13 years ago, on Thanksgiving day, Brooke the Boxer was born. Yesterday, she was put to sleep while I held her in my arms. It was the most difficult thing I've ever had to do. If a dog ever had 9 lives, it was Brooke. 3 knee surgeries, lots of tumors and finally weight gain. There was a point where I called her my pet sloth! We weren't over-feeding her but she just never wanted to get up and walk, much less run! We just figured it was because of her knees. By complete chance, Dr. Lance Baltzley from Newberry Animal Hospital was with a mutual friend of ours when he stopped by my house one day. He took one look at Brooke and told me that he could most likely fix her. Fix her? Yeah right. I'd already taken her to my vet here in Gainesville and not only did he not offer a solution but he didn't even say that there was a fixable problem. Dr. Lance diagnosed it in 2 seconds. It was her Thyroid. After 2 weeks of treatment, Brooke was standing up regularly, her tail was up, then wagging, then came the weight loss and all of the sudden she was catching frisbees just like the old days! She was a puppy again! Thank you Lance.
Yesterday, several years after the thyroid diagnoses, Lance put Brooke to sleep while I held her in my arms. We had done all we could do and it was time. It was the most difficult thing I've ever had to do but I can tell you that Dr. Lance made the experience the best that it could have possibly been. Patience, understanding, gentleness, comfort, passion and love are just a few of the words that come to mind about Dr. Baltzley. Thank you once again Lance not only for being a great doctor but for being great person. Brooke is going to miss you. ;)
Byron, Sara, Samantha, Kingston and Brooke