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Hard decisions for a loved one

August 11, 2018

Nine years ago we took Buffy to the veterinary clinic to have Buffy put down. Buffy was given one injection, and in a little while, laid his head in my hand and went to sleep peacefully.

Now, on July 20 we took Heidi, a miniature schnauzer, to the same veterinary clinic. We feared the pancreatitis had reoccurred within 14 months. We were told it is probable, but to be sure, we could take blood tests and x-rays, which is expensive. Plus there would be the treatment cost and possible hospitalization. We made our decision to have Heidi put to sleep because it probably would only prolong her life about one year before the pancreatitis would reoccur again. I don’t think Heidi or we could go through this again.

We were told Heidi would be given two injections. The first to put Heidi to sleep in 5 to 10 minutes. After the first injection, in a couple minutes Heidi laid down. Then Heidi began to flop and jerk all over the table. She banged her head several times on the table top, her tongue hanging out wagging around. But what haunts us is hearing Heidi crying. It was not a very peaceful death. We buried Heidi alongside Buffy in the backyard. This is not the end of our story.

Scripture declares, “The sting of death is sin.” 1 Corinthians 15:56. But there is hope and promise for the believer. “Creation will be delivered from bondage of corruption. For we know that the whole creation (including animals) groans, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.” Romans 8:19.

Charles Alexander

Myrtle Creek

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