Having a pet and experiencing the love that they give is one of life’s greatest blessings. And, outside of the hilarious trouble they can sometimes cause, the only downside of owning one is that they don’t live as long as humans do. Recently, Twitter user Jessi Dietrich took her 2-year-old cat, Rick, to the vet to get surgery for a very serious a UTI blockage. (Luckily, Rick made it!). But while she was there, she asked the vet what the most difficult part of his job was, and his answer nearly broke her:
“He said when he has to put an animal down, ninety percent of owners don’t actually want to be in the room when he injects them, so the animal’s last moments are usually them frantically looking around for their owners.”
She posted his response as a tweet to her account, and it quickly went viral and made everyone cry.
dude you just shattered my heart into a 1000 little pieces. when my pupper passed he was napping on the floor right beside the couch where I was napping bc he wanted to be close to me.
— kate halligan (@hallikat_007) July 27, 2018
Some people shared photos of their final moments with their pets, and there is not enough Kleenex in this world to deal with them.
All 3 boys, my wife and I sat with our boy Luke in our living room. Toughest day. Hope he’s watching over us. pic.twitter.com/cU1ES477gG
— sean ritter (@spoondiggitty) July 28, 2018
But it also inspired people to stay in the room when their pets are given their lethal injection, no matter how difficult it may be. After all, your pet has stayed with you through your most challenging times, so you owe it to them to do the same.
I have to go and get my baby boy Jasper put down on Monday – am going by myself because mum and brother are working. Now I know this I’m going to ask to sit with him 💔
— Trying To Make A Change (@1000000reasons_) July 28, 2018
And many people said that as unbearable as watching them pass away was, it was worth it in the long-run, as they found comfort in the knowledge that they were able to give their best friends a proper goodbye.
I had to say goodbye to two dogs in 2016 and while it broke my heart, I am grateful I could be there to whisper in their ears and thank them for being such wonderful friends. I can’t imagine not seeing them through to the end.
— jeanneduncan (@jeanneduncan) September 14, 2018
And for some feel-good photos of amazing, loving pets, see here for the 40 Dogs So Ugly They’re Actually Cute.
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