Layla
5/22/2005 - 5/29/2020We said goodbye to my best girl yesterday. We made the decision to put Layla to sleep, in the home, while she was still at least partially with us and before her suffering became debilitating. There were signs she had been slipping for a while - back legs giving out, fading vision and hearing, losing her balance, more panting, and looking confused and lost around the house. For as difficult as this was for us, this was absolutely the right thing to do before her suffering came to define her life. I give my mother credit for making the painful but merciful and loving decision to put her to sleep - and for being an incredible dog mother to Layla for 15 years. And thanks to Dr. Amy Parrish and Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice & In-Home Euthanasia for providing professionalism, convenience, and compassion to us on Layla’s final day.

She was our Bighead, with a wonderful sense of humor, intelligence, confidence, and friendliness to whomever she met. She was my favorite girl since the day we adopted her in August 2005, the summer proceeding my junior year at ESU. She was there when I graduated from college, returned from Prague, finished graduate school, began multiple new jobs, and she saw the beginning and end of an engagement and relationship. She was the bossy-yet-kind princess, the independent and welcoming, sometimes younger and sometimes older, dog sister to three other dogs who came and went during her watch (including one surviving puggle). Throughout all the life changes, Layla was the dog I loved greeting me and reminding me I was home. But now, nature has taken its course, and aging and death have finally caught up to her. Her death leaves a big giant hole in my heart, but I know we gave her a peaceful death and final gift after a life about as good as any you could imagine for a dog.

Farewell, Bighead. I love you, and I’ll see you on the other side 🖤
Christian GeirssonOrwigsburg, PennsylvaniaMay 31, 2020
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Layla was such a wonderful, sweet girl. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to meet her, and from the stories of her youth, she was quite the vibrant girl, full of life and joy. I'm so glad we were able to help her pass in dignity and the comfort of home. Rest well, sweet girl, until we meet again.Amy Parrish - June 4, 2020

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