As a professional, Heidi Snutch had seen it all. After years of working in her field, almost nothing surprised her. Then, on a day like any other, a man rushed in with his dog. He had been doing some yard work at his home, he explained, when one of the branches he was cutting fell on one of his two cocker spaniels.
“The dog had severe head trauma and was given a very poor prognosis by our critical-care specialist,” Snutch recalled.
The man, who had lost his wife to cancer that same year, begged Snutch to save his beloved pet. With little hope for recovery and lack of financial means, the man brought his other dog in, so they could say goodbye together.
“I tried to hold back my emotions but failed miserably. I was emotionally drained for the rest of my shift,” she said. “I couldn’t sleep at night because I kept replaying this instance over and over in my head.”