Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Three Things My Dog Taught Me
My dog died on Tuesday. On Monday, I pretty much knew he was facing the end.
I took him to the vet Tuesday morning. And the vet recommended euthanasia. Although I was expecting that statement, it was still depressing to hear. So I took him home and decided to spend a few remaining hours with him. I fed him a hot dog (his favorite food) and he slept by my feet while I did some work.
I was looking for an excuse to keep him alive another day. But he could barely stand and he looked like a skeleton. His kidneys had shut down and his body could not get nourishment from food.
I had him perform one last trick (barking on command) and then I took him to the vet. I held his head while he got the end of life drug. Within seconds his head dropped and he was dead.
Below is a video I did 6 years ago with Dino on how to train a dog to ring a bell. He was a smart dog that I was able to use in quite a few videos.
Anyway, the last couple of days I thought of some of the things he taught me. I trained him. And then he returned the favor.