Getting some love...
I had him to the vet and had a full work-up so I would know where we stood as far as his health. His work-up revealed chronic renal failure, due to his age, although he had no symptoms as of then. We started him on the special food the vet recommended and went from there.
He was a great little guy, who quickly started following me everywhere! He was so loyal as they all are. Many months later he started following me even closer even though his back legs had started to lose mucle mass and become weaker so that his back would kind of sink down. I took him back to the vet to have him checked again and he was started on a liquid vitamin added to his food to help with that. He was also starting to show other symptoms such as drinking a lot more water. I knew he had been staying so close to my side that way because he was getting sick.
I had spent a lot of time with him taking walks through our paths in our back yard and sitting under his favorite maple tree soaking up the breeze. He loved to sit under there and just hang out! He also loved to go out and wait for my son to get off the bus.
His last month and especially his last two weeks he started to refuse meals and started getting very thin. Sometimes he'd just stop during walks and look at me and I'd carry him to the house to give him a break. I made his yearly check up appointment knowing it would probably be his last. Two days before it he was walking so weakly he'd stop and kept pulling away toward under the trees as if to hide. As were were walking that day it hit me that he was suffering. I realized just how thin he had become and how he was struggling. It was sunny so we sat under his favorite tree for the last time. I told him I loved him and thanked him for coming to us as I so often had told him. The day of his appointment was overcast and windy, a miserable day. I took him for a walk on his favorite paths but he was struggling. We waited for my son at the bus and I was going to take him in the house because it was cold but he wouldn't go until my son got home.
As we left for the vet the sun peeked through a hole in the clouds so bright. My son said God was opening up heaven for him! God bless my "little Buddy" I know you are resting in God's arms, no longer weak and uncomfortable. Until we meet again...