Today was that day for us, we said goodbye to Molly she is now running around in heaven chasing squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits to her hearts content and is pain free.
This has been one of the longest 24 hours in our lives. I took Molly to the vet on Friday morning and our vet told us that medically it was time for Molly to go. She had all the symptoms of Cushing's Disease, but it was caused by the steroids, not one of the glands. Her skin was red raw in a number of places and it was only getting worse. The two steroid pills we had her on a day were not doing their job. Her liver was very enlarged and her back legs were shaking all due to the steroids.
No medication could reverse these issues so it was in Molly's best interest to have her put to sleep. We could have stretched this out for a couple more months but that in our mind was being selfish and putting our feelings ahead of Molly's well being.
Our emotions are very raw at the moment. We both were with her when she fell asleep and a tear did trickle down Molly's cheek, but she knew right to the very end she was loved and will be deeply missed. Even the vet was crying.
I will be taking a few days to mull things over and grieve. I thought this says it all:
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
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