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Maxi
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We had our lovely Bedlington Terrier Maxi put to sleep by a vet a year ago.
She was 15 yrs old and had been with us since the day we collected her from a local Dogs' Rescue Home as a bewildered puppy. She was scruffy, nervous, and a bit dim, and totally, totally wonderful. She was a light in our lives and I miss her every day of my life. She had apparently been suffering, and the vet put this down to kidney problems that were common in Bedlingtons and were incurable.
We didn't want her to suffer and yet...I have been burdened ever since with such enormous guilt because she placed her trust in us so entirely. Did I assist in ending her life too quickly? She was still mobile at the time. Should I have done more?.
The truth is I will never know.
People who have never loved and lost a pet will probably think that I am a bit ridiculous to be so sentimental...and I can understand why they would think that, but Maxi was so devoted to us and touched our lives so deeply I had to write about her.
 

by Stephen Hirons

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