Earl was basically unable to walk. He could stagger around a bit, but he was panting and his heart was beating ninety to nothing.
He wouldn't really look at me or pay much attention to me which was really odd. I think, in his way, he knew.
Todd carried him up the hill, as we pondered what to do. Earl is 13 years old, which is a very good long life for a golden retriever. He's been having trouble running around the yard. If he runs to Staci's house next door, we know he won't be "running" back. Usually he tries, and it appears he runs out of oxygen as he staggers around a bit when he attempts to run. Todd had basically told me to not allow him to run and not get him excited, as we were concerned it may cause some irreversible damage.
Today, though, was very different! Earl, our beloved dog, was very, very tired!
Todd and I loved all on him, then decided we should take him to the ER.
When we got there the vet did some blood work and determined that Earl was in really bad shape. He was having kidney failure, as we had suspected since he was even peeing blood. His heart was really, really tired, and there wasn't much chance of a recovery for him.
He made it very clear to us that the most humane thing we could do for Earl at this point would be to help him with a peaceful departure from this world.
Obviously, through many tears, Todd and I agreed, as the doc said he found it highly unlikely Earl would make it through more than three days and would struggle to do so. He was not oxygenating his body like he needed to be.
These next two pics were loaded a month ago for a blog all about our sweet dog, and I never got around to posting them. So glad we have them now!
Todd and I said our tearful goodbyes, and we were there with him til the end. It was very peaceful. We had him wrapped in one of our family blankets and brought him back home to be buried here with us at the home he so loved. We will miss this sweet dog! He was so good to us and to our girls! Bless you, Earl. We love you!!