The one thing owners of pets have to face is that often we will outlive them. I suspect most of us would prefer it that way as the thought of them suffering after we are gone would be awful. The decision to end the life of a pet is agonising, especially as in the case of my old friend Ning, if their mind is still aware. Ning had become old and fragile, was struggling to go without medication and when she struggled to walk at all, I knew I could no longer delay the inevitable without her suffering. It was one of the hardest decisions Ive ever had to make and it has broken my heart.
Ning came to me 17 years ago as a very lively and energetic young girl when I was living in Lorne. She was somewhere around 1 year old. It took me some time to reign in her over zealous nature, but she tuned into me immediately, and in not too much time she accepted that I was the boss. From that time on she was my loyal companion, going nearly everywhere with me be it work or holidays. At that time I was struggling pretty hard, in the grip of full on depression and anxiety. This pooch kept me going. She was there for me no matter what, always wanting to go for walks, ever happy to be by my side. Without her I may not have made it through the darkness. She was one of my main motivators.
When I moved to Ocean Grove I came across the Cherished Pet Foundation. Run by vet Alicia Kennedy CP has been set up to help (predominantly) elderly and disabled clients have access to pets, whether it be their own when they cant continue to care for them, or a visit from dogs like Snowy and Twiggy. This is an invaluable service to our community and one that I support as much as I can, and indeed at the end, I needed the support of Alicia to help me end Nings life at home.
Although Ning was not part of the CP team, she did the same job for me and she was definitely my cherished pet whom i loved dearly. Her passing has affected me deeply and I will miss her forever.