I realize that this is a Sad Subject. I just came from my vet and witnessed another person dropping off their pet to be euthanized. Yes, she was crying and had a private moment to be with her pet... but really.. it was all I could do to not chase her down and get involved. But she would not have "Got" it. So, I bit my tongue and would have sat with the dog but I might have scared it even more.
When will people get it??? It is NOT about YOU. I have heard it before..."I can't take it, I loved him so much". Yah-- well then be there for them at the end. It is not about you.. it is about THEM.. About making sure they are not alone with a stranger (or even your vet) when they die. You don't want to die alone or have your parents or 2 legged children die alone... why would you do that to a beloved pet??
I have had friends tell me that they just could not bear it... Yes, It is one of the hardest things emotionally that you will ever have to do-- if you have pets. But they gave you all those years of unfailing love and devotion and what- you drop them at the vet's office and walk away?? I do not get it.
I have been there for each of my many pets and just recently for a baby cow who had heart failure. But we sat with him and cried and petted him. It is what you do. Once I held one of my neighbor's cats that she just could not bear to be there because it was so sad. Well get over yourself... I cried buckets over that cat and it was not even mine. But at least he did not die alone.
It is not about strength.. I have heard people say to me "but you are so strong that way"... that has nothing to do with anything-- it is just the Right thing to do. I still cry buckets like you.
I guess I hope if at least one person out there who reads this.. remembers and next time one of your beloved pets is at Death's door- you will think and realize it is not about you and how bad you feel. Think of your pet and be there for them to hold them and pet them and tell them all the things you want to tell them. And when the vet gives them that needle-- just hold them and Love them right at the end.
You will feel better for it and so will they.