Tonight I had to say good bye to my best friend, my sidekick for 13 years, and the most faithful companion a girl could ever ask for. My old lady dog is going to join the doggy angels tomorrow. My family FaceTimed me so I could say goodbye to her from Canada.
I knew when I said goodbye to her at the start of the school year, it would probably be the last time I saw her in person. Belly is an old lady, and in the past year she’s gradually been showing it more, sometimes it seemed like even daily she’d age a ton. It doesn’t make it any easier that we have to say goodbye to her. She’s been a huge member of our family for her 13, almost 14 years of life. That’s the sad thing about our pets though. We love and cherish them, and do all we can to provide the best life for them while we have the chance. But our time spent with them will always be too short.
It hurts to be so far away from her in this time. I still remember the day she came home as a roly-poly pudgy puppy. With every ounce of my being wish I could be there tomorrow for her last trip to the vets, but being in vet school I can’t. It seems ironic that in order to save future animals, I can’t be there to love my own. I know that my family is going to cherish every last second with her, and I also know her vets at Lucky Pet (a very fitting name to take a very lucky dog) will help make her transition to doggy heaven peaceful.
“If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.” –Will Rogers