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Me and my family are dealing with the death of our 13 year old Boston Terrier, Rocky. He was ill with cushing diseases and senile... he also had issues seeing and hearing. He was such a good boy and a goof. His health started to decline pretty bad this past few months and we knew the time was near where we would have to maybe put him down. Despite this he was still somewhat active and loved to cuddle. On April 9th my mother let rocky out into the yard and went to get the mail (only a few feet away) she then turned around and rocky was gone. She looked for him but started to panic and called me to come over to help. Rocky has never ran away before and could not walk fast let alone run. We searched for hours ... everywhere.. until late at night and nothing (the community is small and gated). Days went by and we searched, went to shelters, posted on facebook, and flyers in the area and nothing. Yesterday my father got a call from a women who found Rocky floating in a canal deceased and in bad shape but he had his collar on and she was able to get close enough to get the number and call. We are heart broken... we don't know how he got over to the canal as it is at the end of the street and he has never been there. I looked in the canal and area many times and saw nothing.... our poor Rocky must have fell in and drowned since the canal walls are steep (it is a bit of a fall). I feel so bad and upset... he was so loved and I feel that he may have suffered. We did not expect him to go this way... the unknown was eating me up but now that we know it is so hard. We do not even have his little body as it was in too much of a bad shape to get from the canal. I feel that I am emotionally scared and having a hard time getting past this loss... I did not know how hard it would be.. I am heart broken that we could not help him in his last moments. Will these feelings pass?

Thanks for reading...

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I've had old dogs too and it is pretty hard to watch their senses decline.   A friend found his old dog drowned in a lake, probably a similar situation to yours.    One of our old dogs went off with one of the younger dogs when we weren't watching, and never came back, although the young dog did.   I know the pain and anxiety of  wondering what happened.   It is always so painful to lose them, no matter how they go.   I think though, that if yours drowned it was probably fairly quick.  I know that isn't really comforting.  Animal deaths always seem so wrong to me, no matter how it happens.  I know how bad you must feel about it all ...
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