Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made. ~Roger Caras
We are grateful that we had such a warm sunny weekend in order for Cody to be out in the fresh air. In spite of our belief that he was “so close” so many times, he kept hanging on. We watched as his peaceful repose turned into inconsolable agony. He yelped most of the day yesterday and much of the night. We felt strongly about having him die peacefully at home, but we realized this morning that he was no longer at peace. After much sobbing, we called the vet who said they would be able to come out to the house, but not until tomorrow afternoon. We spent the morning petting him and giving him water, but he seemed to be in such distress that we no longer felt we could wait. Monica and put him into the back of the car and she’s taken him in. She felt okay being alone and I felt better staying home with the other animals because they all seem to be out of sorts. I thought leaving them all home and carrying a dying dog out the door would be hard on them. I stayed home, cried some more and held Samson.
Monica came home and said all went well. She said he seemed to enjoy the car ride after all. He was on his bed with the windows open. The vet and tech were so good with her. Monica parked under a tree and they came out to the car. Monica held his head and petted him and he went comfortably. The vet said that 16 years was a remarkably long life for a dog like him. At least he didn’t die alone in the middle of the night; that thought has given us a little bit of comfort.
Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement. Thank you to our friends for giving us strength and understanding our insane relationships with our pets.