The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #3991151
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
06-May-19 - 05:58 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
I can't remember what I had planned for the day, it all slipped into the background when I realized my oldest dog had died in her sleep overnight. I called the vet then took her over so they can send her to the communal crematory (I don't get ashes back). I'll take the other two dogs for a walk this evening. I should have known this was coming soon when she had to be pulled along a couple of times on our last walk (we don't have sidewalks so I pulled her to the edge of the street as traffic came by.) Ironic how you feel guilty for the little things like not knowing they're dying, and completely overlook the great life she had here for 14 years. She went her way - she was at home with her pack, sleeping in her favorite spot (that let her see both the front and back doors and hear me if I moved around down the hall in my room).

She kept up right until the last couple of weeks, and my next door neighbor said she happily gobbled down the daily dog treat he gives the dogs over the back fence every day. She was eating treats (raw egg, ham slices, dog treats), just not regular dog food. Other than the event noted, that last walk was a good one, when we went up to the park and they put their noses to the ground to snuffle along in the grass. I like to think of this as their "wild dog" stance, checking out the local environment.

The other dogs knew; I could tell the way they always sniffed at her. Tests would have shown what my home "Lab" (retriever) work already told us. At 14, I wasn't about to torture her with tests or anything but the most basic treatments.

Enough wallowing. I need to finish mowing the back yard. The exercise will be good for me.