Friday, December 21, 2007

Dec. 7, 2007

I would like to thank everyone for all the emails and phone calls. I enjoyed the shared memories and appreciated all the support of good thoughts and prayers.

Did anyone hear a ringing of a bell today? If you did, I can assure you it was Andre receiving his wings as he went from my loving arms into God's. He has always been my angel and has certainly earned his wings.

Andre had always been about love. Everyone loved Andre. If you have a furry, four legged companion nearby, please hug him/her in loving memory of Andre. If you don't have a four legged friend, a two legged friend will do. We humans need hugs, too. That way his love will be passed forward and his spirit will live on.

Love and Blessings to all.

Linda Thompson ANDRE'S STORY
Proceeds will go towards the purchase and training of a new service dog.

Dec, 5, 2007
Dear Friends,

I feel that I may have to do the unthinkable within the next couple of days, so I need to write this now.

Andre got out of his crate Monday morning, laid down, and has not been able to stand or walk ever since. His hind legs barely support him and he can not put the right front paw to the ground. He has been in the hospital for 2 days and treated with an anti-inflamatory and antibiotics. The doctor felt he could have an inflamed or infected disk pressing on his spinal cord. The doctor has not seen any noticeable improvement and the disk theory does not explain the trouble with the front paw. He has a glassy eye stare and does not respond to his name. He doesn't seem to even recognize me. The doctor feels he may have a brain tumor.

He is now home with me. I will continue his medication a couple more days and then re-evaluate. If there still no improvement, I will have to do the hardest thing I've ever done---let him go. It is my biggest responsibility to him: to know when to let go. I've had pets all my life and have "let go" many times. When the time comes, whether now or later, Andre will be the hardest to let go. I have been truly blessed with his presence in my life. We became a team December 26, 1996.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.


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