There was a 14 year old dog owned by my boss. Recently my boss went on a trip and the dog was boarded along with its companion in a pet home here. When she returned the dogs were both well taken care of. A week later, last Friday, my boss took her to the Emergency Pet care- the vet examined her and told her he would give her some medicines to ease her pain- she had nodules all over ( sounds to me like lymph nodes) and she had been off food for some time and she was not at the door welcoming my boss when she returned home from work. The next day C my boss decided to take her to the vet once more. Her decision was made. She wanted to do what was right by her dog and her constant companion for 14 years. In a matter of 5 minutes, it was over. The veterinary said they would take her of her little body and bury it with dignity. My boss lives alone with her two dogs and now one is gone. I have been struggling with this loss as though it has been my own. I cannot bear to think of an animal die, especially an animal which was her friend through all the troubles she’s gone through in life.
Today in a blog post I read about Jimmy Stewart’s reading a poem in memory of his dog Beau on the Johnny Carson show.
http://www.mnn.com/family/pets/stories/the-dog-poem-that-made-johnny-carson-cry. I have been in tears since.
It is sad that the human life span is at least 3-4 times more than a pet’s life span. In a short time in life, our pets give us so much and leave us with just memories.
It would have been worse, if we died before our pets, because who would take care of our pets should we be gone?
Same as when a mother is diagnosed to have a growth in the brain, what happens to her two daughters ? One is in college and the other is still a school student. She was a former colleague of mine- came to know of this just yesterday. She is undergoing radiation treatment at home. So many thoughts come to my mind when I think of her. For the sake of her family and her girls’, I hope she comes back to work, fully recovered and with her cheerful heart and smile.
The waiting is long. The wait to reach our loved ones who have passed before us- our pets, our grandparents, people we knew in life and people we didn’t know, – who will be waiting for us when we reach there; the wait to know if everything will be alright once more—–.
All we can do in life is wait for our turn.