This Mom Snapchatted Her Beloved Dog’s Last Day, And It’s So Sad

As every animal lover knows, pets have the ability to touch our lives in ways that words sometimes just cannot describe. So when one woman was faced with the prospect of losing her beloved dog, she decided to document their last day together on Snapchat.

Photographer Kyle Amick had owned her American pit bull-terrier–Labrador mix named Hannah for 11 years. But in June 2016, the dog’s health began to quickly deteriorate, starting with episodes of seizures.

Gradually, Hannah’s fits began to get worse. It also seemed that they were exasperated by the medication she was taking to help her kidneys and reduce pain in her elbows and hips. When Amick took her pet off the meds, however, Hannah would lose her ability to walk. It was a catch-22.

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Clearly, neither option was ideal; the dog simply could no longer live comfortably with or without the meds. So after much agonizing thought, Amick decided to schedule Hannah for euthanasia. But first, she wanted to give her pampered pooch one “last hurrah” by spending their final day together doing the things that Hannah loved most.

Speaking to Buzzfeed, Amick said that the decision to put Hannah down was “the worst thing [she’s] had to choose in [her] life.” She added, “Hannah Bear was my best friend and by far the greatest dog I’ve had in my life. Making the choice to part with her won’t ever leave my heart.”

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To help her through her grief, Amick decided to share her heartbreaking goodbye on Snapchat and later created an album of her last day with Hannah on Facebook. With each image, Amick talks about her close companion.

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On a lighter note, the day of treats began with a trip to PetSmart, where Amick is employed, to give Hannah a relaxing aromatherapy bath. “I wanted Hannah to have a day to herself, be a queen one last time,” Amick explained.

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And did you know there’s such a thing as doggie tattoos? Yes, Hannah had this stunning purple heart dyed into her golden hair.

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Then, after her spa treatment and tattoo, Hannah had a scenic drive home. Of course, Amick wanted her dog to be able to stick her head out the window with glee one last time.

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Along the way, too, the pair picked up some fast food from one of Hannah’s favorite chain restaurants: McDonald’s. Indeed, pictures from Amick’s Snapchat show the pit bull mix tucking into a juicy burger. “Hannah loved food, any of it,” Amick wrote.

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Once home, Amick and Hannah just spent some quality time with family. The grieving owner admitted that she was finding it “hard to smile” as she tried to enjoy some of her last cuddles with her faithful four-legged friend.

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Amazingly, though, Hannah was able to muster up the energy for one last play date with her old friend Vinny. The dogs had been buddies for nine years, and their last reunion seemed to put a smile back on Hannah’s face.

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After that fun, Amick took Hannah inside where they could enjoy some final alone time. As part of the pampering, she gave her beautiful canine a bright pink manicure to match her fuchsia bandana. Then, all too soon, it was time to take Hannah to the vet.

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The final picture of Hannah’s last day shows her lying on the floor in the surgery room. As she lay on the floor, Amick wrapped herself around her and buried her tearful face into the back of her pet’s neck.

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Since posting her emotional farewell on Facebook, Amick has seen her and Hannah’s last day shared over 170,000 times. Amick has thanked the online community for their outpouring of love and credited them with helping her get through the grieving process.

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“Hannah’s my baby and I love her, and as a friend of mine said, if anything good can come out of this loss, it’s that she is touching so many lives with her story,” Amick wrote. “I pray that if at all possible, every dog, has a last day like Hannah.”

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To keep her dear friend’s memory close to her heart, then, Amick buried Hannah in her own backyard. “Hannah was laid to rest in an absolutely beautiful casket, built by my stepdad, and she was buried under a giant pine tree in our yard,” she said.

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Now Amick and her daughter Ember Rose are getting used to life without their cherished Hannah. “Life is different without Hannah,” Amick captioned in a Snapchat of her and her baby.

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“At night I’m still a wreck, when she isn’t watching me cry,” Amick said. “But I pull it together during the day. It isn’t fair for her to wonder why her mom is so sad.”

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As part of her healing process, Amick also decided to get a more permanent reminder of her time with Hannah. Yes, Amick shared an image of her new tattoo – that of a paw print with 11 butterflies. Alongside the picture, she wrote, “Eleven beautiful years with the most special dog in my life. I love you, Hannah Marie. I miss you every day.”

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