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Sometimes Money Doesn't Matter

February 18, 2016

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It's easy to get caught up in making and saving a lot of money, but sometimes we need to remember what's truly important! Sometimes money doesn't matter.

Yesterday I had to put down my beloved dog, Max.

Max had been by my side during some of the most difficult parts of my life, including my divorce and the first time I had ever lived alone. He was always around to comfort me when I felt sad or scared. He was also content to lay by my feet while I spent hours doing homework. He loved to be as close to you as possible.

My Memories of Max

Max was the most gentle, calm dog I had ever seen. He love to play with baby kittens and he was excited to see my new puppy when I brought her home weighing only 2 lbs. He was always so gentle and made slow movements when approaching scared kittens and when he’d run around the back yard with my little dogs, he always took care to not run them over or step on them.

Seeing Max curled up in his bed with my kitten laying next to him was a common sight. He loved that cat and she loved him too.

Sometimes Money Doesn’t Matter

When I realized yesterday that I had to put Max down to prevent him from suffering, the furthest thing from my mind was my budget. That is, until the vet mentioned that there could be an after-hours fee since they were technically closed already.

Even though I hadn’t budgeted for this unexpected expense to happen this month, it was a comfort to know that I now make enough money to be able to cash flow some extra expenses now and then. Not to mention the feeling of knowing I had more than enough money in my emergency fund to cover an expense such as this. That’s why I didn’t care that there could be an extra fee. I just knew I had to get my dog taken care of. Sometimes money doesn’t matter.

I miss Max very much and it was weird to get up today without having that part of my morning routine. But I am glad to know that he is not suffering. Instead I’d like to imagine him up in a doggie heaven full of his friends that have passed before him. I’m sure they are having a grand old time.

It's easy to get caught up in making and saving a lot of money, but sometimes we need to remember what's truly important!

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28 responses to “Sometimes Money Doesn't Matter

  1. I’m so sorry Kayla! My kitty is getting old and I dread having to think about making that kind of decision. I’m glad you did have the funds to not worry about anything, but you’re right in moments like that, money is so far on the back burner.

    1. It’s so hard to make the decision. I don’t wish it on anyone! I wish pets could always just go peacefully, on their own in their sleep. They are such sweet companions and they never deserve to suffer.

  2. I’m very sorry for your loss. They leave such a big hole when they have to go. I still cry when I remember each of my dear departed ones. You can take comfort in the fact that you did right by him and returned his years of unselfish love.

  3. Kayla, I’m so sorry to hear this. Losing a pet is like losing a family member. Dogs really hold a special place in our hearts and Max was so lucky to have you to love him so much. I hope you’re doing ok considering the circumstances. I will keep you in my thoughts. <3

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss! I still get teary about my first pet, Sandy, who we had to put down last year. She was a total sweetheart — a dog in cat form, really — who saw me through some very tough times.

    And yep, when she was sick it didn’t matter what the costs were. I mean, I winced, but it never crossed my mind not to get the tests done. And when the time came, it never crossed my mind to let her just let go on her own. She was in pain (she had fluid in her heart that was pressing on her lungs, making it hard to breathe), and the vet could end that. It didn’t matter what the cost was.

    It sounds like you have other animals, which I found helps a bit when grieving. Still, it’s never a substitute for the one you lost.

  5. I’m so sorry, Kayla. We said goodbye to my sweet kitty, Tony, last month, and it was so hard. Like you, it was so sad not having him there as part of my daily routine any more.

    We spent $850 during his last ten days of life – not to mention the thousands we spent on his chronic health condition in previous years – and I don’t regret a penny of it.

    I hope you feel better soon.

    1. Oh no! That is so sad. I feel bad that he had been sick. Luckily Max hadn’t really been too sick or anything leading up to this – he just got very old and worn down.

  6. Sorry for your loss, Kayla. Just recently, my dog died because of distemper. As much as I want him to b cured, there’s no treatment discovered yet for the disease. 🙁

  7. Oh Kayla, somehow I missed this last week. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how terribly difficult it is to lose a beloved pet. They are your family. I’m glad, however, that you were in a place where you could make the best decision for Max without worrying about how to pay for it. Max is definitely running around in heaven, happy and healthy once again. Big hugs, my friend!

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