Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thank you!

Many thanks to all who commented on my post about Tigger yesterday and for your kind thoughts and condolences. It meant so much to us to know there are people out there who have gone through the same thing with beloved pets and reached out in sympathy to us.

While we were waiting in the vet's surgery for the sedative to take effect on Tigger, the young receptionist whom we know well and also remembers Tigger from a previous time four years ago when he spent three weeks in "hospital" with them, came and put her arms around me a gave me a hug. 

Later as we walked out, she handed me an envelope and said I could open in in the car.  I did. It contained a poem which, while I read it, made me well up again. I thought I'd post this poem here for anyone who may be - or has been - in the same position as a pet -owner,  as we were this weekend. This may just help you to make that final decision and also console you in your sadness.

If it should be

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should wake me from my sleep
Then you must do what must be done
For this last battle cannot be won

You will be sad, I understand
Don't allow your grief to stay your hand
For this day, more than all the rest
Your love and friendship will stand the test

We've had so many happy years
What is to come will hold no fears
You'd not want me to suffer, so
When the time comes, please let me go

I know in time you too will see
It's a kindness you do to me
Although my tail its last has waved
From pain and suffering I have been saved

Do not grieve that it should be you
Who has to decide this thing to do
We've been close through all these years
Don't let your heart hold any tears

(Author unknown)

One last photo of Tigger taken in September

May  you all have a wonderful day.


  1. Oh, Jo! I didn't see yesterday's post. I am so sorry about sweet Tigger. I know you are grieving and will miss him very much. What a beautiful guy he was, and you gave him the best name! Hugs to you....

  2. That poem says it all. We do it because we care.

    Enjoy your vacation time.

  3. What a lovely poem, Jo, and thank you for sharing it with us! I've had to put down two dearly loved pets and I do understand! Sam is eleven and I know that I'll have to deal with the situation again one of these days and it breaks my heart to even think about it. But I'll keep this lovely poem close by for when that day comes and to share with my son and daughter-in-law who will be dealing with the same problem before too many years.
    Thank you again!


  4. What a beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing.

  5. AH----that poem was so sweet. Made me cry... Sweet Tigger... He will be missed. OH--how hard it is to lose a loved pet.... God Bless.

  6. It's a beautiful poem dear Jo. When I went back to read the comments and your post of today, I cried all over again. It has been years now but the memories of my furry friend are there, close to the surface. Take care dear Jo.

  7. Lovely poem and photo of Tigger, Jo!

  8. Bless his heart and Yours!!!!

  9. Thanks for sharing the poem. I'm so sorry about Tigger. It's hard to lose a pet who has been a companion for many years.


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