Well, if you remember, Duke and Bear both have heartworms and Duke also has a tumor on his back. Well, we were just going to let Duke "go" until he started having pain and then we were going to put him to sleep. Looking back, that was selfish of us, but we love that guy - even if he's mean at times. BTW, Bear begins his heartworm treatment on the 8th.
Long story short, Duke and the other dogs kept getting into it this morning. Big time. We had a hard time separating them and they just wouldn't quit fighting. They just kept fighting and they just wouldn't stop. It happened twice within an hour period and it wasn't getting any better. There was blood shed - Rocky has several gashes that were breathing and Duke was bleeding on his ear as well. We tried to separate them all by putting Duke in the pin that we have in the backyard. He broke through the pin twice - literally. He was very, very upset and he wanted out. So, after weighing our options, we decided that it had to be done - we had to put Duke to sleep soon.
The Vet had already told us a few months back that Duke wouldn't live through the tumor removal surgery and that if he did, he definitely wouldn't live through the heartworm treatment. So, we called the Vet this morning and hubs took the poor guy in. There was no way I could go with him. That dog loved me immensely. I was his favorite and I loved the poor guy, no matter how mean he could be. But, we decided for the safety of our other dogs and for his health and safety, today was the day.
I'll miss that poor guy. I already do. Rocky has been whining all day because he thinks that Duke is in the house playing with us. :(
It was a bad way to end a vacation. But, it had to be done. I'd post a picture of the poor guy, but I don't think I can go through the pictures right now. It hurts. So, if you'd like to see a picture of Duke, he's on my sidebar still.
Rest In Peace, good friend. We love you and will miss you lots. :(