This Woman’s Snapchats Of Her Dying Dog’s Last Day Will Make You Cry Like A Baby

May 30, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Animals, Life

For eleven-year-old Hannah, a pit bull terrier-Labrador mix, life was getting harder to live. Suffering from seizures and riddled with arthritis in her hips, loyal, loving Hannah was also enduring side-effects from the medications she was on to control her seizures. While watching Hannah struggle to walk and climb stairs, owner Kyle Amick knew a difficult decision was on the horizon.“I finally decided that keeping her on the meds was selfish, but keeping her off of them was just as cruel,” Amick stated.

Devastated to see her best friend living in pain, stricken by seizures, with medication that no longer worked, Amick decided to give Hannah one last day of love and pampering. She photographed each step of this beautiful yet heartbreaking final day with Hannah.

The day began with a car ride where Amick wondered if Hannah could sense the sadness in the air. She noted how difficult even the smallest steps were for Hannah.

Amick then noted the greatest responsibility that an owner had to her pet: to do what is best for the dog, and not for the owner. “It was the worst thing I’ve had to choose in my life,” Amick told BuzzFeed News.

Amick decided that if Hannah’s time had come, at least she would go out in style with a day solely dedicated to her.

The first stop was to have a relaxing aromatherapy bath at PetSmart.

After the doggie spa, Hannah stopped and had a fast food meal. “We took a long drive home to enjoy the treats and so she could stick her head out the window,” Amick said.

Amick brought Hannah home to rest and relax, something that Hannah always loved to do. “She was very smart and always up for cuddling or playing,” she said.

The day came to a close with the last play session between Hannah and her canine buddy Vinny. For a short while, Hannah played and bounced around as if she were a puppy again!

“She seemed to be a bundle of energy when we brought Vinny out to play with her. Vinny’s been her buddy for nearly nine years,” Amick said. But shortly after playing with Vinny, time and pain caught up to Hannah, who had to lay down and rest.

Then it was time to say goodbye. Amick and Hannah took a final ride in the car together to the veterinarian’s office.

At the vet’s office, Amick lay down next to her dear Hannah for their last picture together. “I don’t think there was a single person there at the vet that didn’t cry with us,” Amick said.

Amick documented her last day with Hannah on Snapchat, posted it on her Facebook page, and shared it with some fellow PetSmart employees. One employee asked to share Amick’s post, and the beautiful photographic tribute to Hannah went viral.Amick received support from so many people who saw Hannah’s story. “Hannah was honestly my best friend. I only did what I knew was best for her in the end,” she stated.

“Hannah’s my baby and I love her and as a friend of mine said, if anything good can come out of this loss, it’s that she is touching so many lives with her story,” Amick wrote on her Facebook page.

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  • Dan

    My wife and I had to put our dog down a few weeks ago. She had cancer. We found out in January and gave her the best last weeks we could until we knew it was time. In late April we had to say goodbye. I’m 6’1, 230 pounds of solid muscle and rage but I cried like a baby. Losing a pet is always hard. They are your family and wiggle their way into your heart. I feel for this girl and anyone who has to say goodbye to any family member. Stay strong my dear. I hope that there is something after all of this and both you and I get to see our friends again. Stay strong!

  • Karen M

    Whenever I’ve had to do this, I’ve just always told my special friends that I would, “give them the best rest of their lives I could!” And, I always miss them because they became a part of me. It’s never easy…