Our dear old (16 years!) boy, Baxter has been slowly failing this year and late last – but has all the while shown such spirit and determination that we kept hoping he would decide when he was ready to move on. We didn’t want to have to make “the decision” for him. But the first week of March was especially difficult, and he took a sharp turn for the worst. We had him euthanized on Saturday, March 7. (In the process, I think we also found a very good and kind local vet, so that may have been Baxter’s gift to the rest of the nonhuman household.) What a gaping hole he leaves behind. We are going to miss him tremendously.
Baxter has appeared on this blog many times. Here’s a little retrospective: