Sadly, we had to say goodbye to our sweet boy Murphy this week. Murphy was a twelve-year-old Australian Shepherd who was loved by everyone who knew him and who he loved in return. It’s hard to say goodbye to a best friend but it was the kindest thing we could do for him. Murphy had problems with his legs and hips as many older dogs do. We tried to help him with acupuncture and laser treatments but even with his treatments supplemented with anti-inflammatories and pain pills he was still suffering.
Murphy used to love to run and play and chase deer and turkeys but he couldn’t get up by himself anymore and walking was painful. We used a harness that he wore all day so we could lift him up and down the steps to go out and just help him to stand. He had to eat his food lying down and you could just tell he was unhappy with his situation and wasn’t enjoying his life anymore. It’s very hard but there comes a time when we had to do what was right for him no matter how hard the decision was to make. We miss him terribly.
There are so many good memories of Murphy over the years. We will never forget this wonderful dog. He would meet us all with a shoe whenever we came home and present it with a lot of pride and butt wiggles. But if I had to pick a favorite goofy antic, it would be how he would hide his dry food all over the house when he was younger and no one was home. Murphy’s hiding places took a lot of forethought and planning. He would lift the cushion of a chair or couch and place the food under the cushion and then put it back down so you wouldn’t know it was there. I thought this was a pretty clever way to hide his food from his little sister Maggie, who was a bit of a food stealer. Another favorite place was in a riding or paddock boot. Murphy was a unique character.
I’ve put together a little slideshow with music of “The Murph” as a tribute to my sweet boy: