Some of you may remember how I once told about how I used to go cycling and running with my dog.
Unfortunately the topic quickly derailed because people thought I was lying about his speed.
He was a great running dog with husky ancestry and his anearobic threshold speed was between 18 and 20mph, which was perfect for running along while I went cycling and he used to love doing that.
When I went running with him he was a bit dissapointed that I couldn't hold that same speed, but he loved to go running nevertheless.
Sadly though, a week ago he suddenly collapsed while I was playing with his ball in my garden.
Scans at the veterinarian showed that he had a severely misformed spine in two places in his lower back.
He had an acute hernia because of this with complete paralysis of the rear body.
To make things even worse, he couldn't even control his bladder any more.
The vet tried strong cortisone injections and other pills, but after a week there was no improvement whatsoever.
We tried our best to help him as much as we could, but with two small children in the house we couldn't find enough time.
The whole situation was very hard on my dog's mind and body ... especially since he had always been such a supersportive dog that never got ill in his life even once.
He stopped eating and drinking unless we almost made him.
With no outlook on improvement we finally decided yesterday that he needn't suffer any more.
He rests in peace now.
Let this story be a lesson to us all.
Live, run, play and cycle while you still can and make the best of every moment, because from one second to another it can suddenly and without warning be too late.