Libby was a swell dog. She was happy to see anyone who came through the front door. She would run around the room and wag her tail as if to say, “Oh boy, someone to play with me!”
After awhile she would calm down and lay at your feet quietly. And she would do almost anything for a treat.
She was Mac’s dog, for his whole life. Until two days ago when we all had to say goodbye to a swell dog.
Mac loved her very much. They played together and slept together as most boys and doge do. He fed her and watered her – his daily chore. They were very close as most boys and dogs are.
When it was time to say goodbye to Libby, Mac was right there by her side. He held her close until the end.
Even though he was grieving, he didn’t back away. Even though he was sad, he held her. Even though he was afraid, he remained brave.
Mac talked to Libby in a soft voice. He told her what a good dog she had been, how much fun he had with her and how important she was to him.
It was so important for Mac to do all this but it was just as important for Libby to receive such a send off. She needed to feel safe, loved, warm, in familiar arms and surrounded by a voice she knew
She got the proper medication, so she was calm, comfortable and relaxed the whole time. That was important as it took a few hours for Mom, Dad and Mac all to get to the Vet’s from different points.
The final minutes together were very meaningful for the whole family and provided a thoughtful closure for all of them
The hardest part now is dealing with the quietness at home without Libby there. She has left a definite hole in the lives of Mac and his family.
She will be missed for quite some time especially by Mac. He has not known life without Libby. He will have a lot of adjusting to accomplish in the future.
But he will do fine because he not only lived well with Libby, he let go of her well also.
When it was necessary, he gave her the best goodbye ever.