In the past few days, he regained his energy and could bark. He would bark each time he wanted to urinate so that we knew.
As Dr Susanna said, when pets still have their energy, they can choose when they wish to go.
Mac chose to wait for my daughter, Ming-Yi, to finish her exams so that she could come back and look after him in his last days. Ming-Yi looked after Mac for 5 days.
He chose to go this morning, after a brave struggle with degenerative diseases.
Mac is already reborn now. He spent his final days surrounded by family and friends, in peace and with lots of love.
I am going to have a hard time saying, "I have one dog now". Mac spent 13 years with us. He was such a spunky little guy, with tremendous "lung-power" (his non-stop barking irritated the neighbours till no end, they put in TWO complaints to the authorities!), and he was also incredibly sharp in his senses.
We will definitely miss him.
He was still warm this morning, when I discovered he had passed away, at about 7.30am. Ming-Yi said he did gasp for breath a few times, at about 5-6am this morning.
Ming-Yi and Mac, with Bobby, his long-time companion (and sparring partner) of 13 years.
Suki is curious. She won't know what is going on.
Bobby licked Mac's eyes for a long time, cleaning both sides.
Long-time compatriot cleaning his friend's eyes. Bobby put his paws on Mac and tried to wake him up. "Get up and fight, friend, come on...". I had to take Bobby away. At this point in time, Bobby is still trying very hard to wake Mac up. I guess he does not understand what death is.
We would like to thank the following friends for their messages of condolences:
From Terry Saw: He fought till the very end, a tiny fella with a big soul. Mac is probably causing havoc right now in some other part of the universe! May he be well and happy.
From Mun Yee: May Mac be in a better existence now. I will try to come for his cremation.
From Mary Yap: My condolence to you and family on the passing of Mac. May he be reborn in a higher realm.
Thank you, Mary, for coming over to give Mac "Dhamma pills" from your Guru Rinpoche on Monday night. I gave Mac a pill that night itself. I'm sure it has helped him regain his wellbeing and be more at peace.
From Dr Susanna Brida: Although I feel (and feel with you) your sadness having lost a sweet and loyal companion. It is Mac's peaceful passing away that gives comfort. He had lived his life gracefully until the end. What a truly beautiful soul! He shall never be forgotten, together with his many friends. I will be with you in my heart. I truly feel with you the great loss of a wonderful companion. But my guess is that while we mourn our loss, Mac is happily united with friends, able to move freely and full of energy once again!
Yes, dear Dr, Mac is happily prancing (and barking non-stop!) in "Rainbow Bridge" with Vixey looking on, and Kimba as well.
Mac's cremation will be in Puchong Perdana this afternoon, at 12.30pm.
As Terry said, Mac is probably somewhere in the universe now, full of energy and creating havoc (disturbing some other neighbour!).
May you be well and happy, Mac!