Thank you SO MUCH to all of you for replying with such comforting words about Cornholio's passing. It hasn't been easy, as I'm sure you can imagine. I will spare you the gory details, but I do want to share the story with you as you are a part of Cornholio's extended family and I think you deserve to know what happened.
So, I woke up this morning at 6:30am to Cornholio having a seizure. It was the most horrible thing I've ever seen and I totally empathize now with those of you who have dogs who do have seizures. It is really scary.
We brought Cornholio in to the vet at 8:00am and he was diagnosed with either having had a stroke or most likely, a brain tumor. They could have done an MRI, but there is no way that Cornholio could have survived brain surgery at his age. The only other option was to drug him up so much that he would essentially be "a vegetable" and wouldn't suffer the effects of the tumor We didn't want that for him, so we made the decision, while my husband and I were both able to be there, to put Cornholio to sleep. Our vet agreed that it was our best option.
I cannot tell you how incredibly wonderful our vet was. I am sure that the way he wanted to wake up wasn't coming in for an emergency and having to put Cornholio down. I know Cornholio was a bit of an "internet celebrity," which was also true at the vet office. Even when we were in with Maizy or Wrigley, people would remember that we were Corny's parents and ask how he was doing. Impressive for a huge vet practice with 10 doctors.
Anyway, so after Cornholio was sedated, but before he recived his final injection, the vet helped us to fill my request of getting Cornholio's paw prints. He said he'd never been asked thta one, but my husband and I very strangely happen to have a tattoo appointment together on the 21st (to celebrate our wedding anniversary) and this will be our tattoo instead of our previous designs.
Cornholio recieved his final injection with Shawn holding him and me right there at his side. He was gone in seconds and we were left to mourn as long as we liked before the vet took him away from us. He will be cremated and we will recieve his remains.
Thank you so much for caring about Cornholio. It has been a huge comfort to know that he touched other people's lives as well as ours. He was a little dog with a huge personality and I couldn't have been more blessed to have the opportunity to have him in my life.