Ultimately, a rapidly growing liver tumor got Penny, but she was a dog that always seemed bedeviled by physical problems. She had arthritis in her legs, battled inflamed intestines, and was prone to ear infections. We knew we had reached the point of no return when Penny’s primary raison d’etre — eating as much as possible as quickly as possible — stopped working for her. At the end, she couldn’t keep food down at all, and when that happens to a Lab you know their time has come.
We got Penny when she was just a puppy. Richard chose the name Penny because as a young dog Penny was copper-colored. Her family nicknames were…
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