It's the hardest decision you may ever have to make - but you have done the right thing.
For me - ensuring that an old dog, which has lived a good life, can also have a good death, is the most moving part of my work. It often brings me to tears but the most rewarding thing I can do at that stage of the dog's life.
A client gave me this poem once and I used to use it on sympathy cards. I'm not usually sentimental and it may not be great poetry but I think it is very true and I still can't read it without tears:
If it should be, that I grow frail and weak And pain should keep me from my sleep Then you must do what must be done For this last battle, can’t be won
You will be sad, I understand Don’t let your grief then stay your hand For this day, more than the rest Your love and friendship stand the test
We’ve had so many happy years What is to come can hold no fears You’d not want me to suffer, so, When the times comes, please let me go
Take me where my needs they’ll tend, Only, stay with me to the end, And hold me firm and speak to me Until my eyes no longer see
Don’t grieve it should be you, Who decides this thing to do, We’ve been so close, we two, these years, Don’t let your heart hold any tears
Thank you Fran. I spent 3 days thinking I'd made a terrible mistake but now I remember how happy she was when she was well and I realise I was keeping her alive for us, not her. She had a great life... more
Thank you, Kate, for this beautiful poem and its perspective. I have only had to make this decision a couple of times in my life, and thankfully not since I have gotten Zonker, my first, absolutely... more