My Mom and Dad C. had to make a very tough decision this week. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers, as you can well imagine, this has not been an easy choice.
From my mom today:
“We came to a very difficult decision this week and decided that it was time to let Keegan go. Although there were only a couple of selfish reasons to keep him, there were many health reasons that were affecting his quality of life. Keegan has been deaf for the last 4 1/2 years, but his sight has been deteriorating because of cataracts and in the last few weeks, we realized that there wasn’t much sight left other than recognizing motion. Arthritis had made stairs very difficult and it was getting harder for him to get around. Although deer in the backyard could certainly motivate him for a “serious run,” it would leave him exhausted by the time he came back to the house, but he didn’t care – he had defended the house. Or he was looking for venison dinner … we could never decide which.”
“Keegan was born on April 26, 1993, and came to join our family on Flag Day, June 14th. He attended his first parade that day and enjoyed all of the attention that comes with being a cocker spaniel puppy at such an event. He was a devoted follower, cheerleader, culinary connoisseur, su-chef, and best friend. He loved being outside in the rain, and his main occupation during winter months was official snow taster. Potty breaks during the winter could take a long time while he taste-tested all of the fresh snow. He loved to chase squirrels, and could stare for an hour or more at a bug on the wall or ceiling. He passed obedience school with flying colors at an early age and amazed his teachers. He also enjoyed a good game of Hide-N-Seek. He loved everyone and could sit at (I mean “on”) your feet for hours. Keegan loved children and although he could be very upset the Wednesday after Labor Day when he was deserted for something called school, he was devoted to his sister and brothers. He also adopted into his heart those small wonders that were called “grandchildren” and loved them as well. He was always well behaved and the only person he ever “attacked” was Carol when she scared the living ka-ka out of his mom; however, he forgave Carol. Although he wasn’t a great traveler, Keegan did enjoy camping at Gilbert Lake State Park and often wondered what the family had done with the comfortable house and why we had ended up living in the woods.”
“On Tuesday after work, it was 62 degrees and sunshine, so we took Keegan for a short walk through the woods and the hayfield. Of course, the neighbors had spread horse manure on the field, so while we were trying to be careful of where we stepped, Keegan decided to munch a few horse apples before the walk-about came to an end. Dogs! Last night, Keegan made one last road trip with his Dad. We have been fortunate to have a dear lady in Sidney who would babysit and welcome Keegan into her home when we traveled or had to be overnight. Nicki works at the vet’s office and she did what we could not – she stayed with him and held him for us.”
“After nearly fifteen years, our house is very quiet and empty today, and tears come quickly and frequently for now.
Keegan was a loved and faithful companion and will be deeply missed by all of us. “