I love a post on Facebook about how a dog is the only one that loves you more then he loves himself.
I feel the biggest gift you can give your dog is the gift of true love, that shows you love him more then you love yourself.
When it comes to the time to say good bye, we tend to look for ways to extend our lives instead of making it easier to transition.
By letting your pet go, you show him true unconditional love the way he showed it to you.
What bigger gift of love can you give your pet but the one of non selfishness?
Putting an animal through surgery and recovery time is a selfish act, because we don’t want to let go when it’s time to say good bye, we put our pets through more suffering to hopefully extend their life’s just for a little longer instead of giving thanks to the time you had together, you try to keep it longer so you don’t have to mourn the loss.
True love knows when to let go.
True love knows everything is temporary.
True love appreciates a gift and knows when to give it back.
I am remembering Gizmos passing about a year ago, when he came back from the groomers paralyzed, we had to make a tough decision.
He had issues with his back for some time, and something happened at this groomers place which caused a slipped disk.
I still today don’t know what happened and had to let it go. That night I sat at the guelph pet hospital with him knowing that I will have to say goodbye, the surgery would have been extensive and recovery time estimated to 5 months, meaning 5 months of having to stay still, therapy after, drugs and dealing with pain and confusion.
I was not willing to put him through that for what? A year or two more? The recovery chance was only estimated at 40% and not guaranteed to be complete.
I made the most difficult decision that night.
I sat alone as they X-rayd him, animals in spirit showed up and his old friend that passed months before him came and put her head on my knee, I knew in that moment that it’s good bye and I wept.
As I held my dog for the last time, hooked up to a syringe as they introduced the medication to put him to sleep forever, I said thank you for being the dearest friend ever.
He cuddled into the crease of my elbow as he took his last breath.
This is true love.