Help with Tough Decisions when Your Pet is Dying

He was eating fewer meals and drinking less water. For an active, healthy, fun-loving 9-year old boxer dog, no one suspected this beautiful dog was dying.

This bundle of fur came into Charlene’s life when he was almost two years old. She adopted him from a shelter and he had a place in her heart and her home from that day on.

Charlie hung around with Charlene in her home office while she put in her busy days. Their favorite fun time was talking walks together along the beach and romping around in the backyard like two kids having a great time.

Imagine her heartache when Charlie began to loose weight and his loss of appetite became severe. In less than two weeks, he was a very sick dog and it was time for some tough decisions.

A trip to the vet and an antibiotic didn’t help. Charlie was getting lethargic and sleeping a lot. Charlene was feeling desperate, anxious, and scared that she wasn’t doing enough or making the right choices for this exceptional boxer dog.

I got her email early one evening – “Charlie is sick… can you help?” Charlene knew I worked with a healing process called Spiritual Response Therapy. Could I help her sick boxer dog? I asked her for any information she had on Charlie’s condition, the vet’s examination, and test results.

Then I connected with the spiritual guides that work with Charlene and Charlie to make sure Charlene and her boxer dog were each in a place of ease and peacefulness as I did the energy work. Throughout the session, Charlene began to relax and feel the comfort of knowing she was doing the best she could for Charlie. She was asking the right questions and making the tough decisions that everyone faces when their pet is dying. As the session continued, it was obvious that Charlie was ready to leave his body, and he wanted Charlene to know how much he appreciated the home and love she gave him.

Charlene had an appointment that evening for her boxer dog’s ultrasound. The next few hours verified his cancer and the need to gently let him slip away in Charlene’s arms.

Like any major loss in your life, you’re never really ready for that moment of letting go. It is still painful and heartbreaking. The best you can do for yourself and your beloved pet is to know you made the best effort. When you bring in support physically, emotionally, and spiritually for yourself and your pet, both of you heal in ways that continue long after your pet’s transition.

This is what it meant for Charlene: “I can’t tell you how much your help has meant to me. One of my greatest fears was that I would find making decisions for him very agonizing. That did not happen, and that was very much due to your help. I think you also helped him to find a way to let me know that all was well. I am very sad today. Working at home as I do he was with me almost constantly and it is hard to be without him. But at the same time I am comforted knowing that he will always be with me too.”

Most of the pets I help are not yet ready to transition and I can assist them to recover. Other pets like Charlene’s boxer dog Charlie are ready to transition, and that is where my support is most needed. Regardless of the outcome, if you, or someone you know, has a very ill pet, I am sure I can help them both. Please don’t wait. Contact me right away.

Email me: Janice (at) and replace the (at) with @ and make sure there are no spaces between any of the words and the @ symbol. This address is deliberately modified to avoid spammers.

I’m here to walk this healing journey with you and your pets.

Janice M. Puta
Spiritual Advocate for People and Animals
Certified Consultant & Teacher in Spiritual Response Therapy
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