When is it time to say goodbye to your dog?

On our first long hike we literally went to the edge of my country.

Memento Mori

We create our own agility courses

When is it time?

Now, three years later, Jura is just as happy as before. Especially since we started living in a quieter environment with a (small) forest just around the corner. Apart from some bad days, she can easily hike ten or fifteen kilometers. Maybe not every day and under all circumstances, but she is in much better shape than I could have hoped for.
The last couple of years I have had plenty of time to think about that moment that will always come. My idea is that, no matter how emotional the situation is, I should not let empathy be my main guide when it comes to making a decision for her. That probably needs some explanation.

Gravity is just a theory.

Against Empathy

Growing old with dignity.


No the title above is not a typo. HHHHHMM stands for: Hurt, Hunger, Hydration, Hygiene, Happiness, Mobility and More good days than bad days. It is a scale developed by Dr. Alice Villalobos, veterinarian and researcher in the field of human-dog relationships. For each element (hurt, hunger, etc.) you give a score of 1–10, with 1 being very bad and 10 being very good. If the dog scores less than 35 in total, it is wise to think about the end.

Ultrarunner, holder of multiple personal records, servant to dogs, holder of a BA in Philosophy of Science, liker of trees, writer of words.

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