It wasn't that long ago that we posted the sad return of two of our older, more mature dogs, Bear and Mary. All of us that knew and remembered them were stunned by their appearance and condition, but worked to get them back to being healthy, heavier and pain free.
Both of them were 5kg+ underweight and struggled to move around comfortably, especially Bear, who stumbled and fell frequently.
After one month of good nutritious food, freshly cooked meat, supplements and pain killers it began to look hopeful. Mary had gained 600 grams and was starting to interact and even play with the other dogs in her foster home. For Bear there wasn't much improvement at all, in fact he gained more problems - he developed sores from lying on the hard, cold surfaces he preferred; he wasn't into cushion comfort.
Within a 10 day period between a vet visit and an increase in painkillers, we realised that we were fighting a battle we could not win. His quality of life and dignity was at an all time low, so it was time to let him go.
On Monday 9th April, Bear and Mary spent a few hours in the garden sun watching the world go by. At around 3.30pm our sweet boy went to a better place, with his sister right where she'd always been - by his side. R.I.P lovely boy, we tried, but could do no more - it was just too late.
Thank you so much to Dawn for being with him at the end and for sticking by Mary, who has now lost her brother and friend of 12 years.