Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is one of the hardest things that we ever have to do in life. It’s a pain that never goes away.
On Twitter, Dale Thompson, a resident of Toronto, gave his followers a glimpse into the devastating moment that he had to say goodbye to his 14-year-old dog Murphy. Murphy had been battling cancer for a while.
He wrote, “This is Murphy’s 14th & last Christmas with me. Tragically, the cancer is now all through his nose and into his throat. There’s nothing else I can do except make him comfortable & happy.”
A few days following the Christmas holiday, Thompson updated his followers by posting a video of Murphy going a slow walk down the street that ended up being his final walk ever.
“Murphy walked to the vet today for the last time. He walked in with dignity, clarity and honour. He left this world the same way he came into it: With style, grace and happy,” Thompson said.
Even though Thompson knew that it was time to let Murphy pass away from this world so that wouldn’t have to suffer anymore. Still, saying goodbye was difficult, and in the end, it was Murphy who ended up providing comfort.
“Even in the end, he was happy and when I cried to say goodbye, he tried to get up and leave with me. I couldn’t tell him enough how sorry I was for doing this and how I regretted every single time I got upset at him or didn’t spend enough time with him too. He was happy,” he revealed.
In a longer and much more detailed Medium post, Thompson expanded on Murphy’s disease as well as their final moments together.
“You know I would’ve taken on your cancer from you if I could’ve. You were an anomaly for not only loving visits to the vet but enjoying getting a needle. Your last gesture was to stop me from crying before your final breath. I wonder if you understood when I asked you to wait for me on the other side.”
There were thousands of other people on Twitter who knew what he was going through, so there were many comments who were willing to offer kind words to a grieving Thompson.
“Went through the same with my Schuey. He walked into the vet too and I sat on the floor with him until he was at peace. Wish they could live longer. Sending massive hugs,” wrote @bethmc1974.
And @suzannekeith71 added, “They take a piece of us with them when they go. It is the hardest thing in the world to be strong for them when they tell you it is their time.”
Rest in peace sweet Murphy!
Murphy walked to the vet today for the last time. He walked in with dignity, clarity and honour.
He left this world the same way he came into it: With style, grace and happy.
— Dale E. Thompson (@daleethompson) December 30, 2019