|Bamburgh Beach - 2007|
Sounds brutal but it's the truth and at the moment I feel so numb it's untrue.
I thought I was prepared for this moment. I'd talked about 'this day' coming and I knew at almost 16 years of age she didn't have long with us but it's hit me badly.
If she'd just died in her sleep of old age I may have been able to handle it better but yesterday morning I was faced with that awful decision in the veterinary surgery - the decision that every pet owner dreads.
I had to put my dog to sleep.
It didn't help that my husband was away down in London and my parents were on holiday - plus I'm pregnant! I felt so alone.
I had to take Mini Cheddar with me as I had no-one to look after her. It didn't help that she was being very 'difficult' so I was trying to talk to the vet between my sobs whilst MC is running around the surgery having removed her wellies!
I know there will be people reading this who are thinking "it's just a dog, get over it". If that's you then please don't comment, I really don't want to hear it.
|Sleeping - 2008|
She was such a loving little dog to those who really knew her. She could be a nasty piece of work when she was younger and she never got on with other dogs, she would regularly see off even the biggest of dogs if they got too close for comfort.
I feel sad that I haven't been able to give her the attention she has needed in these last couple of years of her life. I blogged about Betty at the beginning of the year when I realised how old she was getting. Her quality of life these past 6 months or so had gone downhill fast, she had cataracts and could hardly hear and what finally got her was an infection in her back legs. She was too old to undergo anaesthetic and the pain and lengthy treatment without it was something I couldn't have put her through.
"What would you do?" I asked the vet.
I knew her answer before she even spoke.
|Meeting Mini Cheddar - 2009|
I was awake at 5am this morning crying. I'm wracked with guilt about my decision. I know it was for the best but I can't help it, it's one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make.
MC said to me this morning "I miss Betty" (we've told her she's gone on a long holiday and won't be coming back).
"I miss her too, sweetie" I say "I miss her too".