Today we said goodbye to our Chocolate Lab Angus. We rescued Angus from a no kill shelter about five years ago. He had terrible allergies and we had to inject him once every three days with allergy serum and feed him a special veterinary diet. We had him on steroids for a while, but they eventually started to break down his muscles so much that we took him off of them and did the best we could to control his itching and help him feel comfortable. The last six months he had started to go down hill fast and his back legs were so weak he couldn't even make it up the stairs some nights. This last week or so all he did was sleep, lay on the couch, and get up to eat. When he went outside he wouldn't even sniff the air. I am sure some might ask "Why the heck did you go through all that for a shelter dog with all those problems?". When we started looking for a companion for our older Lab, Morgan we went to "Family Dogs New Life" shelter on the advice of a lady who worked for the Multnomah Co. animal shelter. When they brought Angus into the room they have for people to meet adoptive dogs Angus walked over to the couch I was sitting on, got up on the couch, put his head on my shoulder, and that was it. Angus was gentle giant without a mean bone in his body. I think I only saw him raise his hackles once when he spied a cat on the fence in our backyard. He gave unconditional love and our Mini Dachshund, Oona, adored him. We took Angus to the vet this morning and I sat on the floor with him as he lay on a blanket and held his head in my lap as he made the final journey. You were the best boy Angus and I know you're up there running and playing with my other dogs who have crossed over through the years; Duke, Murphy, Shamus, and Shandy. Rest well old buddy.