I've known for a while her days were ending. Lots of little things, her neuro signs and melanomas are getting worse, and her knee bothers her. Some mornings it's been obvious she's had a bad night. So I made the appointment for tomorrow.
This morning she greeted me with a happy attitude, her stall was immaculate and instead of standing with her butt against the corner she wanted OUT. It has been a gorgeous day and instead of keeping to herself as she has been lately she hung with the rest of the herd all day.
Now I'm second guessing myself.
She's a mare that a lot of people (including some here on COTH) would turn their nose up at, with undocumented breeding, supposedly by Falke out of a Connemara mare. But she's produced 5 nice foals, all in loving homes.
I don't know. The vet's due at 9
Penmerryl's Sophie RIDSH
"I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.
"I've known for a while her days were ending." - to me, that says it all. I know how hard it can be and am facing that day not too far away with my mare. But let her last full day be one of joy and love, spoil her in the morning and let her be free of the neuro signs, the ouchy knee and the bad nights.
Easy to say from an armchair... I know I'd be bawling in your shoes, so my heart goes out to you.
A day to early, rather than a day to late. Let her go on a good day, and you will never feel guilt (well I think we all feel a little guilt when letting our animals go). Wait for a bad day, and you will regret making her wait. I've assisted in many small animal euthanasias and have never heard anyone regret letting go on a good day, but have held the hands and been the shoulder to cry on, of many who waited to long and regretted it.