I adopted two kittens from a shelter in 1996. One was a male tabby kitten who I named "Leo", and another was a female black kitten who I named "Panther". They were the first animal companions I had since I came to the USA.
After the divorce, my cats and I moved from a house to a small one bed room apartment. It was a huge change for us. I was emotionally dependent on my cats. I don't know what I would have done without them. We've been through so many good times and bad times together.
Unfortunately, Panther was diagnosed with cancer around 2009. I took care of her as long as I could, but eventually I had to make the hardest decision I ever made in my life. And I had to let her go. I felt so guilty, "who am I to decide it's time for her to go? I will never do that again.".
When Leo's health started declining in 2013, I was determined to take care of him until the end but it was so difficult. I was on an emotional roller coaster. I was sad, I was worried, I was anxious, I was frustrated, I felt sorry for him, I felt sorry for myself, I was even angry. "Why are you leaving me? You can't leave me now, we've been through too much together!". I was a mess. I had no idea how much he understood my feelings. He probably held on as much as he could for me.
When I started learning the Trust Technique, I was blown away by how much animals can sense our feelings.
I think everyone who has or had an animal companion knows that animals can sense feelings to some extent, but I never knew just how much they could feel! If I could do it all over again, I would create a peaceful environment for them and for myself by using the Trust Technique. Everyone goes through the most difficult time making a decision when their animals are getting close to cross the rainbow bridge. No one answer is easier than the other, and no one answer is right or wrong, but if you can bring yourself to this peaceful state, whatever you decide to do will come from this peaceful space.
It is the most precious honorable time. Consciously create peaceful space for your animal and for yourself, and being with another beautiful being is priceless and timeless.
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