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.