This morning, I went to my vet to pick up something, and I saw that beautiful older Golden retriever lose, at the door, waiting for his mom or dad. I came in, and he came straight to me. Older dogs look so wise. He had a big bandage on his leg. I scratched his ears, and you know Goldens, they are such gentle souls.
He went back by the door, waiting, and I learned that he was dropped off to be put to sleep. He had cancer, and I am not discussing the fact that it might have been his time to go. To go? Yes, but alone? No matter how caring and gentle the vet and the vet techs are, he wanted his mom to be there. He got a last cookie, and was lead to the exam room while he was trying to go to the opposite direction. You know what? It just broke my heart. For the last page of his life, he had to be alone, so no, he was not a furever kid.
People suck, and I went home and hugged my pack, telling them, that yes, they were my forever kids. It’s never easy to say goodbye, I know that but there are indeed our kids, and they trust us with their lives. How could anyone abandon one for the last page of his life?
His face haunted me for the remaining of the day, so, I do think he deserves a tribute. Gentle soul leaving this earth alone.
A lot of people have a tendency to make some alterations to the meaning: forever.
Curious, I looked into the dictionary:
Forever: for all time in the future, or for as long as you can imagine. So I guess that Gentledog owner did not read the memo.
Please do not take a furry kid, if you cannot be there for him or her until the last minute.
Hey, if you decide to make a baby, most likely, you know that it is for life. Being a parent never stops, and no matter what, I will still worry about my girls even if they are in their 60’s and if I am still around. Parents are there to protect them, to be there in time of needs, to be there when then need you.
It should be like a quiz and if you can’t say yes to all the statements, then please do not adopt a furry kid. You are not ready. Maybe one day, you will be but not now.
A furever kid is not:
- Until you get a boyfriend or a girlfriend,
- Because you need someone to love you until better,
- Until you have your own kids,
- For Xmas, Hanukah, Winter solstice, birthday or any other holiday,
- A gift.
How many times in your life can you say you get from someone unconditional love?
There are no good excuses not to go forever, and I have to acknowledge that I am sick and tired of hearing:
- Getting a divorce,
- The place where I am moving doesn’t accept dogs (yeah, so? Find a place which takes dogs!)
- My boyfriend or girlfriend is allergic….
This is a lifetime contract that you are taking, and no way out. If you can’t sign that contract, please do not take an animal. It’s just not fair.
I know that “until death do us part” is not really working anymore in humans, but we are talking furry kids here, and furry kids are FOREVER!
When you are a parent, for a kid, a dog, a cat, or any living being, you stay with them until the last minute, because you see, they trust you, you are the “fixer” for them, and it just means that when it’s time for your dog – as an example – to go, even if it’s painful, even if you are going to cry your heart out, you still go to that darn room with your dog, and you stay with him until his last breath, because that’s what you do when you love someone!
I just thought that that gentle Golden needed to have his last words heard before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and it was: “where are you? I am scared? Where are you?”