Raider & our dog Madison on the deck at the cottage in July.
My father's dog passed away on the weekend.
He was 10 years old and was around 100 lbs all his life. We're very lucky to have shared as much time with his as we did.
In june he started feeling unwell, my dad took him to the vet & he has a massive tumour on his spleen. They went forward with the surgery and gave us 3 more months with him (this was the longest the vet has ever seen a dog live with such an advance stage of cancer).
Please send warm thoughts to my dad who is vacationing overseas & I know will have taken this news very hard. He loves his dogs & he really loved Raider.
Also to our other dog, Indiana. They have been companions all of Indi's life, and although she was mean to him at times, they were partners in crime & I know she's taking it badly. My brother has taken Indi over to live at my mother's house until my father comes back. Any suggestions for making Indi feel better would be greatly appreciated (I'm sure she's getting all the love & table scraps in the world though!).
Raider was 100 lbs, and still thought he was a lap dog! I think being squished into the couch is what I will miss most about him.
Our polar bear soaking in the lake in July.
He was definitely a big bear, but he had the heart of a gold .
It's funny, our goldens who have died of old age have always seem to last that one more summer to enjoy and then fall, and they just slip away.
My brother took him to the vets office after he started feeling unwell again over the weekend & they had to put him sleep. I'm very very glad that he doesn't seem to have suffered greatly. He was still bouncing around like an giant, ancient puppy at the cottage , but that was Raider.
His full name was "Oakland Raider's TouchDown" because the breeder was going for a football theme & we weren't allowed to have him if we didn't come up with one . He actually would have been a show dog but he was a crytorchid, I'm sure he was much happier with us anyway. He had a very full & happy life.