Family Recreates Their Favorite Picture With Dog Just Before He Has To Be Put Down

The dog was a puppy in the first picture, 16 years old in the second.

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This was their favorite picture with the dog. Via Imgur

Even on the first, joyous day that you welcome your new dog into your home, there’s always that bittersweet realization that you’ll have to say good-bye to him someday. Whether it’s five years away, or 15 years away, someday eventually arrives, ready to break your heart, upend your life and force you to say good-bye.

Just before a Reddit user named weezabeeb had to put her 16-year-old dog down, she and (presumably) her family gathered to recreate their favorite picture with him.

“We had to put my dog of 16 years down yesterday, but before we did we recreated our favourite photo with him,” weezabeeb wrote.

The group recreated that picture just before the end of the dog's life. Via Imgur

The group recreated that picture just before the end of the dog’s life. Via Imgur

Maybe at first they had to force themselves to smile and to pose with him, knowing what would happen shortly after the shutter clicked, but it undoubtedly made them remember what it was like when they took the original pic — and all of the memories they had shared with him between then and now. That could be why others have done the same thing, spending the last days with their pets recreating that very first picture and creating visual bookends of their time together.

Everything that happens between those two pictures — all of the joy and friendship and life that you’ve shared with your pet — that’s what makes it worth it. There isn’t a frame in the world big enough to hold that, so we carry it in our hearts instead.

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  • this dog was so loved and part of their family for 16 years. that is so wonderful! the recreation of that photo brought tears to my eyes. i hope to be able to do that with my geriatric chihuahua before his life ends. there is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog.

    stephanie davis February 18, 2016 10:32 pm Reply
  • These pics are great.I wish I had thought of doing this myself.Unfortunately, I don’t have pics of my Yellow Lab Randy that passed on 12/13/2013,just before Christmas.He had Lyrangial Paralysis + I had him from 4months to 11 1/2.He died in my home + until I replaced him I cried each day.He wasn’t just a dog to me.He was family.He slept in my bed.I put halloween costumes on him.He was 85 lbs.I also had him trained to be a service dog cause service dog agencies wouldn’t give me one.Dogs are very smart + aren’t given enough credit.My dog is my best friend.Diana Valley,Bronx,New York

    Diana Valle April 3, 2016 6:44 pm Reply

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