What Would You Do? – Debby Hoyman
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By Debby Hoyman
My heart goes out to you & prayers.
No one can really tell you what to do when it comes to a beloved pet suffering & in pain.
I can only share my story & hope you get some consolation from it.
Some yrs.ago I had my dog, Shanna, 14 yrs. old end up w/shepherd’s hip arthritis & was probably 90% blind.
She cried to sleep every night, could no longer go outside by herself (which she loved doing) & couldn’t walk very well – she got worse as the months went by & even the medication the vet gave me for her no longer helped.
I would sit with her & hold her every night til she fell asleep, then one night she looked up at me crying & I knew I could no longer have her endure the pain she was feeling.
It was the most difficult & painful decision I’ve ever had to make for the dog I loved since she was 4 mos. old.
I contacted the vet & made the appt. to put her asleep – it was almost like Shanna new what was going to happen, she perked up for the next several days, even paying more attention to my 2 other dogs at the time, her way of saying goodbye.
When that day came, we went for a walk then into the vet’s office (was just a block from my house) thru the back door.
It was just Shanna, me & the vet – I held her while the vet gave her the shot.
As I cried terribly, Shanna licked my tears away & fell sound asleep in peace.
She’s waiting for me in heaven & we’ll be together again.
I think about her often, watching over me & the dogs (“my boys”) I now hv.
She’d love having them as brothers.
I didn’t have “family” to take into consideration when I made my decision, so I know it must be difficult for other’s involved in loving your dog too.
You’re vet might be able to come to your home & then you can have a funeral in your backyard so your daughter will understand how much you loved your dog too.
An animal in pain & suffering is just like us humans being in pain & suffering, sometimes we just have to let go as difficult as that is.
God bless you –