This is something I always go back to and re-read. This was sent to me when I lost 'pups' - so a pass forward is the go !
Our inability to completely protect
and keep from harm those we love
is a painful but inherent part
of the human condition.
Let solace be taken, however,
in knowing that we gave the best
we had to our ‘little’ friends,
and that they knew,
without an inkling of doubt,
that they were deeply loved,
For beyond all else,
that is the greatest gift we give to them,
and in turn,
the greatest gift they give to us.
Remember them all for all the joy
and love that they bought into our lives.
They were all good mates.
Just remember that you are talking to the converted here, and our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
No regrets, but feel very proud of yourselves - because you were there for the pup when he needed you the most - and that is a very special gift you gave willingly.