Monday, April 05, 2010
Last Saturday (4/3) ranks right up there as one of the toughest days I've ever endured. My wife and I made the decision to put our 11 year old male greyhound Gator to sleep. Even as I write, I can feel the emotions building up.
It was not a hard decision in one respect -- he had been very ill for 2 days, and the blood work the vet ran confirmed his kidneys were failing. My wife and I had always vowed we'd never make any of our dogs suffer just for our own selfish reasons. And we did not waiver. But that made it no easier to say goodbye.
We know Gator is in a happier place after having crossed the rainbow bridge and now pain free. He was a gentle giant (90+ lbs -- big for a greyhound), yet he thought he was a lap dog! My wife and I looked at picture over the weekend from when we got him almost 6 years ago to pictures taken recently, and it made us both laugh and cry.
So as I sit here and tap away, with a tear trying to escape, what I want to remember was the joy and happiness our boy Gator brought to us. So make sure today if you have a pet, give them a hug and tell them how much they mean to you.