Tango put up a brave fight against degenerative myelopathy for almost 2 years. Last week everything changed. Wednesday morning she woke up with almost complete paralysis from mid back down, partial paralysis in her front legs and unable to lift her head without crying out in pain. We took her to the Chiropractor that morning and she said that her neck was a mess. It gave us some hope that maybe this was only temporary. We soon realized that this wasn’t temporary and it wasn’t going to get any better. Although our hearts were shattered we knew what we needed to do out of love and respect for our girl. We said goodbye to her Saturday morning. Before we left for the Vet I lied on the floor with her. She looked at me with those big brown eyes and licked the tears off my face.
Goodbye my beautiful girl. I’m sure that Tasha and Ming were there to greet you and Grandma’s lap and warm hand are there to stroke and comfort you. You are now free to run like the wind again with your favourite orange ball in your mouth. Until we meet again…….
We got a thoughtful email from a friend with the perfect poem:
“If it should be”
If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
and the pain should keep me from my sleep
Then you must do what must be done
For this, the battle, cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand
Do not let the grief then stay in your hand,
For this day more than all the rest
Your love and friendship stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
What is to come can hold no fears.
You would not want me to suffer so;
When the time comes, please let me go.
Take me where my needs they’ll tend
And stay with me, if you can, to the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time, you will see,
It is a kindness you do for me.
Although my tail its last was waved
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Do not grieve that it should be you,
Who must decide this thing to do,
We have been so close, we two, these years;
Do not let your heart hold any tears.
Smile, for we walked together for a little while. ”
——Unknown Author ——