It's still the middle of the night. We had an 8am appointment with the vet for an ultrasound exam to find out what was going on. Instead, I'll be taking his body in for cremation.
I need to try to get at least a few more hours sleep. I needed to write something first.
We adopted him when he was almost 8 years old.
He had a good seven years with us - almost half his life. He had lots of love.
He loved to get brushed. He had a porch to watch the birds, and more love.
So much love.
We adopted his baby sister, Annie, to help keep him company, because two grown men weren't enough for him.
He's been in decline for a few months. This is the last photograph I took of him. Three weeks ago, when the weather had warmed up, I took him outside into the front yard. He wanted to wander around and I had to keep herding him back. It was the most active he'd been in weeks. Eventually, he let me brush him - which used to be his favorite activity - and he settled down into the grass.
I don't want to dwell on the details of his passing. I might have more I want to say later. I'm just grateful we were both with him. With us there to give him what comfort we could, he passed quietly at the end.
Meet Mr. Ripley, 2008-04-14