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Taffy and the Blessing of Heaven's Pets

Updated on August 15, 2014

Taffy's Story- Pet Bereavement

Taffy was a fifteen year old miniature dachshund. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with a tumor in her jaw. For months we tried to make her comfortable with pain medication. This worked for a while. On December 31, 2012, she developed trouble breathing and we were forced to euthanize her to end her suffering.

Her Pain

Let me tell you about Taffy. She weighed 14 pounds before this illness robbed her of her health. She weighed 9 lbs. when her life ended. She ate very well before and by the end had no appetite at all. I gave her whatever she wanted that I could get down her, which wasn’t much. I worried incessantly about her and felt I hurt her almost more than helped when I was forced to give her pain pills. She suffered so with the pain in her jaw.

She was always doing these rubbing her back on the floor motions that we started calling snoopy-snoops. She never let us too far from sight and the words bye-bye would have her excited and jumping to be picked up so she could go with us in the car. She was barely able to sustain walking by the end. She would wobble as she tried to make it from one part of the room to the other.

A Tragic End

Still when the time came, I doubted whether I was making the right decision. Perhaps I will never feel true peace about it. It would be so easy if she could tell me what she wanted me to do. I had to trust that while there was no perfect solution, there was a most right. The most right was to end her suffering and let her be at peace

Heaven's Pets in Metairie, Louisiana

I found a place called Heaven’s Pets. They were a lifeline for me and my broken heart. They offered services to give Taffy a service fit for the special dog that she was. I set up to have Taffy cremated and they picked her up from the vet clinic that did her euthanasia. I picked her cremains up two days later at the office located at Lakelawn of Metairie. In the package there were her remains in a sealed bag, placed into a sachet bag and then placed in the urn. Attached to the sachet was her identifying coin with her number that followed her from the time they picked up her body. In a separate document sized envelope, I received a small sachet bag with a plastic resealing bag with some of Taffy’s hair, two poems, and a certificate for Taffy that had a date of birth as well as her date of death. We had an ink print made of her nose and paw print to be used later if we wanted to have jewelry made with her unique prints.

A Dignified Final Goodbye

All in all, I was very pleased with the way Heaven’s Pets in Metairie, Louisiana handled my treasured pet’s final goodbyes. Located on their website is a place to type in an obituary for your beloved pet and upload a picture. Also included in the package was bereavement counseling. I chose to have my pet’s cremains returned to me, but there are packages available that allow the pet owner to have the pet cremated and have their remains scattered there on the premises at the Heaven’s Pets section of Lakelawn of Metairie. I was unaware of any of these services being offered for pet owners. My mind was put at ease by the care that Heaven’s Pets took with Taffy. If you find yourself faced with a similar situation and want to provide a dignified and meaningful final goodbye, check out the link to their website below.

www.heavenspets.com

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Sounds like you did the right thing, as hard as it was. That is a great service Heaven's Pets offers. It is so difficult to know the right thing to do in circumstances like that.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Heaven's Pets sound so wonderful. My mom recently said goodbye to her "Clancy", a Shih Tzu , who was her companion for 12 years. Her doctor allowed her to cradle and hold him as he slumbered into his final sleep. It was so hard for her, but it was very helpful to her to be able to do that. I have two "fur children" and sometimes think about the day I will have to say goodbye to them. I am so thankful that we are blessed to have their love and devotion for a season. Great hub. keep up the great work and WELCOME to hub pages! Voted up and shared.♥---Lisa

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      We just had our 14 yr, old chocolate lab put down on 12/31/13. It was a hard decision but I know he is not in pain anymore.

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      freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

      Sorry to hear about the loss of your pet . I still miss our dog Jack who accidently hung himself years ago.

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      Melanie Zetterberg 4 years ago from Covington, Louisiana

      Thanks. Our pets are so special. It's really ashamed we only have them for a short time considering the life of their human counterparts. They love so completely.

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      Anne 4 years ago from Spain

      Hi Mel. It´s very hard saying goodbye to a much loved pet, but you did exactly the right thing letting a vet put an end to her suffering, I feel it´s a shame most humans don´t get to choose this option and believe me I do know what cancer does and the pain it inflicts. Heavens pets seems to offer a first class service and I am so pleased you found them, it obviously did a great deal to make you come to terms with your very hard decision. Don´t ever doubt you did the right thing, there is no question that you did. :)

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      Melanie Zetterberg 3 years ago from Covington, Louisiana

      Losing a pet can be a hard thing. It's like losing a family member when you lose a pet that has been your companion as well as one that you have fed and taken care of - a real bond forms!

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      Melanie Zetterberg 3 years ago from Covington, Louisiana

      Just an update!

      It is coming up on the one year anniversary of Taffy's death. While we are still saddened by the passing of our wonderful pet, we have added to our family. We have added a miniature dachshund named Maggie as well as two other miniature dachshunds named Max and Ladybug to our family. They are all rescues and I am glad that they have come into our lives. We are so much love to share when it comes to furry friends and feel blessed to share our lives with them.

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      LindaSmith1 2 years ago from USA

      Sometimes we have to let them go so they don't suffer rather than try to hang onto them a little bit longer. Believe me, Taffy knows there is another dog out that there needs she and she will send that dog to you.

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, melzetterberg,

      Very touching hub. Superb in text, lay-out and graphics.

      This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, I can easily describe it as amazing.

      I loved every word. Graphics were superb. This hub was helpful, informative and I found it very interesting.

      Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

      You have such a gift for writing. Keep writing no matter what.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Melanie Zetterberg 2 years ago from Covington, Louisiana

      Thanks so much for the kind words. I have three more miniature dachshunds now, but Taffy will always have a special place in my heart. It broke my heart to have to make and follow through on the decision to put her to sleep, but having her suffer was too much. I have a boy that is black like her named Max. I have a red girl that I named Maggie and Lady Bug rounds the group out. They are all rescues. Thanks for taking the time to read my hub.

      Sincerely,

      melzetterberg

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      You are very welcome. I was saddened by your decision too. Us animal-lovers have to stick together.

      I still miss Tramp.

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      Jessica Marello 2 years ago from United States

      My parent's miniature dachshund Dakota looks just like Taffy, and also loves going places instead of being left behind. I'm happy that your situation was handled so nicely there; I have had two fancy rats, and the first one had to be put down. The vet experience wasn't as great as yours (they almost cremated her when we wanted to bury her), but we know she is at peace now.

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