Early in the morning on the 18th, he had his breakfast and 5 minutes later I heard a scuffle in the canyon. Long story short - Buddy had killed a skunk and somehow in the debacle had injured his spine at the cervical level. Were not sure if it happened when running down towards the canyon, interacting with the skunk, or what. Robby's dad was very helpful in taking him to the pet ER while I had to go to work. Robby was already at work. There was a possibility that surgical intervention may have allowed him to walk, but his quality of life may have been one with chronic pain. He definitely wouldn't have the agility and playfulness that characterized him so well. I could go into more details, but will leave it at this. It was a solemn few days and felt very odd without him around once we had made our best decision to say good bye.
Heinz, whom we joke about as not being so bright, truly seems to be just fine without Buddy. He has actually mellowed out quite a bit without Buddy egging him on. Heinz is very respectful and gentle around Riley.
We are so thankful for the memories and the safety that Buddy provided. We gave Buddy a good home and will always miss him.
(Buddy is the smaller of the two)
Lots of trips to the Colorado River
Checking out the parrots in the trees
He loved snow.
Camping in Sedona