I dunno the rules on posting 'dead pet' posts but here goes...
After 14 years, I had to say goodbye to my friend Toby. He had a very good life, despite dealing with parvovirus when he was not even a year old, to enduring occasional seizures when he got older. Toby had a unique personality, and his intelligence amazed almost every day that I was with him. While I did spend some time away from him when I lived across the country or an hour away, I still made it a point to see him any chance I could, to take him to his favorite place, the local park, where he'd enjoy running around for what seemed like forever. He always loved riding in the car with me., I'd crack the window just enough to where he could stick his nose out, since he was too short to stick anything beyond that out safely. I had him trained extremely well and he seemed to be happiest when practicing all his skills and tricks.
As he got older and grayer in the muzzle, I realized that he wasn't go to be around much longer. That's the downside to most pets nowadays, we outlive them, but they can make us so happy in their short time with us. His last few days were a very clear indication that his time was near, so I spent time with him at the park, even though he could barely run or walk longer than half an hour, before he came to a mere crawl. It happened a lot sooner than I expected it to.
It was almost two weeks later, my sister text me one morning informing me that I needed to come see him, because he wasn't moving, he wasn't eating, he was lethargic and wouldn't respond even to the toddlers that my sister was babysitting, coming up and hugging him Normally, he hated loud noisy kids and would hide from them, that's when I knew something wasn't right. He felt cold, I could see in his eyes that he was ready.
We took him on his final ride to the local veterinarian, where he was put to his final rest. We stayed with him when he took his final breaths. It felt weird to see him like that, when in the past couple years he had this strange trait of being such a heavy sleeper, you would almost think he was 'gone'. This time, though, it was the eternal sleep. Toby gave me 14 years of companionship, he was an amazing sheltie, and he will be missed dearly.