My readers knew that my beautiful tabby, Peanut Meister, was sick. I wrote a cat story as I struggled with his health, visits to Dr. Marty and possible outcomes. In the end, Peanut became very sick here at home (I will spare my readers the details) and after observing a list of observable symptoms, I knew that Peanut was struggling. Thirty six hours later and before our Thanksgiving weekend, I made the difficult decision to ‘send him to heaven’, as Dr. Marty puts it. As you likely would guess from my writing and approach to nature and life, I am not in support of the death penalty, abortion or euthanasia…personal views of mine alone. So, when it comes to the decision to have a beloved pet ‘put down’, the decision comes with huge struggle and laboured consideration. It’s a time when it would be great to have a partner to support or argue my decision(s). But, more and more, I realize that decisions have to be my own and I have to make them with my own sense of right or wrong.
Where Peanut was concerned, my daughter informed me that we could have our vet make a house call. This was something I did not know and in a very short time, on that horrible Friday, Dr. Jennifer Hewitt and her beautiful assistant, came to our home. I am grateful for the respect and compassion that were shown to our family on that day. And while it was another very sad time in my life, I felt cared for and felt that Peanut was genuinely cared for in his final hour. Thanks also, to Dr. Martin Lovo, who always cares for my pets with a big heart and to Amanda who is the very best on the front lines.
We are all faced with difficult decisions, every day. I’ve just shared one of mine. Peanut, along with Laurie-dog, Edgar and Piper, before him, will remain in my heart and in the heart of my family forever. As one of our pet-family, he brought 15 years of joy and fun into our lives. Thank you to McKenzie Towne Animal Clinic, under the Horizon Veterinary Group.