There is never a good time to say goodbye to a beloved family pet but there is the right time. The time when you know it is your job to make sure they are no longer in pain and that the suffering comes to an end.
Today was that day for our wonderful Great Dane, China.
China was 10 years old and in the world of danes that is VERY VERY old. Made even more remarkable since she had multiple problems that inbred danes are know for.
China came into our lives a bit over 9 years ago as a rescue. She came into rescue due to impaired hearing and vision. She had been beaten and treated badly by her first owners and it was my vow to her that her life and the life of the other dane we adopted at the time would be wonderful.
Our danes our indoor dogs who live the high life wrecking my sofas and scamming food off the counters and that is ok with me. Since in turn they protect the house and my children in a way that defies explanation.
China's health has been failing at a rapid rate over the past year and this week she lost quite of bit of neurological function of her back end so we knew the time has come. She spent her last week getting anything she wanted and being slipped an outrageous amount of food under the table. Her all time favorite was ice cream so of course she got as much of that as she wanted!
She could not have been more loved for these past years.
Goodbye my sweet girl.