A Diagnosis’s Purpose

There’s been a bit of talk recently about the movie “A Dog’s Purpose”. Suffice to say, we feel a dog’s purpose is many things and one of those things is to show us how to love unconditionally. And yet, when we get a diagnosis of sorts, we can lose sight of what our purpose is during this process, because we can easily feel discouraged.

If we look at the word discouraged we can see that what it suggests is that our courage has been taken away – without courage, but for pet parents who are taking care of a sick, old or dying animal – we have found it is indeed the opposite. We have never met a family that is not infused with courage during this difficult time, demonstrating all kinds of loving, compassionate and deeply caring acts for their beloved family companions.

We have seen families bond together into the deeper meaning of family and create unforgettable memories. Some have even taken hold of their dog’s bucket list and gone on a trip, taken them to places never before visited, had a pet photography session, a reading with a pet psychic, a portrait painted, a t-shirt printed, a piece of memorial jewelry created, stories written – even a book or two. And what all of these have in common is love. We love our animals don’t we?

Courage in the face of what seems like disaster or translated “what we never expected” becomes a choice. We can face a diagnosis with dignity and with boldness. We can go beyond the normal conventional reactions to bad news and reach beyond it into our creativity, our individual expressions of life and our deeply bonded relationships with our four-legged kids and see how we can color the remainder of their lives. We can stay in between the lines or we can color with mad passion outside them, leaving a legacy behind that allows us go back out into the world with few regrets, memories to keep us warm at night when we are missing them and the possibility of one day walking into a shelter one more time saying, “Yes, I’m here to adopt that one.”

So if you have received a diagnosis of any kind and need support, reach out right away, even if you don’t know what it is you need. There are people ready to guide and support you and your family every step of the way. It’s what they’re good at, it’s what they love and it’s what they know makes a difference.

So maybe the purpose of a diagnosis is to bring people together, to tighten bonds, to see what we are made of and how courageous we truly are.

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I wanted to thank you for sending Dr. Brown to euthanize our beloved Myleigh on March 4, 2021. She was compassionate and accommodating, she explained every step of the procedure, and gave us some alone time with Myleigh after she sedated her, but... read more

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Renee C.

I can't recommend them enough. I had to say goodbye to my 21 year old cat companion. I read the reviews here on Yelp and chose Paws Into Grace and they made an unbearable situation not worse - from the people on the phone to the amazing doctor who came out to the house. She was so understanding and supportive. They were all so helpful, understanding and nice. My girl got to stay at home and say goodbye in the backyard (a hummingbird flew over and it seemed like a good sign too). So glad I didn't have to take her to a cold vet office.

Diane C.

My absolute love Dante had heart failure three months ago. After having him on many medications to help him, his enthusiasm and appetite declined last couple of days. He was in pain and we decided to help him go to heaven rather than torturing him with more medications which would make him even more miserable. I called and spoke to a very kind lady who was patient as I cried through making an appointment. We made an appointment for 1:30pm. Dr. Toni arrived. She was very kind, explained everything to us and gave us the time to be with our boy after the first shot. He wasn't relaxing enough so she gave him a second shot. We stayed with him throughout the entire process and I carried him to her car in the end. It was a very difficult decision but knowing that our boy is not in pain, gives us some peace. We are thankful to Dr. Toni for her kindness and compassion. They will arrange the cremation for us. Since we are in a pandemic, we had our masks on and said goodbye to our boy in our garden.

Terry A.

I wanted to thank you for sending Dr. Brown to euthanize our beloved Myleigh on March 4, 2021. She was compassionate and accommodating, she explained every step of the procedure, and gave us some alone time with Myleigh after she sedated her, but before she attached the IV. We were relieved that we made the decision to let her go to doggy heaven at home. It was a tranquil and serene passing for her, and it very much aids us in the grieving and healing process knowing that she passed away so peacefully. Based on the grace and compassion Dr. Brown demonstrated on one of the most awful days of our lives we would not hesitate to recommend Paws Into Grace for others facing this very painful time.
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