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Dear Daisy Dog

Our 12-year-old dog has severe heart disease. Despite medication, she won’t eat, she trembles, and she’s so weak that she falls down. Blood work and x-rays frighten her, so we don’t want to put her through more tests.

I hope she dies in her sleep, because it breaks my heart to think about euthanizing her. But I know it’s unfair to force her to live like this. How do we let her go home without feeling guilty?

Daisy Responds

By recognizing that your gift of love will relieve her suffering and help her finish her life with the dignity, comfort and peace she deserves.

I want to die cradled in my mom’s arms, while I feel her gentle hand stroking my face and hear her soothing voice.

I wouldn’t want to live with pain, nausea, breathing difficulty or such profound weakness that I couldn’t stand.

Instead, I’d thank Mom for mustering the courage to make the end of my life a testament to her love for me.

My heart is with you during this difficult time.

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