It has been very painful, as I’ve watched my precious loyal friend Rufus struggle as diabetes robbed her of her health, joy, and eyesight. She then developed heart disease along with arthritis. None of this prepared me for this week, when I had to approach the Vet about Rufus suffering with her health problems.

We both agreed it was time …….Rufus is almost 16 years old, and today I carried her all over my property, as we went for our last walk, tonight will be our last. I have tried to prepare myself for this horrible time, but nothing has prepared me for this pain. I can relate to Mark and all the pet owners on this site.

I just pray this pain and guilt will ease over time, because I know little Rufus doesn’t deserve to suffer. Tomorrow I will hold her as she draws her last breath.

Jeff from NC