Today we said our good-byes to our beloved pet and doggie Koko.
He has been a light in our lives for 13 years, and brought so much joy to us. It’s so hard to do the ‘right’ thing.. knowing that you do not want him to suffer any further debilitation.
We’ve had 6 other times that we have had to do this, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Our pets have always been part of our family.
Koko has had issues for several years with his liver, and gone through many tests and procedures, but we weren’t about to put him through anymore at his age. I guess we noticed his behavioural changes for the past few months, and they increased. He wasn’t aggressive, just confused and we’re pretty sure he was in pain, as he would yelp when he was sleeping even. As my daughter said; animals really handle pain without anyone noticing it, until it becomes very evident and frequent. He also needed comfort more, and would climb up on either my husband’s chair or mine, and during the night he would let out a little sound to let us know he wanted us to put him up on our bed. Normally he always slept in his own! He seemed to be looking into space sometimes, lost in his own ‘doggie thoughts’, and very recently began having ‘accidents’ in the house.
I believe that when an animal is so much a part of you, your instinct and spirit let you know when the right time is to let them go. Both my husband and I had the same feeling, although I left it up to him to decide the time, as he was even closer to him than I.
He went peacefully, in the crook of my husband’s arm, and we will miss his greeting us at the door… and so very much more.