My old dog (named Pongo – as in the movie 101 Dalmatians) was nearing the end of his life and someone suggested that I write a letter to him to help deal with the inevitable. So that is what I did. I started with a letter from my heart and added a short story that is an ever so slight testament to his life.
This small action helped me cope with my grief by forcing me to remember the happy times in Pongo’s life. I think it also helped my wife and children who could read the story whilst he was still alive.
During a private moment with Pongo, I read my letter to him. He couldn’t understand the words but he understood my emotions.
I strongly suggest to anyone with an old pet that is slowly losing its struggle to hang on to life, to try and do the same as I have done. Pour your emotions out into a letter and write a short story about the life your pet has shared with you.
Writing this story was very difficult, but doing it whilst Pongo was still alive made the task so much easier. At times when I could no longer see the words I was typing I could go and give him a cuddle and just sit with him for a while.
This short story is a simple collection of some of the ways Pongo touched our lives. I hope you take the time to read it to help me share how wonderful a companion he was.
The time came to have Pongo euthanized on July 29, 2014. I tried to make his last day as pleasant as possible and spent most of it in his company. He ate a whole box of dog chocs that day.
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