In January, I wrote a blog about Lui’Ka, my Chinese Shar-Pei, and how age was starting to catch up to her. When I wrote the blog I knew our time with her was limited and the day was approaching where a decision would have to be made or nature would take its course. On Friday, two days before her 15th birthday, she passed away.
Thursday morning, she was an old dog who could move around on her own, albeit a bit gingerly but she was able to get up and go outside when she needed to. Thursday night, she wasn’t able to stand up without help.
We were getting ready for bed Thursday night when one of my sons came in to tell us something was wrong with Lui’Ka. “Mommy, her legs won’t work.” She must have had some sort of mild stroke because she could walk if we helped her get up, but once she lay down it was as if she couldn’t get her muscles to respond to help her stand back up. Lui’Ka did not want to sleep on her bed, she seemed to want to be outside beside the Koi Pond, so we carried her outside and made her comfortable beside the pond. It had become her favorite spot in our yard. She liked to lie on the slate slab over the skimmer and watch the Koi swim. I personally think she also liked being able to lean over and get a drink out of what she viewed as a large water dish.
We stayed outside with her for awhile before coming in to put the boys to bed and prepare them for what was going to happen next. I have to admit that a part of me still hoped she’d go in her sleep, but it was not to be that easy. The next morning there was no doubt that another stroke had happened and the end was near. A call was made to the veterinarians office to let them know what had happened and that we’d be coming in as soon as they could take us.
Lui’Ka left this world with the feel of my oldest son’s hand stroking her fur and the knowledge that she was loved.
Rest in peace my friend.
We plan to move an iris bed from one part of our yard to curve around the side of the pond. When we get her ashes back, we’ll put them on the irises so that she will always be beside the pond. I’d like to find a nice concrete statue of a sleeping Shar-Pei to go in the garden in memory of her. If anyone has seen a statue like this, please let me know.
Mairead Walpole is the pen name for a somewhat introverted project and contract manager who has 20+ years of business and technical writing under her belt. In her spare time, Mairead writes paranormal romance among other genres. Her first novel, “A Love Out of Time” is available through Second Wind Publishing (www.secondwindpublishing.com) or Amazon.com.