Today we said a sad goodbye to Patch. A couple of weeks ago he was not getting around as well as normal, his back legs were starting to splay on slippery surfaces. At his age arthritis with some nerve damage is common and after a check up with the vet he received a steroid injection and given some time to see improvements. Patch was more willing to move around up until last night. He lost all control of his back feet and they were completely paralyzed. The small amount of walking he could do was because he still had control of his hips and legs. This morning he no longer had control of his right front paw. Vader and Rugen refused to leave his side last night and this morning. Somehow this strong boy was able to still get around (with some help last night and this morning) and didn't have a single accident- but his nerve damage moved so fast that his body just gave out on him. His hyperthyroidism most likely made the damage move faster. Although his mind was still there his spirit was breaking, we couldn't let our old boy loose his dignity and had to help him to the bridge. We will miss him so much. Our hearts are again broken, it hasn't even been a year since we lost Ellie.