GSD Marley, a lovely chap - RIP

by Andy Wells

We picked up Marley on Wednesday 4th January; he had little history except we understand that his owner had died, and he had spent much time in a crate. He had no toys, no blankets of his own and his lead was a very obviously new choke-chain.

Marley did not even have a collar. We have never seen such a thin dog is real life, and he smelt strongly of urine. Despite this, he was such a friendly and lovely chap, who began to fit in so well with our other dogs.

On Friday lunchtime we were all sitting together smoozing in our front room, me thinking of how nice it was to have four dogs again and how lucky we were to have him. Then he started retching; I rushed him straight round to our vet, who diagnosed what I suspected - torsion (known as bloat in the US, I believe).

During emergency surgery he died twice but was revived, only to finally die during recovery - his emeciated body just not being strong enough. Only two days, but more than enough time to love him with painful intensity

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Feb 04, 2012
by: Lois,, from Canada

What a sad story. So very sorry to hear about Marley. Loosing a pet is like loosing a child.

We love our dogs and other pets so very much..they just know how to put a spark in our eyes. Sorry for your loss.

Feb 04, 2012
by: Jenn

My heart goes out to you. I too rescued a GSD. Holly was 8 months when taken away from her owners. Chained in a back yard her whole life and 40lbs.

I finally got to take her home at 10 months weighing 50 lbs. She is now 3 and a half years old and a healthy 70lbs. What joy she has brought to my life.

You can be comforted in knowing that for the last 4 days of Marleys' life he was loved and wanted.

Feb 03, 2012
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by: Elizabeth Sentell

This story breaks my heart :(

Jan 16, 2012
by: Linda A - St Louis

Marley is now in a better place, not suffering anymore. Marley knows, you tried to save him. At least you spent some time, quality time with him with Love and he probably went peacefully to Heaven. God Bless him and the Angels are watching over him now.

Jan 15, 2012
by: Ileana

What a sad story! Marley lived a neglected life and when he finally found a loving home, he died. Life is so unfair sometimes. RIP, Marley! So sorry for your loss.

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