Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Health certs, and time to say goodbye

Welp, I think everything's lined up. The shipper is coming next week - they're taking a horse from CA to TN, and they'll pick my guys up then. I don't know exactly when yet but there's only so much I can worry about :) I had the local vet (well, a timid new young vet at the local practice) come do the health certificates on Champ and Dixie today. Kind of a waste of $70 but I suppose it's important.

I am going to put Silky to sleep. I'm pretty sure it's time. She's losing weight, because she's not eating, because (as I understand it) the fluid is building up in her abdomen and making her feel full. And she's started laying down a lot. She just seems very very tired. I don't think she would survive the trip to Ohio, and I don't want to leave her here to suffer.

It sure sucks though. :(


  1. Glad that the health info is done for the horses, at least you wont have to worry about that.

    Sure am really, really sorry to hear about Silky though Funder. Please know I'll be thinking of you and saying a prayer for Silky too.

  2. Whenever I am confronted with euthanizing an animal I remember how very, very happy I will be if human euthanasia is ever deemed ethical in Canada. You are legally allowed to give Silky the dignity and relief of an easy death, and she is so lucky to have someone who would do that for her rather than dumping her at auction.

    It is never an easy choice but, in my opinion, it is absolutely the best choice. I'll be thinking of you both.

  3. sawki: dangerous Japanese drink

  4. Thank you guys. :-/ I keep telling myself that it's better to do it too soon than too late. And she doesn't know what's happening, and has no awareness of her own mortality, and she won't fall down one night and suffer til someone notices her. It's still really sad.

    I could use some saki minus the blades!

  5. Sucks. Kudos to you for doing the right thing though!

  6. I'm so sorry. You've had her, what, about 3 years now I think? Remembering where she came from, those have to have been the best 3 years of her long life by far. That's something special, good for you.

  7. Thanks, Serena and Sara. :-/

    Sara, I think I've had her 2.5 years. As hard as it is to let her go, I'm always happy that I saved her from that fucking idiot I got her from. I fed her and treated her fairly and let her be a horse, at least!

    I should write a post just about her. She's always been the quiet one on this blog, but she taught me a lot. My sweet old girl!

  8. Oh Silky :( I don't think I've ever read about her really. I want to read a post just about her... a good tribute.
    Moving is always hard, but it's such a great adventure at the same time. I hope everything goes well with the horsey move!

  9. I'm sorry to hear about Silky. Take as many pictures, if you can--I find that once they're gone, you're always wondering why you didn't take enough.

    She had the best end to a horsey life, that was for damn sure. Sending good thoughts your way.

  10. Awww geez, so sorry about Silk. I don't know her story, I would like to read it if you feel up to writing it. That always helps me when one passes over, I write down their life story, its my way of keeping them alive with me.


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