“That’s my boy,” I used to tell him. He was really something! We had so many adventures together.
Mom took this photo just before we drove to the vet.
Story continues below…
3/3/17 1:41pm – vet appointment was 2pm
Kelly’s hairdo was natural. I didn’t comb it that way.
Kelly loved to run, and collapsed the day before while running on the trail, just after passing me. After about a minute, he could stand, and then walk, but I knew this was probably the end, based upon a similar experience I had with my previous Gordon Setter, William Wallace. And while lying next to him later that night, the ugly sounds coming from his heart made it clear what to do.
[It’s amazing how hearts work extra hard to maintain enough oxygen, even after the valves are failing — a credit to our masterful Creator!]
After examining Kelly, the vet went in the back room to prepare the concoction, but Kelly’s heart completely gave out in front of Mom and me on its own.
So at least I never have to wonder that putting him to sleep was the right decision. But it was really hard to lose him at age-10.
I tell more of Kelly’s unique story here: Kelly – the boy nobody wanted.
Another image: (photo) Kelly – The Last Hug