The phone call came at 1pm on a sleepy Sunday in August. Bonny’s human, June, was distressed and concerned about Bonny’s health. She had stopped eating, was reluctant to move and seemed to be in pain.
Bonny was a 15 year old poodle who had been the constant companion to June and her ailing husband Rob for many years.
Over time, June and Rob’s health and capabilities have declined. They are now in their late 80s and while they are still living independently, they had become less able to provide physically for all of Bonny’s needs, however financially and emotionally they were able to contribute. When Bonny became unwell on a Sunday afternoon, they had limited options as neither of them are able to drive in to the emergency veterinary facility in our region. June called Cherished Pets and we were able to attend at home on a Sunday afternoon (*), assess Bonny’s health and create a care plan.
Medications were provided to stabilize her condition and settle her pain, and she was transferred to our veterinary clinic at Cherished Pets Community Hub on the Monday morning. On this day we performed blood tests which confirmed kidney disease. We provided Bonny with some much needed grooming, an ear clean and supportive care. Bonny improved and responded to our care. She felt ever so much better and perked up beautifully. This was a very special time for Bonny, Rob & June, knowing that the end was nigh, but they had some time together. Over the following weeks, Bonny’s health was managed palliatively with the support of our community vet nurse, Glenda who visited regularly and ensured Bonny received her necessary medications. However, Bonny’s health declined again after a period of weeks, and together we reached a decision to euthanase her.
Bonny was a dearly loved cherished pet who provided years of companionship to her people. As life went through its stages, her people became less able to meet her needs but they loved her all the more, and were desperate to do what was best for her. Cherished Pets’ unique home care assistance program means that our pets can be cared for and their people supported where it is needed, so that the human animal bond can complete its journey with consideration and respect for all parties.
When Bonny passed on June’s lap, on a wintery Sunday afternoon last month, with Rob seated next to her, and Glenda and a neighbour holding hands and paws, I felt overwhelmed by the incredible gift our special service provides. We have been able to provide physical assistance to this beautiful elderly couple so that their cherished girl completed her life with grace, dignity and free of pain, and Rob and June felt safe and supported through it all.
This is why we do what we do.
RIP Bonny. Always remembered.
* please note our afterhours service is subject to availability and priority is given to registered Cherished Pets clients.