Lucky, our family dog, died two days ago.
He was showing signs of age and his hips started to bother him, but the prognosis we got at the animal hospital shocked us. The ultrasound revealed a massive tumor — too large to operate. The doctor gave Lucky a day or two at most. I was hoping he would be around for another year or so.
We brought Lucky back home for several more hours with the family. We pampered him with treats and even meatballs, which he had for the first time. Then we all took turns taking pictures with him by the Christmas tree. At 10pm, we all rode to hospital and spent a final hour there, until two injections quickly and painlessly made him sleep for the last time.
I feel pangs of sadness as I write this. But things turned out for the best.
First, Lucky appeared to suffer no pain. We didn’t want him to hang on and experience pain at the end. Second, the family and I were in San Francisco for the last week, during the Christmas holiday. We are so thankful that he didn’t pass while we were away. We got to meet him for one last time and we were all with him at the end. And, while 10 3/4 years sounds way too short for a dog, I hope he had a good life with us.
Long time readers of the blog know that, over the years, Lucky was always a willing model for my new equipment. Here are some of the cameras he help test.
|Sony NEX-5||November, 2010||Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 Lens on Olympus E-P3||October, 2012||Olympus E-PM2||November, 2012||Olympus XZ-1||February, 2013||Canon 6D||May, 2013||Canon G15||July, 2013||Olympus TG-2||July, 2013||Nikon 1 J1||January, 2014||Pentax Q||December, 2014||Ricoh GR||September, 2016||Canon G7X Mark II||December, 2017|
I didn’t shoot Lucky with every camera. Ironically, I don’t have test images from my current primary cameras, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II and PEN-F. However, I did shoot my last portrait of Lucky with the PEN-F, up top.
I still remember fondly, after the rest of the family went to bed, Lucky would make the rounds in the house and then sleep next to me as I processed pictures and blogged in the office. I was often the last person to sleep in the house. When I finished, he would accompany me to the bedroom.
Lucky was a great dog. We will all miss him.
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