When Casey reached the age of six years, our veterinarian prepared to educate us about caring for Casey as an aging senior dog. The diet needed to be altered to prevent overweight, and future health problems. That was a very hard pill to swallow, Casey was aging! He has so much energy and sparkle in his eyes. How could this be true?
This whole idea of Casey aging, forced me to think about issues I had never gave any thought. What happens when Casey's health worsens when he is old? How will I handle this? What do I do when his quality of life is poor because his body is failing? Will I be compassionate enough in my heart to let him go? How will I handle these emotional decisions? I would prefer to avoid thinking about this for as long as possible. I also realize that one day the enviable will happen and I will lose Casey to old age. As I prepared for the day he was brought into my life, I must also prepare for the day that he leaves me. This is all a part of the commitment, to offer a good life as well as a compassionate death. I pray this day is very far away, for I am not ready for it!
Casey surpassed his thirteenth year of life, and was a happy and healthy dog. Now that he is no longer with us, and has crossed the rainbow bridge. He will forever be in my heart! These are sadly the facts of life. I would like to share with you the the final chapter about Casey.