My oldest dog Colbie was hit by a car when she was a puppy and as a result, she developed reoccurring seizures. Many vets recommended that she should be put down. At the time, I was still in high school so of course I was heartbroken.
She lived a long life filled with a family of other animals (two dogs named Pepper and Zoey, a cat named Murphy, and a tarantula named Elvis). When she first came into my life, she managed to help raise Simba, a beautiful half golden Bengal cat who ran away when I went off to college, helped raise Fuzz, a beautiful tortoiseshell tabby who embraced life, and love Shadow, a fierce tuxedo cat with a bold heart who was neglected by his previous owner. She barked when Louie, a sick guinea was fighting to take his last breath.
Through every struggle, she was there. My grandmother passing away, etc. I remember when I was hit by a car back in 2010 and coming home to her, only for her to project her uplifting spirit onto me. No matter how bad of a day I would have, her tail would wiggle. She would attempt to jump up on me, making sure I would smile.
Last year, Colbie was diagnosed with cancer. Most vets said she would never live through surgery and they recommended euthanizing her. Then, one special vet noticed that she had years left in her and prepared for surgery the day after examination.
The vet removed 3 cancer masses on October 2012. Despite the adversity she had endured throughout her life, my dog truly epitomizes a fighter. She didn't allow these tribulations to impact her life and she always managed to make others lives better.
After the cancer was removed, she felt at peace, but there was a slight chance the cancer would return. About two days ago, she started panting late at night. She was shaking. There is no 9-1-1 (really wish there would be), but there are emergency vets on call. She was rushed to the vet where she would stay for the next few day(s). The next day she was hooked up to IVs in an effort to save her life.
This morning Colbie Afshar passed away in her sleep. She was 14 years old. (Only a few months shy of 15 years old.)
Colbie Afshar July 12, 1998-March 26, 2013. You were an amazing dog and I will never forget you. Rest In Peace little angel.