Gone But Not Forgotten

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Baby Gabe, Gracie's baby, was born  on March 10, 2008, with a cleft palate. We were determined to do all that we possibly could do to save him. All of the time, expense, tears and frequent emotional upheaval was worth it...Gabriel was truly a treasure. He was a very special little guy, very affectionate, intelligent, and headstrong with a fighter's spirit. Having been bottle fed from birth to 4 months, he then began eating soft solid food on his own and drinking water from a hamster bottle. We were hopeful to have him eating dry puppy kibble, lessening the possibility of sinus infections and also perhaps alleviating the need for corrective surgery.(See Hennwood Labrador website for more information.) We would have rather not put him through the surgery, unless it became absolutely necessary.

He was very,very small, but strong and active. (Which made for occasionally losing him in the house, unless he was very closely supervised! ) He was even litter box trained by eight weeks of age.

He slept in our bedroom and was our alarm clock, barking (sounding like Donald Duck!) around 7 a.m. each morning. Gabriel then spent time with my husband as he had his morning coffee and watched the morning news. Gabe knew and loved the routine!

  Gabriel had many vet appointments, including with 2 surgical specialists at the University Of Illinois. It was suspected that he may have also had a liver shunt, as he began having seizures after eating. The surgeon at the U Of I wanted him to weigh at least 4 pounds before surgery, due to anesthesia risks.He was nine months and one week old when a seizure took him from us. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge, December 17th,2008, weighing less than three pounds. Though he weighed so little, his heart was the size of Texas. Gabriel took large pieces of our hearts with him that are missing still, many years afterward..

We were so so hopeful for a long future with him. As stated on the Hennwood  Labs website  "They ARE worth saving!"

 I still believe this, in spite of the immense sorrow in losing him.

 


It was with great heartbreak when we said  good-bye to our tiny little love. Gabriel is  greatly missed by many and forever will be.

Gabriel was born with a large white marking on his chest, a perfect pair of white angel wings. Those were just his first pair, his temporary wings. Our angel pug has earned his permanent wings now. March 10,2008-December 17, 2008

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Gabriel,

We love you little big guy and will see you again. Until then..

Run free, and full sized,and perfect in every way. Now you can really play and keep up with the "big dogs".

I miss you so much and every day, my special, special little angel pug. I wish we could have done so much more for you. Know that we would have done whatever was necessary, no matter the cost, to have kept you with us.

 Love always and forever,

Mom and Dad


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Gabriel's Angel Wings

(and the reason I named him "Gabriel")

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Four months old

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Gabriel with Grandmother Chloe      July 2008

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Gabriel 4 months old, July 2008

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   Our First Pug   

                        

 

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