April 30, 2019 was a very sad day. I took my beloved 11 year old baby Goldendoodle Maggie to the vet to let her go peacefully to doggie heaven.  A diagnosis of aggressive, inoperable cancer, Hemangiosarcoma, took my baby from running around chasing squirrels,  chipmunks and especially bunnies, to barely eating, walking or doing much of anything but sleep.  She has been a constant in my life for the last 11 years when I have gone through multiple changes, both good and bad, and all along she has been my biggest supporter, giver of unconditional love and constant companion. Since I haven’t written in awhile I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some words of wisdom of how to let go of someone who has given me so much joy in her short life.

Make sure you love your pet until the very end- if it’s time you will know it and they will let you know. Be in the room with them when they transition- they need to know it’s okay to leave you.

No regrets- know you made the right decision for your baby as well as for yourself and your family.

Mourn- it is a very sad thing. Give yourself time to cry, scream, mope and do whatever else you need to do to get through this.

Look for signs- your pet will reach out to you in ways you might not believe in until it happens. She will come to you in the clouds, in a song, in a visit from another animal.

Find peace and comfort in knowing you gave your pet the best life you could and that the best gift you could give them in the end is the right to go with dignity.

Listen to your heart- Is it time to get another fur baby? Only you will know if and when  you are ready. Others will offer their opinions but you have to know truly for yourself what is right for you. Remember, no one can ever replace your beloved pet, but there could be room in your heart for another baby to love who will love you right back.