Saturday, April 25, 2009
Goodbye, Bunny Dog
We have had a rough few days. On Thursday afternoon, we had to make the heartbreaking decision to let our dog go. After the incident I wrote about in my last post, I came home at lunchtime on Wednesday to let Magic out and he had messed again. That's when I knew it was more than just waiting too long the day before. My husband didn't get home until almost 1:00 a.m. on Thursday morning and in the wee hours we decided that the vet had to be called that day. By Thursday our sweet boy couldn't walk at all and was in pretty bad shape. I took the photo above when my littlest boy and I left for school Thursday morning. At that point I didn't know if I would ever see Magic alive again. I drove us to school with tears streaming down my cheeks. That morning I took 116 children and adults on a field trip to the zoo, but my mind was on my dog all morning. It was a hard morning. Luckily, since it was a field trip day I was home in the afternoon and that is when the vet came out to our home with his technician. After explaining all our options, my husband and I decided that the most humane course of action was to have the vet end our dog's life peacefully. We were both with him until the very end. It's very hard to see your beloved pet alive one minute and not the next. That is how fast the process is. I didn't realize that. I guess that's better than it being prolonged, but it was so very very painful to watch. I really wanted us both there though and I'm grateful we were able to do that for him.
Our bunny dog was a good boy. He showed up on our property the day after Thanksgiving a few years ago and we adopted him. He was around 8 when we got him and was a perfect fit for our family. He was so gentle with our boys and just an all-around great dog. I called him "Bunny Dog" because when you talked to him, he would sometimes perk up one or both of his ears, making him resemble a bunny. We will miss you, Bunny Dog. We love you. We are so glad you could share your last years on earth with us.