August 7th, 2008

KK with Kanji

Hard day....

Had to say goodbye to my 16 year old golden retriever today...she was suffering with dehydration and probably kidney failure (even with me chasing after her with water trying to get her to drink and her drinking freely), couldn't stand on her own, could barely walk, and was having breathing problems. At her age, the cures could have killed her. But she held on until my husband got home, and was content as one can be being sick as she was.

She was very very old for her breed. Goldens normally make it to between 10-12 years average. She outlived her aunt, who we also owned, by two years.

She was a pain in the butt who would wake me up at 3 or 4 in the morning and demand to go out, who would whine, whine, whine that she was hungry after not eating her ration, and I would have to find something for her to eat. For her, I switched from dry food to canned. I would be driven to distraction by her whining to go out just cause she wanted to sit in the back yard at night cause it was cooler, or some other reason, but she was my constant companion, and she smiled more than any other dog I ever knew. And when she would hold your hand, she would squeeze it back.

I still have her daughter, almost 11 years old, and my little terrier, but I will miss my Amber Smoke and Wildfire. May she rest happily where old, frail bodies don't betray you ever.
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