The Passing of Pets

The bond and relationship established between an animal and its owner truly is like no other. If you are fortunate enough to have a familiarity of what this bond consists of, consider yourself lucky. Animals and pets are, in my opinion, one of the greatest blessings that an individual can have in their life, and the connection an owner develops with their pet is unique and incredibly special.

We have several pets on the family farm, however we have had our two dogs, Sam and Jake, for almost nine years. They are pure-bred Australian Blue Heelers, and together they quickly became my two best friends.

Yesterday morning Sam was hit by a truck and broke his hip. We were told by the veterinarian that we could have his hip fixed, however she was unsure how much longer Sam would be around and was furthermore unsure if the surgery would do more harm than good considering his age. As a family we decided to euthanize him, and it was quite honestly one of the most difficult things I have experienced in the entirety of my life.

Sam died peacefully with Jake, myself, my sister and my mom at his side, but having to let go of something that has been such an integral component of my life for the past nine years was significantly emotional. I don’t think I have ever cried as much as I did yesterday, and experiencing a sense of loneliness and absence on the farm with Sam’s passing has allowed me to comprehend just how crucial his presence in my life was. We are unsure of how Jake will take to Sam’s passing, but we plan to give him plenty of attention to distract him from his brother’s absence in the meantime.

Sam was and remains one of the best friends I have had in my life, and I look forward to meeting him again someday.

Until then, Sammy boy. I love you.

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