Today’s Question: How do you deal with having to put your pet down?

I’ve been thinking about one of our dogs a lot lately. She passed away Saturday night and I miss her a lot. After hesitation, we realised it was the right time to say good-bye, so they (mum and stepdad) drove to Brighton to the emergency vets in the evening to have her euthanized. We knew it was the right time. I think its important to feel its right for the pet to put them out of their pain, as painful as that may be. The death of a pet may affect people differently, but for me it is like losing an important part of my family and it takes forever and a day to get over it. Give yourself this time if you need it. Everybody deals with it differently, so don’t let yourself be pressured into a particular way in dealing with this.

When my cat died, I couldn’t even look at her pictures without crying for about 6-7 months, and even then it was still really difficult. Now its the little things I miss. Hearing her go downstairs, or barking for food.

There is no set way in dealing with this. And the only advice I can really give is, that you did the best you can, even by taking this step.

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Poetry of today: The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
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 that it must 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.

— Unknown

Word of today: der Hund
As usual, another noun. This translates to “the dog”, just to stick to the theme of pets. Pets itself translates to Haustiere, which, translating it back literally means house animals.

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Decisions ahead

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