March 30th 2006 10:31 pm
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"I will be your loyal companion from this day forward. Even more important, I will be your protector. You have my solemn promise that I will, to the absolute utmost that my strength and resources permit, protect you against all the hurts that life can hold, whether they be physical or emotional. You can depend on me for this. I will never let you down.
"And when any hurts become such that all of my efforts cannot effectively alleviate them, I will place your needs above mine, your suffering over my own, and use the only means left to protect you from those hurts. I will deliver you comfort by bringing your pains to an end, not because I will be ready to let go, but because, to protect you, I will have to say goodbye. I know you will count on me at that difficult time to protect you, and I will be there for you, right by your side.
"Should my passing come first, you need not worry, because I will have made all the provisions for your care, safekeeping, and happiness.
"Fear not, because when death ends our physical togetherness, our emotional bond will never end. You will be a part of my heart forever. I promise."
The minute you learn that your pet has an illness that will progress either to death or unrelievable discomfort, please repeat this vow to him or her. It is truly remarkable how good it will make you feel to know that your relationship with your beloved pet is cemented by such a loving pact.
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