My Boy Andy
by Richard Lawson
My Andy was a 13 year 10 month old australian shepard. he was my traveling companion, my hiking buddy, my everything Dog, he loved playing in the snow, going for long walks in the park, where sometimes i'd let him off his leash but he run ahead then stop and look back to make sure i was coming. he was my sit in the back of the car with me and admire my handi work after a day of yard work dog. how can it be that he's not here anymore.
on sunday morning the 15th of december he woke us up having a seizure. i prayed to God to not take him like that as we rushed him to the 24 hour emergency vets. they were able to calm him a bit and stop the seizure and they would begin running tests. we were called about 5:30 that morning with the news that his bloodwork was fine and could've been that of a two year old dog. they told us that they would begin chest and abdomin x-rays as soon as the rest of the staff arrived. we went back in to check with the vet around noon and listened in dis-belief as she told me that they had found two to three spots of cancer in his chest and said that they thought it had matasticed and spread to his brain and that's what was causing the seizures. i don't think i heard a great deal more of what they were telling me after that as i reeled in shock and disbelief, sure he was getting old but he had to have another year of two to get old and/or lame and then we could've dealt with this then. i was told that there really wasn't much else to do, they could keep him sedated and on anti-seizure medications but it wasn't a good idea to leave him alone. i knew what i had to do as his human but there has never been anything harder. i got to hold him, tell him that i'll miss all of our walks, tell him thanks for being my buddy for the past almost 14 years, that i loved him like no other and held him as he passed over rainbow bridge. and all of this happened with 10 or 12 hours. that wasn't enough time to tell him how he enriched my life, how much i charised and loved his companionship. I feel so guilty for not trying to be more aware of his health was failing. i pray that he's happy and healthy and that i'll see him again some day