Rest in Peace, King Tut

R.I.P. King Tut

Tut, pictured in January 2011, short after his rescue from a vacant foreclosed house in El Sobrante, CA.

This past Friday, October 7th, we had the sad duty to send our 13 y.o. rescue dog, King Tut (‘Tut’ for short), to the Rainbow Bridge.

In addition to a grapefruit-sized mass in his lower abdomen, Tut suffered from several large lipomas, the largest of which covered 2/3 of his right side. Though benign, the lipoma’s massive size made it inoperable and likely contributed to the neuropathy affecting in his hind legs. This neuropathy caused Tut to incessantly lick his hind legs — to the point of creating open sores.  The lipoma, which was already quite large back in January when Tut was rescued from the vacant house in El Sobrante, had spread to Tut’s right foreleg and shoulder, making it extremely difficult and painful for him to walk. The mass in in lower abdomen was pressing on his bladder, causing Tut increasing problems with urinary incontinence.

Unfortunately, Tut was ‘touch intolerant.’  He would allow us to pet him but only on his terms and only around his head and ears.  Attempts to snuggle or hug him, brush or bathe him, or treat the self-inflicted wounds on his hind legs were met with aggression, snarling and biting.  Whatever abuse or neglect Tut suffered in his past prevented him from fully trusting anyone ever again.  So when Tut began having difficulty walking on Tuesday, October 4th, we were unable to to offer him physical assistance due to his aggression and touch intolerance.  Sadly, it left us little choice; it was painful to watch the impact it had on Tut’s health and quality of life.  The kindest act we could do for our boy was to permanently ease his pain and suffering.  Our vet, Dr. Tal Solomon of ARCH Mobile Veterinary Services, visited us on the following Friday morning and compassionately ushered Tut o’er the bridge.  After he was gone, I cleaned and dressed the lick wounds on his legs and Ananda lovingly brushed out his coat – both things we could never do for him while he was living. We just wanted to take care of him.

Tut is no longer in pain and can run and frolic as once he did in his youth.  He joins our other angel-dogs: G’Kar, Jesse, Lucy, Maggie and Sophie, along with our dear angel-dog friends, Reggie, Taz, NeNe, Roxy, Farley and Zoya, and our dear angel-kitty friend, Maximus.

Ananda and I have endured many losses this past year and it has taken quite a physical, financial and emotional toll on us, so we are taking some time off from fostering and dog guardianship. We need some time to rest, recover and rejuvenate.  Of course we are still available for volunteer photography for rescues as well as for family and pet photography services.

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