This is my freebie!
Hawkeye was a 19yr old Grey Polish arab we aquired when his old owners (bred and raised on their farm) moved to AZ. he had horrid skin cancer from when he was 12? i think to the day we put him down because of it....but he was my old man
There was one day, it was the day after he got his feet trimmed....he always had horrid feet, he foundered soooo easily and got absesses alot....
he couldnt stand up...he was just laying down all day.
i had been at a JROTC competition, i came home, nobody else was here and i went out to check on my kids...i remember it was a very very cold november day.
i got out, and Hawk was laying on his side, groaning. Every once in a while he would raise his head and try to get up but he couldnt. I immediately called my mom, no answer....called my dad, same deal. by now i was bawling my eyes out, i knew he was probably dying, my phone died as i tried to call my trainer.
i ran to the shed, grabbed a bucket and started bringing him bucket after bucket of water....he drank probably 6-7 buckets of water, then layed his head back down.
i ran inside, plugged my phone in and grabbed the emergency phone and my carhart, then ran back out and sat in his stall with his head in my lap, feeding him handfuls of hay, and getting him water...
my dad got home a few hours later and found us both asleep, his head still in my lap, my leg pretty much soaked in his drool (hehe old man lips) then right after that my mom called, then my trainer, and hawkeye stood up and ate his dinner after that.
We put him down memorial weekend of '07 at 26 yrs old when his cancer became too much.