the support he gave you in those tough times. Lots of love.

  • Sabrina Rujanoski

    im actually bawling my eyes out. im so sorry for your loss but as time goes on it will get easier *hugsss*

  • http://www.modishmaracas.com/ Sophie

    So sorry to hear about this. Thinking of you x

  • Sarah Collins

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I understand how much it hurts to lose a fur baby xx

  • Ragini

    I read this and now I can’t stop crying. I lost my Storm last year, she was my baby, I’d never known love like that from anyone else. I couldn’t cry for her, you know, for months afterward and then one day, I was talking about her and suddenly I couldn’t stop crying. I’d gotten so used to sleeping with my feet tucked underneath her that I couldn’t sleep without medication for a long time afterwards. Everytime someone would knock at the door of my room, my heart would skip a beat because I’d think Storm was nudging the door open to come in and cuddle up on the bed like she used to. I’m so sorry you lost your baby, I know the pain you’re going through. Sending you much love and good wishes from one canine mummy to another <3

  • http://catsandchocolate.wordpress.com/ Liz1284

    I’m so sorry Natalie. I know how hard it is. Big love and thinking of you xxx

  • http://justmeleah.blogspot.co.uk/ Leah (Just Me Leah)

    Hugs. I was so sad when I saw the news on Instagram last night. I know that animals touch our hearts in the way most humans can’t because their love is so pure and unconditional. When my cat died, this helped me. http://www.petloss.com/poems/maingrp/rainbowb.htm

    Massive hugs and if you ever need anyone to talk to, I’m here. x x x

  • MaggieSnarkface

    I am almost in tears reading this, and I know it must have been rough writing it. I couldn’t post anything about my pup until 2 weeks after I put her down. It took everything I had to keep myself composed, and I’m not an emotional person. I also know what it’s like to have to re-learn how to live without them. It’s rough, and I’m sorry you have to deal with this. Frodo was lucky to have you in his life and maybe once you’ve had time to grieve, you can give new pup a great home.

  • Maria

    So sorry for your loss :(

  • Louise P

    I’m sitting here in tears reading this post. Such sad news and I can only imagine just how much you’re hurting. I lost two much loved pets this year (my 11 year old rabbit and my sister’s 7 year old German Shephard), and I still miss having them around so much. I can see just how much Frodo meant and means to you, and because of that, you gave him the best, most loving life possible; a wonderful life he deserved! He was lucky to have found you! He looked and sounded like a real little character, and the video of him is adorable. I’m so sorry that he’s gone far too soon, but I hope all the good memories of him will help get you through the days, weeks, and months to come. RIP Frodo xx

  • http://www.rubyvelour.com/ Ruby Velour

    Ahhh I keep weeping over this. I feel like I’ve known him for his whole life, in fact I pretty much have as I vaguely remember you getting him back in the LJ days (or at the very least we becamse friends shortly after he came into your life). He lived a good life and is at least no longer in pain. It’s crazy how much our dogs mean to us in such a short space of time, but I guess that’s why we love them so much. They give nothing but love wthout expecting much more than regular meals and tummy rubs.

  • http://theblogofworldlydelights.blogspot.com/ laura

    many many many hugs to you! Frodo sounds like such an amazing soul. I totally know how precious our babies are to us. Hugs and hugs.

  • http://kathrynohalloran.blogspot.com/ Kathryn OHalloran

    He looked like a crazy (in the best sense of the word) little friend. Hope you are looking after yourself and getting the comfort you need.

  • http://candypow.com/ Crissy

    I saw this on instagram and I was hurting. :( So sorry! <3

  • Mel

    I’m so sorry to hear about Mr. Frodo. I can’t even imagine how you feel. Thank you so much for sharing Frodo with us through your posts and instagrams. He was always a bright spot in my day. <3!

  • http://howtofeedawookie.blogspot.com/ WookieWifey

    I don’t know how I missed this post, but I am so sorry for your loss.

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