Old dogs die. Our German shepherd died on Sunday afternoon. She was almost 15 years old, which is old for that breed. She had been close to immobile for weeks. She spent time outside, but she slept most of the time. She was almost deaf. Her back legs were shaky.
I found her in the back end of the yard, lying in the dirt, in the afternoon. She had been sleeping outside, which was warm. I saw that she was dying. The eyes gave her away. They were “glazed” as we say. She looked different.
She was under the trees. It was expected to rain. So, my wife and I put her on a sheet and carried her into the basement. She died a few hours later.
We made a mistake. We should have carried the body outside. Instead, we left it overnight in the basement. The body fluids leaked out. These have stained the cement in the basement.
When an old dog wants to die, which I think they do at the end, outside is the right place if it’s not winter. If you bring the dog inside, do not let its remains stay there.
Don’t let the dog lie inside the house overnight unless you place it on a thick pad that you can throw away if the dog dies overnight.
There are many things you will not think of in the dog’s last hours. Try to remember this recommendation.