Hi Folks....

Once again I sent something to the list and it has not appeared in my mail...so I have no idea if it made it to the group...... My brother had to put down his buddy ( a border collie) of 14 yrs the other day and I had come across a piece a fellow wrote about losing his own dog after the same amount of time.... though this is about the loss of  a dog it is equally applicable to cats and captures the sentiment just beautifully..
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To most, he was “just” a dog. To me, he was so much more than just a best friend, he was an integral part of my life, and my world for over 14 years. I was there to see him take his first breath in this world. And I was there when he breathed his last, after a long and, I hope, happy life. And when he left this world, it was as if a large piece of me was violently torn away. Eventually the countless happy memories of the all too brief time I had with him will crowd out the anguish of the last moments we spent. For now, I can take only cold comfort in knowing that when it came time to make the call, I did right by him. His body was on the verge of a “cascading system failure”, but it had not yet progressed to the point where it had broken his spirit. I had been waiting for him to tell me it was his time for some while, but it was his prognosis that finally sealed it. He was not going to get better; he would only get worse. Even with surgery — which at his age was more risk than solution — his best case was a few months, and those would have been pain ridden.

I don’t suppose I’ll ever stop second guessing whether I waited too long or not long enough. But in the circumstances keeping him going through heroic measures would have been for my benefit, not his.

When you bring a dog into your life, you make a bargain. Tonka never once failed to deliver on his side of that bargain. And as much as it hurt — and will continue to hurt — I had to deliver on mine.

Goodnight pal, see you on the other side.  I love you, buddy.

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