Nate and I put our beloved Wyatt to rest on March 17th. After multiple vet visits and blood work, Wyatt was diagnosed with a sudden onset of acute renal failure (kidney disease). The link to this article explains the disease very simply.
|Resting comfortably in the shade on Tuesday|
Wyatt was happily running by my side one week ago and within the week he became very sick. It happened quickly with no prior symptoms. Our choice wasn't easy, but it was the right thing to do for Wyatt's quality of life as well as our own. After getting bloat in 2011, an ACL replacement in 2014 and an ear hematoma removal just this past month, this dog has seen more than his fair share of vets and to put Wyatt through numerous vet visits, IV fluids, shots and on-going medication, we'd rather him rest in peace with his buddies because as we all know all dogs go to heaven. Wyatt has some pretty great friends up there too.
On his last day here, we took him to a nearby beach to run free, bound through the water chasing coconuts. For a few hours, all three of us forgot about the sickness and had smiles on our faces. This was definitely the Wyatt way!
|Happy, salty wet dog - just the way he wanted it!|
Instead of sharing details of his illness and how quickly he went from a healthy, athletic dog to his diagnosis, we want to share positive moments (and numerous amusing photos) with our Pancake. If you'd like to know more, feel free to give us a call. If you have any photos you'd like to share with us, please send to email@example.com
We've been so blessed to care for Wyatt these last five years, as well as my sister, Lisa, who raised him from a puppy until he was 4 years old. We became his parents after our wedding in 2009 and couldn't have asked for a better opportunity to care for a devoted and affectionate pet. We've provided him with a happy and healthy home with so many stories, so many memories. Wyatt has shown us love, loyalty, humility and new ways to laugh. From roadtrips, Dinner in the Hood parties, impromptu bbqs, trail & road running dates, camping trips, used as girl-bait, mountain biking rides, and sleepovers, Wyatt was always there with a smile on his face, tail wagging like a set of nun-chucks. And thank you to all of our friends and family who always treated Wyatt like their own. He has been so easy to love.
May you rest in peace Sir Wyatt and chase your tail until the end of time
|Checking out the digs in Halifax|
|After a solid run in Halifax|
|Just another grooming day with dad|
|Touring Port Clyde, ME|
|After a rough day trying to leave Sambro Island, NS - this little guy comforts me|
|Hardly containing his excitement, going to the beach!|
|Exploring the woods|
|Our first trip & anchorage outside Halifax - boys absorbing the sunset|
|First time in saltwater - Blue Hill, ME|
|Gloucester, MA - beach time|
|Tea time with bears|
|Look mom, my new life jacket!|
|Heading ashore - Wyatt's favorite ride!|
|Stopping off for a cold beer|
|Enjoying sunset on the bow|
|Wyatt enjoying a party with new friends|
|Such an endearing moment with a fast friend|
|Oh boy, water all around me!|
|A cold Virginia sunset with dad and a warm lap for Nate|
|I'm so happy to be hanging out in the cockpit, Mom!|
|More cockpit action - my dad is a sucker!|
And because of his utter love and cuteness, just a few more photos during our time of mourning:
|Best head-tilter around!|
Love to all,
Nate & Jenn