I’d like to tip my hat to Mark Konkol, a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, for his emotional, thoughtful and respectful piece on at-home pet euthanasia.
Mark called me a few weeks back for some background on this story, and by all accounts he was professional during our interview and very interested in his topic. The story in its finished form nearly brought a tear to my eye, perhaps because it brought back memories of when my wife and I made the difficult decision to put our pet cat, Sammy, to sleep a few years ago. Sammy, we had learned from our veterinarian, had gone blind and was suffering from kidney failure. Our veterinarian guided us through the process with skill and care, wrapped warmly in compassion and an understanding of just how much Sammy meant to our family.
As I told Mark after reading his story, good writers don’t tell, they paint. Mark painted a wonderful portrait for us of just how personal this decision can be, and how calming it can be in the end for the pet and the pet owner. He also helped more of us understand that there are options when it comes to end-of-life care and how veterinarians like Dr. Lisa McIntyre are so ably equipped – both professionally and personally – to help us through these tough times.
Thanks, Mark, for your story and the professionalism with which you handled it.