Re: Putting a dog to sleep.
As someone who almost lost his cat to poisoning, you have my sympathy.
When the vet told me we might have to put Tyson down, I had to drive him to the hospital right then and there. On the way, I bought him a hamburger from Wendy's and was relieved to know that despite being so sick, that hamburger didn't stand a chance. I fed it to him through the holes in his carrier while saying, "Let's keep this between us guys..."
There wasn't any way in the world my little guy was going away without having his favorite meal first.
After he finished, he was sticking his paw through the cage and swatting my arm to get more. It was cute.
Life is full of ugly decisions. I was sitting there at the vet's office sort of hating being a grown up. I had to make a life or death decision, I had to pay the bill, and I had to live with whatever became of a situation I had no control over.
Part of the rules of life is that it can end for any living thing at any time. We don't make the rules, so the only thing we can do is play by them as best we can. If you have to put an animal down, that's playing with the rules as best you can. Tough to see it that way, but it's the truth.
I love the advice of getting a new pet.
If you're watchin' a parade, make sure you stand in one spot, don't follow it, it never changes. And if the parade is boring, run in the opposite direction, you will fast-foward the parade. --Mitch Hedberg