After 15 years we had to put our dog, Shelby, down due to hind quarter hip failure… common on big dogs. She had the best of care over the years, was loved by friends and family. The vets staff was so kind when we put her down (December 16, 2022) . Even the vets boarding staff came to see her as the final injections ended our Labradoodle’s life.
It was time for her as her arthritis had gotten the best of her and the quality of her life was at the point where there was no other decision to make.
She could catch a tennis ball at 20 yards, like most was a beggar when food was around, enjoyed peanuts and snacks and a little beer (all in moderation) in the man cave, and like most well cared for dogs, gave back more then anyone ever gave her.
Much to my wife’s dismay, I always said the beer and peanuts were the key to her very long life.
The grief associated with this is awful, losing a “family member” for after 15 years… I’m 75 and the time with her amounted to 20% of my life.
I read that writing about this helped with the grieving process so I did this log entry.
…just working through it…
***** S&E *****