R.I.P - Shiba Smit
Yesterday, Sunday 10 April 2011, we (my parents and I) had to take our 13 year old boxer Shiba to the vet. She had been having attacks since the Saturday afternoon and we didn't want something else to happen to her or have her suffer.
When we arrived at the vet she examined Shiba and said that it looked like she had a swelling in the brain, or that her organs are starting to fail and therefore she was having the attacks. This was a big shock to us as we hoped that she would be able to inject Shiba or give her some medication and she would be right as rain again. There were a few options but because Shiba was already 13 years old the vet said it would be best to have her put down because we didn't want her to suffer.
It was a horrible moment for our family. Shiba had been with us since she was 6 months old. Having been abused by neighbours of her previous owners, these owners asked if we would have her because they didn't want her to be abused any longer. Sure, she was a very naughty pup, she even once ate a very big that only a small piece of the bark was left, but she was a sweet girl, always love able with these huge brown eyes. I also remember that when she use to wag her tale her whole body would wiggle along, like she was dancing. I really miss her and our two dogs that are left also miss her a great deal.
My question is, did we do the right thing? How do you really know? I think we did the right thing, but how should I know for sure. Have any of you experienced the same thing? Please let me know and maybe we could help each other.
I just wanted to post his because I wanted to say that pets are such a great part of my life, and I know they are to many other people as well. Even when bad things like this happen, I do not regret having pets, because they bring such love into the home and I cant imagine my life without them.
Tell me about your pets, how do you feel about all of this?