What Would You Do? – Ginny Showman

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By Ginny Showman

Margaret,

My heart breaks for you and your family.

I know this is very hard. We put down our beloved dog who had 2 strokes and was blind and deaf.

He got lost in the back yard and even fell down the steps during a seizure.

We knew what the right decision was, just not how to make ourselves do it.

My kids were young, but we just had a very frank talk with them that if they truly loved Max, they would not want him to be in pain or afraid any more.

I think mentioning that Max was afraid because he no longer knew where he was convinced the boys to let him go.

Children understand fear and they knew their best friend should never be afraid.

It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done even though I was so sure it was the right thing.

You will cry your eyes out, believe me.

But reading your letter, I feel you will know it was right.

When we had to put down our 16-year-old kitty 2 years later, my kids were very sad, but they agreed with our decision.

It takes time, but talking about it to your daughter will really help her to understand it’s a very unselfish act.

Praying you will find comfort in your decision and your wonderful will find peace.

Sincerely,

Ginny

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