Since then he has lost a toe to getting stepped on by a pig. Been kicked in the mouth and lost a chunk of his tongue. He fought off a coyote and spent three days back and forth at the vets and caged for a month since he lost so much blood and almost died. He has started having lots of problems, but that's what happens when your 13.
He can hardy get up to move when you open the door now. He cant stand more than a few moments at a time. He stumbles when he walks. He can hardly get up. I give him pain medication to keep him comfortable a couple of times a day. But this dog has been a part of our family for so long. He has worked with us. Protected us. Been a companion. And he hasn't shown that he's ready to give up yet. So until that day when he just doesn't go to the barn, we give him the extra attention he's due. His days are spent watching the babes. Laying and watching the cows graze. And being the retired old man.
There's only one Hank.
I hope all of you have that special pet in your life.
That gives you the unconditional love that they give so freely.