We enjoyed him for 5 years, independent nocturnal barker that he was. He was so full of fun and cuddle. He loved everyone but kept his tongue to himself (unlike Merry Dog).
then one day he got a limp in his left front leg. He had the form of cancer that eats away at bone and metastasizes rather quickly. He was less than 2 months from little limp to high doses of two painkillers was not allowing weight bearing.
We buried him next to the oak sisters not far from the fire pit where we gather on summer evenings.
Merry Dog greeting Av when he came home from an long day at Clinic.
One of their last nights together.
It's been really great getting to know Merry Dog as an only dog. One of the best discoveries is that we could tell her not to eat the chickens and ducks and she just stopped. That had never worked when she was 1/2 of the Av / Merry team.
She doesn't harass the sheep either. We were very amused to discover that she jumps over the three foot wire mesh fence with the electric rope topper (which is off on most fences this summer) wherever it she likes--mostly if she find me on the other side of it--or to examine the compost heap. I guess the only reason she ever stayed on the inside of it was because Av didn't go over it. But she doesn't ever want to go anywhere without one of us anymore! It's great to be able to leave the gate on the driveway open now!