Friday, February 09, 2007

R.I.P.


Our 10-year-old Samoyed, Casper, died yesterday. He was old in doggy terms, and had a million things wrong with him.... which is how we ended up with him in the first place.... but he was part of the family. He was increasingly crippled with arthritis, had a horrible skin condition that had the vet mystified and left him with odd-looking bald patches - including his tail, which was completely nude - and in recent years his eyesight and hearing weren't too good. But he was happy enough - he would wag his tail madly whenever one of us went outside, and spent hours lying contentedly outside the shed door while Bike Boy brewed beer or did whatever else it is that men do in their sheds.
A few weeks ago we realised that we weren't going to have him for long. He was just slowing down and showing less interest in food, stray cats crossing the yard or anything at all, really. Then when Bike Boy arrived home from work yesterday, dripping with sweat after his bike ride, he found Casper lying on the lawn, where he'd just died in his sleep in the sunshine. He then had to break out the crowbar and shovel to dig through the rock-hard soil and bury the poor old guy down behind the shed.
Every time I look out the window, I still expect to see him sleeping on the doormat. :-(

14 comments:

Amy said...

Aw, I'm sorry to hear that :(

It's so devestating to lose a pet. I've never felt anything worse.

And it sucks, because you know they're better off, but you want them to still be here.

Goddess Emerging said...

Awww, that is really sad. xox

Marshmallow said...

Big hugs to you Kek - you all must be utterly devastated. Casper was a part of your family - my condolences to you all.

Shauna said...

ohh kek! i'm sorry to hear that... he looked like a real cutie with that fluffy face...

Linda said...

Ok Kek... what a cutie he was. sorry to hear this.

ms_attitude said...

Ohhh, Kek... I feel your pain. My girl only has days I think - a heart murmur which has just suddenly gotten really bad.
It's so sad - they're such a big part of the family.
Big hugs to you
Caroline

Sara said...

Ah, memories.. Caspar nearly scared me to death when I slept in your kitchen! I must be nervy. He got up suddenly when I hadn't noticed him sleeping on the porch and I wondered what sort of huge naked-tailed Aussie sheep had broken into your back yard!
It is sad to lose him but nice that he went naturally and without suffering. Ten is a good age for a Samoyed and you gave him a good life.

Kek said...

LMAO!! Sara, you made me laugh out loud - thanks for that. I've been going around all sad and droopy - I needed a good laugh!

He did look odd, the poor fella. Samoyeds need to be brushed every day to keep their coats in good condition, but because of his skin problem, brushing caused him pain so we had to give it away. Of course he ended up all matted and strange-looking. With the skinny pink tail, he did look a sight. The pic was taken about 3 years ago, when he wasn't so bad.

Anyway, he did have a good life - he and our youngest grew up together and played like maniacs in the back yard up until a couple of years ago when Casper got too old to run. He was always the extra fielder in backyard cricket matches. I wonder, does doggie drool = ball-tampering?

Thanks for all the lovely comments, folks. :-)

Debstar said...

Yes doggy drool is definately ball tampering 'cause only males will then handle the ball.
Dying in your sleep in the sunshine sounds like a nice way to go to me but it still leaves an empty space in your hearts.

Sereyna said...

So sorry to hear of your loss Kek... I hope your (nearly not a) baby is doing ok too. If he's 11 and Caspar was 10, they've pretty much had their whole lives together. Sad news indeed!

LizN said...

Gosh I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. (((kek)))

Hugs
Liz ;)

Michelle said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. Its so hard to lose a pet.

linda said...

So sorry Kerryn- that's hard. You'll miss him for ages- they seem to always find a way to become a central part of a family don't they?

Jadey 0:-) said...

Run free at the rainbow bridge Casper. Your family will meet you there when the time comes for you to be reunited. You won't be forgotte.

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