Today I made the appointment to have Stan euthanized on May 3.
He's only 13 years old, but he has arthritis in his coffin joint and he has really gone downhill this spring. He always looks better when it's cold out, but this year he's already in pain even when it's only in the 40's. I don't want to see how bad he'd look when the temps hit the 80's.
He's still eating, still drinking, still moving around the pasture, but he's obviously lame even at the walk, no longer wants to come down for grain, and sometimes when he's standing in the pasture, he keeps shifting his weight like he just can't get comfortable. Bute's keeping him reasonably comfortable until his appointment, but I'm not going to bute him indefinitely. I know it's time.
I'm not really asking a question, I just needed to get it off my chest.
"In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
So sorry to hear your bad news. I lost two last year, and know how painful the process is. I miss my two guys every day. My vet said it's the last, best kindness we can show our faithful friends. I hold onto that thought.