Monday, December 22, 2008

Do Pets Go To Heaven?

A very dear friend of mine sent me a note today,
that made me hold my little Yorkie in my arms and cry...

As many of you are well aware Molly has been struggling with cancer for the last 3 years. This past Friday she took a turn for the worst and now has no use of her hind legs. We took her to our regular vet who referred us to a veterinarian specializing in Neurology. The Neurologist determined a cyst on the spinal column is the reason Molly has no use/feeling of her hind quarters. Given Molly’s age the Vet recommended a noninvasive treatment of oral Prednisone hoping this may reduce inflammation and give her even some temporary use of her hind legs. Unfortunately this hasn’t helped at all.

Kelly and I have made a very difficult decision this morning. Kelly will be bringing Molly home from the hospital tomorrow so she may have one last Christmas with us. We will make Molly as comfortable as possible the next few days (AKA even more spoiling, if possible). On Friday we will say good-bye to our dear friend.

Honestly, the only reason I share this with you is because so many of you have been wonderful with asking about Molly this past year. We knew the inevitable would come. It just doesn’t seem we are ever truly ready to say good-bye to such
a loyal companion as a best friend.
I truly wish each and every one of you a Happy Holiday!

WOW - what a tough decision.
I started doing some research on pets and death,
and found this great book I wanted to share with you.

It covers things like

How to conduct a funeral for your pets-

How To Live With Your Pet FOREVER-

How to comfort children and console friends

over the loss of their pets-

How to make the hard decision and avoid guilt

when having to put an animal to "sleep".


Anonymous said...

There is a new book published in October that has wonderful information on the subject as well. Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live Happy, Healthy, Longer Life by Dr. Nancy Kay -

It's an invaluable book in helping us make good medical decisions for our pets covering everything from finding a vet, knowing what to do about vaccines and help in looking at whether pet insurance is a good idea to dealing with a diagnosis of cancer and preparing for and dealing with the (inevitable) loss of our pets.

Dr. Kay also has an article on pet loss that was just published in the San Francisco Chronicle -

Speaking for Spot is a book we all need and it's available through

Benidorm said...

I didn't want to leave him that long but my mother Laura reassured me they were "PROFESSIONALS"