Last night, I put to sleep our neighbor's older dog. She had been part of their family for 14 years. In fact, they said that their youngest child was born a few months after they got her. It was very hard for me - knowing how much this animal has meant to their family for so many years.
People often ask me how I am able to do it. They often say that they would never be able to put an animal to sleep because it would be so sad. Most of the time, I am OK. It is really something that I am quite used to. And, in many cases, it is the very best thing I can do for that animal - to alleviate it's suffering. And, that is a good thing.
It is most difficult when I am either good friends with a client, have treated their pet for many years, or knowing their pet is a link to a special past. In Ginger's case - I'm sure that my neighbors could see their children as babies, growing up with her. And, I think about my own pets and their link to my past.
We all cried last night. It was the best thing for Ginger.