This past week was tough. My family said goodbye to our beloved dog, Brody. Brody was a Lab/Shepherd mix we adopted from the Nebraska Humane Society in the Spring of 2006. He had been an owner surrender. In Brody’s case, he spent his first year of life tethered to a backyard tree. He was underweight and scared; but became a favorite among the dog-walkers at NHS.

Once we arrived at our house that first evening, it was time to show him where he would live. Inside. Sometimes in our bed. Not leashed to a tree in the backyard and lonely.

The first few days home with a new dog were tricky. He acted as if he had never climbed a set of stairs. The turning on of the television made him cower. He ate my husband’s glasses and the remote control. He got in the trash. He ate the cat food.

But he was sweet, playful and gentle, with soulful eyes. We loved him. Our cats even thought he was okay. After a few sharp claws to the face, Brody figured out not to mess with them. It’s funny to watch an 80-pound dog stand perfectly still and make room when a tiny, fluffy 8-pound cat wants to walk past him down the hallway.

We enjoyed Brody and all his antics for over 12 years. We can’t say for sure, but he lived until at least the ripe old age of 13. He suffered what seemed like a stroke back in February. After some medications, patience, extra love and attention, he lived fairly well until this fall. His joints were painful, he was losing muscle mass and walking became difficult. We realized he was losing his desire to live. We brought him to the Midlands Humane Society for euthanasia, followed by a private cremation.

We were incredibly pleased with the “end of life care” that the MHS veterinary technicians took in caring for Brody. I knew he was in good hands. They treated him like he was one of their own dogs and we knew we were making the right, albeit tough, decision to put him down. We appreciated the gentle nature in which his final moments were handled.

For those out there facing the same situation, you may want to consider MHS. Maybe it is a current need or one you feel you’ll face in the next couple years — consider the Midlands Humane Society. We offer compassionate and affordable euthanasia, along with general and private cremations. Godspeed Brody —enjoy the Rainbow Bridge.

MHS pets of the Week: For your viewing pleasure, we offer a glimpse into the land of black and white. Yin-Yang. Oreos. Opposites attract. Meet our furry gang of two-toned cats and a dog. Patches and Dojo are the two male cats of this motley crew. These large boys have been cared for by MHS staff for quite some time. Patches, a 3- or 4-year-old, made his way here as a stray in July and Dojo, a 6-year-old, was an owner surrender who came in mid-September. Both are shorthaired cats who are looking for a lap to control. A warm blanket would also be nice.

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Matilda, the lone female, is still very young. At just over 1 year old, you can still expect kitten antics from her. She possesses a medium length coat, so regular brushing will keep her looking in tip-top shape. You can channel your own Jan Brady and brush this kitty’s long locks 100 times prior to bedtime.

Eddie, the adorable black and white pointer mix arrived at MHS about one month ago. He is approximately 4 years old. He comes off as a little shy and reserved. But with a little time, he will come out of his shell and show you his true personality. He would do best with other dogs of similar size and older children.

Remember, we have cats available every day at the PetSmart location in Council Bluffs. So, the next time you are stocking up on treats for Fido or selecting a new cat tower for Jinx, walk by and check out the adoptable animals.

MHS is open today from 11 a.m to 5 p.m.

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