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A Farewell Gift From A Friend

A Farewell Gift From A Friend

This past weekend we had to put our family pet down. 

Our dog Max was about seventeen years old and his health was declining fast. He had recently lost both his hearing and his eyesight, was losing weight and sleeping twenty hours a day.

As we watched his quality of life deteriorate further we just knew it was his time.

It was strange.

Knowing that the end was near for Max and that he would no longer be struggling didn’t make letting him go any easier.

As I held him in my arms and the Vet somberly injected him with the needle I couldn’t help but feel an emptiness embrace me as I felt his physical life drain from his body.

Afterwards I tried to rationalize in my mind that he was just a dog.

But how do you really rationalize away something that has been a part of your life every day for close to seventeen years?

And that’s when it hit me.

As much as physically he was a dog and our family pet, Max was really one of my best friends. He was always happy to see me, loved to spend time with me, listened to me rattle on about my day and just unconditionally loved my family and I with really no expectation of anything in return.

I think it is hard saying goodbye to anyone or anything close to you – no matter what the circumstances.

I don’t mean to sound too cliché-e but this whole situation caused me to reflect on how quickly time goes by and how we really need to appreciate every moment we have with the people (and in this case animals) we have in our lives as we really don’t know how long they will be with us.

So as I try to console myself with the happy memories I have of Max, I realize that maybe one of the biggest gifts he may have given me was this.

To remember to appreciate everyone everyday as it can all disappear so quickly.

Max was so wise – no wonder I miss him so much.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.