On December 28th 2012 we had to put our 11 year old beloved dog, Hunter, to sleep. It was one of the hardest things we have ever done. The night before he had a seizure in the middle of the night and couldn't get up or even lift his head for a very long time afterwards.
My husband took him to the vet the next day and they said that based on his age and symptoms leading up to the seizure, he most likely had a brain tumor and would continue to have seizures.
Hunter was a black lab/golden retriever mix. He had a very good life full of long walks, a warm home and a family that loved him. He was such a calm and patient dog. We could take him for walks off leash and he always stayed with us. My 2 year old son could even walk him on a leash.
Our home seems very empty without him. I keep expecting to see him whenever I turn around. At least our sons are too young to be hurt by his passing because my husband and I sure feel it.
Rest in peace, sweet boy.
Have you ever lost a pet? How did your family cope?