This has been a very difficult week at our house. Our 14 1/2 year old shih tzu passed away. In the past year, she was treated for skin allergies. Starting last Saturday, we noticed she no longer ate or drank anything. It was very hard to watch her health deteriorate so rapidly. By the time she passed on Thursday morning, she weighed approximately five pounds. Oddly enough, this was the one year anniversary of my father-in-law's death.
Now, to be honest with you, I am not an animal person. This could be why we never considered Jesse as a pet, and neither did she. She never licked anyone, couldn't swim a stroke, and was terrified of car rides, all very undoglike qualities. As far as our house was concerned, the only difference between her and the rest of the family was, she didn't talk.
She was full of 'people-like' personality and is very missed.