Paws Forever in our Hearts - A 1st Grader's Perspective A Story from My Vet

Dr. Seth had been called to examine a rapidly ailing ten year old Dachshund named Frankie. Owner / Mom Maria and her six-year-old daughter Katie, quite attached to Frankie, hoped for a miracle. Frankie was examined and diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Seth told the family nothing could be done for him. The Doctor offered to perform euthanasia of the old dog at the family home. Burial and service to take place on the family farmette.

As arrangements were made, Maria and the family decided it would be good for little Katie to be present for the euthanasia and service. The next day, Dr. Seth felt an all too familiar catch in his throat as Frankie‘s family surrounded him. Katie seemed so calm petting the old dog for the last time that the Doctor wondered if she understood what was going on. Within minutes, Frankie slipped away peacefully. The little girl seemed to accept Frankie's transition to heaven without any difficulty or confusion whatsoever. As they sat together for a while after Frankie's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are too short, shorter than human lives. Katie, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why". Startled, they all turned to her. What came out of her mouth next stunned everyone. Dr. Seth never heard a more comforting explanation. Katie said, ”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six year old continued, ”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.” created a custom canvas 'paws forever in our hearts' collage for Frankie's family. Their favorite photo of Frankie is used as the background. We added an 'oil painterly effect' . Several other photos were provided by the family. We placed them in little hearts. This gallery wrapped canvas is a loving memorial and work of art to be cherished by the family for years to come.

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