I want to thank each of you for taking the time to leave such warm comments over the loss of our Chase. It's been a very difficult, very long day for all of us.
Chase has suffered through so many medical problems over the years, and has been treated for one after the next with 4 different vets. I feel like she probably wanted to go a long time ago, but when she got hit by a car and tried to, I shook her and told her to stay with me. So she did, and after 8 more years of hanging on through declining health, I thought it was time to let her rest. It was an incredibly hard decision, and although I knew it was the right thing do, that didn't make it any easier.
The part I keep replaying in my mind was when Chase was given the sedative, and then she came over to me and put her head in my lap. We all spoke softly to her, telling her we loved her, and I just petted her head over and over. Her breathing got slower, her legs buckled, and her head slid slowly from my hands. We helped her to lay down so that she wouldn't fall, and then she went to sleep.
When the vet came in, he told us he was sorry, and he even had tears in his eyes. I'm so thankful that Chase had such a compassionate doctor to help her, and that he was so reassuring to us during such a painful time.
And again, I thank you all for such sweet, caring support. You all have been a blessing to me.