It’s been a very sad day here in Austin, Texas. The sun didn’t seem as bright. Deja (above), the 13-week-old border collie puppy that belonged to my roommates, had to be put down. She has been sick for the last two weeks and this morning, they made the incredibly tough decision to put her out of her misery. She will be remembered fondly, but our house has seemed almost scary quiet tonight. Everyone is taking time to mourn the loss.
If you’ve ever had to put an animal to sleep, you know how hard this is. Watching their health slowly deteriorate in front of your eyes, usually because of old age, while you try to do everything you can to keep them around, because you’re scared about how much you will miss them. My family has always had two dogs, usually labs, and the some of the only times I’ve ever seen my dad cry is when we’ve put dogs to sleep. Even though it sucks, putting them out of their misery is the most humane thing to do. And it’s what we owe to them after they have served their purpose.
I just finished reading The Art of Racing in the Rain, which is a story told from the perspective of a dog. It’s hilarious but heart-wrenching, as most things involving animals usually are. Enzo, the narrator, is telling the story on the eve of his death which takes you through his life with his master, Denny. He believes that when a dog is finished living his lifetimes as a dog, his next reincarnation will be as a man. I’m not really sure what I believe, but I do believe in dog heaven.
Deja was taken from us entirely too soon. However, puppies shouldn’t spend all their time sleeping or being sick or having seizures. They should be rambunctious and stealing your shoes and being happy. It was the right thing to do, and it will get better with time.
Have you ever lost a pet? Any tips for how to deal with the loss?