Damned smug Canadians.
Until 2000 I never had to put an animal down.Â It started with Rayette DiPesto at my place at Parkwoods.Â She had kidney disease.Â My vet was closed that day so I took her to a vet out in San Ramon who wanted to hospitalize my 15 year old cat.Â I asked “What will this accomplish”.Â He said “She’ll get three days, three weeks maybe three months”.Â I said “I see what’s in it for me and I see what’s in it for you, but I don’t see what’s in it for the cat”.Â He couldn’t answer the question so I loaded her up with SubQ fluids and took her home for one more night, because I’d never put one of my pets to sleep and I needed one more night to sort it out.Â When I took her back to my vet he agreed she was done and I let her go.Â I immediately had her littermate Broderick Catford tested for kidney disease.Â He had it too.Â I lengthened his life by three months because I caught it and he got SubQ fluids for the last three months of his life.Â Three months later I lost him.Â That cat had no fear.Â I had to teach Beauregard the command “Get the cat’s head out of your mouth”.Â He loved that cat and was despondent when he died.
I was watching football on the tv above the fireplace and they all laid right there.Â I sold the condo in Parkwoods and bought the house in the hood in Concord.Â Cody the greyhound came to stay with us.Â He was old and only lived six months.Â I had to put him down.Â Then came Toby the Gypsy Doberman.Â She stayed with us for 19 months before the cancer got her.Â Then in March of 2005 I came home and found Xica gone.Â She’s the only one I didn’t have to put to sleep.Â She would have been the hardest if not for Beauregard’s cancer.Â I always thought that dog took herself out of the game because she knew it would break me to do it.Â And then of course Beauregard.Â I sold the house in the hood, stayed out of the market for a year (should have stayed out for six more months but hind site is 20/20)Â and bought The Farm.Â Beau made it to the Farm.Â He loved this place.Â That dog thought I had bought him a dog park the yard is so big here.
There’s been a lot of critters through here in the last ten years.Â I’m proud that every one of them got to live out their lives as naturally as possible.Â I hope I can continue the streak.
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