Monday, January 29, 2007
Today's news that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro has been euthanized really hit me hard. I feel a kinship with Roy and Gretchen Jackson, Barbaro's owners, because we went through a similar trial with our dog Teddy. To suddenly and unexpectedly be faced with a critically ill/injured animal. To spend a lot of money on medical care despite the slim chances for success. To have the initial treatment apparently succeed. To have your animal be such a good patient, one who does everything he should to get well. To get your hopes up every time you hear good news yet always be bracing yourself for bad news. To have complications arise. To do everything possible to heal your animal and still fail. And ultimately, to decide to let go for the animal's sake. For that experience to go on for eight months instead of the four weeks that we endured is that much more heartbreaking.