This was the hardest blog I felt I needed to write. The loss of a beloved 18 year old Westie, named Frosty.
Frosty was mostly blind and his hearing was not good either. He had some difficulty walking and was on pain medication. He also had doggie dementia and this was progressively getting worse.
Teresa and I debated for several months on how to treat his medical problems and were we doing the right thing. Or was it time to say goodbye and end his suffering. This was so hard and we had some heated discussions.
His dementia condition worsened and it was hard to watch as he would pace as well as walk in circles. The poor guy would stare at the walls or off into space. You look into his eyes and you could see he wasn't there. Our hearts broke ! The dementia had made the decision for us. It was time to say goodbye. 😭
We took Frosty to one of our favorite places to hike, Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge in Denver Pennsylvania. We would often walk the different trails with Frosty and our other dog Brandon. It was a routine he knew. Unfortunately, on this day, Frosty was in total dementia control. He just walked in circles.
We then went to the veterinarian to have him put to sleep and end his suffering. It was so hard to say goodbye. The pain was unbearable and tears flowed from Teresa and I as we spent time saying our goodbyes. He was injected once with a medicine to make him relax and then a second time with a medication that stopped his heart. It was over within a minute or two. His lifeless body laid there on the exam table. He had his favorite blanket and toys with him.
The staff at Myerstown Animal Health Clinic were great and also felt the pain of losing a longtime client and patient. Frosty was cremated per Teresa's request. And we thanked the vet for all their help and compassion. There is no pain like losing a family member.
RIP Frosty, you are loved to this day.
How do you know you're doing the right thing when you must put a pet down ? Please comment below.
Thank you for reading this blog. I hope I never have to do this again.