DC Teckelhof's Perfidius x FC Ingrid v Dorndorf L CD
June 29, 1996 - June 15, 2010
Karl was alert as ever. He greeted me with awesome enthusiasm though he lacked the strength to stand up. He licked me all the way to the vet's office, pointedly reminded the vet that she was forgetting his treats, then gently took some pieces she gave him from her hand. Every bit of his happy and healthy mental faculties were present and accounted for which made this all the more difficult, but the health and strength of his body had virtually wasted away.
Dr Callahan said that she has experienced this a number of times with Labrador Retrievers. "I have seen old labs whose bodies just couldn't work anymore but whose minds were still real sharp. That makes this even harder."
His passing was very peaceful. He died with that odd mixture of good humor and great nobility that has always been his.
Goodbye, my friend.
Through Marta, who is from the only litter Karl ever produced, he is the grandfather of all the Ns and Os v Dorndorf.
Many, many thanks to Jennifer Fry for taking wonderful care of Karl for his last six months.