Saying goodbye to an old friend

Kipley joined our family when she was six months old…the result of a college student who made several poor decisions about housing and who was forced to rehome this sweetie. She’s a registered Boston Terrier and we didn’t even have to think twice about it. She had blue eyes and a long tail…something we had never seen in other Bostons. That was twelve years ago. On June 7, 2021, she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and I miss her terribly.

About six months ago, we noticed that “Kipper” seemed to lose interest in chasing her tennis ball, something she was absolutely fanatical about and if we were holding her ball, it became her solitary focus and obsession. Other dogs, people, loud noises, or traffic could never distract her laser-like attention to the fuzzy (and usually dirty) yellow ball.

Then we noticed that she was becoming a little weak in her hind legs and it began progressing at an alarming pace. The veterinarian tried an injection for arthritis, hoping it might ease the pain enough to help her mobility. One day while squatting to do her business, she lost all use of her hind legs and plopped right down into a fresh pile of it.

Eventually, she was unable to go up or down the two steps from our back door to the patio. A phone call to the vet resulted in a discussion that she would soon loose control of her bowels and bladder, something we knew would be humiliating and terrifying to our beloved blue-eyed Boston.

They had a lovely soft blanket draped over the cold stainless steel exam table at the vet’s office. I told my wife before she left for work that I didn’t think I could stay for the procedure, but the technician explained that Kipley would be given three injections and it would take fifteen minutes or so for the first one (a sedative), to make her comfortable. Something just would not let me leave my sweet friend on that table in the hands of someone else.

I hope you enjoy the photographs below…a few snapshots of our dear, dear friend and my favorite camping buddy, Kipley.

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