Mom had made her a pillow pallet and she was covered with a fleece blanket. By this point in time she was unable to stand at all and hadn't ate or drank all day. I sat with her. Placing her bed in the vee of my legs and stroked and massaged her. I had tentatively thought I'd bring her home with me, but when it came time to go to bed, mom and dad quickly carried her to their bedroom. I realized then that this was as hard for them as it was for me. So I left her with them.
I took today off work. I did my chores, gave Diva and Ryder a quick play and went back out to the farm. Gathering up Tessa I placed her on the couch, with her head on my lap. We stayed like that for the bulk of the day. I began to feel peace. In the morning my vet had called me. She was a bit upset and worried. After I explained how quickly Tessa had lost function she felt better. I knew that when she'd see Tessa she'd know, just as I knew.
It may seem strange but I feel relieved. I think back to a young and carefree time where Tessa and I would go for great rambling rides through the field. The wind in my hair, and her tail in the air. This is how I remember her. She was a good friend and beloved companion.
Rest in peace, Tessa. You are loved.