Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Western NY (south of Buffalo)
Yukon has gone to the bridge
I sent Yukon to the bridge today. I took him for a short 1oo ft walk. Than headed to the vet to let him finally run free. He's been plagued by severe arthritis, but in the last year he declined 10 fold. I let him go 1 month and a day before his 12th Birthday.
I remember the day I brought him home at a whole 5 weeks old...if that. He was so tiny he fit in the sleeve of my leather jacket....with my arm in the sleeve. He was so tiny! He puked in my lap on the ride home!
From the day I picked him up from the BYB he had a tendency to look me straight in the eye...all the time. He loved the snow, rain, and water. When I took him for walks in the summer....he'd find his favorite sprinklers...He'd get the puppy zooomy look in his eye and drag me straight to that darn sprinkler.
Lucky for me the sprinkler was nearly unidirectional!!! He'd stand directly over that sprinkler and relish the water spraying on his underside! I'd bring him to a park near me and he'd zoom back and forth over the stream like a mad man. When he wasn't running in the water of the stream, he was leaping over it like a gazelle!!!
He had the eyes of a hawk. If I were nearly a block from my best friend..he'd spot her before I did! His tail would wag his body, because he knew if he saw Teri it meant a walk was coming. I can't believe the eyesight on that dog! Even today on his last day, his eyes were as clear as they were when he was a year old.
I try to remember the good days before the arthritis, and the pain...I wish I had the courage to let him go before it got so bad. My snow white puppy who defiantly laid in a mud puddle in the middle of a rain storm when my friend was puppy sitting! He made her come outside in her pajamas in the pouring rain to get his silly but out of the puddle.
Run free Yukon...you filled a hole in my heart....right now it feels like a void. I know with time...the memories of the joy you brought me will heal this pain. If only the time were shorter. The house feels so quiet without your knowing soul to intrude upon my heart. I hope for to forever feel you leaning on my leg.
Kitchi Spitz Mix
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Yukon RIP (11/23/09)
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