Remember when your dog was a puppy, how excited and playful and energetic he was? Remember how great you felt when she was finally housebroken? Or when he learned a new command, stopped chewing your favorite sandals…and could walk on the leash without affectionately barreling into every dog and person in sight?
It’s exciting to see your puppy grow and learn and adapt to your lifestyle. All of a sudden, you’re communicating perfectly with her – and vice versa. As a friend said recently, mourning his own dog, “We were finishing each other’s sentences.”
But unlike our children, puppies mature quickly…and all of a sudden, they are senior citizens, with a whole new set of problems, like arthritis, heart trouble, vision and hearing loss, and even dementia. And often, it is up to the human to make the very difficult decision to put a pet down.
In our 14 year-old Tibetan terrier Lefty’s case, it took me days to decide, but it was finally unmistakable. Reine, our wonderful vet, canceled her morning surgeries and came over to our place. She gave Lefty a shot of valium and sat down on the floor with us for twenty minutes, waiting patiently and lovingly while Lefty relaxed in my arms and finally went to sleep before she gave him the euthanasia shot. When he was gone, we all cried. Reine carried him, in his bed, to her car, where I gave him his final kiss goodbye.
Lefty was part of our family for 14 years. He is at peace now, and so are we. We truly appreciate the love and support of our friends and family, and thank them for their generous donations to pet rescues in his honor.
Please visit my web site, Pets by hArt, to see how a portrait of your loving pet will enhance your home and memory.