Content marketing: Telling Meaningful Stories

When you have to make the decision to put your dog to sleep

Christoph Trappe

October 23, 2015

Stories

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12039436_10208083496625758_246646376806597412_nI still remember the day I picked up Freckles, our German Shorthair of 13 years, as a pup in West Liberty. We got him from a house nearby for under $100.

I carried him four blocks or so because he hadn’t been trained to walk on a leash. Boy, did that change quickly. He was walking me all over town in West Liberty.

He was something. German Shorthairs are high-energy hunting dogs and high energy he had. I’m pretty sure he didn’t grow out of the puppy stage until age 6 or so.

He once broke out of a cement kennel in the backyard, demolished who knows how many pieces of furniture and once was escorted home by West Liberty Police after darting around town and crossing busy Highway 6 without getting hit.

He was our first kid kind of.

When we moved to Cedar Rapids, he was riding shotgun with me in the cab of the moving truck. “Don’t leave me behind, dude,” was the look on his face. I won’t, buddy.

1959251_10205758812590110_6156811306142938228_nWe took him with us when we left Cedar Rapids in 2008 for a few days due to the record flooding around town, he met our two beautiful daughters and got along with them. He was very protective of them and everyone was part of the family.

But then he got older. Don’t we all? He had a stroke, tumbled down the stairs, and lost 20 or so pounds in just a year. He couldn’t see, ran into furniture. He was obviously sick.

In October 2015, we loaded him up in the SUV. I had to lift him into the back since he could no longer make that short jump. We took him to the vet. His last car ride.

The vet gave us the option to be with him when he was put to sleep. I actually did a Periscope on this topic and my decision to not stay with him.

I didn’t want my last memory to be that. There were so many others.

One person on Periscope argued that I let him die alone. At least we lived together. (I’m pretty sure the vet was with him!)

We had good years together, buddy! And some annoying days – like when you threw up in the house, despite being right near the door to the backyard. We’ll miss ya.

As long-time friend Diana Nollen said on Facebook: “Pets leave forever-paw prints on our hearts.”

Very true.

10434244_10204354497683115_2235914984732810439_n I shared this story here not because it’s about authentic storytelling but because it is an example of a personal authentic story. Since they gave me my own login to this site, I do share personal stories from time to time. 


Christoph Trappe

Hello and thanks for stopping by. I'm Christoph Trappe and I'm the Vice President of Content Marketing Strategy, Americas, at ScribbleLive, which is based in Toronto and is a global content marketing software company. Before I started at ScribbleLive I was VP of Content Marketing and Conversion at MedTouch, a Boston-based company that helps healthcare organizations with digital marketing. I've written two books, speak at conferences around the globe and blog frequently on here. I love sharing my stories and helping organizations share theirs. If you need help, just visit the Contact Me page in the navigation and drop me a note. I'm always happy to chat! Thanks for reading! - Christoph ctrappe@christophtrappe.com 319-389-9853

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