I posted last week about Sparky not doing too well and having to take care of her hoping that she would get a little bit better. Unfortunately, she took a turn for the worse in the next few days and Monday we had the vet come to our home to have our sweet Sparky put to sleep.
As the days went by her legs were not working anymore. Slowly she had lost total balance and strength to the point of not being able to get up anymore on Sunday. Last Thursday my daughter came to visit to spend time with Sparky and see her for the last time. We spent several days showering Sparky with love and attention while making her comfortable as much as we could. She still had a great disposition, seemed happy to see us, ate well and seemed to enjoy the towel rides we gave her to get her outside several times a day. We miss her terribly and wish we could have had her for longer, but we really try to concentrate on the time we had with her and a remember as many memories she gave us those eleven years. We will always love you Sparky.
This is a poem I came across earlier this year from a post a friend wrote when she lost her dog. Making the decision to let them go is always hard, I hope we can find comfort in knowing that we did the best for our sweet friends.
If it should be...
If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
and pain should keep me from my sleep,
then you must do what must be done,
for we know this last battle can't be won.
You will be sad, I understand,
but don't let grief then stay your hand,
for this day, more than the rest,
your love and friendship must stand the test.
We've had so many happy years,
what is to come can hold no fears.
Would you want me to suffer? So,
when the time comes, please let me go.
Take me where my needs they'll tend,
only stay with me until the end,
and hold me firm and speak to me,
until my eyes no longer see.
It is a kindness that you do to me,
although my tail its last has waved,
from pain and suffering I have been saved.
Do not grieve, it should be you,
who must decide this thing to do.
We've been so close, we two these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.