When Leah Stavish realized that her Samson, her beloved companion for the last fifteen years, was beginning to suffer, with the help of her veterinarian, she made the difficult decision to do what was kindness for the dog who meant so much to her for so long. She made an appointment for the vet to come to her house and gently help Samson over the Rainbow Bridge on a Friday morning.
The decision was not an easy one to make. Samson had been with Leah since he was a puppy, and until he was diagnosed with vestibular disease a year and a half ago, he was her constant companion. Whenever you saw Leah, Samson was with her. He even went to work with her at Four Paws Only in Seneca, where she is a groomer.
During the last year and a half, she spent even more time with Samson. She cut back on her work hours so she could be with him, because she didn't know how much longer she would have him. Last summer, the vet gave her the bad news that Samson probably had cancer, so she tried to make the most of every moment she could with him.
Finally she realized that the time had come when she was doing Samson no favor by holding on to him. He was deteriorating, she she gave him the last kindness she could - a humane death with dignity, with her holding him as he left for that Bridge.
But before Samson crossed the Rainbow Bridge, she was determined to make his last week the very best week of his life. With the help of her friends, she planned to take Samson to all of his favorite places, to give him a chance to play with his dog and human friends one more time, and to let those who loved Samson over the years say goodbye to him.
These are some of the things Samson did during that last best week of his life. Please read through all of the slides, especially the ending slide, which describes his trip to the Rainbow Bridge. Samson lived a great life, was loved, and died surrounded by love.