I'm so glad to hear your baby is better! That's a great present.
Not trying to put a damper on things - and please don't let this change the happy mood of this thread. I just wanted to share with you all.....
My girl (dog), a 16 yr-old mutt (Australian sheppard mix) and faithful companion for that long, KAYLA, was not so fortunate. She was the picture of health and high-activity until a couple months ago, when her kidneys failed from old age.
She lost over a third of her body weight (and all her muscle mass). Dr. said muscles wouldn't come back at that age. We changed her to a near-zero protein diet and loved on her since then. She began falling a lot and I worried more & more that she might hurt herself. A few days ago we all (me, my wife, and 3 girls) decided it was THAT time. (getting choked up thinking about her)
I came home from work early and we fed her ham (her favorite, something she hadn't tasted since her diagnosis!) and the girls took turns hugging her (as did I). Then my wife & I took her to the vet for her last car ride.
She went peacefully...I knelt beside the table, looked at her eye-to-eye the whole time. She was a great pup!
Spent today with my wife and girls (and later w/about 15 family members). One of my girls gave me a framed pic with Kayla! Nice day. Even picked up a Tilley and a few other things.
We did the right thing, but I sure miss her!
Kendall: keep loving your pups and hug 'em for me! Thanks for the pic!