Stairway to Heaven…

Stairway to Heaven...

Stairway To Heaven…

It has been a little over 2 months since I lost my beloved pet and family member Abigail. I have now received her ashes back and she proudly sits on my fireplace mantel in a cedar box.

Since her passing I have good days and bad days. I miss her everyday and think of her at least once a day. I miss the routine of getting up and taking care of her doggie needs. I miss hearing her bark when the doorbell rings. I miss having her snuggling next to me in bed and hearing her start to snore. I miss her big wet kisses. I even miss her begging for my food. When having dinner at my parent’s house I catch myself before I say to my mom “save that meat for Abigail she will love it later this week for her special dinner.”

Some days I find myself tearing up just thinking about my loyal companion. On those low days the only thing that pulls me out of the funk is to know Abigail is in heaven. I know without doubt I did the right thing by putting her down. Not allowing her to suffer 1 more minute. I know she took the “Stairway to Heaven.”

While I was working through my grief of my beloved pet, I wondered if I could do the same selfless act for a family member or friend. I know many of you may not feel a pets life is in the same category as a human life. However, I feel a life is a life. Both feel pain, love and joy.

Could I make the right decision when the time came to let a loved one go? Could I release them from their pain? Euthanasia is not legal, but if it were… would I be able to honor the wishes of a loved one? I never thought I would be able to euthanize my beloved family pet. Seeing Abigail suffer was far worse then putting her down.



If euthanasia were ever to become legal, could I do the same if ever asked by a human being? It’s a haunting question and one I will probably never get the answer to in my lifetime. What I do know is keeping someone alive for selfish reasons (whether a animal or human) is not fair to those who are suffering.

I never question myself and my decision to put Abigail down. I know she is in a far better place and I will see her in the future on my Stairway to Heaven.

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ray Graves on May 5, 2013 at 4:51 AM

    What a beautiful tribute to Abigal!!! I can only think how brave you are,but know you didn’t want your friend,your sweet Abigal to suffer.Love you Kellie!!! ________________________________


  2. Tough and honest question you’re asking yourself here, Kellie. For ethical reasons, I could not; however, this is an ethical decision that I would not force on others… I believe.
    Writes a paragraph…. deletes it.


    • I know such a tough question huh? Never thought I could even think about it with a human but seeing suffering is so horrible I wonder what I would do if ever asked…..


  3. Wonderful post Kellie. Yep …. pets are very much part of us. Yep – losing them is difficult. Yep – choosing to end their life is difficult. Yep – I done it three times, and it’s never easy, and it also stimulates the human euthanasia question in my mind.

    Peace to you …. and yes – we have one set of ashes!


  4. What a wonderful tribute to dear Abigale. It does hurt sometimes to not be selfish when a loved one is in pain and knowing the right choice is letting go for the best of your loved one.


  5. Oh yes it hurts. Now with my parents aging (and father with stage 4 cancer) I think about it all the time. But I know I would never let him suffer. I tell my father all the time “do what you want with regard to future treatment.”


  6. Posted by Diane on May 13, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Awe….Abbey was a wonderful member of the family and will always be remembered by EVERYONE….in the words of Jadyn…..”its so sad that Abbey died, we are gonna miss her.” ❤


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