Yesterday my husband and I had to make the heart-breaking decision to euthanize our very special dog, Saatchi. The vet diagnosed a brain tumor and within six days he had deteriorated physically to such an extent that it was time to say goodbye. What an incredibly painful thing to do! Saatchi had been an important and large part of our lives for almost ten years and he and I were particularly connected and bonded. He was a beautiful looking adopted dog who looked like a mixture of a Border Collie and a Pom. Saatchi had the gentlest, warmest, most loving nature. When he wagged his tail it was like he was wagging it right from his heart! He had such a young, bubbly spirit that everyone thought he was a puppy.
The tears are still flowing freely as I write this and I know it will take time for us to get used to the fact that he will not be bounding up to us and licking our face; he will not be waiting for us at the back door barking out a loud ‘hello’ because he heard the garage doors open as we arrived back home; he will not jump up and down in joy because we told him that it was time for his walk. Everything I do and everywhere I go in the house I miss his happy presence. The house seems so strange without him. Our little wiener dog is so sad, missing her companion too. We are giving her tons of love to help her deal with her mourning.
We comfort ourselves by remembering how blessed we were to have this wonderful doggie spirit with us for many years -and for this we are grateful. I know that there will come a time when I will be able to stop crying and instead smile when I think of him. But not today.
Having a pet is a wonderful thing, not only for the unconditional love they give you but also, although we may not be aware of it, our pets can reduce our stress, improve our immune system functioning and improve learning, amongst many other amazing health benefits.
So to my very special Saatchi, I say ‘Thank you, dear special boy, for all you gave us!’