The Last of the Old Gulch Guard

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I got a phone call from L yesterday: The local vet is making a housecall on Ghost this afternoon, and then it’ll be my job to fill in that grave we dug a week or two ago.

I have to agree it’s time. I saw him Saturday evening and he could hardly walk; his legs are just gone. He has moments of pleasure still but he’s bloated and deaf and in clear pain pretty much at all times now.

I’m already booked to put up a load of hay this morning which means the whole day will be busy, so I’ll put together a better/longer post maybe this evening. I’ve said many times that Ghost wasn’t my favorite dog because I wasn’t his favorite human even though we lived together for some eight years. A guy gets tired of being Perpetual Plan B, and is especially not prepared to take it from a dog. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t like him. It’s not a good day.

And he’s the last one – the last of the original Gulch pack.

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11 Responses to The Last of the Old Gulch Guard

  1. Who...Me? says:

    Damn. I hate it when dogs die. Even ones I did not get along with. Pass on my condolences to L and have a shot in his honor in my name. I will do the same here.

  2. czechsix says:

    Ah, hell.

    My condolences, it’s never easy losing a family member.

    Go easy when the time comes, Ghost. Enjoy chasing some balls on Piddler’s Green, your pack will be along shortly. I’ll be having a shot in his honor also..

  3. Robert says:

    Aww. Sorry. He looks happy in the picture.

  4. Kentucky says:

    When it has to go down in the boonies, it’s not every vet who will make a “house call” for the purpose. Hope the fee isn’t exorbitant.

    I’m gonna miss that dog, if only for his consistent display of attitude. And good on you for tolerating his contrariness all these years.

  5. Joel says:

    This vet mostly does livestock, and is used to house calls. Frankly I wouldn’t trust him with the health of my dog – he castrated Little Bear and very nearly screwed it up right before my eyes because he was talking when he should have been operating – but euthanasia is fairly straightforward.

  6. Joel, I’m sorry to hear this news; even the moreso because you seemed to know it was coming. Seeing the future clearly can be painful sometimes.

    “…if only for his consistent display of attitude…tolerating his contrariness…” Yes, absolutely that.

    Here’s to the all the worthies in our lives, furry, hairless, and otherwise, who are not also our “besties”. My own life has been made immeasurably better by their presence, and somehow, especially in this increasingly all-or-nothing age, that kind of relationship says freedom to me as well.

    Rest well, Ghost.

  7. MamaLiberty says:

    RIP Ghost. I’m glad you have LB, Joel. :)

  8. Eric says:

    Well that just sucks, sorry Joel. On the plus side for Ghost he at least got to live out his days where he wanted too.

  9. anonymous says:

    My condolences sir. Animals have a way of worming themselves into our hearts. I hope Ghost’s passing is an easy one. He will be no longer suffering and that is a good thing.

  10. Ben says:

    For many years, Ghost was pretty much a free agent. He ran free much of the time and ruled his territory whilst his sidekick LB was stuck on a leash. But along with that freedom, Ghost enjoyed the comforts that his humans could provide for him. His relationships with humans were largely on his own terms, and I imagine that is a sign of canine intelligence.

    As dogs go, I submit that Ghost has had a damn good life.

  11. coloradohermit says:

    RIP Ghost. Condolences to you and L. Letting our furkids go is never easy, even when it’s the most loving thing we can do for them.

To the stake with the heretic!