On Tuesday Duncan decided it was time he left us on his own terms and headed to see Ms. Bailey at Rainbow Bridge. His back legs were weak and internal problems were causing him pain, but he was classic “Duncan” even on his last day on Earth.
I took him to the vet at noon and x-rays showed that his spleen was very enlarged and the vet said it could rupture if it got any bigger. At 13 1/2 years old and with back legs that struggled to get up stairs, we knew that heavy drugs or opening him up would be the selfish thing to do. The night before there was a look in Duncan’s face that was telling us something. We knew that he was ready to go and made the tough decision, but one that was best for him.
When Duncan and I got home he perked up like he was relieved and knew that he soon would have new legs and no more pain. That afternoon we spent a lot of time outside where he loved the acreage life. Across the stream a large buck deer and doe got startled and ran and Duncan went after them like he always does, just slower.
After several trips to enjoy the outdoors we played a little inside. Duncan decided that he wanted to watch for Susie to get home. I pulled the shades up so he could see better.
As soon as Susie got home, Duncan grabbed his favorite toy of all-time, a Kong, and ran around like he was young again. After his short spurt of energy it took all he had to jump on the couch and wait for Susie to see him.
Duncan lived life to the fullest and there was never a day he didn’t make us laugh. There was also never a day where he didn’t get in trouble. He loved every person he met, and as soon as they sat down, he was on their lap. If we had people over, Duncan was “entertaining” until the last person left.
Just an example of how Duncan rolled, Aunt Carol was dog sitting while we were in Las Vegas. Duncan was whining in his crate and Carol felt sorry for him so she let him out. He jumped on her bed and growled at her when she told him to get down. They worked things out and everyone got a good nights sleep…we hope.
Duncan now has new legs, unlimited Kongs, his old friend Ms. Bailey, and probably doing this…
We’ll miss you Duncan but happy that you are pain free and back with Bailey.
— Love Susie, Bubba, and Peyton