I just got back from the vet. I put my darling Dozer to sleep today. I am so sad. I loved this dog so much. In addition, this is the third dog I had to euthanize this year and it does not get any easier. He has been my companion for more than 10 years and we went on so many adventures together. He got his tooth stuck in a chainlink fence, he tried to get kicked by horses, sheep, donkeys and goats, he was a dog friendly dog who liked walks, overnight visits and the dogpark. He was my rock through some difficult times these last few years and I would not have made it without his calm presence.
I do have some dog overlap; I got Holly a couple months ago so Dozer could teach her all his bad habits. She was a quick study. Of course, I haven't told anyone about her so it is another whole issue to figure out how to present her to everyone.
But none will ever replace Dozer; he was a gem of a dog and the last thing the vet said to him was "well Dozer there sure wasn't anything wrong with your heart" while he was listening at the end. True words. I miss you, buddy.