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A thought for those who have lost, or will have to euthanase a dog

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The first German Shorthair Pointer I ever owned was called Dylan.

He, tragically, got cancer at around 7 and had to be euthanased not long after.

A few days later this is what I received in the mail from my vet, and thought I would share it as it helped me.

"If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then you must do what must be done,
For this, the last battle canít be won.

You will be sad, I understand
Donít let your grief then stay your hand,
For this day more than the rest,
Your love and friendship stand the test.

Weíve had so many happy years,
What is to come can hold no fear,
Youíd not want me to suffer, so
When the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my needs theyíll tend
Only stay with me to the end,
And hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will see,
It is kindness you do to me.
Although my tail itís last was waved,
From pain and suffering Iíve been saved.

Donít grieve it should be you,
Who decides this thing to do,
Weíve been close, we two, these years
Donít let your heart hold any tears.

Smile for we walked together for a long while."


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Such a beautiful poem about Dylan. I lost my little dog a year ago this month and reading this poem bought tears to my eye but also at the same time a smile to remind us that as HARD as it is we have to move on. I think I need to follow my own advice though. Our best friends will always be in our heart - a place that only we know about - we can all share a common experience but also at the same time for each one of us it is an experience that no-one else can really understand. May you one day be blessed with another beautiful friend and I'm so sorry to hear about your loss of the lovely Dylan....

Now a lot of time has passed since then, and my next German Shorthair pointer has problems as per my latest article on Ready for Pets.
At least he is 13 years old -Dylan was only 7.
by Finy
No, Therese I have not read it but do not think I could -too sad.
I am currently going through the same hideous thing with one of my current dogs -i think he has cancer and hope i am wrong in my diagnosis -dont quite know what to do.
by Finy
Sorry to hear that. I guess all you can do is let the vet have a look & go from there. These types of things never get easier, no matter how many times you have to deal with it. Thinking positive thoughts for you (-:
Beautiful poem Finy. Made me a little teary thinking about all my past fur babies but beautiful all the same. Have you ever read the " Rainbow Bridge"? It's also a lovely little story of how our loved past pets are waiting for us when it's our time.
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