Which brings me to my point. I've been seeing a lot of articles of people dumping their senior dogs at shelters because they don't want to be bothered with aging pet care. Adoption is for life. Have we become such a throw away society that we discard our pets when they become seniors? It's really a shame. These animals give you love and devotion without asking for much in return but food, shelter, and a few pats on the head. Senior dogs are so wise and gentle. I can't image passing up on that stage of a pets life.
I tried to find reason in dumping a senior at a shelter and one thought was maybe they don't want to see the pet die. But why? How is walking away from a confused pet, not understanding why you are abandoning it better than stroking them and telling you how much you love them in their final moments? I just can't wrap my head around that. It's hard to say good-bye, but I don't regret being there for each of my seniors in their final moments, offering them love and comfort and a humane departure from this world.
While this image still brings me to tears as do all the other images I have of her, I'm glad I have so many pictures of her. She was a big part of our family and we will always love her.