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Taking a Runner

Updated on March 18, 2014

Athena and Me

Mass in front of her stomach...

239.00 for euthanasia,

no cremation.

Kevorkian comes in,

wrenches out Athena's paw-

white knuckled...

shaves her leg;

and plunges the pink liquid in.

Athena screams in pain!

Stops my croons of good girl

on it's loop-

He won't do it like this!

I'm upsetting her, by talking!

I must stop crying!

He leaves,

We go!

One fourth of the liquid

in her veins,

I can't even do this right!

Screwing the pooch

botching the job!

We get home,

She is tired, but O.K.

We walk, and play, and do

the things we always do.

She can't eat much... but no pain yet.

when she hurts, we'll go

to someone else.

Someone with a heart.


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    • lilyfly profile image

      Lillian K. Staats 3 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Thank you ! lily

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Oh lily I feel your love for your Athena and thank you for sharing such a heart wrenching time. This brings back memories to me too of when I had to finally allow my beloved Doberman major to be freed from his pain. Like you once I knew he was in pain the inevitable had to happen.

      Love and hugs for you and Athena all the way from Wales.


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      Lillian K. Staats 3 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Yeah, Jamie, thank you, Umm, I had a positive experience putting Ursula down, so maybe I was not ready for all this fear and pain.

      Admittedly, I was emotional, but, ummm, gosh, this fella didn't seem to care about anything but getting it done as easily for himself as possible. I get that, but Athena hated this guy. Shoot. This is something I've yet to understand. Pooch is in pain- put them down... I asked for patches so I could say goodbye. I think it's fentenyl, and I said goodbye to Ursula for 2 weeks, until she exhibited pain. This guy said no patches were available, and I had to do it right away, even tho Athena is not yet in pain.

      Whomever's mistake it was, probably all of ours except the dog, she is not in pain yet, so, I'll say good bye until she hurts. Then, I won't let her linger.

      I pray for your family, and your doggie. Thank you for writing.. love, lily

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      One of our pets is losing the use of her hips, she is no longer able to walk and the debate is on whether we are emotionally ready for such a decision as the one mentioned above. Thank you for sharing one of the hardest moments around. Jamie