I really am not looking for sympathy, but rather say thank you for all the kind & thoughtful advice you've given me over the years. I've really appreciated this resource in my frantic moments over Kal's health.
My beloved Kal died this morning due to complications from lymphoma. He was 11 and a half years old and the veterinary oncologist thought the disease had advanced too far to be treated with chemotherapy by the time I brought him in.
A couple of stories that I thought about today...
- One time a stranger called him over and got down to Kal's level on his knees and was petting him and mentioning how much he loved dogs. Kal was super-friendly and loved attention. The guy looked really familiar and when he introduced himself as Landon Donovan, I recognized his name as the American soccer star. I pretty much just watch the NFL but it was still cool.
- Kal hardly ever barked unless there was a knock at the door. Especially in the backseat of my car he would just stare out the window silently. However once on a summer night while I was driving in 45mph lane, Kal barked Woof! only one-time but VERY LOUD at the car driving next to us. That car then abruptly braked.
Turns out a stray poodle was about to run in front of that car and Kal barked due to seeing the poodle. Both the other driver and myself got out of our cars and chased the poodle running run the side of the road. After we both caught the poodle and were walking back to our cars with poodle in hand the other driver told me that the only reason he applied his brakes was because Kal barked right into his driver-side window which made him notice the poodle running across the street. So I guess Kal saved another dog's life. Not to sound corny, but he sure saved mine. I have never been away from Kal for even one day since I got him as a puppy.
Again I just wanted to say thank you & to tell you to love your dogs RIGHT NOW!, you just don't know how much time you have left with them.