And then there were two…..
In the end it was not as hard a decision to make as I thought it would be. Not easy, but not hard because it was the right thing to do. This past Saturday my sweet Golden Kali took her final breath as she lay next to Holly and I in our home. It was very peaceful and she left this world with dignity and grace.
I’ve been preparing for this moment for quite some time as I’ve watched Kali age rapidly over the past year.
Kali had begun slowing down significantly over the past year with decreasing mobility. It was mostly her rear legs and hips. She started having problems getting up and down and staying on her feet several months ago. When she did get up she would often times fall. Cataracts clouded her eyes and the poor vision often left her confused as to her where-abouts. Her appetite did remain strong and she enjoyed being with me on the days I worked from home. But more recently she seemed confused and while in no visible pain, she was uncomfortable and restless when she wasn’t sleeping.
After a nudge from a dear friend, and deep soul searching and discussion the day after Christmas with Holly, I decided to follow the advice I have given so many other dog owners when I hear of a situation with their senior dog. And that is, “one of the last and greatest gifts we give our dogs is to take them out of their pain and let them go”. While I don’t believe Kali was in any real pain her tank was empty and her eyes told me it was time to let her go. So I did.
This past Saturday, New Years Day 2022, our vet Tanya, who has become as much a friend as she is the vet for our three girls, came to our home to administer to Kali. Tanya, Holly, and I sat with Kali who was very relaxed as the three of us just chatted and loved on her. Tanya administered a sedative and we continued to just be with Kali as she got sleepy. I whispered a lot of sweet nothings in her ear. So pretty much business as usual in that regard. 🙂 Eventually Tanya gave Kali the injection that put Kali down. I watched her eyes close and felt her take her final breath. As Kali left I harkened our Creek Trail in Livermore where we got to know each other so well in the days and weeks after she arrived from Taiwan. Kali left this world on our collective terms and I am so grateful for that. I know other dogs and doggie parents don’t always have that grace.
It’s hard to believe that Kali is gone. I think things may set in and maybe I’ll have a few moments in the days to come. But for now, like Kali, I am at peace.
Footnote: The Golden Kali Blog was started on May 25th, 2014 the day after Kali arrived from Taiwan. The tag line of this blog at that time was “Kali’s New Life In America”. Two years later we moved to the Sierra Nevada Foothills and the tag line changed to “Kali’s New Life In The Mountains”. The Golden Kali Blog will live on and the tag line, at least for the coming weeks and months, will now be “Life At The Golden K Without Kali”. * The Golden K is what we call our home as a tribute originally to Kali herself and now to her and her two sisters Kloe and Koda.