He was loading up the truck on a bright and sunny day. He could hardly manage to control his excitement, after all it was his birthday, and he was going to the Royals game. As they began to back out of the driveway, they felt a bump and heard a load yelp. He hurried out of the truck only to realize that his biggest fear was true. His dog had been hit.
He could tell by the way his dog looked that at the very least the leg was broken. The leg was limp as the dog attempted to walk across the ground. They hurried and lifted the dog into the backseat of the truck, trying not to cause the dog anymore pain. Then they headed for the vet. The whole way there he held his dog. He was hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.
They finally arrived at the vet. They hauled their dog inside to a little room where they sat their dog on the table. The vet began to examine their dog, as him, his fiancé and parents waited patiently. Once the vet finished, she said there was a dislocated hip and possibly some internal bleeding. The sound of those words made tears build up in his eyes. As they began discussing options, it grew even more difficult. Because their dog was 13-years-old there was no chance for surgery. If they took him home, there was no chance of him recovering. It was a hard decision, but they had to put their dog to sleep.
The vet left the room, allowing the family to say their final goodbyes. Everyone began sobbing as their faithful dog lay on the table, breathing heavily. He leaned down and put his head by his dogs and laid there with him, not wanting to leave. He knew he was losing much more than just a dog. He was also losing a brother and a best friend.
The vet came back and began to put the dog to sleep. He stayed in the room with his dog. He wasn’t going to leave until the very last breath. As the vet injected the needle, the dog’s breathing slowed, and the eyes slowly shut. Then his beautiful dog breathed its last breath.
They went home sad, knowing they had lost a large part of their lives. However, they knew their dog had lived a long and happy life they would never forget. Once they arrived home he went into the garage and hung up the dog’s collar. He grabbed a black marker and below the collar wrote:
“One Great Dog”