I lost a very close friend today.
My wife and I decided that it was time for us to put down our oldest dog, Kody. He was 15 years old and had a number of health issues, but lately, he had been having a lot of trouble getting around and just seemed to be in a fair amount of discomfort. I came home from work early so that we could all go to the vet together. I snapped this photo of Nate and Kody on the couch together before we all got in the car.
When we got to the vet’s office, we all took turns feeding Kody pieces of a cheeseburger that I had picked up for a last meal. Marie and Nate went to go get a smoothie while I stayed with Kody in his final minutes. I had been sad all day about what was to come, but when I was finally in the room with Kody and the veterinarian I was completely overcome with emotion and just started crying like a little kid. It was time to say goodbye to a dog that has always been happy to see me and served as a great companion in so many happy moments in my life.
I have a heavy heart to be sure, but I’m relieved to know that he no longer has to endure the pain and discomfort caused by his failing health.
Rest in peace, Kody.