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The Final Decision

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Yesterday afternoon, we had to euthanize our elderly dog, Squeaky, who's been living with kidney failure for about a month. I've been giving her subQ fluids since she returned from the ER, but this Monday, my husband and I realized that we'd been keeping her alive for us, not for her. As a friend mentioned, it was a tough realization. I scheduled a home #euthanasia service. I feel very grateful we could afford the service since it's much less stressful on the animal -- not having to go to a scary clinic for the last few minutes or hour of life -- and being in a safe, familiar space with all family members present. Squeaky was feeling pretty good yesterday, which made it paradoxically difficult, because I wondered if I should've waited, and easier, because she was able to roll in the grass (one of her fave hobbies) one last time. She settled easily between my husband and me on the grass, relaxed. Her brothers, Ted and Chip, were there, too. The #CaringPathway