12.30 update - Two hours on the vets table. This mountain is proving just too steep for him to climb. He has developed diabetes, the disease has started to recur again destroying his red blood cells, his hepatitis is worsening and there are signs that his organs are weakening. He's fighting like blazes and he's not in pain.
His family will be arriving tonight so we're bringing him home for such time as is granted. I wish for him what I wish for myself - to go surrounded by familiar faces and with happy dreams of puppyhood before my eyes.
One observation. Wilfs demeanour has changed totally today. He knows.