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Ask Amy: Pup’s passing will bring on sister-drama

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: We just learned that our beloved elder pup has a brain tumor that will end her precious life in the next couple of months.

Sad preparations are being made to have her euthanized at home, and for someone to prepare a grave.

I have notified people I know who will want to say goodbye (like my grandsons, whom my pet loves), and other family members.

I hesitate telling my sister.

When my last pet passed away, she wanted to be there when we buried him.

When the time came, she was nowhere to be found, and when I called her, she said she was running an errand and she would be right there.


I waited for over an hour, and then decided to go ahead without her. When she finally showed up, she was beside herself that I did not wait, and sobbed like it had been her pet that died. She admonished me for not waiting and I told her to go home.

I don't want to spend the last few weeks I have with my pet dealing with my sister’s drama. It's not like she spends a lot of time at our home; I rarely see her unless she needs something.

It will be all I can do to keep myself together the day we have to do this awful deed, and I don't feel like I should have to comfort her.

My husband and I want privacy in our grief.


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