It has been an extremely long day.......this morning around 3:00, a noise awakened us, it was our
dog Astro, a black lab mix. I thought he was having a seizure, Rick and I both were trying to figure out what to do, how to comfort him.....after a while he slept.
Around 6:00 we made coffee, and Astro came into the great room with us like he does every morning.
But , he was weak, as he walked he leaned to one side, and it seemed that he was walking in circles.
When our vet opened, Rick carried him down to her office.........really bad news......Astro had had a major stroke, and his vet, who had taken care of him for twelve years gently suggested we let him go.
Rick called me to break the news, I honestly thought when they left that Astro would be back home ready for our morning walk........instead, he joined Blackie Bear, and Charlie and all the rest of our beloved dogs over the rainbow.
Astro was like all our other dogs, a cast-off......but he was sweet and gentle and would stand for hours beside you, if you petted him. He could never seem to get enough love. Our niece Samantha brought him to her house, just as she did Blackie Bear, but with Sam at school every day, Bear and Astro liked our house better.
Rick had a book signing today, it was hard to sit there and smile and talk with people.......I just wanted to grieve for Astro. When we walked into tonight, I looked for him.......the house seems so empty without him. Tough year......Blackie Bear and Astro......somewhere over the rainbow.