Bo’s health has been declining rapidly with failing kidneys during the last several weeks, and was hardly able to walk, drink, or eat while Kate and I were in Minneapolis this last week. Ben was a trooper in caring for Bo while we were gone. We got back on Wednesday and Kate took him into the vet yesterday.
The kidney values that came back from the blood test showed what the vet called a remarkable deterioration over just four weeks ago when we had taken him in for a large abscess under his jaw, brought on by a fox tail. The kidneys were about 90% shot with lots of toxins building up in his body, bringing him discomfort.
Rather than try to prolong his life with artificial means for a a few more days or weeks, we decided to let him go peacefully today. Emily had a Skype goodbye with Bo this morning from Minnesota. The vet paid a house call this afternoon and we all sat in the front yard under the Apple tree while she administered an anesthesia first and then something to stop his heart. Kate, Ben, and I all held Bo’s head as he passed easily. Then Ben and I dug a hole up on the hill in our back yard and buried him with some of his favorite toys. Bo had awkwardly wandered up to that spot this morning, and in a weird way, showed us where he wanted to be put to rest.
Bo was a the best dog I have ever called family. Here is a photo of Bo and me a few minutes before he departed. His sweet disposition and keen empathy endeared him to all he met. Don’t think I will feel the same about any other dog in my lifetime. He had a wonderful 15-year run, and we were so lucky to have spent 14 of them with him. I loved him and will miss him greatly.