They simply don't live as long as we do.We got Rocket from a shelter in Fayetteville, TN back in 2009/2010 (can't recall). We were looking for a replacement for Jake, a jet-black GSD who passed due to DM. His girlfriend, Skye (Brittany mix) just went nuts with grief and could not stand being alone. So, we went looking for a boyfriend for her.
Rocket and Skye were instant friends. Skye died of old age a couple years ago.
Basically, all our larger dogs (above 50lbs) have been 'backyard' dogs. Rocket was no exception. He (and Skye) kept the backyard in Alabama possum/armadillo/raccoon free, etc., etc.
When we moved here in 2020, it was Rocket's first posting as an indoor/outdoor dog. He adapted in about 2 minutes...even adapting to Ollie the cat just about instantly. He did not like the baths required for a life of leisure indoors...but shrugged them off. He has been my constant companion, walking buddy, greeter of neighbors (nobody knows my name, but they all know Rocket) and barker at birds (for some reason he hated large birds, vultures, hawks, etc).
He should have been a therapy dog. No jumping, no slobbering, nothing but a crotch/butt sniff and "please pet me".
In the past year, he's been slowing down, eating less and less (he's been on kidney-happy food his entire life with us). Obviously sick, he's been on the downhill run...and I had to take him on his last ride to the vet yesterday.
Great dog! RIP buddy.
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