Life is celebrated every day at Francisco Farm!
When death visits, we are shocked and humbled.
This happened a couple years ago when our beloved horse, Annie, died. Years before that, our beloved border-collie "Lego" become infirm and in a lot of pain. The vet gave us some advice to decide to euthanize when she "ceases being a dog." After considering everything, we put Lego down. Now, as our puppies grow older, we face the reality of 14-year old dogs.
It logically seems appropriate to put an animal out of its suffering as most of faced that painful decision with a pet. There's a lot of resources online that help consider the choices: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Pet-Euthanasia-vs-Natural-Death and most veterinarians advocate euthanasia.
Sasha, one of our Shitzu/Toy Poodles, has heart problems which lately have been getting worse. She wheezes and coughs and it seems that she would not make it through the night. I definitely thought it was time but we delayed that decision with some medications and TLC, and Sasha is still with us. Her sister, Katya, is mostly deaf and blind but thinks she's a puppy(kinda like me). No matter when it happens, we want to make sure Sasha is loved through the whole process.
When it's time to leave this world, don't be afraid, don't be afraid
For our God is merciful, you will find your way
It's all right, it's all right, everything's all right
For it’s you they’re waiting for, heavens open door