What Would You Do? – Renee Rubin

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By Renee Rubin

Although the inflictions of my dogs differed from your Echo, I too was confronted with the question of quantify versus quality of life.

For each of my dogs, I let them tell me when it was time to end their pain.

I could see it in their eyes.

Even when confronted with constant pain, they had a sparkle in their clear and alert eyes.

But when that sparkle faded and they lost interest in everything, that was their way of telling me it was time to do something.

With each animal, I stayed with them until the end.

I was there, by their side.

They were not alone.

They felt my touch, my hugs, and heard my voice.

They were quiet and simply slipped away after the shot was given.

Afterwards, it was painful to return home.

No greeting at my door upon my arrival.

For me, that was one of the hardest parts to endure.

I had my babies cremated.

Then when ready, I spread their ashes someplace meaningful.

It is my belief that not only does their energy live on, but their ashes nourish life around them.

It’s a lovely way to define life after death, making death less frightening for children and bringing hope to new life that will inevitably follow.

I definitely feel your pain.

Although I offered my experiences, you need to decide what is right for you and yours.

But if you can tell that Echo is suffering and has no more joy in her life, I do hope you’ll consider putting her at peace.

It isn’t easy, but there comes a time when quantity of life is no longer first and foremost.

I wish you all the very best.


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