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we had to say goodbye to our little guy yesterday. He was 18 years old and what a bundle of life he was when he was young.  He grew up with our family. The kids left and he stayed.  He always bounced back from every adversity. Over the years we adapted. He could not jump up on the couch - which was his favorite place - so we put steps all over. He lost his strength in his rear end, so we made sure he was safe. He developed kidney issues so we fed him special foods, put pee pads all over the house and did all we could.  He got grayer and slower and weaker.  it is strange how you don't notice when you see them every day.  He got to be a grumpy old man. Needed to be fed at a certain time, get his treats, walk around the house and take a nap.  He was my husband's buddy.  They sat together on the couch and watched tv a lot.  He always had to go out doors when anyone came home. in the winter we would shovel puppy land-- a series of paths through the snow so he could go on his walk.  But in the past year the good times were fewer and the naps were longer. He lost his vision.  He had trouble eating - Since September he really took a turn for the worse. There were bouts of nausea and throwing up.  trying to find anything he would and could eat was a daily challenge. But he persisted. Until this past weekend when he could not keep food down. He would not drink. He just wanted to be held on the couch and he slept. We took him to the vet on Monday. There was nothing more we could do. and so we said goodbye. And now I am just sad, and empty.

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So sorry for your baby boy's passing! Sounds like he had an amazing life with you and was very well taken care of.

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My dearest Karen,
I read your post and just had to reply. I can see you loved your little guy very very much. It breaks my heart to hear your pain. I wish we never had to hurt this bad but just loving them and having them in our lives is the price we pay. Your post is like a photo copy of my life with Terminator (aka Termy) I too adjusted to him growing old as you did. The shoveled paths in the snow, pee pads and male diapers. He too slept a lot in those final months. Like your little man he quit eating and drinking that last week. Oh how I prayed his appetite would come back. He couldn't jump on the bed anymore so I was there for him when he needed up or down.
You miss him as I do Termy. You were a great mom and did so much for him. It's wonderful that his life was so full and you had each other.
Love and doggie hugs
Termy's mom.
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