- Pets and Animals
Saying goodbye to your pet
This is not a cheerful post to write in the few days before Christmas, but it is a reality, and as I sit writing this and crying, I look down at my dog and know it's time.
They say that having more information about something makes it less scary, and for me my first line of defence is always to read more, get more information and be as informed as I can be, so this book was a huge help these past few weeks. Although the circumstances around Buster's end of life is not a difficult one, he has cancer and it just a few months shy of 20 years old, the timing is tough. When to say when, when is enough pain, what does his pain even look like to us and a million other questions have floated in our minds over the past weeks since we've had his diagnosis confirmed.
I think of all things, death is the most difficult to talk about, sort of like in Harry Potter when they talk about 'he who shall not be named'. It's a bit odd really, being that it is a natural part of life, but because of the pain and suffering it causes to all, it is a dark topic. I think this needs to change in our society, because end of life issues are so important to our mental, spiritual and physical comfort. Maybe the death of our pets is a good place to open the discussion, and that's why I am writing about it here, now.
Goodbye Busterdog, the decades you have been with us have been such a blessing.
I'm happy our daughter is 34 years old, but I know it will still be very hard on her. Books like this are very helpful when explaining death to younger children.
Here's one for Kindle.