Our golden retriever, Partie, took ill Thursday and while still breathing and somewhat responsive, she is clearly in bad shape today. My wife has been out of town attempting to sell some merchandise; we probably will be taking her to the vet (hopefully not for the dreaded one-way trip) shortly after noon when she expects to return. While hoping for good news, the possibility of a third dog death in four years is very ominous.
Monday update: While Partie is still in danger, she has improved since her "mom" came home yesterday at noon.
Thursday update: I'm afraid that Partie's rally ended Monday night and she took her last breath Wednesday morning. She was an excellent dog and will be missed.