SMOKEY FOUR SOCKS

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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THIS WAS MY BABY, “SMOKEY FOUR SOCKS”, HE WAS BORN UNDER MY BED ON JANUARY 22, 1996. IN THIS PHOTO OF HIM IN MY BACKYARD, HE IS JUST 4 MONTHS OLD. HE DIED IN MY ARMS ON JANUARY 9,2004, WHEN I HAD TO HAVE HIM INJECTED, BECAUSE OF A TUMOR ON HIS HEART THAT BURST HIS AORTA AND CAUSED HIM TO BLEED INTO HIS HEART SACK. IF THE UNIVERSITY SMALL ANIMAL CLINIC THAT I TOOK HIM TO IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HAD BEEN SUPPLIED WITH A CARDIOLOGIST FOR SMALL ANIMALS, HE COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED. BUT, FOR SOME REASON THEY DON’T DO OPEN HEART SURGERY ON LARGE DOGS. THE ONLY PLACE THAT WOULD HAVE AT THAT TIME WAS AT TEXAS A&M, BUT SMOKEY WOULDN’T HAVE MADE IT BACK HOME, LET ALONE TEXAS. SO, I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO HAVE HIM PUT TO SLEEP. HE AND HIS OLDER BROTHER AND YOUNGER SISTER ARE THE ONLY LIFE FORMS I’VE EVER HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH BRINGING INTO THIS WORLD. WHEN I HAD TO PUT HIM TO SLEEP, I WANTED TO DIE. MY ANXIETY LEVEL WAS SO HIGH, I ALMOST DID, I ENDED UP HAVING TO SEE A MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST AS WELL AS GOING THROUGH PHYSICAL PROBLEMS WITH MY HEART, IT GOT THAT BAD. I WAS HOPING FOR A GOOD LONG 12-15 YEARS OF HIS COMPANSHIP, BUT ALL I GOT WAS 13 DAYS SHY OF 8 YEARS WITH HIM. HIS OLDER BROTHER IS NOW 12 1/2 YEARS OLD AND DOING FINE, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT HIS YOUNGER SISTER, I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT SHE HAD A GOOD LIFE AS WELL. THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN WITH A CANON AE1 AND A CANON 100-200 TELEPHOTO F:5.6 LENS AND KODAK 100ASA FILM. THE 3X5 WAS SCANNED INTO MY COMPUTER AND COLOR CORRECTED.

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