I don't workout any longer like I should. Strong as a horse but I have a distended stomach that is causing me many problems in digestion and otherwise. Sometimes there is pain and I take probiotics. My doc thinks it is related to congestive heart failure. I think my system has now become allergic to something.
I lose a beloved cat a few months ago. Like your dog, he too died in my arm. We had to put him down, as both his hind legs were totally paralysed and things would only get worst. I don't believe in heaven or rainbow bridge, I like to think my cat Blu exist in another parallel universe with an alternate reality.