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59. Putting Bunny to Sleep
Jim and Alicia had two dogs – Bugs
Bunny. They were both 15 years old. Bunny
dying. Bugs was still healthy. They were brother
sister, and had been together since birth. They
never been separated for longer than a couple
Jim and Alicia weren’t sure what to
. The vet had told them that Bunny was
pain, and might continue to suffer for as
as another year. This was unacceptable to both
and Alicia. So, putting Bunny to sleep now,
of letting her suffer, was not an issue.
, what to do about Bugs? The vet said
was still healthy. He could last another two
three years. But how long, they wondered, would
last without his sister?
Bunny had always been
’s “big sister”; she was confident and assertive. Bugs
rather timid. He didn't mind when his sister
him around; she was also there for him
he was feeling anxious. Bugs followed Bunny everywhere.
whenever Bunny decided to sleep, Bugs always curled
next to her, whether he was sleepy or
Jim and Alicia both arrived at the same
without very much discussion. When they took Bunny
the vet so that she could be put
sleep, Bugs went, too.