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Today at 7:30 am I got into my lunch room at school to eat breakfast and I checked my phone (Normally I would have left it in my locker but today for some reason I left it in my pocket and checked it when I sat down to eat.
I noticed I had 2 missed calls from my dad, so I called him back and I hear "Dani, Minnie is down". I couldn't believe it. We have been nursing my dad's beloved Belgian mare Minnie back to health since this summer. And my mom called me into school sick today, I rushed to the barn as fast as I could. I got there and she was flat on her side and my dad was sitting there almost in tears. She was still alive.
So we called the vet right away, and guess what we got "Sorry, we can't help you today" from literally 4 different vets. our last hope was a lady that is about an hour away from us. She said she could do it, but it would take about 4 or 5 hours to get out to the barn. We said "Ok, atleast you can get out here"

We didn't know what was wrong with her, so we stayed outside with her in 30 degree F weather and had her covered up gave her food and water. We almost had her up a few times, but she just couldn't do it.

The vet got there at 3:00 and she looked at Minnie, she was at this point Hypothermic (Even though she was eating and had blankets and everything on her) and the vet thinks her liver and kidneys were shutting down.
The vet said, we can try to fix her, or humanly put her down. (She said either way the outcome would be the same, Minnie wasn't doing well...)
So Minnie was put down at 3:20 this afternoon. I have been crying since.

Minnies story is long and sad, we were told when we got her that she was 16, found out today she was actually around 30.
She had been worked almost to death, and we were finally starting to get weight back on her and getting her happy, but today was her time to go.

This is Minnie about 2 months after the guy we bought her from had her, she was actually a lot skinnier, but the angle makes her look like she had more weight on her...Sadly

(I will put the picture of her and my dad in a link so if people don't want to look) It isn't gruesome or anything. (The rub mark is from a couple weeks ago she rubbed the hair off trying to get hay out of the feeder.)
http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l198/danikami/RIPmissminnie1-15-2010008.jpg
 

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oh my gosh I am so sorry for your loss. Minnie certainly looked like a brave soul.

At least you now know that she was older than you originally thought and she had a good, long life.

RIP Minnie. May heaven be better to you than earth was. :(
 

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i am very sorry for your loss. she was lucky to have had you and your family make the end of her life so much better for her.
 

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In the end she knew she was loved.
 

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That picture of your dad and Minnie brought tears to my eyes. I am so, so very sorry for your loss. Im here if you ever need to talk. I know how it feels to lose a horse very close to your heart, and all I have to say is that you are lucky that you got to say good bye.

Rest In Peace Minnie. ),:
 

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I am very very sorry for your loss :(
 

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Bah I'm crying - I am so sorry for your loss! **HUGSS**

My heart goes out to the both of you, but try to cherrish what Minni brought to the both of you and your lives. Gifts were given, and even though Mini is gone, those gifts will always remain.

R.I.P
 

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I'm so sorry for your loss. My eyes were filling up reading your story and when I clicked on the photo link, seeing the cat sitting on Minnie made me smile.
 

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I'm so sorry! Know that she was blessed with having you and that you made her life good. It's so hard to lose our friends. I know it's cliche but time really does heal up the wounds and you're never put through what you can't handle. I've lost many pets and it gets easier. They bless our lives for a short while and make our lives all the better.

If you still can I'd cut a good chunk of her tail hairs off and braid a keepsake for yourself. I sent my gelding's tail hairs to a lady who made a horse hair pot from it and braided the leftover hair around the lip of the pot. You can choose the color beads so I chose my show colors. I think it helps to have something that was there's to help remember them by.

Very sorry for your loss. :-( *big hugs* I wish there was something I could do to take the pain away. You just have to love them all you can for as long as you have them because you just never know. I truly believe everything happens for a reason even if right now you can't see what that reason is.
 

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In the end she knew she was loved.
I think farmpony really says it best. Minnie may have not been long with you, but she had the best times of her life. and her spirit will always be with you. I've known quite a few four-leggeds who had the same . . . all that love.

And thank you for sharing the photo of Minnie with your dad--I cried, too, but also sent them both lots of good energy.
 

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Thank you all so much. I just can't believe she is gone. Because on Thursday night I went up to feed them, everyone was happy and walking around, I was just talking to her and then the next morning I got the call that she was down.
I am still in shock I think.
I miss her so much.
 

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Oh~ So sorry for you loss! Many wonderful things have been said here. I too think Farmpony got that right on the mark. Your girl had a very loving family! She was a lucky girl to have you all.
~(Hugs)~
 

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Thank you guys. All your kind words mean so much to me and my family.
 

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So sorry for the loss to you and your dad. Its hard when big tough men shed tears for an animal. Makes it even harder to hold it together. He looks so sad in the photo.
 

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So sorry for the loss to you and your dad. Its hard when big tough men shed tears for an animal. Makes it even harder to hold it together. He looks so sad in the photo.
I know, when I took this picture he was pretty much like "She isn't going to make it."
I burst out in tears when the vet came and told us she was to be put down. It is such a sad week this week. I keep going past the barn looking for her.
And PintoBean is really really upset she is gone.

Sorry for your loss. At least she was loved.
Thank you.
She was loved for about the last year of her life which is something good.

What makes it even more sad is that she WORKED HER HEART out for men that didn't do anything for her, she was lame, and about 800-1000 pounds underweight. She was finally starting to look good again.
 

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I'm so sorry for your loss sweety.. its never easy to lose a loved one.

RIP baby
 
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