How do you know when it’s time to let go? I’ve been thinking about this a lot in the last few weeks.
Chaos is getting older and the bad days are starting to outnumber the good ones. He turned 12 in August, which is old for an Akita. (The normal lifespan is 10 to 12 years.) He’s had arthritis for at least a year, and it’s getting progressively worse as time goes by.
Yesterday when I took him out for his last walk of the night, he had to sit down at least half a dozen times in order to go half a block and back. He has to sit down to potty sometimes.
It makes me sad because I know that I probably don’t have that much time left with him.
How do you know when it’s time to make that decision? Chaos still seems happy and I can medicate for his arthritis pain. Is it selfish of me to not want to let go too soon?