March 2012
By Dr. Keith Leakey

This article is therapy for me and lets me, in a way, show respect to our little baby girls that my wife and I raised and loved the best we knew how.  Chewy and Badra were our two labs. As much as I believe we found them, they found us, too. We recently moved here in April of 2011 and brought all 5 of our furry family members. This was a new adventure and we were afraid that the move would be hard on them. They rolled with it better than we did and taught us that change happens and as long as we have each other nothing else matters. Chewy was the most beautiful flower girl in our wedding, with us everywhere we went and greeted everyone with a smile. She was a true friend and understood me without words. Badra’s role in life was to help people. She was placed with a disabled girl in Dallas and later put up for adoption. Megan and I were lucky enough to adopt her. She was the 85-pound dog that thought she was 10 pounds and found her way into your lap! They both had the softest ears and sweetest kisses.

The idea of making the decision to let your little girls or boys go is not normal. We focus so much on the little puppy or kitty that we brought home, that even 13 years later we look at them no differently than the first time we fell in love. The hardest part about being a daddy for me was making the decision to take them from this place.  Understanding that I could not take the pain away but not wanting to give up is hard. I truly believe that to be a good parent, to your pet, you have to love them while they are here and part of that love involves letting them go when the time comes. I know I have not had the opportunity to meet a lot of our clients but I want you to know that I understand the decisions you make are very difficult regarding this topic. I love all my girls and am confident that my decision to let them go was for the best, but that does not make it any easier. I am blessed to have had them in my life and it is because of them that I strive to be the best veterinarian that I can.  Thanks Chew and B for always taking care of us.

Mom and Dad