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Catherine is a CPA-turned-creative entrepreneur. She is the founder of Beginning in the Middle. an interior designer, photographer, writer, and business schemer.  She loves being cozy at home, miniature everything, and has a not-so-secret dream of living on an island one day.
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Before & After

To Doggy Heaven We Go


As many of you know, we lost our pup, Baci, last week.  He wasn’t even 4 years old.

It all started less than 2 weeks ago with him being a little lethargic.  It progressed into him not wanting to eat or drink for a few days.  Not even treats.  We knew something was up, so we brought him to the vet and they gave him some special food for upset stomach, and some pills to take.  He didn’t want to eat the pills or the food, so we brought him in again a few days later so they could give him the meds through an IV.  The doc said if it was a stomach ache, he would start to feel better within a few hours.

Well, that didn’t happen, so I left work early and brought him back the following afternoon.  The vet recommended we go to the ER so we could get blood work done.  We took him right away.  The doc at the ER wanted us to leave him there overnight so he could be hooked up to an IV and stay hydrated.  I went home, thinking it wasn’t anything serious.  We got a call a few hours later, and found out the reason he wasn’t eating or drinking was because he was in severe kidney failure.  The doc said that the unfortunate thing about kidney failure is that dogs don’t show any symptoms until their kidneys are 75% or more damaged, at which point it is hard for them to ever fully recover.  It’s called “the silent killer”.

The first question I asked was will he die.  And the doc paused… and said most likely, yes.  She said that we had two options:  put him to sleep, or pay $10k to aggressively treat him and do surgery to find out what was causing it.  He would need to be in the hospital for at least a few days, maybe weeks.  She said that even with all of the treatment available, there was a 90+ percent chance he would not make it past a few months.  Worst case scenario, it would be kidney disease and he would not last more than a few weeks after treatment.  Best case scenario, it would be an infection and he could live another 1-2 years tops, but would not be the same dog because he would be living with damaged kidneys.  We wouldn’t be able to find out exactly what was causing the kidney failure and what his prognosis was until we put him through all of that surgery and treatment and hospitalization.  There was also a large chance that his body wouldn’t be able to withstand all of that.  It was the worst decision we’ve ever had to make, but we knew what we had to do.  We cried.  And cried.  And cried.

It broke our hearts to think that our little Baci was going through all of this.  He was completely normal just 2 weeks ago, playing with toys and chasing squirrels and barking at street noise and begging for treats and supervising home improvement projects.  We knew he would die someday, but not this young and this suddenly.  We got Baci when we first got engaged almost 4 years ago.  He’s been with us through our whole relationship, and was always so loyal.  He made us smile every single day.  He wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect for us.

Baci, we hope you’re having fun in doggy heaven, chasing squirrels and eating treats and going on nature walks and sitting in shopping carts and watching birds all day long.  You’ll never have to get your ears cleaned or take a bath ever again!  And you can get doggy hair EVERYWHERE and no one will care.  We’ll never forget you, buddy!

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  1. amy says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss! What a sweet fur baby, my heart goes out to you!

  2. Gloria Hudson says:

    I feel so sad for you all. Love Gloria

  3. Brandi says:

    So incredibly sad. I read through this post with tears in my eyes. So sorry you lost your handsome pup.

  4. […] Unfortunately our pup, Baci, passed away in August 2014.  We were heartbroken, but are thankful for the times we had with […]

  5. Rita May says:

    hi guys! I’ve been scrolling through your blog from the blue front door to the doggie where I had to stop and say how sorry I am about you loss. It’s just a terrible thing to go through. I also want to say that you’re doing an amazing job with the reno and so much more. I’ll follow along. Are you on pinterest and instagram too? XO Rita

    • Catherine says:

      Thanks so much Rita, for everything! Instagram is our favorite – we’re at @beginninginthemiddle, and Pinterest is cmw1824. Looking forward to connecting!

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Catherine & Bryan Williamson moved from NYC to Columbus, OH in 2013.  Beginning in the Middle is a journal of the couple's design and renovation projects, real estate investment and Airbnb hosting journey, travel, and other life happenings.



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I grew up in New Jersey and always had a dream of living in New York.  There was something about the energy of the city that drew me inOur journey started unexpectedly in 2012, when we decided to make a big move from New York to Columbus. The glamour of climbing the corporate ladder was wearing off, and we knew that renting an expensive small apartment and dealing with crowded subways everyday was not going to work forever. We wanted to start creating something for ourselves, and although we didn’t know exactly what that something was, we knew NYC wasn’t the place for it.

We decided on Columbus because Bryan grew up here, and we were intrigued by all of the development going on in the downtown area at the time. We drove through many of the neighborhoods and admired the boarded up old houses, most of which were built in the early 1900s, and started dreaming about the things we could do here.

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