We had a sad event last week when one of DD's beloved greyhounds had to be put to sleep. Although she felt he wasn't going to have a long life this was quite sudden due to kidney failure. On Monday he had his usual walk and dip in the river and about 6pm ran in happily when called from the garden but an hour later he was panting and kept moving about to get comfortable. As he has arthritis we thought it might be that. Then about 10pm he suddenly threw up and seemed more comfortable after that. As soon as we saw him the next morning we knew he was very ill and we had to carry him out to the car on a quilt to get to the vet's. They kept him and rang a couple of hours later to say there was nothing they could do so we went to say our goodbyes very sadly.
The amazing thing is daughter remembered he had been eating a plant in my garden a few days earlier. It was golden rod and he had never eaten it before so she was worried it may have been poisonous. It isn't but is medicinal and especially good for the kidneys. We didn't know that until we looked it up but Nugget did. It is still used today in herbal treatments.
Nugget is in the blue collar snuggled up to Poppy. She was a lost soul without him but is settling down now. We are just glad that Nugget who was a retired racer and adopted 5 years ago, did not suffer too long and had a happy life with DD.