Tuesday, November 29, 2005

At last, peace.

Today was a bittersweet day. Today, we said goodbye to Dexter. While I took TMO on an outing, D took Dexter to the vet to put him to sleep. I have a strange sense of peace now, because I think that these last few days were very painful for him. His poor old body was starting to shut down, and to keep him around would have meant a death by starvation or by blood poisoning.

Although it was hard for me -- I've only been around 'the boys' for six and a half years -- it was very hard for D. He raised Spencer and Dexter since their mother gave birth to them and then abandoned them shortly thereafter, fifteen years ago this month.

D took Dexter in to the vet by himself. He said that it looked like Dexter knew what was happening, and welcomed it. The clinic that we go to is incredible: one of the technicians made a casting in clay of Dexter's pawprint, and inscribed his name on the plaque.

While it's been very cathartic to write about this, I really appreciated the kind words that Laura, Sarina, and Tinkerbeth wrote. Thank you...you don't know what it meant to me (us).


Blogger TheSmartOne said...

I'm really sorry. But he is in a better place now, or so they say anyway.

Nov. 29, 2005, 1:58:00 a.m.  
Blogger Laura said...

My condolences, too, Kim. I'm sure it was hard to say goodbye, but harder to watch them suffer, I'm sure. ::hug::

Nov. 29, 2005, 3:22:00 p.m.  
Blogger tinkerbeth said...

I agree w/thesmartone, I believe he is in a better place and is grateful to you for how you cared for him.

Nov. 29, 2005, 7:12:00 p.m.  

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