Rusty was much more than a dog he was a member of our family. I remember the day we picked him up it was in December of 2000. The family we got him from said he was an "accident". Their purebred Golden got loose and met up with the yellow lab next door and he was part of the litter. Their kids had named him "schitzo".
Rusty was the runt of the litter, I could hold him in the palm of my hand. He grew to be over 100 pounds, he was smart, gentle, loving, he was very intuitive. He knew when my pain was the worst, he would lay close to me and just be there. He would protect us and any member of our family from harm even after he got sick. There will never be another dog like Rusty for us.
He had Laryngeal Paralysis that progressed over time, along with Arthritis in several joints. He did okay for a while on several medications. Some to keep him calm, others to keep the swelling down. Surgery was not an option because of his age. The past two days he couldn't keep food or water down and last night he was unable to breathe. We had no choice but to let him go.
We walked back in the house expecting him to greet us as he always does, with that big tail thumping heavily against everything. I woke up this morning thinking the sound of his coughing woke me up and looked all over the house for him before it hit me again that he is gone. I'm not sure how long I will keep doing that. He will be missed. I am at my limit with losses this year between losing my parent's and now this I'm not sure at what point I have been given enough. Sorry to add yet another depressing post on this page, it just seems to be nonstop right now. I hope one day to be posting good things again. In the meantime, I wish you all happiness and health and again thank you all for being here for me and supporting me through these hard times. I truly appreciate it!