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By Melissa Polce | Broker in 28031

On...The Passing of Our Dog, Snoopy The Beagle...


 

SNOOPY September 25, 1999-October 31, 2013

It has been almost a week...

While this is a sad story from a loving Mom, it will also give any Animal Owners information for in -home Hospice/End of Life care & Pet Cremation...YES, of your animal child....which for us, made all the difference...

Everyone said the day would come when you would have to leave...we have had you since you were 6 weeks old and your Daddy and I were only married 2 weeks...since then we have always been a FAMILY.

"They" say talking about it will help...I can't tell you how much you meant or how quiet it is without your constant BARKING...your little brother LINUS is sad, and looks for you to boss him around..

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You got really sick 4 weeks ago and then last week...we were making that dreaded call....we promised you we would never take you to the vet when that time came, like so many of us, we hoped you would "go" in your sleep...very rarely does it ever happen that way...

I started looking about a year ago for a mobile vet Doctor...someone whom would come to your(Snoopy) most trusted place, where you were most comfortable, where your family lived....when the time would come...I wanted to be prepared...it is uncoventional so I figured it would take some time...

As it turns out, in Charlotte, NC, we came across Dr. Keith Tillman...one of the nicest, sweetest, kind, gentle Veternarian's we had ever spoken to or talked with...we did not stop going to our regular vet, but, we found that he had End of Life Care and Hospice, and he made....House Calls...

In the last 2 weeks...he was on standby, and finally, it was time to make the call...Daddy and I were in agony and tears...he came by at 4pm, last Thursday...from what I have heard from other Pet owners, there is such dread in bringing a pet to the Animal Hospital for the "Final" procedure...I am so sorry for anyone who has, who will, or must go through that...my heart goes out to you...

What the take away is...my baby Snoopy passed away in his home, it was the most dignified, loving, caring way we knew... this is a new option and not alot of Doctors have decided to do this...I cannot express how, as a Pet Parent, I was so happy to have found that Doctor...my little boy was given a sedation to fall asleep...and then ...was gone...surrounded by his family and younger Beagle brother...

Lastly, most of us Pet Parents know that our pets are usually cremated and given back to us...this Vet had partnered with a local Funeral Home...YES, YOU JUST READ THAT CORRECT...what is the most agonizing point in a Pet owners life...suddenly became so much like care for a human loved one that...you know you have done everything you could in life and death for your Pet...

I write this because we picked Snoopy's remains up yesterday, we were met at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home by the Pet Pilgrimage Representatives & Director, we felt like Snoopy was trully honored by all these people who really understood that this was a FAMILY MEMBER...

We loved that Dog more than anything...below is the Doctor's info and Pet Cremation Service...they took the worst dreaded day and made us feel like Snoopy went out of this life as caring and dignified as he deserved.

Hug and kiss your pet child today!

http://petpilgrimage.com/

http://www.comfortathomepet.com/

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Comments

By Melissa Polce,  Mon Jul 7 2014, 17:34
Hey Jessie- Good luck with the venture...what was truly comforting was the seamlessness between that Dr. and the funeral home/cremation service...almost every pet owner knows that, that part will happen(outside of burying your loved pet in your yard)...but it was the very demeanor of that Doctor who made us feel like "it was truly time, that we had done our jobs as parents"...and it was that "added something" when they greeted me at the funeral home...I had been to my Grandmother's funeral(which to me ranked close to snoopy)...and I seriously could not differentiate in the sincerity that the people showed my family and that of which was shown to my husband and I for Snoops...good luck, and thanks for the comment. I BTW, would never and will never ever...do it any different than how we did it. :)

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