Letting Go of Our Beloved Norwegian Elkhound after 14 Years – A Gentle Euthanasia at Home

Saying Goodbye to Our 14 Year Old Norwegian Elkhound – Euthanasia in Our Home

It’s never easy to say goodbye to a beloved pet. As pet owners, we go through all the emotions and pain of losing a family member when we have to make that difficult decision. It’s a heart-wrenching process that nobody wants to go through, but it’s a part of life.

Our Norwegian Elkhound, Shadow, was our faithful companion for 14 years. She was more than just a pet; she was a member of our family. Over the years, we had countless adventures, laughs, and cherished memories with her. However, as she aged, we started noticing some changes in her physical and cognitive abilities.

Shadow’s mobility became limited, and she started having difficulty standing up and walking. We knew that her quality of life was gradually declining, and it was time to make the tough decision. We didn’t want her to suffer any longer.

We talked to our vet about euthanasia, and he explained the process and what to expect. After considering all options, Diane and I decided to have Shadow put down peacefully in our home. The vet came to our house, and we prepared for the final moments with our furry friend.

Recording the process was one of the most challenging things for me to do, but we felt it was essential to share our experience with others who may be going through the same thing. We wanted to show how to make the process as compassionate as possible.
In the video documentary, we shared our final hours with Shadow, her physical and cognitive conditions, and why we had to make the tough decision. We took her on her last walks, played with her, and cherished our final moments together. We wanted to make sure she was comfortable and loved until the very end.
Watching and editing the footage was an emotional rollercoaster. We saw Shadow’s decline, and the decision to say goodbye was incredibly heartbreaking. We cried a lot, but we felt relieved that she was no longer in pain.
We know that there are others out there who will have to make the same difficult choice we did. We hope that our experience can help guide them and bring them some comfort. Saying goodbye to our furry friend was one of the toughest things we’ve ever done, but we’re grateful for the time we had with her. Shadow, we love you, and we’ll never forget you.

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