Cover photo for Colt Cunningham's Obituary

Colt Cunningham

d. September 14, 2016

Colt was a puppy rescued by my daughter. The farmer who owned the female was going to dispose of all the pups and she said no, “I want that one!”

So she got herself a dog. A dog that ate shoes, woodwork, table legs and colored magic markers. She raised him in a house while she went to college and he became very socialized with all the people in and out.

Eventually she graduated and got hired by FedEx and was transferred to Toronto. She could not take the dog with her because she would be traveling, and this dog was such a lovey that the wife and I took him in. After all I bred and raised Labradors, so how hard would a Golden Retriever/Husky mix be. He was a champ. If you were sad, he would crawl up on the couch and lay his head in your lap to comfort you. He was alert and watched the abode when we were gone. He even went to Canada for a week in the winter where he was right at home.

At about age 11 he started walking different and the vet said he had hip Dysplasia so we knew not to run him too hard. Eventually he developed arthritis in his spine. He would collapse and it would hurt him to try to pick up his105 pounds. He collapsed when he tried to get into the truck. When he got to the point that he would poop while lying down and just lay there we knew the end was near. He was in too much pain to even walk to the door to go outside or even let us know he had to go outside. Dogs do not like to poo in their bed. I have taken dogs to the Vet to be euthanized before and left them there to be done. It bothered me so much that I vowed that none of my dogs will ever be left like that again but that they would die in their own home. MobileVet Memphis had treated Colt because he no longer could get in the truck, so it was them that I called to perform one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. He died in my arms, in our living room and all of us were in tears. We arranged to coordinate with Peebles Pet Services to cremate Colt. The van was waiting until we had made our goodbyes and were ready to let him go. His remains were available for us to pickup 3 days later. I recommend both of them for their professionalism and their kind courteous service.

When vacuuming, we are still getting not hair, but angel fluff, remnants from him to remind us of his adventure with us.

Thank you.


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