A Facebook post by a US based vet has gone viral after she detailed the heartbreaking process of putting down a family's beloved pet.
The vet, Brenda Gough, wrote the emotional and powerful post and shared it online. It has since gathered hundreds of thousands of shares, reactions and comments.
"So, you bring me this puppy - she kisses my face, devours the cookies I offer, and our friendship starts." Brenda starts her post.
"Fast forward many visits later, now I am in love with your dog and your whole family because, well, you are just really really good people and I have not only watched that pup turn into a really sweet family member, but I got to watch the kids grow every year and be a very small part of your journey."
"So many adventures, so little time....."
And here we are, fifteen or so odd years later, having to say goodbye.
"He’s got heart disease and I can’t fix it anymore. She’s got cancer and there is no cure. He has arthritis and the meds just aren’t working. I want her to live forever for you. I want that so badly it hurts. I feel like I have failed him and you when I have run out of options to keep them, and you, comfortable and happy."
"So now it’s time, and I am supposed to be professional. Objective. I am the doctor. Calm. Cool. Collected. Always under control."
Her post then takes a dark turn when she details her thoughts and feelings as she has to put down the beloved pet.
"I have the needle in the pocket of my white coat. The same pocket that was always full of treats for him. I take a deep yoga breath and come into the room. Gotta stay strong now..."
"She’s giving me that sweet look she always does, the one that is followed by puppy kisses and a glance at the cookie jar. But she is too weak now. She is ready. You are not. I am not. But this sh*t has to happen because we love her too much to let her suffer."
"Not much left of his body that still works, but that old tail wags, just enough that I lose my shit on the inside but I try not to cry. Gotta stay strong."
"Confirmed, he has passed. You lay him gently on the table and we hug tightly as you go to leave."
"The door closes behind you and I don’t know if you hear this, but I sob hysterically into your pets ear. She is gone, he will be missed, and you have to face what I know will be one of the hardest parts of today."
Entering that house and they are not there to greet you.
"Please know that I know how you feel. As you leave the clinic I just wish with every fibre of my being that you never had to face that. I wish they could live forever."
"And please know, I am so grateful that I was a small part of your journey."
"Love always, Your vet."