Some people say a dog is the only love you can buy. Except, we don’t pay them for love, we pay the breeder, the shelter’s fees – we pay other people. However, there’s a higher price to pay: our emotions. We’ve made dogs become our companions, adjust to our lifestyles, we’ve domesticated them like no other animal. And it has built a bond so strong it can only be compared to a bond between people we love.
Yet a dog’s lifespan is shorter than ours. And the inevitable decision so many dog owners are faced with has to be made when we are prepared least. I’ve done my courses, I’ve read the books, I’ve participated in seminars. I know what to do. When my dog’s suffering can’t be prevented, his pain can’t be eased I should say goodbye and let him go. Let him have the dignity he deserves, show the biggest love a human can feel by ending the pain he doesn’t understand. My human bias (he might still get slightly better), my selfishness (I’m not ready), my excuses (he trains other dogs) are just my desperate way to express the desire to make him stay. Because the only thing in my brain is a pledge: ‘don’t leave me, please, don’t leave me’
My love, my joy, my life: I promise I’ll let you go when the time comes. When I took you home I promised you’d never feel pain again, you’d never be scared, you’d never suffer. I’ll keep my promise.