Eight months to the day that they had to send their 15 ½ year old cat Red over The Rainbow Bridge the peeps were once again faced with that decision. I heard Mom talking on the phone.
MOM PEEP: “I love him too much to let him suffer.” Her voice cracked. “It’s because I love him that I have to let him go.”
Dad and Mom had talked nonstop about Rex and his quality of life. The vet thought he had some type of cancer, and Mom and Dad didn’t want to put him through any more trauma, like when he struggled to recover from his surgery for a torn ACL. Everyone knows that for big dogs like Golden Labs to make it to 11 or 12 is a pretty good life. Some beat the odds and make it to 15 or even 16. Of course, we all hope we can be here forever, but the fact is, we aren’t.
Mom and Dad had loved many pets in their lives. And this part is never easy. To me, the young rascal that I am, death and dying seemed a very long ways away. At first I romped and played that morning as usual, yet the somber mood wasn’t lost on me. I grabbed my stuffed squirrel and retreated to a corner of the sofa.
Just after lunchtime Mom put a collar and leash on Rex and said goodbye to me.
MOM PEEP: “I’ll be back soon, Charlie Bear. Be a good boy.”
And off she went. She didn’t tell me it was the last time I’d see Rex, but that was okay. I knew about the place called The Rainbow Bridge. All dogs know about it, even cats do too. And I knew I’d see Rex there someday.
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