This morning our best friend was put to sleep. Linda and I have been a mess since last Friday night when we heard the sad news. As you may have known, we chose to give Kobi to Linda’s sister and her family about eight months ago. It was the hardest decision we have ever had to make. After laying out all the pros and cons, we decided, for Kobi’s well-being, that he should have a home where there was not only constant love but a life without the one thing he was afraid of most, travel. I explained all this in a past post so I will not go into that decision any further.
Kobi’s new home was wonderful! Everyone fell in love with him and he was so happy. Our hearts mended and we accepted his being gone. A few months ago Diane, Al Dee, Kenyon, Alaina, and Kobi came for a visit. Everyone was well and it was so good to see Kobi. When the weekend ended we sat down and told everyone how happy we were that this all worked out. We had noticed that Kobi looked very happy but that he had lost a little weight. Diane and Al Dee noted this and said that they would watch him.
Once back in Eugene all was well. Kobi visited the vet and had some blood tests and they weighed him. Yes, he had lost some weight; they figured it had to do with all the life changes. Everyone began watching him and they changed his diet to a higher calorie diet.
Recently Kobi started not wanting to go for his daily walks. This was strange. He never was a big eater, but his walks were so important to him. Diane and Al Dee called and we talked; something was not right.
On Friday, they took Kobi in and he had some tests and an ultrasound. That evening we got the news that Kobi had a cancerous tumor on his intestinal track. It was not good. The vet observed Kobi and told Al Dee that they could see that Kobi was in pain and was having trouble breathing. Everyone was devastated.
We got the bad news Friday night just before dinner. I talked to Al Dee and told him that we would support them in any decision they made. The cancer was very bad. Surgery would cost thousands of dollars with no guarantees. They called Sunday morning and said that Kobi would be put to sleep at 9:30 am Monday morning. They had to tell the kids but would do so on Sunday, giving them time to say good-bye and get their heads around what was happening.
Today Al Dee and Kenyon took Kobi to the Vet. Kenyon was very strong and helped Al Dee through the process. Kobi went to sleep and is no longer in pain. We are once again heartbroken.
Al Dee and Kenyon took Kobi up to a beautiful spot on a hill overlooking Drain OR. They buried him where he could look out over the valley. He was the best dog ever!
Al Dee and Kenyon place Kobi is a small grave, on a hill overlooking the valley outside of Drain OR. The sent us these photos of his resting spot, we will visit him come this spring.
"Kobi's final resting spot. The tree marks his location in the rock alcove there. Likely a maple tree. He has one of his towels, his squirrel, and a few treats with him, Rough day."
- Al Dee