Losing your pet is something inevitable in life and is often part of many children’s early experiences. It is one of life’s greatest and saddest lessons. But it helps if parents are there to communicate to their children what is happening and why, and to help them cope with these tragic events.
In this 2014 video, a little boy is with his father at the vet and preparing to say goodbye to BaoBao, his loyal and faithful dog. The father gently explains to his son why they have to say goodbye to him, but of course this is upsetting and emotional for the little boy.
BaoBao unfortunately was involved in an accident, suffering a crippling injury.
He has traveled everywhere with his father on his scooter and has traveled more than 200,000 km with him in his life. But on his last tour he unexpectedly fell while they were slowly passing through an intersection and he was hit by a car, resulting in a crushed pelvis.
He wrote about his last tour with him on his scooter: “That was his life… that’s what he lived for. He died doing what he loved. And that is the most anyone can ask for.”
Given his age (almost 17) and no guarantee that the surgery would help him walk again, BaoBao’s human decided not to put him through the “pain of surgeries and physical therapy”. His hearing, vision, bladder control was already diminished because of his age. And he believed that in the next one or two years “he would have aged/gotten much worse.”
“So I made the call to put him to sleep while he was still ‘himself’ and not in much pain,” he wrote.
The son listens to his father explain why they have to say goodbye, and he tells his father that he will miss BaoBao. It is hard not to cry next to him, because you know that he will never be the same, having loved and lost his dog.
Watch the video below:
Source: The Pet Needs