Loc: Pacific NW, USA
Oh Marg, I'm so sorry. I've been there and it is not easy. Our dog, Cammy was alert (only 6 yr old) until her kidneys gave out and in so much pain. We had to help her. <br>I found this later and it was comforting.<br><br>FAITHFUL FRIEND <br>If it should be............ <br>If it should be that I grow frail and weak <br>And pain should keep me from my sleep <br>Then you must do what must be done <br>For this last battle can't be won <br>You will be sad, I understand <br>Don't let your grief then stay your hand <br>For this day, more than all the rest <br>Your love and friendship stands the test <br>We've had so many happy years <br>What is to come can hold no fears <br>Would you want me to suffer? So <br>When the time comes, please let me go <br>Take me where my needs they'll tend, <br>Only stay with me until the end <br>And hold me firm and speak to me <br>Until my eyes no longer see <br>I know in time you will see <br>It is a kindness that you do to me <br>Although my tail its last has waved <br>From pain and suffering I have been saved <br>Do not grieve it should be you <br>Who must decide this thing to do <br>We've been so close we two these years <br>Don't let your heart hold any tears. <br>-Author Unknown<br><br>Cheers, iRock<br>"Even though Mac Users may be only 10% of the market, always remember that we are the TOP 10%"<br>-Douglas Adams
Oh Shelli, that is so beautiful. <br>I sat and watched him snuggled in Melissa's arms as he closed his eyes so peacefully. <br><br>I know many here may have strong religious convictions against this sort of thing so please don't take offense. The thought that passed through my mind last night was why is it considered humane to put a suffering animal to eternal sleep but not a human? If I was in that state nothing would give more peace of mind than to be held by a loved one and quickly and compassionately put to rest. I hope, by the time I am old and get to that point, that euthanasia will be an option for me.<br><br><br><br>
Having seen my mother dying not that long ago, I agree 100% with you, Marg. I don't know what was more painful, to have her die or to see her dying--I mean, everyone in the hospital knew she was going to die, we knew she was going to die, she knew she was going to die, and all that could legally be done was to let her slide painfully into a coma. Then, presumably, she was beyond pain--but we suffered with every breath she forced into her lungs. Seeing that, I've decided that I'm getting myself some cyanide and keeping it handy.<br><br>Great wits are sure to madness near allied.--John Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"<br>
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