November 25th 2009 7:39 pm
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Well, we made an appointment with the Vet to come here on Friday at Noon. Abby's legs crumbled last night when she went to pee, and then she really didn't want to go back up the two small steps into the house. We haven't seen " the look in the eyes", that people talked about, but Dawn ( Abby's Mom) says she knows it's time. We can see the tumor breaking through her front leg, it's obviously very weak, and we definitely don't want her to cross the Bridge with a broken leg .
We've had a wonderful extra nine months that the Vet is just amazed about. It seems so crazy that we're crying so much before she's even gone. She's so alert and playful. The Vet said that we can change our mind, right up to the last minute. This is so tough a decision to make. I wonder if there are pet owners who feel that this is a decision they shouldn't make and they just let nature take it's course, despite the pain? For us, we are sure that we don't want her to suffer, and we're sure that this will be an act of supreme love. We just keep wanting "Just One More Day".
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Dearest Geoff and Dawn, you know I've been through this same thing with my first Shar Pei, Randy. I made 3 different appointments with the vet to have him put to sleep, I had my boyfriend at the time take off work to be with me when it was time, I cried and cried saying he doesn't look sick--I couldn't see that he was suffering, his kidneys were shutting down and I knew he was in pain when he walked--and I cancelled all three times. I just couldn't do it--he didn't look sick! Finally I just had to take him into the vet and leave him with the vet tech after giving him his "baby" to take with him. For the rest of my life I'll never forget that look he gave me when he looked back at me. I felt so bad--I was letting them take my son and I couldn't even stay there to be with him as he crossed the bridge. I feel guilty every time I allow myself to stop and think about it, but I have my memories of knowing that I gave him the best life he could possibly have where he was loved and cherished and he gave back to me total and complete unconditional love. I hope you won't feel guilty after Abby has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. You've given her a wonderful life and I know when she crosses the Bridge, you'll forever have your own guardian angel, as I do.
May God Bless you and comfort you.
You are in my heart,thoughts and prayers.
May God bless you and be with you,may He wrap you in the comfort of His grace.
Angie (Mom ) and Autumn
My moms says that she may be trying to tell you it is time. Please stay with Abby when she passes. Don't make the mistake that my Mom did with one of her babies, and did not stay. She has always regretted that she left her with strangers to die. Let Abby die with dignity and not when she is so pathetic she can't even walk and most of all celebrate the life she had with you.
Wags and prayers!