I was going to do a post about the great holiday we have just had. the fantastic weekend at some friends wedding. Instead I am posting about having to have our dog of 15 years put to sleep this morning.
As you can understand we are both very upset. It was the right decision but it still hurts.
He's has had a good life and spent the last week in kennels that he loved to go to. He was so eager to go and play with the other dogs.
Spot had been very ill earlier this year and we were not sure then if he would live. But he pulled through and has had a few more months of enjoyable life. Last night however he took a turn for the worse and it bacame obvious that some brain damage of some sorts had happened.
So Not wanting him to suffer we took him this morning.
There is a 'poem' that a friend has used when his dog had to be put down. It seems very appropriate:
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….