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If I Should Grow Frail

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If it should be that I grow frail and weak

And pain does keep me from my sleep,

Then you will do what must be done

For this - the last battle - can't be won.

You will be sad I understand

But don't let grief then stay your hand.

For on this day, more than the rest

Your love and friendship must stand the test

We have had so many happy years,

You wouldn't want me to suffer so

When the time comes, please let me go.

Take me to where my needs they will tend,

Only, stay with me till the end.

And hold me firm and speak to me

Until my eyes can no longer see.

I know in time you will agree

It is a kindness you do to me.

Although my tail its last has waved,

From pain and suffering I have been saved.

Don't grieve that it must now be you

Who has to decide this thing to do.

We've been so close - we two - these years,

Don't let your heart hold any tears.



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There are a few lines in that poem that I have always wondered



Holding your beloved pet till the end.


I couldn't do it. I had to leave the room. To this day, I wonder

if I did the right thing by leaving,,,, or should I have stayed??


It still bothers me at times. I did what I thought was right and

felt in my heart, so I know I can't change it. We all know hind

sight is 20/20. Would I change anything? Not sure I would. That

is why I am still wondering if I did the right thing.

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Guest Longlegged beastie

Elvis, you do it how you have to. If it would be too much to be there, then your upset would make it that much harder for your beloved pet...so maybe it would be better to not. Ive been there for one of my dogs and four cats and as hard as it is, it felt very right to be there and be that last loving voice. It is a gentle and peaceful process, and actually does help bring some "closure" to get to see it through. Im tearing up remembering all my babies,but I will always know I did the right thing by them and it brings comfort.

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If you love your pet then any decision you make is the right one. Some people can go in, others can't. I couldn't not go in with my ferret Penny, my mother on the other hand thought I was putting myself through pain needlessly and told me she never has gone in, and my mother is one of the biggest animals lovers I've ever met. Its all in whats right for you. One of the hardest parts after Penny was gone was coming out of the room and seeing everyone sitting there with their pets and I left alone. I still miss my Penny and although I went in the room I struggle with the question of "did I wait too long?" "Did I send her to the Bridge too soon?" Its very hard to play God, I can't imagine any of us get out of that situation without some guilt/doubt left lingering for us.





Fudgie 2/27/96 - 8/14/05 and Goods 2/27/96 - 3/12/08 ~~Together again~~

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