Some of you know we have a beloved 16- or 17- year old husky mix named Rocky. My husband got him from a shelter before we met 16 years ago, so we figure Rocky must be at least pushing 17, if not a little older since he was young but not a puppy when Jamie got him.
In the last couple of days since I came home from a long weekend away, he seems to be taking a turn for the worse. We have a vet appt scheduled for this morning, but he doesn't seem to be able to stand up, so I'm not even sure how I'll get him there (he's 80 lbs, and my husband is flying home today, won't be in until this afternoon).
Even though I know he's "just" a dog, and every living thing has to go someday, this is breaking my heart. With the exception of a dog we had when I was growing up who lived to be nearly 20, this is the pet I've known for the longest time.
I'm not sure whether we'll be able to somehow treat him so we'll have some more quality time with him, but I just want to be sure he's not miserable and in pain.
I know many of you have pets you love, so if you have a spare good thought for Rocky, I think he could use it now.