Friday, October 3, 2008

Death of an animal...

Death is part of the process of life - even for animals. It's not easy to have to let-go a beloved friend. My 12 yr. old son had to make the choice about having his cat remain in severe pain or release her to heaven. It was a difficult and heartwrenching decision for him -- as he loved this kitten as a best friend. But, with my reassurance, he made the choice so that she would not have to suffer anymore.

Times like these cause us to reflect on life and the after-life. How grateful we are for the knowledge that there is much more after this earthly existence. If we didn't have that understanding -- then, death would be nearly unbearable -- even for a child with a beloved pet.

3 comments:

  1. that is so sad when we have to make those decisions. but i firmly believe that we will be with those animals again after we die!!!

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  2. Heidi, I'm sorry about the loss of your cat. Sometimes it is the humane thing to do.

    I have a story to share that's hopefully not too much off the subject. This morning my daughter noticed a dog sitting by our tikki shack (a.k.a,storage shack). I called the neighbors to see if one of their dogs had wandered off into our yard. They thought so and came over. But it turned out that it wasn't their dog after all, but an animal who'd apparently been hit by a car and was resting. His leg was injured. The neighbors gave the dog water and a couple of bites to eat while I called the Humane Society. The guy from the Humane Society arrived quickly and said they'd treat the dog and take care of him--that they wouldn't "put him to sleep". I was relieved, but still hope the dog finds a good home.

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  3. Thanks to both of you.

    We're grateful for an eternal perspective as well as the ability to love all creatures great and small.

    Some decisions are difficult -- yet, when made with prayer, bring a sense of peace amidst the loss.

    Thank you!

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