As adults we sometimes face events that aren’t really thought of until we face them. our family pet of 10 years has become Kyle’s best friend, P Nut Butter is an 11 year old Sheltie that we found through a local Sheltie Rescue. She has been a treasure to have and know, when we got her she had been brought to the rescue because she had uncontrollable seizures and her owners were unable to care for her properly and the cost of her monthly medications were more than they could handle. So we adopted her knowing full well the costs and care involved, we also knew up front that over time the meds she was on would slowly detract from her quality of life, but for the last 11 years she has been a great addition to our family and Kyle and PNut have become best friends.
Yesterday we had to say good bye to P Nut, her quality of life had diminished and we were concerned that she would fall and hurt herself while we were not at home to help her, so we took her to our vet and had her put to sleep.
Michele took her, and our vets office has a special room away out of the way from the front reception area so that families can say a proper goodbye and spend final moments with their pet. Michele stayed with P Nut till she was gone and made the journey form our world to the Rainbow Bridge; we received the story of the Rainbow Bridge from a friend and it helps us cope. For Kyle, he doesn’t quite understand and it may take some time as he asks for his P Nut Butter every other request.
Can our children with Special Needs understand love? I think so, more than we know and in time Kyle’s lack of understanding P Nuts abscence will fade, but somehow I know he will be reunited with her again when he crosses Ranibow Bridge, just like all of us.
Life is a short ride, well at least here on earth, enjoy it and love each other like crazy!