An obit to my soon to be dead dog

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IMG_1394I have always believed in death with dignity. I wrote a play about it. I have seen too many people suffer unnecessarily because of the law and the selfishness of those who prolong their compromised quality of life. And now, I’m having to stand behind my convictions. And it sucks. My beloved dog, my first pet and the greatest animal I have ever known has osteosarcoma and is at the point where he can no longer walk. He is an 11 1/2 year old greyhound and I have had the honor of being his mom for the last seven years. And my heart is eviscerated because I know he is starting to suffer and I know that it is up to me, with the help of a qualified vet, to end his suffering. And the qualified vet is on standby, ready to come in the next hour, the next day, the next week to relieve him of his pain. And I know I have to do it. And I know it is absolutely unequivocally the right thing to do. But that does not make it hurt any less. Because, right now, as my brave boy lays in my lap, and looks at me with his gorgeous chocolate eyes, every memory I’ve ever had with him comes rushing back. Every piece of food he has stolen…every smelly fart he’s cleared a room with…every person he has affected: the stolen food, the smelly farts, the lives affected….all too many to count. We adopted Moses Groucho Hamlet Zelda Von Freedman-Troy on June 22, 2008. A sleek black champion racer, he stole our hearts immediately. And the last seven years with him….the first 4 1/2 with my partner, the last 2 1/2 without have been extraordinary. Moses has been my rock through the good, the bad, the truly terrible and the magically exceptional. Throughout it all, he has been an elegant gentleman (yes, despite the farts and the food thievery, he is still a true gentleman). And after spending the first half of his life winning every race he ran and the second part of his life being loved beyond compare, this gentleman is ready to go. With his dignity intact.

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  • Bonnie MacBird

    I feel you, Colette. I had to do the same for dear little Watson, who was by my side every minute for fifteen years. He told me when it was time. You are so right that at a certain point, we must not let them suffer. But it still hurt. Sending you a hug. xoxox Bonnie

  • Rachel Hopple

    Yes…it is the most painful part of being a pet owner….but we can give the biggest gift to our beloved pet when the time is right…hard as it is. And he/she will always always always be in your heart. Always.

  • Nan Stegall

    I’m so sorry for your impending loss. I have been through osteosarcoma 4 times and it never gets any easier. I will keep you in my prayers and know that my heart is with you.

  • Ellen From Az

    I feel you pain, sigh. This past June, my 2nd Grey, same bone cancer as my first….she was a week shy of her 11th birthday. Thank goodness for those home vets. We had an awesome 8 or so years. About 5 weeks ago had to go thru the pain all over again with my rescued Airedale, unfortunately @ an Emergency clinic at 1 a.m, she was about 13. It’s never easy.

  • Dale LaCognata

    Oh, Collette, I have stood in your shoes and now I am sharing your grief. I miss my babies soooo much. It never gets any easier…..

  • JJ

    Damnit, I’m in tears. I put down my Jack Russell Tucker at 16 after a year of watching him decline. The memory is still difficult. I’m certain having the vet come to your home and being there with sweet Moses is the best choice. Love to you.

  • Carol Hulett

    WE are coming up on a year to letting my first greyhound go after a valiant struggle with OS. It was right of course but the hardest thing I have ever done. He was actually my first dog and we chose each other. He was a unique greyhound and I won’t bore you with the details. But i totally understand that doing the right thing truly sucks! Take some comfort in knowing he will be met by a Greyt Pack and will soon be running far and wide on 4 sound legs. So sorry for you pain.

  • Melanie D

    You are of course doing what is right and best for him BECAUSE you Loved him. And I truly believe that he knows you will be there for him. Of all the things they do for us without question, the ONLY thing they ever ask of us…is to be there for THEM when they need us the most. And so you will be. He knows he was loved. Take care and we are all there for you and I am sorry for your loss of Moses ! The Donovan Girls (Rags, Justine & Debby)

  • Claudia Horwitz

    so beautiful love and so poignant. thinking of you and hugging you hard.

  • Alisa Curry

    I know.
    Fuck.
    ❤️

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