Well about 2 hours ago we lost a family member of ten and a half years, our little dog Chip.
He had been diagnosed with a minor heart problem about a year ago and was doing fine until early this AM. My wife told me he was coughing up a little blood, was a bit lethargic and that the vet could not see him until tommorow morning. We made the appointment and figured we could pamper him through the day.
This evening he seemed to be doing better, ate his dinner with us and layed with us watching TV earlier in the evening. About 10:00 he went to his cage and layed down like he usually does except this time he never got up. I was getting ready to go to bed at about 11:00 and called him to join me like we have done for the last 10 years except this time he didn't respond. I knew at this moment that he was gone. It was a very long walk over to his cage to verify what I already knew.
My little buddy was gone. He died in the most peaceful way I could hope for and I know he is now in a better place.
He had been in our family for the last 10 years. We got him as a puppy 3 weeks after we moved into out newly constructed home back in 94. He has been with us through the birth of both of out children and was basically one of us (if that makes any sense). We will miss him dearly and truly dread having to tell the children the news tomorrow.
Sorry if this sounds mushy, I am a big (non macho) pile of mush right now...lol
And I appreciate you all allowing me vent a bit..I needed it tonight.
Below is a pic of my family taken this past Christmas morning.