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  •  I Always Tell People This Story (12+ / 0-)

    Not until a few years ago, well I never had any pets. One of my cats got really, really sick. I am not sure exactly what happened, but I think she got into a room and ate some printer toner.

    She had massive problems. The vet told me they could manage the situation but she'd have very bad days and bad days.

    I wasn't sure what to do.

    I called a friend of mine that has 13 rescued grey hounds. It is his lives passion.

    He explained to me that I gave her a wonderful life. Rescued her from the street as a kitten. I gave her love and attention and it was my duty to end if life if there was no chance for her to improve (there wasn't) and she'd be living her life in pain.

    That keeping her alive a few months longer might make me feel better, it wouldn't make her feel better.

    It was a hard decision, but one I know have hindsight, I am happy I made.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 03:46:13 PM PDT

    •  not letting our friends hurt is the greatest gift (16+ / 0-)

      one can give.  i've been nose to nose with my creatures, from dogs, to squirrels to ponies.  preventing suffering is such a kindness.

      tee is amazing me - he is so comfortable and quiet and contented.  if it were otherwise, we would be taking steps immediately to stop.  he is one of three dogs that i've lived with that truly wanted to "be at home" for the duration.  

      i think that with tee, it comes from the unstable beginning he had - this is now his place and he is enjoying it to the last day.

      also, we are now having complete time together - a friend is taking care of my "pony" (as i did for her when her beloved dog died) so that i can be with him without interruption.

      aside from the cuddling, it also lets me know if the situation changes.  so far, he is basking in the sounds of xm classical music surrounded by his toys and being hugged by mom (with this brief break - he only has one hand petting him at the moment...)

      we have a resonsibility to take care of them through their entire lives when we make that commitment to accept their love.

      we are so lucky - i am so lucky.  my last babies became ill quickly and painfully and the decision then was easy because it was the right one.  this one is amazing to me - he is teaching me as we go along about the naturalness of life and the ease of letting go.

      i am reminded of a horse i met years ago - just shy of 40 yrs old (VERY VERY old for a full sized horse).  he would lie down and not be able to get back up without tremendous effort and help from many people.

      right before christmas, monty lay down and his mom was distraught. she wasn't ready to let go yet - but at then end of hours of coaxing, he still was down.  she left for the night and i promised to watch him.

      as yall may know, i "talk" to animals - and when i asked monty what was wrong, his response was this: "i'm tired" - not sick, but "tired"  it was too much work to stay up and keep on going and he wanted to now rest and let go.

      i explained to him that christmas time was very very hard on humans and that his mom would forever grieve even moreso if he left right now and i asked him if he could stay just a little longer.

      he got up.  and, he stayed another three weeks - then he lay down and quietly left this realm.

      with mr. tee, i've asked him to tell me when he has reached the point that his illness (diabetes) is too much for him - and when he needs to go, all he had to do was stop eating.

      he did just that last week - even though i coaxed him into two more meals, he has said that he is through.  and, he wants to stay at home.  my bargain with him is that as long as he isn't in pain, we can do this his way, but i won't let him hurt.  we agree on that.

      so far, this is peaceful and contented.  i am now realizing that i have a doggie hospice and my job is to keep him comfortable.  this is a new experience for me - and one filled with wonder.

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      by edrie on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 03:58:36 PM PDT

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