Saying Goodbye Again

Posted: February 2, 2009 in General

Tonight we put Nigel (the ferret) to sleep. Nigel was never the healthiest of animals, it was the reason we ended up adopting him in the first place. His life was three times longer than it would have been if Cara hadn’t adopted him. Even so, he spent the last few years bouncing between good heath and bad. We almost made this decision months ago, but it didn’t feel right at the time. We were glad we didn’t do it then. The time wasn’t right, and he bounced back for a few months. Unfortunately the last few weeks he began a spiral again, and this time we were out of good ideas. We could have tried a few more things, that may have made life somewhat better for a while, but he would have still been sick.

In the end we decided that it wasn’t worth extending his life if he wasn’t going to be able to be a happy ferret. This wasn’t a decision that we made lightly, and regardless of our intentions to do the right thing, it doesn’t mean that this decision is guilt free. A lot of that guilt comes from the fact that ferrets need a lot more companionship than we have been able to offer Nigel over the last three years, we only hope that three years with us was better than the alternative of no years at all. He was mostly a good pet, and we wish him well on his travels.

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