It's been a few weeks since we helped our beloved Monster to the Rainbow Bridge. I will admit, at his age, I had prepared myself for that moment for about five years but when the time came not being selfish was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make.
My Monster...would have been 21 (human) years old this month. He was St. Bernard, Black Lab mix and no living creature had his heart.
A few years ago I had to help my Lucky (19 1/2 year old cat) and our Pokie to the Rainbow Bridge...it just never get's easier.
That's my story but not the reason I am writing this. I am writing this because we have to STOP. We have to stop taking our family members to the shelter because they get old. When I think of Monster, Pookie and Lucky I could never imagine dumping them because they got "old." When I think about all the love they give us just to have us turn our backs on them...it saddens me. What kind of a society have we become that this is okay?
It saddens me when I visit the shelters, see my timeline on Facebook and hear all these stories of people who "love" their pets dump them. Hearing them say, "oh, he's such a good boy, someone will adopt him."
Most never leave the shelter. Most are euthanized because they are owner surrenders.
ALL of these dogs will never understand why you did this to them.
I am crying as I write this. I am crying for all those loyal babies that gave you the best they had and you turned your back on them. I am crying because I think how mine would have felt had I ever did this to them. I am crying because...what's forever for?
Before you decide to bring an addition into your family please make sure it's forever. Make sure you will always care for them. Make sure YOU deserve the love they will give you.
If you are ready for that kind of love please consider adopting a Senior animal. No, you won't have 21 years with them. Yes, you will have a few more medical issues. What you will have is unconditional love. You see, they've loved and they've lost. They understand how important second chances are.
I guess I will never understand how or why. I so want to understand but a part of me fears understanding how or why anyone could do this. I look at my fur babies and my heart hurts, not for them but for all I cannot save.
“Be the person your dog thinks you are!” ― J.W. Stephens