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But  not entirely unexpected.  I had to have my sweet but very elderly dog put to sleep today. I came home from work, took her out for her walk, and her hind legs collapsed under her.  I got her standing again, but she clearly couldn't walk well, and she wasn't her usual mellow self, and - it was clearly time.  She was seventeen and a half - seventeen years and 9 months, actually - and I'd seen it coming for a while.
(edited because I wanted to post more pictures - thank you, kahva, for taking them!)

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The first picture is her not long after I moved, sleeping in the sun on my office carpet.  The next two are from kahva, who took some lovely portrait shots - in the first one, she looks like her old self, ready to face the day; the second gives a sense of how sweet she. She was a Sheltie mix, according to the pound's best guess, with what my in-laws called hybrid vigor.  She earned her Canine Good Citizen award, thanks to Lisa, did obedience and agility and rally-obedience (kind of like Simon Says for dogs) with Lisa, and went for long walks with me, exploring the parks and the enormous cemetery and (out of season) the harborside walks and park.  She was slowing down long before we moved, and by the time we got here, she was content with a slow circuit of the parking lot, stopping to sniff everything and make sure nothing important had moved since the last time. The kids here were convinced she was a wolf, and I kept having to explain that, no, she was a fairly ordinary dog, just one who was very, very old.  She let them pet her with good grace, and that was that.

She was a really good dog - smart, sweet, incredibly good-natured.  I'll miss her a lot.
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Thanks. She was a good girl - and she only shed twice a year, for 6 months at a time.... ;-)

I am so sorry for your loss.

Thanks. I knew it was coming, but - never easy.

That's so harsh. :( It's never easy to lose a friend.

Thanks. It's not like I hadn't been expecting it - and, honestly, we got a good year longer than I thought we might - but - I'll miss her.

We were in the same situation with my cat. We got her when she was an adult, and she lived another 19 YEARS with us. We kept expecting the end to come but other than a few quick bouts with illness she still seemed spry. Then boom, just one day she slowed down and a day later she was gone. Nothing can prepare you for it, even of you brace yourself. ::hug::

I am so very sorry. *Hugs*

Thank you. She'll be missed.

I'm so sorry for your loss :(

Thanks. She was a good girl.

Oh, I'm so sorry. It sounds like she had a very happy, busy doggy life, with people who loved her very much.

*so many hugs*

Thank you! Honestly, I don't know what I'm going to do with myself without her to manage my daily routine.

Oh no! :( :( :( She was a very sweet gal, kept checking on me, I so loved her smile. And I will never forget when she goosed Ferodir - I'm not sure who was more surprised, Vixen, or the suddenly airborne Ferodir! Lovely, sweet girl with such a lovely smile. {HUGS HUGS HUGS HUGS HUGS HUGS HUGS}

Thank you!! And thank you so much for all the pictures! They're a treasure, truly - you caught her so well.

I think she knew perfectly well what she was doing when she goosed Ferodir, or at least decided that it was worth repeating. She tried it on Floyd the other night, to his intense displeasure. ;-)

I'm glad I was able to take those pictures - I still think my favorite one I got of her was the closeup on her eyes. :)

And with that sometimes mischievous smile she had, it wouldn't surprise me at all if she knew exactly what she was doing, especially since she goosed me once too! :) Such a sweetheart. {HUGS HUGS HUGS} She will be missed so very much.

I'm so sorry for your loss! {{{hugs}}}

Thank you! She really was a total sweetheart.

Who'd choose to live without them, our furry companions? But then they leave us and break our hearts. Sounds like you have many wonderful memories of her - and photos - to provide some comfort as you get used to the Vixen-shaped hole in your life, but oh, it's hard.

I'm really sorry for your loss. *hugs*

Thank you. She'll be missed.

She sounds like a sweetie. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Thank you! We really lucked out with her - she'd been abandoned by her previous owner (turned loose on the streets of a town a few miles south), so we had some issues to work through at first, but her essential temperament was so sound and so sweet that it was really easy. And so worth it.

Oh dear Vixen. I am so, so sorry.

Thank you. It was clearly time, but even so - not easy.

And I don't know what to do with myself if she's not managing me!

I'm sorry. She must have been a very lovely dog.

Thank you! We got really lucky with her - she'll be much missed.

I am SO sorry! She looked and sounds like a wonderful, lovely dog!

Thank you! She was a darling.

So sorry, hon. *hug* Hope you're feeling ok, and I wish I'd seen this sooner.

Thank you! I'm doing all right, though somewhat at a loss as to how to structure my day when there are no walks that have to be given. But I will figure it out. ;-)

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