Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Iowa, United States
Posted November 19, 2014
Dutch was a perfect match for our family. He grew up with us kids and he was really a huge part of our family. He was mainly an outdoors dog, but he was kennel and potty trained for really cold, or rainy nights.
He was very friendly with new people but didn't always get along with smaller animals like our cats. Eventually he learned to ignore them instead of antagonize.
To be honest, I can't think of anything that I would have wished were different when it came to Dutch. He was never too energetic or stubborn or disobedient. He was always so loyal, and that's what made it so hard to have to put him down.
He had the equivalent to kidney stones in humans. One of them went to pass and it got stuck, causing an infection. He was already older and he started to refuse to drink or eat since it was painful to pass anything. He lost a lot of weight, and just had the most pained look in his eyes in his last few days.
Out of all of the animals we've ever owned, he was my favorite.