Tonight I lost my Otie, who survived surgery four weeks ago and gave me more time to love him. He passed very peacefully and saved me from having to make the decision to let him go. He was a sweet boy who saved me! We had a nice walk tonight, visited with some neighbors, and then he went into distress and while on the way to the emergency vet he left me. I knew this day was eventually coming and I don't regret anything in the past month, and relish that I had more time with him.
I will miss him, as we all have missed our babies that left us. He filled a real void in my life when I REALLY needed it. As someone once said to me, regarding dogs in general, "The beginning is hard, the end is hard, but the middle is magical".
Thank you, Otie, for many magical years. You made my life so much richer.
Miss you sweet boy Otie (July 2013)