Farewell old friend.
He was such a tough old dog and we knew that our days with him were coming to a close and yet when he laid down and didn't get up it was still a shock.
He has been a fixture to step over for the last 13 years.
We bought him out of the back of a truck at the Costco parking lot.
He spent the first couple of weeks at the farm battling parvo and ended up spending time at the animal hospital. Since then he had toughened up to be a true farming dog.
If you regularly visit our home, this is what you will have seen. He had decided a few winters ago that this porch was his and chose it above the warmth of the heated shop.
The last year his arthritis was becoming evident and his eyesight was starting to go.
It is not a surprise for me to say that Otis was the most faithful dog that we'd ever known. In the last few years his life was about . . . .
. . .sitting on the loading dock of the barn and sitting on the back porch.
His life was also about us. He loved us and wanted to be where we were.
I'm sure glad I gave him leftovers yesterday .. .
Chinese food no less . .
He loved everything that came out of my kitchen door.
This is life .. .right?
Tomorrow will be a better day.