Thursday, January 25, 2007


Sad day. We had to put our precious doggie down today.

Over Thanksgiving he tore his left cruciate (tendon). We didn't figure out that's what it was for a few weeks. We decided to have TPLO surgery on it ($2000), probably late this month or next month.

Early this week, he tore his right one. He was unable to walk up and down stairs, and spent these last few days living in the basement, and going out the walk-out to eliminate. We put him on painkillers, but he was still in so much pain.

The vet said surgery was still an option, but with both legs injured, recovery would be extremely difficult for him and us, as well as painful for him. Getting both legs done at the same time was not recommended, since he would not be able to bear weight on either leg.

Tuesday, Kernel stopped eating, and would only drink minimal amounts. He also began growling at me when I'd go downstairs to pill him, pet him, let him out. We felt this was his way of telling us it was time to let him go. He had not been himself since Thanksgiving.

I miss him so much. Our house feels so empty and quiet without his constant presence. He was my daytime companion, my exercise partner, and my attentive audience when I needed to practice my music. I thank him for teaching me about big dogs, and about Rottweilers, and allowing me to fall head-over-heels in love with the breed.

I don't know how I will be able to make it through the days without seeing his quirky ears, his caring, loving, expressive eyes, his silky fur, and his adorable rottie-butt. I hope he knows we loved him more than we could ever express.

Kernelius Maximus von Polkhaus
June 30, 2003 - January 25, 2007


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for you loss. Losing a pet is always very difficult. I love rottie's too - they are very sweet!

darla said...

Mom told me last week that Kernel was in dire straits. He had such a great life with you guys. He had it all -- kids, cat, indoor & outdoor living, toys, exercise & hijinks & so much love. Max will go one of these days, and I'm dreading it ... but I, as I hope you, too, will have no regrets and lots of great memories.
Give the kids & Daniel a hug for me. Thinking of you.

Tammy said...

Oh Jen, I am so sorry to hear about your Kernel. Poor guy, you guys take care of yourselves right now.

Margo Scott said...

Oh my gosh, I happened to click on your blog link in my favorites (trying to figure out "What is this?") and just now read about Kernel. I'm so terribly sorry for your loss, it is never easy to loose someone dear to your heart, regardless if they have 2 legs or 4 legs. Rotties are a special breed that not everyone takes the time to appreciate. You were blessed to have had that opportunity.

Take Care, you're in our thoughts.