post #31 of 43
9/28/11 at 9:57am
I've witnessed this too often with my own.
What struck me about the video was how alert she was up to the final moment. Which makes me wonder if I wait too long for mine, or have the talks that I've had with them beforehand calmed them down? I force myself to remain calm, then let them know how much I love them, tell them not to be afraid and that they will be released from their pain soon. I hold their heads in my hands and calmly massage them until the end. And when I cry afterwards, it is in part from the pain of my loss, and relief that they no longer suffer.
And I tell myself everyday that dieing is a part of the natural order of things. I live with 7 senior cats and 2 senior dogs. I have to remind myself of this.