Thank you, Jef, for your response and especially for your understanding. I have made that decision more than 25 times and it never gets easier, it is always a heart-wrenching decision. With Pooh, it was worse because she was not horribly sick with cancer or kidney failure as was usually the case with other pets. She wasn’t critically injured with no hope of recovery. This decision was the most difficult of all the other difficult ones.

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