I questioned some colleagues, but while they empathise with owners, many said that they are too busy to leave the surgery, or have a ‘no house-calls’ policy.
Thoughts became actions, and my At-home pet euthanasia service, Bowwout, was born in 2015.
Bowwout’s first official client was an old German Shepherd dog who lived in Dublin. He was unable to stand, but pushed himself up as much as he could to greet me. As I stroked him he gave a sigh, and I felt the weight of his great head relax into the palm of my hand. I lowered it gently down and he lay peacefully. He was ready to go. The elderly couple with him wept.
A few days later I got a lovely letter from the owner, their son, who unknown to me had been sitting at the top of the stairs all the time.