I've mentioned Jake a few times on the forum, particularly in the photo thread - unfortunately after slipping downhill over the latter part of last week we were given the news that we'd been dreading for a long time, his kidneys had failed entirely and we had to think about letting him go. He was given some injections to try and make him comfortable so he could see his own vet and she could make the final call on him but by Sunday morning he was really bad and it wasn't fair to hold on to him any longer. He wasn't going to slip away quietly in his sleep as the massive amount of toxins in his bloodstream would leave him in constant pain before it affected his brain and leaving him in violent fits which we didn't want him to go through. We chose to bury rather than cremate him, he's now resting peacefully in his favourite spot in the garden.
It's been very hard losing him even though we've known it was coming, we met his own vet on Monday anyway as she's been superb with him and she thought medically he was amazing - his blood results had been very poor last month and he simply should have been very sick at that point but somehow he was still managing fine and quite content, not in pain at all.
I'm trying to look on the positive side of it all, Jake brought me many happy years - as with any dog he was a fantasic companion and could make any bad situation better. He never let anything drag him down and always fought through whatever life threw at him all the way through to the end. He's the entire reason I'm into photography at all, I missed him while at university so I invested in a 1MP Fuji Finepix 1400z point and shoot to have some pictures of him with me on my PC. I enjoyed using it for both him and everything else, gradually over the years I've gone through various cameras to a fairly extensive SLR setup. Needless to say I've ended up with many pictures of him over the years which I'm glad to have, a range of them are here:http://johnmcl7.smugmug.com/Jake/Jake-1996-to-2009/10085388_BKAdu#692120923_hmHe9
On a more positive note we've decided to get another puppy to fill the gap Jake has left, uncreatively he's another blue roan working spaniel. I went to visit him yesterday and took some pictures of him:http://johnmcl7.smugmug.com/Animals/The-New-Boy/10113384_gmVmV#694780718_biXNV
Still trying to work on a name, he's ready to be picked up a week on Saturday so hoping to have made some progress by then!