Over the past seven years I’ve primarily written content for Fuel Lines that was specifically about agency new business. Rarely have I written anything personal. I hope you will grant me this exception.
Since starting my consultancy and working from my home office, my constant companion each day has been our tiny Yorkie Terrier, Bracie. When it was time to start my work day and I headed up the stairs, she was always right by my side. It wasn’t good enough for her to be in the same room with me, she had to sit as close to me as she could get.
When we first brought Bracie home I thought my wife and I had lost our minds. We were almost “empty nesters” now stuck with this tiny little puppy that had a big attitude. It was totally beneath Bracie to be considered someone’s pet. From the start she demanded the status of a family member. It didn’t take her long to win over my heart.
Shortly after Bracie turned nine, in March of this year, we discovered that she had an acute kidney disease. Her health deteriorated rapidly. She endured days hooked up to IV machines and monitors, countless pricks and pokes as tests were conducted. When the medical staff had done all that they could do for her, I had to make the decision to put an end to her suffering.
As hard as it was, I wanted to be with Bracie till the end. I asked for a private room at our vet’s clinic and was able to hold her, talk to her and comfort her until she peacefully took her last breath.
I knew how much I cared for her but I didn’t realize how deeply I would hurt. Especially having to make the call that would end her life. I happened upon the following poem that brought a lot of comfort to me and I hope that it will do the same for others faced with this kind of decision.
Thank you for allowing me to share something so personal with you. It has been therapeutic for me. Especially since Bracie has been present since the beginning of Fuel Lines and was by my side as I wrote almost every article. I wanted you know her and in some small way pay tribute to this small life that brought me and my family so much joy.