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Saturday, September 13, 2008

A tribute to a dog and her owner

A warm and caring person whom I know quite well and whose dog I saw for several years, had her dog euthanized after a lengthy, chronic illness. She cared greatly for her beloved pet, and was diligent and compliant in having all the necessary tests performed, and provided all the necessary treatments that were recommended to her.
When it came down to the dog not eating, she immediately had the dog seen by a specialist and hospitalized in hopes that the dog's condition would improve. Alas, no, it did not. Having loved and cared for her for many, many years, it was time to let her go. The owner was able to take a step back and look at things objectively, despite her deep love and affection for the dog. In this case, she was selfless, knowing what was right, and what was best for her dog. The selfish thing would have been to keep the dog alive for the sake of having her dog "alive." That is not living now, is it? True love for your pet includes knowing when it is time to say goodbye.
Otherwise, no matter how noble your actions are, you are thinking only of yourself, when it is not about you. We are their caregivers and when it comes down to suffering, their needs trump ours. Always.


Goodbye to a great dog. The tribute is to her and her owner "G.N."

6 comments:

Catherine said...

What a great post! It's hard to say goodbye but would be much, much harder to watch a beloved pet suffering because of our own selfishness!

Marie said...

I wish more owners could see through their selfishness and do the right thing at the right time.

Goodspeed to the dog and good thoughts for the owner in a difficult time.

maayangordon said...

Hi, I am a guide dog raiser in Seattle, WA. The puppy I am currently raising is named Shep. I love your blog and I love reading about other people's animal/pet experiences. I also have a website where I sell pet supplies and i have a blog on it also about guide dogs. I built the site to try and help raise money for guide dogs and other animal charities. Also it would be a huge help if you would like to do a post about guide dogs and my website and maybe add a link to my site on your blog somewhere. thanks, my email is maayan.gordon@lakesideschool.org

Anonymous said...

I read once:

That when you lose a pet, remember that that the sadness with the lose will never be larger than the love that the pet gave to you in its life.

Greg (owner of Utah and Dakota)

Lenka said...

Interesting to know.

lagatta à montréal said...

I do wish we, and the other human beings we love, could have access to euthanasia like our beloved animal friends, instead of being kept "alive", as you rightly say.