by Jess and Ian
Franny was a nine year old Rhodesian Ridgeback female pooch. She always wanted to be a mom and got her chance last year when we 'rescued' a little dog from a gypsy. The little dog and she got on immediately well.
Tragically, Franny could not stop licking her leg. She had had an operation that went wrong on her cruciate ligament. They had to open up the op. twice and the area where it was operated on could never heal due to Franny's licking.
We tried every device on the internet and with our vet. Every medication to no avail. Fran finally ended up having to wear two plastic collars. A tube for her neck, and an Elizabethan collar on the outside (she could get past the Elizabethan collar to her wound).
This went on for 2 1/2 yrs. It never healed and she got an ear infection last week. The vet said the time had come, to which we agreed.
We would just like to say that on the last day of her life, we took the collars off the night before. I let her off the lead to walk into the field where she had caught a rabbit a while ago and she remembered that moment. She had a big bone to chew.
The vet came to our home and she was laid to rest after a sedative, peacefully in her bed.