Harley

September 15, 2008

We’ve been thinking about our old Harley-dog a lot this summer.  There were a couple of times we wondered if he was going to make it through the winter.  We worry a lot about the upcoming winter and how well he’ll do.  He turned 14 years old this March.  We’ve had him longer than we’ve had our children!  He has been much loved and a great hunting dog for Dave.  He’s been doing really good this summer, with the exception of one scare where he fell in the neighbors ditch and it was too muddy and slick for him to get out.  The problem is with his back legs.  They just are so stiff and don’t have as much strength in them as they used to.  So if he falls he struggles to get back up which isn’t a problem on normal dry ground.  But on the snow, ice or mud this is really hard for him. 

Anyway… I couldn’t find him that night and he usually doesn’t go far especially around meal time.  We were going around to the neighbors and everywhere, and I finally walked out to the very back of our yard near the neighbors field.  It was almost dark and I saw a shape in the ditch.  It scared me because I worried that he’d drowned!  But he was just sitting there in the water because he couldn’t climb up the ditch bank.  I almost didn’t see him and I hate to even think what would have happened had he sat in the freezing ditch water all night long (shiver).  I just don’t want to see him go like that.  I just want to go out to his bed in the garage one morning and see that he passed away peacefully in his sleep.  I don’t want to think about his health getting bad enough to have to put him to sleep!  I just want him to go all on his own when it’s his time.  So, for now we’ll love him and take care of him and hope he has a good winter.  For all our concerns he still gets spunky once in awhile which makes me laugh and lets us know he’s a happy dog and has led a good long life.  There’ll never be another like him!

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One Response to “Harley”

  1. Bridgett Says:

    Mike would love a dog like that! He thinks it would make hunting so great and he wants a big dog. It is good to have kids grow up with dogs and pets. We had a hamster once…The end.


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