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Go In The Room.
When it comes time, you need to walk calm into that room with your dog, and if you need someone to help come with you, call me. My entire life has been shaped by one single dog. He saved me, showed me how to love and gave me a purpose to my life. He was with me for every single one of my successes, and even more important he was with me for every single one of my failures, always right beside me. That is the way he went up to Heaven too, with me right by his side.
Trigger was 10.5 yers old when his time came up, and I had to make the hardest and easiest decisions entire life in the same day. Trigger was old, and his body just couldn’t keep up, and I was not going to let him suffer out of my selfishness. Making the decision to put your old dog down is heartbreaking. Even when you know it’s time, when you know it’s the right thing to do, it tears your soul apart. When it came time for his final day, guess where he was? Right by my side, doing the things we love one last time. Trigger and I went for a car ride to visit my farm, and see my dad. The old bear couldn’t walk, but you bet your ass he tried jumping out of the car to see my dad and run on the farm. We got to hang out, peacefully. Remanence about the decade that I was so lucky to have spent with him, and then head to McDonalds. I had to go through the line twice, boy was all about those sausage patties.
This time one thing was different. I’m older now, and while death still affects me the same, I waited to get emotional. He has been there for me, as a steady rock my entire life, I could do the same for him today. I wanted him to know that everything is okay, that dad is okay, and it’s a great day. When we finally arrived at the vet hospital, that’s when I got to make the easiest decision of my life.
“Do you want to go in the room with him?”
Your dog is there for you, every single day. On this day, be there for them. Hold their paw, kiss their cheek, and pat their heads. Go in the room with your dog, and be with them the same way you are on day 1.
Dog’s are not just pets, and by God they never will be. Trigger was the greatest thing that has every happened to me, and I have so many lessons learned from our experiences that still resonate with me to this day.
4/23/2022 07:03:59 am
Beautiful and right on. Thank you.
4/23/2022 07:32:12 am
The hardest thing we’ve ever had to do and you’ve explained it perfectly. Thank you
Laura Eric and Finn
4/23/2022 07:36:23 am
We’ve done this four times already and the pain is like nothing else. But you are right- to be there for them is the least we could do. Dogs are not just things we possess they are our earthly angels and we are always bonded to them. Thank you and thank you Trigger.
4/23/2022 08:21:46 am
I wish I could shout your words to the world! Do NOT be so selfish! Your pet is scared and looks for you all the way - so be there for them!! I cannot stomach someone that is too selfish to go be with their pet when it’s time. Or, worse yet, will not mahr the decision to let them go and instead continue to let them suffer because of THEIR selfish needs.
4/23/2022 08:22:17 am
I had to do this with my best friend Trixie and my heart was broken. I did not leave her side and as you said, she was their for ne every time I came home or wherever. I have a lab now and am going to love her the same but always hold the memories in my ♥️ heart!
4/23/2022 11:16:50 am
I only hope that its true what they say. “All dogs go to heaven, and we will meet again”.
Jim Ciolli. Jr
4/23/2022 11:58:53 am
Amen, very well said!!!
4/24/2022 12:56:05 pm
I've been with every one......loved them through good and bad.
4/24/2022 05:29:44 pm
One of the hardest things I have ever done. I am so very sorry for your loss.
7/1/2022 12:33:56 pm
I had the most wonderful vet (she retired this summer) who truly loved what she did and put both of my previous Aussies down when it was time. Toby was a poorly bred rescue with chronic health problems who stole our hearts and gave us his unconditionally. Jake however was my heart dog, traveling with my everywhere, cleat to coast and exploring along the way. When I lost Jake in 2016 we waited in the same place I had sat with Toby several years earlier. On a blanket from home, under a shade tree, on a quiet side of her office and away from the entrance and parking area. Many of her employees came out to love on Jake and Dr Roxanne brought him fresh water and checked on me as I laid beside Jake telling him all the ways he had enriched my life. When she joined us again under that shade tree together we sent Jake over the rainbow bridge with love and dignity.
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