There’s something incredibly special about a dog that you get to spend your life with.
After all, dogs are called “man’s best friend” for a reason; there are days where it feels like they’re such perfect companions that we humans almost don’t deserve so much sweetness and loyalty!
And for anyone who has ever grown and lived with a dog for years, you know that there’s nothing more painful than realizing that it’s time to let the sweet pooch in your life go.
The tragedy of being a dog lover is that you’ll almost always outlive your beloved canine companion.
When you know that the day is coming, there’s nothing you can do but give your pooch lots of hugs and kisses, and close out an awesome chapter in your lives with one perfect shining day, as we saw with this darling pup spending her last days checking off every item on her doggy bucket list.
The latest tragically sweet comes from a woman who documented her dog’s perfect last day on Snapchat, and then posted the photos to the photo-sharing site Imgur.
Let us be the first to confess, we were in tears by the time we got to the end of the gallery.
In a post entitled “Dogs are too amazing to let go, but sometimes it happens and they will forgive you,” a young woman shows us all what it means to love a dog so much that you’re willing to let her go.
She doesn’t explain the exact circumstances, but she makes it clear that it’s time for her sweet girl to go to a better place.
The dog, a yellow Labrador, looks every bit the picture of a beautiful dog who has lived a good long life.
Anyone who has ever had to make the choice to say goodbye to a beloved animal companion knows that it’s an incredibly tough choice, and usually it’s one that you face when the animal’s health is so deteriorated, they don’t have much time left.
For an elderly dog with severe cancer or another condition that gives the pooch chronic pain, there are situations where the condition is terminal, or where treatment would be unfairly cruel to the pet, because she simply won’t understand why you’re putting her through so much pain.
Clearly, these were the circumstances for this lovely old dog and the woman who owned her.
So, she made the incredibly tough and brave choice to put her dog down, painlessly and with people she loves all around her.
But before the scheduled appointment at the vet, dog and owner had one last perfect day together, one that every dog dreams of!
First, they hit the beauty parlor, where the pooch got a lovely bath, and lots of relaxing aromatherapy and spa treatments in the ultimate dog-grooming experience.
What a luxury!
Then, once she was all cleaned up and dry, she got a special design, a doggy beauty mark.
There’s nothing like a beautiful heart design to make you feel like an extra-special princess for all of the people you love!
Afterward, she got a lovely bandana that accurately declares how beautiful she is — and she knows it, too!
Plus, she got to go on a long car ride with Mom and sit in the front seat, two favorite doggy pastimes.
On the way home they stopped in a McDonald’s drive-thru and picked up a meal that all dog’s covet: a hamburger!
If you’re going out, might as well have something delicious that you’re not supposed to eat first.
Chances are that this sweet girl doesn’t get so much delicious people food every day.
We bet she’s savoring that yummy cheeseburger, plus, she even has her best friend feeding it to her by hand!
When Mom and her best bud get home from their morning relaxing, it’s time for lots of time spent with beloved family.
The sweet Lab’s favorite people surround her on her last day, making sure she gets fussed over and gets lots of loves.
They also make sure to get as many memories together as possible, posing for photos.
It’s heartbreaking to say “goodbye” to someone you love, but it’s a little bit easier when you know you have a memento to remember them by, and know that you’ve showed your love as much as humanly possible.
This lovely girl made sure to get in her goodbyes with everyone.
As noted, it’s not easy to say “cheese” and smile when you’re saying goodbye, but these are photos that the kids will treasure for years to come.
It’s not just her humans that she need to say goodbye either.
This sweet girl gets a last chance to feel like a puppy again, playing with her best buds in the backyard for the best playdate ever.
After all that playing, it’s time to mellow out again.
She enjoys the cool air on the porch, resting with everyone she loves around her.
While she takes a little rest, Mom continues with the spa treatments.
She gets pink polish on all of her nails.
Just look how pretty she is with her glamorous pedicure.
It’s her last day, and she should get to feel as pretty, inside and out.
Her owner makes sure that she knows how lovely and perfect she is, too.
This heartbreaking picture is captioned, “She’s my pretty old girl,” and it perfectly sums up the bond between an owner and a dog who loves her people, but is a little too weary to keep on going.
At the end of the day, they get in the car again, for this baby’s last car ride.
She sits in Mom’s lap the whole way to the vet’s, being fussed over and petted so that she knows she’s a good girl.
When they finally get to the vet’s office, this sweet girl gets her last shot, a quick one to go to sleep.
While she falls asleep, Mom holds her in her arms and spoons her, giving her lots and lots of love.
We can’t imagine a more perfect last day.
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