Friday, October 12, 2012


The Lugg Family
Nadirah’s Perspective:

On September 22, hubby and I had the unfortunate experience of having to euthanize our beloved dog, Joy.  Sadly, after weeks of erratic behavior and numerous hospital visits, she was diagnosed with a form of stomach cancer. Although it was a difficult decision to make, we could no longer watch “our baby girl” suffer and made the most heart wrenching decision ever.  Now I am well aware they some people will read this post and may remark the follow: “It was just a dog!” or “You can get another one.”  (And my favorite one) “Are you serious?” and seven years ago, I probably would have felt the same way. However, having the responsible of caring, feeding, teaching another life does change one’s perspective.

No my husband and I have not given birth to a child, but the love and attention that we gave Joy helped to create our family of three.   I myself was surprised to experience the amount of shed tears and grief placed in my heart by the memories of our dog; but as always, I will take this as a learning experience.  When hubby and I do decide to have children, I’ve learned that we have similar beliefs on child rearing, that my hubby is very loving and compassionate about the welfare of others (humans or animals), and that I can accept the challenges and hard decisions that goes along with the valiant duties of motherhood.  All and all, I am grateful for the time and love shared with Joy and I welcome the comical memories that creep into my daydreams knowing that I have become what I use to ridicule… an emotional but loving pet owner.


Nadirah & Baby Girl Joy

Troy’s Perspective:

Being a first time pet owner was a new experience for my wife and I. Seven years ago I would have never imagined the pain and grief felt once our beloved pet was no more. The truth is, our pet and many around the world are true companions, love ones, friends and part of the family. After our dog, Joy, was diagnosed with stomach cancer, it was a very hard decision to have her euthanized.  It was truly the biggest decision that we had to make together as a family because we could no longer stand to see her suffer.

As the sedative was being injected into her veins, I could not tolerate the thought to stay in the room. I immediately began to feel distress. I quickly excused myself and tried to think of the reasoning behind our decision.  My wife had taken the strongest stance of us both by staying in the room and holding Joy during her injections. The thought makes me tear up, thinking of our loyal, trusting companion being put to sleep forever. After speaking with my wife (who could barely talk after the procedure), she devastatingly mentioned that Joy let out a final tear as she took her last breath.  Not having children of our own, Joy was our child and beyond a doubt was a vital part of our family.

It certainly holds true that you really don’t know what you have until it’s gone. I would have never imagined that I would have shed as many tears, felt pain, and sadness the way I did for our beloved Joy. Many people love their pets and develop a bond that fulfills their life and I am thankful to have that experience that I never knew or understood before.  This experience was a true eye opener. Spend time, cherish the moments and appreciate the time you have with love ones because you never know when it will all come to an end. Spread and appreciate the blessings that we have as human beings… the gift of love.

Joy you will forever be in our hearts!!!