Bajas was put to sleep this afternoon at one thirty. After injuring his back last year it was only a matter of time and today was the day. He’s been enjoying Christmas on the couch or in front of the fire with us, eating whatever he wanted and mostly being carried around in the house and to go outside to potty. He’s deteriorated fast the last few days, so it was really time. Once the ice and snow came outside he started walking even less and with that reduction in movement he started having pain, most likely from the calcifications in his joints.
I know it was the right decision, but it’s so strange imagining a future without him. There has been other dogs before him, but none like him. He was the dog that turned me into a crazy dog lady rather than just a person with dog(s). He introduced me to dog sports, first and foremost obedience, but also agility, tracking, tricks and so on. I knew pretty much nothing about dogs other than as regular family pets before him. I didn’t plan to get a dog with so much drive, but I got him and just had to find ways to channel the brains and energy he had so that he didn’t drive me NUTS.
I’ve found a few (lots) pictures of some of the things he’s done during his 10 years.
Just being beautiful
He’s always loved stuffies, this Koala was one of his first.
He did love them BIG!
But small ones, like Ducky here, could be okay too.
BamBam has been his favorite for the last few years.
Raff has been a good friend, too!
As a puppy – ready for school. He took lots of classes – they were the only place he was busy enough to behave. LOL!
Auntie Lene knitted this hat for his 6month birthday – we threw a party with guests and everything!
Best of Breed at his first puppy show.
Out on lots of adventures – here on the mountain Langeland near our cottage.
Walking with Coco and Nimbus.
Walking on the frozen lake.
Adventures on the little island in our lake.
Virus kept him company!
He never willingly went into the water (with one exception) until he turned 5 years old, but then he began really enjoying wading into the water.
Due to food allergies he ended up on a raw diet – which he’s enjoyed tremendously. Here he’s eating a duck leg.
He’d help me bake, too!
Fun in the forest!
He’s tolerated lots of annoying little brudders.. Here with puppy Nimbus.
And even one annoying niece, Cindy.
It’s a bit sad he got injured before Gummi arrived, making it less fun for them to hang out than I would have hoped. Hopefully Gummi will get to hang out with his own brother or sister in the future without having to worry about anything, just have fun.
He was pretty patient after all. Poor Bajas! Didn’t help much to tell him he’d been just as annoying when he was a pup..
Little baby brudder Virus kept him company when Bajas suddenly was an only dog a few years back. They learned to enjoy each other’s company.
Run free, Bajas.. We’re going to miss you, but we’re so very thankful for knowing you.