I Love You Enough To Know It's Time To Say Goodnight

I Love You Enough To Know It's Time To Say Goodnight

I'll see you on the rainbow bridge, "good boy."
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Losing a pet is arguably the hardest thing we will ever lose in our lives. Losing people is hard, yes, but losing a pet is a different kind of pain. Why? Humans live their lives and meet so many different people; they make connections to so many others and develop relationships all over. Humans are missed by so many. Pets? We are their whole lives. Whatever their lifespan may be, the goldfish we had for a few weeks, the dog we had for 15 years, the cat we had for 20, that parrot that spent 45 years alongside us, we were everything to them.

We come home each day, and they're the happiest to see us. A pet's love is unconditional, and you won't ever find that kind of loyalty in a human being. They are our family, more than family; they are our best friends, our confidants, our children, our little furry pain in the butts that we adore more than we adore anything else.

Then they grow old. Your rambuntious puppy slows down into a sad Eeyore and he looks at you with sad eyes. Those eyes are still begging for love, but their now pure white face makes them look like a ghost. This is the hardest part, you think. Watching them lose their energy, go deaf, blind, limp around the house because they don't have the same spring in their step any longer. Yes, you think seeing them like this is the hardest part.

Then the day comes where they can't eat. They can barely stand up to follow you outside. They whimper sad cries in the middle of the night. Their sad look turns into a plea for relief. You're left with a decision. This creature that just spent the entirety of their life is now looking at you to help them. What can you do?

You take them to the vet and the vet confirms the pain that you try to deny every day. In your eyes, they're still your happy puppy, your playful kitten, your baby bird. In a professional's eyes, they're suffering.

It takes a big chunk out of your heart to know that doing the right thing, isn't always the easiest thing. It takes a toll on your heart losing a pet that became more of your family than some of the humans you're related to. Yes, it does something to you, but what it does is give your pet the solution they deserve.

Making the choice to euthanize when the option is offered is something that most pet owners don't understand until they're given it first hand. If a pet is in so much pain that they can no longer lead their happy lives, you need to accept this. You need to keep your selfish emotions away from the decision and do what's best for them.

The most you can do for that pet on its last days is give them everything you've been saying "no" to its whole life. Give your dog that burger. Let your cat outside on the porch. Let your bird fly around the house. Do those things.

Then say goodnight.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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6 Lessons I've Learned From Seattle's Snowmageddon

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From epic school closures to hundreds of flight cancellations — Snowmageddon took no prisoners in Washington. Like an ultimate game of freeze tag, it blustered through Seattle and the surrounding Puget sound areas — putting everyone's lives on pause. Things that normally wouldn't have happened — happened: Snow reached record heights, delivery trucks jack-knifed, grocery stores emptied, and power outages left thousands in the dark. In North Bend — where the snow reached 16 to 24 inches, the Washington National Guard was called to help save a man trapped in his home located down a snowed-in drive way. It's been an unusually rough couple of weeks so far for Washingtonians. But through the storm I've learned some very valuable lessons:

1. Always be prepared --- stock up on groceries early.

Grocery Store

I will never wait the day before a storm hits to buy groceries again. During Snowmageddon, parking spaces were almost non-existent and the lines of nearly every grocery store spilled down the aisles. Soccer moms fought over the few remaining carts. As children (and possibly cashiers) pondered if the world was coming to an end.

2. Sleep is your best friend --- and worst enemy.

Bed with natural light

Being snowed in for these past two weeks has allowed me to enjoy some of the best sleep of my college career. In addition to a daily 8-hour rest — I've also been able to get in a few power naps. But I've learned if you sleep too much you can miss out on the winter wonderland that awaits outdoors. Or procrastinate on your assignments. So it's best to keep one's schedule in tact and set an alarm.

3. Many Western Washingtonians can't drive --- especially in snow.

Snow covered road

Videos of sliding cars on icy hills and slick streets in Seattle can be found on YouTube. While those maybe entertaining — what's not funny is the hundreds of car accidents that occurred during Snowmagedden. The main comment from authorities and drivers alike is that too many people were driving too fast for the conditions. Like seriously, people. Slow down.

4. Candles over everything.

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As a child, I remember my mom would light vanilla scented candles whenever our went power out. No matter how scary the storm or how cold we felt in the darkness — I'll never forget how the warm glow of the flame and delicious scent always made me feel safe. Whether you prefer wax, soy or flameless have a candle nearby for instant light and security.

5. Have games and activities on deck.

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If you have a candle or lantern handy — you'll find games like Scrabble, Charades, Glow in the dark Air hockey and Cards against Humanity can be fun to play in the dark.

6. Disasters really do bring people together.

Hands with words of uniting on them

I work part-time at Safeway and am fortunate to have a manager who cares about employees. When the heavy snow hit and everyone began making calls, my manager drove people to work. Even my co-workers who weren't fond of him were appreciative. Throughout the week, I heard stories of people checking in on seniors, neighbors sharing food, strangers helping others dig out stuck vehicles and temporary homeless shelters opening up around the area. Proof positive that Snowmageddon may have chilled our bodies — but it hasn't frozen our hearts.

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