The time has come to say goodbye to my best friend Dakota. She has suffered from many ailments over the years, and has now been taken over by cancer. Although her 12 years have been up and down with various health things, she has always remained my sunny happy girl.
I spent the weekend cuddling with her, telling her how much I that I love her. I've never gone through this before, but I want to make her last day as special as I can. Is it ok to feed her people food tomorrow? I would even love to gently throw the stick a few times as it has always been one of her favorite things. I guess I just need to pay attention to her cues. I don't want to cause her more pain, but I do want her to feel some joy on her last day....or maybe it is me that wants to feel the joy?
I'm not sure I can handle this. any advice or prayers are welcome..... :'(
Im so sorry for what your going through i would feed her whatever she fancies....enjoy tonight thinking of you both xxxx
You certainly have my empathy and prayers. They are never with us long enough.
Take consolation in knowing that you are giving her the ultimate gift of passing with dignity and ease. It will be the hardest thing you do, making that final decision and then holding her till past her last breath, so that being aware of your loving touch is the last conscious thought she knows.
And the next day, and the day after that please do not second guess your decision; your have done your best by her and she knew that.
If It Should Be
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
An pain should keep me from my sleep
Then you must do what must be done
For this, the last battle, cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than the rest
Your love and friendship stand the test.
We've had so many happy years
What is to come can hold no fears
Would not want me to suffer so
When the time comes please let me go.
Take me where my needs they'll tend
Only, stay with me to the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will see
It is a kindness you do to me
Although my tail its last has waved
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve it should be you
Who has to decide this thing to do
We've been so close we two these years
Don't let your heart hold any tears.
So I am glad, not that she's gone
But that this earth she roamed and lived upon
Was my earth, too, that I had closely known
And loved her and that my love I'd shown.
Tears over her departure?
Nay - a smile
That I had walked with her a little while.
Author - unknown
Godspeed Dakota, Godspeed... :'(
"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." author Will Rogers
Auggie 12/29/95 ~ 01/15/09
You are in my thoughts and prayers. God speed Dakota!
God speed Dakota!
I'm SOOOO sorry :'(
I have have lost three labs in recent years all due to age and it is the longest drive home from the vet's office there ever could be. Choose a vet that you feel comfortable with and one that mirrors your wishes and it will be a little easier to see them pass.
Know that it is the kindest act you can do when you can do no more for them here on earth; it really is kind to let them go and not be selfish.
You are in my thoughts and prayers with this most difficult time. Rest easy that they are in a better place and our earthly suffering will lesson over time.
Bless all Lab owners who have been here..
I am so very sorry :'(
<br />Kristin & Biscuit