Several years ago our little dog “Pepper” came into our lives as a rescue. She was not friendly to strangers nor especially other dogs, regardless of size. Pepper was so protective, loving, and the best alarm of unfamiliar sounds of any dog I’ve ever known. Her capacity for love was universally limitless – the wide smile, wagging tail, and bright eyes always brightened our outlook on anything.
Some time ago she had some incident where her hips and back were injured. At time she could hardly use her back legs nor climb steps, but being such a trooper, always did all she could. A vet in Socorro offered no treatment except for ‘mickeys’ we could administer occasionally. More recently her in Alamogordo it became evident that she was in pain all of the time. Her behavior changed being aggressive at times, even toward us. Our Belgian Granddaughter said that it must be her way of telling us that it was ‘her time’.
This morning, Christmas Eve, we took her to a local vet on the recommendation of a dear friend of about 40 years. This kind hearted old man examined Pepper thoroughly and said that there was nothing at all that anyone could do and that euthanasia was the most appropriate action, that it was the KINDEST thing we could offer. So, he completed that and we brought her home.
I had contacted a pet crematorium early today just in case we needed that support. I called the operator as soon as we got home – she arrived within a half-hour to take Pepper to her facility in Tularosa. She was the kindest most supportive person that could ever be our contact for this we would hope for. Debbie will return the cremains in a few days. She operates a large animal rescue/treatment facility for abused and injured animals. I did feel great relief that the honor of our dear Pepper would be preserved.
But, while we feel great relief that Pepper is no longer suffering, we are. Neither of us can see ever having another pet right now. I wish all of our friends a very Merry Christmas. Unfortunately, ours is not. Some might say that she was “just a dog”. Nope, Pepper was not “just a dog” – she was as much a part of us as we are to each other. We’re so much better for the few years we had with her.