What’s the hardest decision you’ve ever had to make? What made the decision so difficult?
The first time we had to put down an old and ailing pet was terrible. It was hard for me, awful for Garry. It made us decide we would never ever let a pet get that sick or old and not give him or her the grace of passing gently from this world. It doesn’t mean we take it lightly. It is always difficult and inevitably painful, but somewhere along the way we realized that to our pets, we ARE gods.
They depend on us to do all the god-stuff. We feed them, care for them when they are sick. Love them. And when it is their time to go, we let them go as gently and peaceably as we can — as we would like to go were it our turn.
I suppose if one is going to have pets, you have to recognize that you will — usually — outlive your pet, often by many lifetimes. Along with the joy of having pets comes the obligations and none is more onerous than recognizing the time has come to let your pet pass on.
The first time is the hardest for owners and often takes longer than it ought. But there comes the day when your pet looks at you and you can see in their eyes that they are ready. You have to be ready, too.