[box style=’info’]Story sent by Tom Fisher[/box]
Britney… 3/29/03 to 3/2/14. RIP sweet girl… you will be missed by many!!!!
She got sick the last week of February. A type of cancer they said, really couldn’t tell me much more.
She fought it until her dying breath. We spent the last day together, with me watching her and helping when I could. She didn’t want to eat or drink anything. Just moved around to her different comfort zones. I spent as much time with her as I could, but also gave her space when she wanted it. Her breathing got really labored around 9:30 and I knew she wasn’t doing well.
I did not want to take her to the vet and have to watch her be given an lethal injection as her final farewell. She was a fighter and I thought she deserved better than that. I stayed with her as long as I could and decided at 10:15 that it was time to take her to the hospital.
My dad drove us there while she laid on the seat next to me and rested her head in my lap. I talked to her and petted her while we drove. As we pulled up, she could sense what was going on. She stood up for one last time as I picked her up and took her inside. They were waiting for us and took her right in. They said they would start an IV and then let me know when they were ready.
She was ready before they were and decided to let go. They came out to get me and say that her heart was slowing down and it was time. As I walked into the room, I saw her take her last breath. A big weight lifted off me as I realized that she wasn’t suffering anymore.
She passed at 11:15 March 2, 2014, no more than 5 minutes of having arrived at the hospital. The vet said that she didn’t suffer and she didn’t seem to be in any pain as she left us. In her own dignified way, she did for me what I couldn’t do and that was put her down.
She went out with a fight and fire, much like she lived life. In doing so, she saved me from the one thing I couldn’t bear to watch, putting her down.
Be free Britney and remember that I will always think of you and the one last gift you gave me.