Tuesday, August 12, 2008

End of life: Jasper and Karen

How does one walk in a world where joy and pain are inseparable...where fullfillment and utter despair embrace in an impossible trist...and where saying goodbye becomes confused with saying hello...?

The relationship between Jasper (the dog) and Karen (the human) reflects an authenticity and profound acknowledgement of life as it is....brief, harsh, contradicting, brief, beautiful, resonant, incredible, brief.

For a veterinarian, walking down the path between life and death with a person and their beloved companion is always different. Jasper had an untreatable malignancy (throat cancer) that was literally and quickly choking away his life...what he needed and what I could give him was a good death...

....this is a part of our world.

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