Axl's legacy will live on forever. There has never been a more devoted Rottweiler than him.
For several months it had become obvious that old man Axl was having trouble walking. His hind legs just didn't seem to work right and his feet were slipping when he tried to stand and walk on our hardwood floors. His devotion to duty was so great he never once voiced a complaint or sounded a cry of pain, he just wanted to keep on doing his job, being near his Mom. No one ever said he couldn't sleep on the job and being very old he took lots of naps, at times almost at Jacqueline's feet. After all he only needed to walk to go out and pee or go to the kitchen for meals or water. A few days ago I thought I found a way to help him. I bought a package of Pawz rubber booties and the minute I pulled a pair onto his hind feet he was able to stand and walk as good as new.
Then last night without any warning Axl suffered two massive seizures less than 3 hours apart. After each one he fell into a deep sleep and I thought he was never going to last the night. This morning I found him wide awake but unable to stand on his own so I called a neighbor to help me carry him out to my van and I took him for his last ride to our long-time Veterinary doctor who put him to sleep.
I can tell you today that tears of joy and tears of sorrow all taste the same.
Arrangements were made for Axl to receive a private cremation and his ashes will be placed in his Mom's casket when she dies. That way they can spend eternity together and wait for the rest of our family to join them.
Rest In Peace old man, you've earned your long nap. Wait for Mom at the bridge.
It has been my profound honor to have known you.
Eulogy from a family friend