For the last 10 years I’ve woken up to this big orange mutt outside my bedroom door demanding a tummy rub. Whenever I got home, even if I’d only gone for half an hour, he’d throw a one dog welcome home party. Every weekend we sat in the sun and had brunch together. He could sit, drop, roll over, shake hands, high five, stand, crawl, bark, bite, fetch, shake, bring in a newspaper, find a toy, play hide and seek and toss and catch a snack balanced on his nose. He understood English and Cantonese. He could make you give him your snack using only the power of his eyebrows. He charmed the pants off everybody, even people who didn’t like dogs.

Over the last two years, he developed a slipped disc in his spine and slowly lost control of his tail and back legs. He couldn’t wag his tail anymore, and struggled with stairs and got tired on walks. The muscles in his back legs wasted away. Over the last three months he lost control of his bladder and bowels, and we had to help him empty both, which he was embarrassed and shy about, no matter how much we told him it was ok. He had accidents more and more often, but when he started bleeding we knew it was time.. he started sitting away from the house, hiding and not coming when we called, which meant he was ready to go himself.

Today we went for one last walk. We drove him to the park because walking all the way there and back was beyond him. He sniffed all his favourite spots and made it around the oval once before we had to go home, had to say goodbye. The vet came and I held his head and I cried my eyes out. My dad buried him in a sunny corner of the backyard. 

Thanks buddy. Thanks for all the walks, the roadtrips to visit friends, all the times we lay in the sun for hours and all the times you made me laugh so hard. Thanks for being the smartest, cheekiest dog I ever had the pleasure of hanging out with. RIP Cruz, I miss you so much.

Savouring sunny days on the lawn with this mutt. At 12 years old he has degeneration in his spine, arthritis, is incontinent and starting to go deaf. Please remember if you get a pet that they are for life, you have to love them even more when they are slow and old than when they are cute puppies. #dog #sunday #personal

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Currently based in Leipzig, Russian photographer Andrej Krementschouk  tells a powerful story about Russian villages forgotten by the external world. Each capture hides different secrets and speaks about faraway places and people who struggle everyday with the elements and cruelty of life. And despite that, they still smile.

Oh hey I’m so glad you’re home! I played in the rain while you were at work cos that means I get a belly rub with a towel! #dog #farrout #cute

It’s too hot for dis shit. #dog #nap #vscocam

Cruz trying to say Merry Christmas. Or more likely, please give me some food for this stupid trick. Regram from @vchannn. #dog #christmas #shakehands

Saturday morning doggy stretches. #dog #cute #saturday #lifeisgood

This pretty much sums up today. #sydney #rainraingoaway #dog #cute #sleep

Um, my toy is stuck, can you get it out please? #dog #cute #pet #fail

Sunday. My dog likes sunbaking more than me, he’s refusing to come inside. #sunday #dog #cute #sun

Hi. #dog #cute #wave

Stuck at work. Would rather be here with this mutt. 🐕 #dog #cute #grass #sun #sydney

Late arvo walks. #dog #igdaily #igsydney

My dog being well mannered. Even if the door is wide open, he will wait outside until someone tells him he can come in. #dog #pet #cute #igdaily #igsydney