My beautiful and kind Lucky died yesterday of heart failure. He had not been feeling well for a week or two, so I took him to the vet for a checkup. We knew he had kidney problems and a heart murmur, but did not anticipate his passing away so quickly. He died in the car after we left the vet and it was a sudden heart attack.
I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to hold him while he was dying as I had just parked the car to run an errand. He loved greeting people, so I thought he would enjoy the stop at the bank. Unfortunately he collapsed when he stood up on the back seat. Even at the vet clinic minutes earlier, he approached a man for some attention...it was just his nature to smile at people. A lovely soul with a gentle and wise nature.
It's funny that one of his favourite places was the vet clinic, so at least his last day wasn't spent in pain or alone.
When we were leaving the clinic, he stood his ground on the steps outside and wanted to return to the clinic. I think he knew it was his time and didn't want to pass at home. I believe when dogs were in packs in the wild, when one of them sensed they were dying or weak, they would separate from the pack so as not to attract vultures or other predatory animals to the pack. A dog is a very noble animal.
Lucky will be sorely missed by Spike (my Chihuahua X Dachshund), but perhaps more importantly he is being very warmly welcomed by my late parents, our first dog Oscar, and Lucky's best friend, the feline Parsons. I know it's a beautiful thing that he has so many loved ones surrounding him now.
I don't know why I'm posting all of this except as a tribute to Lucky. He truly was the sweetest dog in the world. Even people who were afraid of dogs dropped their usual nervousness around him and noted, "But Lucky's different."
I am a better person for having known him; I wish I had been as wise as he was and followed his example. Maybe some dogs are sent to us to teach us by example, and to show us what is truly important in life.
I will miss him forever.
God rest Lucky's angelic soul.