Our beloved Boxer/Mastiff Baby (or BOO BOO if you were her friend.) became an angel.
Baby with her angel brisket
As you can see she even has an angel on her chest if you look close enough. I can see a magicians costume like in a Walt Disney movie, a crown on the head. Hey she’s a dog, a doggy has a different idea of an angel than we silly humans. The angels wings are formed by the way the light shades her forearms are dimmer like they are of course behind the angel’s body. Let me know in the comments if you can see the angel and tell a friend about it.
My wife died many years ago and is an angel on my shoulder and now Baby joins her on the other shoulder. I can tell which shoulder Baby is on because her tail wagging tickles my ear on that side.
I am of course a little sad but that will quickly pass as I remember all the fun things she did to make my life more fun and interesting. Like all the times she welcomed me home. Barking if another human was in the house or just jubilantly wagging her tail if we were alone.
A couple of years ago we rescued a puppy living (barely) under the crawl space of a neighbor’s house. His fur was matted with fleas, tics and mud. My niece spent hours cleaning him up and gave him all the medicine he needed to get healthy. It was touch and go for awhile. He could not even navigate the three porch steps at first. Baby begrudgingly welcomed him but let him know who was the BOSS.
Soon they were best buddies. She would stake out the center of a friends yard and he would run around trying to ambush her from different directions. She always won and he got his daily exercise. I worried me at first since she growled and snapped showing him her powerful teeth. I learned soon that they were just playing and later would be laying near each other sleeping. She on the couch and he in front of it protecting her.
She had not been eating for a couple of days and was starting to get shaky on her legs. I bought a nutritional supplement that was a paste in a tube and she would lick that off my finger and lap lots of water but that was all. We decided to take her to an emergency Animal Clinic near us as a friend could take us. ( I do not drive so depend on friends or public transportation. ) We expected to get some medications for an upset tummy and be on our way.
The hospital found she had a uterine tumor. At her age they said if they operated she would probably live for another 6 months but might be in a lot of pain much of the time. My niece made the decision to let them put her to sleep and I agreed. I was the second hardest decision I ever had to make. Letting them take life support off my wife who had a massive aneurism causing bleeding in her brain was the other one.
We were blessed to have shared twelve wonderful years with Baby.