Dogs are family also.

---- ROBERT CHAPEL <> wrote: 
> Hello All:
> While I know that our group is about cats... lately friends and family 
> have been losing their long time canine companions....   I cam across 
> the piece below quite by mistake but it moved me enough to pass it 
> applies equally to cats......
> Bob C
> ==============================================================
> 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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