Thursday, March 3, 2011

When?

How do you know when it's time to say goodbye to a beloved pet? How do you decide when their quality of life is decreasing? What constitutes a decrease in quality of life?

I've just spent the last 20 minutes cleaning up Tessa's dog poop when I should have been working on a big presentation I'm giving at work tomorrow. She was outside with me 2 hours ago. Playing.

I'm taking an Advil to fight the major tension headache I've just developed and trying to get my Glogster presentation done. I present at 9 am. Sigh.

Any and all advice and stories are appreciated...

3 comments:

The Canadian said...

Oh, Andrea, that is such a tough decision. I wish I had advice for you, but I don't. all I know is that you gotta listen to your heart!

MTWaggin said...

When the question is in your mind the time is coming - you will know when because you will look in her eyes and you will see it. You are in touch enough to make the decision based on Tess not on how much hassle it is for you to take care of her. Trust your heart and hers....

Jennifer said...

I don't have any advice.

Almost one year ago...April 22nd. My beloved Stewy (11 yr old male Sheltie) got kicked in the jaw and it shattered both sides. We rushed to the vet and I had to make the decision on the spot....that was such a sad and painful day...I still think I feel him brush up beside me and oddly, I really miss his incessant yappy bark...this is even hard to write. :( I still miss him Andrea, but the only other option was spending thousands of dollars on an attempt to rebuild his jaw, which may have resulted in suffering, pain and eventually starvation. I saw the look in his eyes...and I still feel his spirit with me today.

((((HUGS))))