Dear Mrs C, so sorry to hear about losing Emmitt. He sounds like a wonderful boy.
Taking care of them so intensely at the end of their lives leaves the feeling of neglect once they pass - like I should be out there, with him, taking care of him. It's heartbreaking. Prior to losing my sweet boy Toby (7/1/18) and my baby girl Izzy (3/17/14), they had both been on long-term, daily routines of medications, sub-Q fluids, etc. A lot of work but of course now I miss doing it. All of us here would do anything for our babies, that's for sure. Please try not to let guilt or regret overwhelm you. We all question what we might have done differently, but it sounds like you gave Emmitt an amazing life full of love, affection and care. If we could all plan exactly how things go at the end, maybe this grief thing wouldn't be quite so hard. Take good care of yourself and Callaway, and keep Emmitt in your heart. The bond you had with him will never be broken. Wishing you peace and comfort, Katie p.s. - I laughed pretty hard at that pic of Emmitt helping himself to the loaf of bread 😃
"How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul." ― Frances Hodgson Burnett