I’m sure many of you have seen the recent story about a beloved dog’s last day. And if you haven’t, you should.
The story is of Duke Roberts, a rescue dog who beat cancer (losing a leg in the process) only to have it return in full force. In this photo journal of him, the writer follows his last day as the family prepares to put him down.
Being a “mom” to two dogs myself, this story brought me to tears and got me thinking about what I would do if I had to make that decision for my dog. I like to think I would do something similar — give my dog the best day they ever had and then let them go peacefully, surrounded by family and friends.
Dukey’s story reminded me of a video I saw a while back of another beloved dog that needed to be put down.
As these stories show, our pets become a part of our family — in some cases, they are a part of our life for years and years. It’s never easy to make the decision to let a pet go, but there are so many things we can do to help them as they near the end of their life, like opting for euthanasia within the home (or in a park, in Dukey’s case).
Many families also don’t know what to do with a pet once it’s been put down. Some bury them in their yard, some cremate them, others even involve a taxidermist (not my style, but to each their own).
Another option some don’t know of or consider is the burial of a pet in a cemetery, much like what we do with many of our human loved ones. One of our stories this month highlights a pet cemetery at Toledo Memorial Park that will be opening later this year.
But whatever we end up doing with our pets after they’ve passed, what’s important is that we love them while they’re here, as unconditionally as they love us.