Putting down a family pet SUCKS. We had to put down one of our three dogs today (13+ years old). It never gets easier. It’s interesting how the other two dogs seem to know she’s missing.
It is fascinating to see the Rhodesian looking at the water like that. We have had two Rhodesians and they both steered clear of getting wet, and certainly never looked at a body of water with interest. (The one we have now will refuse to get off the porch when it is raining, and just stands there staring at you with a look of "my bladder is big, I can hold it.")
I had an Italian Greyhound who loved to swim. He sucked at it of course, but that dog was unstoppable. He would dive off the front of the raft, try to hump Great Blue Herons, (they looked similar). He defied all logic. I miss him, but also glad he's gone. Too smart, too fast, too little, always in trouble.She's had the benefit of seeing the golden play in the water during a few warm, winter days. She's happily waded in up to her belly. We'll see how she does this summer when it's hot and he's swimming all the time. I'm very curious.
We have a flotation vest for her so she can enjoy it and not have to work so hard. I had no idea she would need one but her lack of body fat and no paw webbing makes it necessary.