Thursday, July 12, 2012
Thank you, everyone, for your kind words of comfort. It's amazing how much you can love an animal. They truly become a special part of your family.
We no longer have any doubt that it was definitely the right time for Beau. His hind legs finally gave out completely at the vet's office, and he was no longer able to walk at all anymore.
We adopted Beau in 2006, when he was around 6 years old, after he was transported to Wisconsin from a shelter in Kentucky where he would have been euthanized. He was rescued and transported as part of a program called the PetSmart Rescue Waggin*, which has saved over 50,000 dogs since the program started in 2004. I wrote about it once before in a post in 2009 (Gone Too Soon), in case you're interested in learning more about the program or would like to consider adopting an older dog yourself.
* I've tried to add a link, but it doesn't work properly, so you can simply Google PetSmart Rescue Waggin to get to their website.