Boy refused to Say Goodbye to His First Dog!
Saying goodbye to his first loved pet was one of the hardest things Joe has to deal with in his young age. This is a story of a young 11 years old boy called Joe lost his first dog Benji, who was his best of friend. They shared a very special bond from the day Benji was brought home.
The day Benji passed, it has affected young Joe so much that he felt lost in his grief, he was not his normal happy self and become quite withdrawn. To lose his best friend at this young age is something Joe never prepared for. Losing Benji changed Joe’s character, the way he treats and sees things around him.
The day Joe’s dad brought home a retired K9 German Shepherd, named Benji who was a trained police dog. Joe instantly strikes up a friendship with Benji. Benji was old and his health was deteriorating, young Joe loved talking Benji for a short walk after school, played dog puzzle with him and they both just enjoyed each other’s company.
Dreadful hip dysphasia has really affected Benji, he has difficulty rising, even just to go outside to release himself is a struggle, and going for a walk was hard for the 13 years old Alsatian.
As he started to get worse and worse, Joe’s mom and dad started to get concerned about whether he was going to make it much longer. After a few weeks of Benji struggling to get up, sit down, use the bathroom and it was heartbreaking to have to witness Benji suffering. Joe’s dad was contemplating to put him down.
So that Joe can understand why, Joe’s dad explained to him that the reason was to eliminate prolonged, untreatable and inevitable suffering. It will be better for Benji to end his suffering a day too early than a day too late.
Heartbroken Joe completely disagreed with that decision. They argued multiple times about the subject. Joe’s dad said calmly “we don’t want Benji to suffer!”
Joe cried out, “Benji is not suffering, how can we do this to him?” Joe’s parents trying hard to reason with Joe why it would be best to put Benji down. But Joe refused to accept that Benji was crippling and debilitating.
The family decided to book a quality-of-life consultation with the Vet. Who can help answer questions related to Benji’s quality of life, and to explain to Joe whether there are any treatment options that may help Benji to live more comfortably, or if it may be time to say goodbye.
The decision to “put Benji to sleep” is one that is hard for the family to face. Joe’s dad consoled Joe that after sharing a long happy life with Benji, they should not prolong Benji’s pain suffering. Euthanasia is the right and humane thing to do for old Benji who showed no enjoyment of life as his disease has robbed his life.
For young Joe, it was intensely difficult to carry on with life for a long time, for he has lost his most loyal friend Benji who has unconditionally loved him through the years. This beautiful relationship with Benji entrenched so deeply in his heart that he cannot bear to imagine life without Benji.
Benji has left a paw-shaped hole in Joe’s heart. The sweet memories of Benji live on. Benji gave his friendship and made the family happy, Joe’s family were his sole purpose in life. In Joe’s mind, Benji stands for everything that was fun, loving and supportive, more importantly, a loyal friend.
Please share your memories of your furry friend. What are the memories that still bring warmth to your heart?