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It is such a tough decision to end the life of a long-term pet. We went back and forth on when was the right time. I wished he could have told us what his quality of life was like - and sometimes even wished I would wake up in the morning and find he had passed away in his sleep.

Finally, we made the decision to put him down. After 16 years with our family, it was really important to us that we didn’t send him off in a clinical environment. Duff was suspicious of the vet clinic at the best of times.

It was so nice to have some control of his last moments and to make sure he was calm and comfortable. It was much less stressful for us too. Nic has a gentle, kind nature that set us all at ease.

I thought I would burst into tears, but when Duff was gone, I actually felt an immense relief and peace. I was grateful for all the good times we’d had with him and was glad to be done agonising over his clearly painful last months.

It took us a while to get there, but I was sure in that moment that we made the right decision. It’s such a big moment for a family, I can’t imagine doing it any other way than at home with Our Pet’s Goodbye. 

- Kris


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