Today I had to make the most difficult choice I have ever made. Kyra, our 13 year old Shepard, my precious baby girl, the pup who has been by my side since she was 12 weeks old, will leave me tomorrow.
Over the last week she has developed a painful infection. Treatment options are limited to surgery. At her age, surgery would be a stressful and unpleasant event. So, we have had to make the difficult decision of putting her to sleep to end her pain and suffering.
Kyra was my first pup that was my dog, and my dog alone. She has spent many hours at my side. Sleeping at the foot of my bed, waiting at the door when I returned home, riding around in the car with me. When we were both younger, she went to the coffee shop and friend's houses, we spent hours at the park and afternoons hiking. She was my companion. Through friends, boyfriends, roommates, Kyra was always there.
She is a special girl. When I met my hubby, our second date was walking our dogs. Kyra and Sampson (hubby's dog) became fast friends. Over the last few years her roles have changed. We no longer venture to the coffee shop together, but she established her new role as herder and watcher of the chickens. Until recently she would spend hours patrolling the yard and keep the vermin out of the garden. She has truly been a wonderful dog during all stages of my life and hers. She is my crazy and neuriotic shepard, she is sweet as pie and I love her dearly.
My heart breaks to think of life without my baby girl, but I know it is time to let her go. Hubby and I are taking tonight to say goodbye and we will take her to the vet tomorrow. Kyra will always have special place in my heart and my memories. She will always be my one and only baby girl.
Kyra at 13 weeks, with "Octopi"
Kyra at a few months old...aw baby girl!
Backpacking at Shining Rock, she is about 2-3 years here.
With her best bud Chorney, at our duplex when I was in college.
About 9 years old here, our first year in our current house
With Waylon when he was a wee-little one
Last years egg stealing shenanigans
Last Fall. I love those ears and that smile.