Anybody who has ever owned a pet knows the strong bond which is created between them and their pets. A bond, which according to a study, is compared to the bond between parents and their children.
When you are a pet owner it is inevitable, most of the time, that your pet will die before you do. Heartbreaking and devastating as it is, it is important not to leave them alone if and when you have to take your pet to the vet’s office for a humane pain-free ending. And, I am not the only person who thinks so. A vet in the Hillcrest Veterinary Clinic in South Africa has witnessed many times of owners saying farewell to their beloved pets on their last moments in this life. According to him, it’s true that you have been the center of your pet’s world for their entire lives. And, while they may have been just a part of yours, all your pet knows is that you are his family.
On a Facebook post, the vet shared his thoughts based on his past experiences, writing:
Do not make them transition from life to death in a room of strangers in a place they don’t like. The thing you people need to know that most of you don’t is that they search for you when you leave them behind. They search every face in the room for their loved person.
Adding that the pet won’t understand the reason you left them alone, the vet continued:
They don’t understand why you left them when they are sick, scared, old, or dying from cancer and they need your comfort. So, stay with them in their most vulnerable time.
While this unknown vet shared his experiences through words, a photographer named Ross Taylor, shared his own through powerful photos he captured.
Ross Taylor is a Denver-based freelance photographer and filmmaker. He’s also an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. You can check out his blog, where he has shared photos from all around the world, such as Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, United States, Malawi, and much more. More than Instagrammable moments, each photo he captures emits emotion and each person in these pictures tells a story, not always a happy one.
Among them, Ross has also captured tough final moments between dying dogs and their owners. So, whether you have a pet or not, the pictures we are about to show you will leave your heart shattered in pieces.
1. They have lost a member of their family, a best friend, who loved them unconditionally.
A raw emotion.
2. A very heartbreaking moment…
… which shows the unbreakable bond and the unconditional love between the owner and her pet.
3. Despite the sadness that comes with having to say goodbye, it can never outweigh the joy that your pet has brought into your life.
We have to learn to say goodbye even to the ones we lost the most! That’s part of life. Not a happy one.
4. All the pet owners may recall when your dog did something mischevious, but these are small prices to pay in comparison to all the sunshine they bring to you.
5. You will always be a good boy and my best friend.
Rest in peace, you wonderful creature!
6. An old couple saying goodbye to their dog is such a heart-rending moment.
It’s time to let go.
7. Dogs don’t die, they just curl up in your heart and go to sleep.
Such a deeply personal moment!
This hits deep!
8. They will always be your best friends.
Keep a little piece of your pet with you wherever.
9. I am experiencing a heartache right now.
10. Farewell, you beautiful, lovely creature! May we meet again!
“Dogs’ lives are too short. Their only fault, really.”
Before you go, check out this heartwarming story: Six Loyal Dogs Patiently Wait Outside The Hospital As Their Homeless Owner Gets Treated