The staff noticed that Buddy seemed to be in pain. The shelter vet examined him thoroughly and Buddy was found to have severe arthritis and hip dysplasia and he did not respond to the meds they gave him to alleviate his pain. I guess when I thought he was slow in starting because of something in his paw; it was really those other problems. The shelter staff made the difficult decision that many of us have had to make regarding our pets in their time of need. During his short stay at the shelter he had many fans among the staff and the volunteers and he will be remembered.
I need to vent a little. Buddy was surrendered to the shelter just a short time ago by his owners, as an adoptable dog. They were moving and he could not go along. I hope I never encounter a pet owner this irresponsible who would not see their long time pet comfortably through to the end. Thankfully the shelter staff is skilled and compassionate; because of them, Buddy felt cared for and is no longer in pain.