It’s the pivotal moment at the end of our relationship with our beloved dog, the hardest and most upsetting single moment right at the end, but will you be brave enough to do the right thing…
This tired and worn down woman is at the emergency clinic, in a holding room and wearing a blood-spattered apron, she just came through the door and she offers two choices.
To submit to the major surgery, for a 14-year-old Staffy who might not survive the surgery, that has painful spots all over her belly and can’t sleep for the pain at night…
Should she have to go through all that pain and distress to find out that she has many cancerous lumps in her belly, killing her painfully from the inside?
Or perhaps there is a harder option, but better for her in this stage of her life, to ease her away from the pain, the surgery, and the constant torment and free her from this painful world.
Under the staring lights of the clinic that night, listening to the howls and growls of anonymous pets through the walls, considering if the determination to hold on to her was right or wrong.
Weeping and holding on to her to comfort her and sending text messages to friends that have been in a similar situation, looking for answers.
Speaking to a woman who worked with many rescue animals and therefore completely surrounded, too many times, by similar decisions. She said, in a firm voice, to be brave.
“Too many humans reach this stage in an animal’s life where they realise it’s The End and are overcome by a sudden wash of guilt”
“Maybe they travelled too much, worked too much, didn’t spend enough time playing in the park. Then they see the opportunity to prove how much they loved their animal by throwing everything they have at keeping it alive.”
“It’s selfish. Take her home, smile so she doesn’t pick up the depths of your grief, and let her go.”
She drove home and made her comfortable, sand to her and held her, a lovely gentle and kind woman came to the house to help with the needle.
She looked into her eyes as she passed and then she carried her outside, still warm in her arms, falling into a deep state of sadness, for a long time to come.
Each year she lights a candle on her anniversary of that final goodbye, it was the loss of a friend and a companion, a true love that will never be quite the same.
It’s the simple truth and facts of dog ownership, we must all be prepared to be this brave, SHARE if you agree and maybe this will help others in the final days they might come to have.