Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Amanda 1996-2010


Last night the missus and I had our older dog put to sleep. She'd been given to us as a puppy by a friend of the missus, and had been with us her whole life.

She was, more than anything else, a sweet animal. Affectionate, friendly, well-behaved -- just a basic good dog for the most part. Unfortunately, she was an Australian Shepherd, a breed known for its intelligence, and she had enough brains to give her trouble. She was a dog who should have had a job.

It wasn't an easy decision, but Amanda's quality of life had degraded over the last year or so. She was becoming incontinent, falling while climbing steps, was unable to get up on the couch anymore. When the missus found her lying in a pool of urine the other morning, we agreed it was time.

Here's a story about Amanda...


Ah, well. Not a lot to say after you've said goodbye... And I just noticed that in the photo above, she's resting her head on my knapsack, and now I'm remembering how she'd lay on my knapsack or jacket if she got the chance, the one time I found her actually sleeping in the laundry basket on top of my clothes...

Damnit.

8 comments:

Brian Blacknick said...

Sorry for your loss Sean. Amanda sounded like she had a nice life with you and your wife.

Traumador said...

i too pass on my sympathies...

ChiaLynn said...

I'm sorry, Sean. Give your wife a hug for me, too. Fourteen years is a damned good run for an Aussie, but I know it doesn't feel like that on the people side.

Glendon Mellow said...

A beautiful dog.

Sorry for your loss, she sounds wonderful.

Julia Rios said...

I'm sorry, Sean. She looks like a wonderful dog. I'm glad she had a good life with you.

Peter Bond said...

I'm sorry, Sean. I know the feeling. She sounds like a great dog.

Zach said...

My condolances, sir.

Sean Craven said...

Hey, all,

Thank you so much for your kind words and support. It's sad, but it's just part of life, and I really think we made the right decision at the right time.

Now all I have to do is keep Karen from getting a French bulldog or shotglass chihuahua, or some damned thing. Me, I favor a lab mix, some canine loaf that can stink up a couch and bark at raccoons.