“I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in loving a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?”
-- Sir Walter Scott
In ANGEL PAWPRINTS: Reflections on Loving and Losing a Canine Companion, the wonderful anthology of pet memorials edited by Laurel E. Hunt, 1998.
Yesterday was a very difficult day, but we have resolved our path forward with Rio. We don't want him to suffer through an amputation, and the recovery afterwards, and then chemotherapy, only to potentially have just a few more months with us. Despite his tough exterior, Dr. Stone thinks that Rio is in a great deal of pain now, even while on the Tramadol, since he's not putting any weight on his leg. We're going to have the vet come to the house early next week, and help us say goodbye to our friend peacefully.
Until then, he's living the life of a canine king, eating anything he wants, and getting affection around the clock.