Our old dog, Timmi, slipped away easily with just a few deep breaths at the end. All of us, including the veterinarians, shed tears. I don't think that anyone, no matter how professional and how many times this is done, can be devoid of such full feelings. He will be cremated and then buried along with all the other animals that we have loved on the property. The pet cemetery is a special place. Another good dog will be put there.
Thanks for your kind comments. There are times when I write that I wonder what the purpose is to keep posting. But this community comes through in comments and emails. I used to think that it didn't matter about the comments. I used to write because it was for me. I still do, but something has changed over the years that I have been doing this blog. Your comments do matter to me. Honestly, I like to hear from you, read what you have to say. I do my best to reciprocate. If you make comments and have a blog that I don't know about, please send me an email or let me know in a comment. It is the back and forth sharing that we have that makes this a community. I treasure that.
Today I have two barrier island tours to do back to back. That's a good thing. I will be on the water, talking to school children. Some may be interested and some may not. But just reaching one child who says to me, "I want to be a scientist too", is a success. Stimulating their interest in the water, in nature, in being a part of the environment is so important. I will do my best today to make them feel apart of something special.
I hope that you know that you are special. You are.