Saying Goodbye to my Best Friend

For nearly 15 years, I have had my companion, Darwin the Amazing Border Collie.  He was there the day I first had to sleep alone in my first house.  He was the greatest watchdog—I always felt safe with him around.  In fact, I never even saw him sleep until he was 10 years old.  If I was awake, he was awake, participating in whatever I was doing.  He never wanted to miss a thing.

Lately, he has been on the decline, and has needed more and more care.  He is no longer happy with his quality of life.  For all of my 33 years here, I have always had a dog.  There has always been an overlap—not even one day without one.  When two of my other dogs were old and in pain, me and my mom always passed it on to my dad to take them to be euthanized.  We just couldn’t do it.  But now, I have to make that decision, which has been one of the hardest.  I really wanted him to die naturally, but he just has too strong of a spirit.  He wants to continue pleasing me no matter what.  So I will have to decide for him that he has done enough for me and deserves some peace.   Tomorrow morning, someone will be coming out to perform home euthanasia and my buddy will be in pain no more.  I was so glad to have taken some photos of him outside on this sunny afternoon.

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~ by kozmicdreams on May 17, 2009.

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