Re: Putting a dog to sleep.
A couple years ago, my mother gave me the dreaded phone call. My childhood dog, Shadow, a miniature long-haired Dachshund, was not going to make it much longer. I left work and met her at the vet's office. Since it was my dog growing up, I felt like it was the right thing for me to be the one to hold him as the doctor gave him the injection. He was looking at me and all I could tell him was "Thank you". "Thank you, little buddy, for being there for me all those years". I was surprised how quick he went. I could feel him let out his last breath and at that moment I was hit with such extreme guilt. Guilt that I had grown up, gotten married, and had my own family and left him there with my mom as he grew older. I only really saw him once every few months his last few years. Being there with him for his last breath, was very surreal, but also very beautiful in a way and I wouldn't have had it any other way.