Letter of thanks: Taking care of my boy
I just want to write this letter to Kingman Animal Hospital and let them know how much I appreciated all that they did for me during my time of need.
Last week our family's beloved German shepherd passed away, he had been ill for a while and upon getting home from work at one a.m. I knew that the end was near. I called a close family friend and he contacted Kingman Animal Hospital and we loaded our beloved pet's huge carrier in the back of our friend's truck for our shepherd's last drive.
Upon arriving there, we were met by two women, the doctor and her assistant, who helped us carry my boy inside his kennel (our boy thinks of his kennel as his safety area, he knows he's safe in it). He was so weak he could barely lift his head. The vet asked me if I wanted her to remove him from his kennel for his final procedure and I said "no, please leave him where he'll feel safe." Then she asked me if I wanted to get in beside him while she did the procedure. I most certainly did. I was able to pet him and love on him until his very last breath, and even though it was after two a.m. in the morning, these two women never rushed me. They let me sit and mourn my pet's life and they brought me water and offered sincere condolences. The assistant was visibly not feeling well, yet she never made me feel rushed. No one checked their watch or commented on what time it was.
We ended up leaving the hospital around three a.m. and even though I left without my boy, I left feeling that he had been taken care of with the utmost care, as he had been throughout his entire spoiled, loved life. And now the gates of Heaven were calling him to help guard them. You see, he was not just a pet, a protector, but he was a family member.
It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do in m life, and I was and am very thankful to Kingman Animal Hospital and Raja Karim for all their help in my family's difficult hour.