Unfortunately Kobe has passed away. While we were in Wichita this past weekend we got a call from the people that are renting Bill & Nancee’s old house letting us know that Kobe had died. Bill & I went over to the house to remove him from the dog pin where he had been staying with Bill’s dogs for the past 9 or 10 months. After Tess passed away Kobe was different without having another dog around so we had him stay with Bill’s 2 dogs.
We aren’t exactly sure what the cause of his death was, but he was 8 years old and for a dog his size that is about the extent of their life. We are honestly happy that he lived this long because anyone who saw him even as a young dog could see that his hips were in awful condition. One of the neighbors saw that a dog had not been moving for a couple of hours and that is when they were notified. It was extremely sad to see him laying there, but I just hope that he laid down and fell asleep without any pain. I would have posted sooner, but thinking about it was just too hard. While we didn’t have him up here with us we still considered him a great part of our family. We have a lot of wonderful memories of Kobe growing up and being in our lives for the past 8 years. He was an awesome dog, although he is gone he will always be in my memories and will be greatly missed.
Today we had to do one of the hardest things that we have ever had to do in our lives. We put Tess to sleep. Her quality of life has really gone down hill over the past few months. She was struggling to walk because of her hips and her balance was just off. She spent much of the time laying around and was in pain when she got up. It was an extremely tough decision to make, but one that we made out of love for her. She was 8 1/2 years old, for those that don’t know English Mastiffs generally live between 8-10 years. I was the one that went with her and it was by far the toughest thing that I have ever done. Everything went smoothly and peacefully, I was really hoping and praying that it would.
Anyone who had the wonderful blessing of meeting Tess would know just how wonderful a dog she was. She was the most gentile, loving, loyal dog and great with the kids. She was such a beautiful dog that we loved having as a member of of our family. We had so many awesome memories with her from our first house to moving to Lees Summit with us. We are extremely greatful to have had her in our family for so many years. She will be forever remembered in our hearts and memories and although is was really sad to see her go we know that it was the best decision that we could have made for her.
We will always love you, and thank you for being such a wonderful blessing in our lives, you will be missed!!!