For the last couple of years Flo has been slowing down caused by age. She has gotten weaker and weaker. She has trouble getting off the floor so we have been having to help her. She has been on pain pills for quite some time and lately they have been wearing off quickly. She loves to swim but we can no longer take her because she couldn't walk back to the car.. When she goes out to take care of business she is worn out by the time she gets back into house. A week ago Larry made an appointment to see her vet but they couldn't get her in until today, actually they could have gotten her in sooner but our favorite vet only works on Tuesday. Larry and I talked about when should we let her go. We didn't want to put her down too soon or too late, it is a hard decision to make. Today we took her for her appointment. Her vet said she could give her another type of pill but it wouldn't correct the weakness it would just prolong her life a little longer. We decided it would be best to let her go. It was the hardest decision we ever made but it was time. We stayed with her to the very end, she died very peacefully. We said our good-byes to her. She will be missed very much.
Flo lived for almost fourteen super years and she gave us a lot of love and affection even at the end. She camped in every one of the lower 48 states, and two Canadian provinces, visited many National Parks, hiked a lot of magnificent trails, swam in many beautiful lakes, streams and rivers, even swam in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and she spent a lot of days sunning, she loved the sun. I miss her considering I talk to her all the time. She kept me company when I barbecued. She was more than a dog to me, she was my child. I will always love her but it was time to let her go.
|Swimming in Nolan Creek|
|Walking on the boat dock at Roger Park|
|Swimming at Temple Lake Park|
|Sunning in the yard|
|Camping with the Minnie|