Very sad day at Cedar House Inn today.
Many of you remember our official greeter and beloved dog Stu. He would greet guests with Fred in the parking lot or Mary Beth when guests came in the inn front door. Many guests loved him since he was so friendly and full of love, enthusiasm and energy.
He loved guests scratching him on the rear and petting him! He was also fond of breakfast leftovers too which we had to restrict later on since he was putting on weight.
Today we had to put him to sleep. He was 16 years old and having problems with walking. He had moved from the inn to our son’s house about six months ago because he had difficulty climbing the stairs to our second floor owner’s suite where he slept at night. The arthritis had taken its toll over the years with Fred trying to keep him comfortable with glucosamine and other natural treatments.
With our two sons and our son’s girlfriend we said goodbye dear friend and family member. The vet arrived at 5 pm so we got there early to love him, scratch him behind the ears (his favorite) and spend some quality time saying goodbye. We knew it was time for him to go since he wasn’t wagging his tail when we petted him. He seemed to appreciate the attention however from the look in his eyes.
Our son who is a chef cooked him a last supper of steak and salmon. He gobbled it right down. One thing for sure is that Stu always loved food and today he loved it too!
Once the vet arrived we all took turns loving him while he got the first shot (a sedative) and the final shot that would take him from us forever and take away his pain from old age.
We will miss him so much and know guests who have stayed with us will miss his smile, wagging tail and petting him. Putting him to sleep was the hardest thing we have ever done and we have heavy hearts.