With our vet, we had made the decision that Provie would have to be put down very soon, but last night, he passed on naturally. There was no sign of a struggle, and it was most likely a heart attack and he passed away with his friend, Vista, next to him.
Providence was with us for years after being rescued from a slaughter auction. He was well loved and we will miss his sweet face and fiesty nature. Even with his trach, Provie was happy and interested right up to the end. He had a great appetite and was always eating but had been having a hard time maintaining his weight due to his medical problems. He always stood still and patiently as we changed out his trach twice a day, we didn't even need to put a halter on him to do it. He was so good about it that even volunteers were able to change it.
Towards the end, he was being treated with steroid shots to keep his appetite up and to generally help him feel better. They made him feel so good that, at times, he thought he was a young stud and would chase his best friend, Vista, around the pen. We always had to just laugh...
Rest in peace, Providence.
- Posted from the road on my iPhone!