One day, a puppy is born and he finds his forever home with you. He spends his lifetime playing fetch, running through the grass, napping in sunbeams, and cuddling on the couch. You build an incredibly strong bond with him as you throw sticks, shake paws, and tickle his belly. And then, all too soon, the years catch up with him and the inevitable time of death arrives. And as if that wasn’t tough enough, you may even have to make the heart-wrenching decision to help him along the way.
Euthanasia, when used in the context of animals, is a word that can elicit a cringe among animal-lovers; thoughts of overcrowding at animal shelters, and the subsequent measures of population control, can come to the forefront. But euthanasia is of Greek origin, meaning a “good and happy death”. Why should a dog with no voice of his own endure a prolonged and painful death, when he could slip into a comfortable sleep with his loved ones at his side?
Here at Keshet, when the time comes to let one of our dogs go, we entrust our veterinarian to come to us and humanely put them to rest. On rare occasions, when this difficult decision must be made off-site, we make sure to be with them in their time of death, as they have always been there for us.