It is with deep sadness that I write to you that my beloved Little Bear has passed away.
Early in the year, she had a serious fall injuring her neck/back. She had jumped up onto a retaining wall and jumped off the edge onto the grass below (which was almost five feet down). We took her to the animal emergency hospital and they did X-rays and the works and concluded that she suffered a neck injury. She has been on anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, and/or pain medication pretty much every day since then.
We had hopes that she would improve but as time passed, it was evident to us that she was not going to get better but in fact was getting worse. In this last week, she was having trouble settling down to sleep, barely eating, and struggling with walking etc. Upon taking her to the veterinarian (I can't remember how many times she has been since her fall), we both decided the most humane thing to do was to put her to sleep.
I held her as the veterinarian put her to sleep and prayed and sang to her as she drifted away. It was very peaceful in the end and for that I am thankful. Knowing that she is no longer in pain and believing that she is free to run and play in Heaven has given me some comfort. I know that I will see her again one day.