Goodbye My True Companion

  • tbeaux

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    Aug 09, 2010 4:06 AM GMT
    So I found out today my dog is dying. He lives with my sister since I'm away at college and my mom works a lot and she is older so can't really handle him. Well his legs gave out and he fell down the stairs, hasn't eaten in 2 weeks, and won't get up. Plus! He is sad because of his sister, we had a dalmatian that we had to put down, so you can see it in his eyes that he is so sad.

    I most likely have to put him down.


    " A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn't care if your rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he'll give you his."


    I feel like I've been kicked in the stomach and my heart has been stabbed.

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    Bailey, golden retriever, the one that is living. (left)

    R.I.P Cali, the dalmatian (right)

    :-(
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    Aug 09, 2010 4:10 AM GMT
    *hugs* icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 09, 2010 4:23 AM GMT
    Tim...pets are usually our first experience with unqualified love and unfortunately our first experience at how we show mercy and love for the suffering and pain of one we love. I am almost in tears for you because I know how bad it hurts to see your pet in misery and how much you so hope that they will get better, and yet you know they won't. You pet loves you without qualification, you need to repay that with at least the class and love to stay with your pet as the moments in the vet's office wind down to the end....it will hurt...BAD! The qualities of mercy and love go hand in hand along with the capacity to have empathy for those suffering....Share your pain with others and keep the memories alive....Good luck and many hugs to you...icon_cry.gif
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    Aug 09, 2010 4:34 AM GMT
    If all dogs go to heaven, take comfort that Bailey and Cali will be reunited.
  • tbeaux

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    Aug 09, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    Found out from the vet today, he has cancer icon_cry.gif he's only supposed to live a week maybe.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 09, 2010 11:18 PM GMT
    Oh Man icon_sad.gif

    I can't imagine how you feel
    I've had dogs that I've had to put down
    and it never gets any easier
    Just know that he won't be suffering anymore and that he enjoyed his time with you as much as you enjoyed him
    And also remind yourself that when he needed you to help end his suffering you were there for him

    Good Luck
  • KepaArg

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    Aug 09, 2010 11:19 PM GMT
    My condolences! A big hug!
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    Aug 09, 2010 11:22 PM GMT
    My deepest sympathies. I just went through this with my cat... a real sweet being...who was a constant companion (she thought she was a dog) with me for over 15 years. I thought she was going in for a routine abscessed tooth extraction, but what they found was a jaw tumor that had already invaded her brain.

    I had to make the decision to let her stay asleep (for the tooth extraction) and raced there to hold her paw as they put her down. It was awful.

    Her picture is on my profile.
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    Aug 09, 2010 11:23 PM GMT
    I can't even imagine how painful this must be for you. So sorry to hear this. icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 09, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
    I lost my sweet boy a few months back, and Im still grieving and trying to put the pieces back together. My heart goes out to you, I know just how youre feeling.

    There's a site you may want to check out, I know it definitely helps me when I'm missing my pup. The people there have all experienced the loss of a beloved pet, and they always know just what to say to comfort you.
    Petloss.com.

    Stay strong,
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    Aug 09, 2010 11:29 PM GMT
    so sorry to hear, hopefully you can spend as much time with him over the next week. 2 yrs ago my lab of 14 yrs had to be put down and i wasn't able to be there that day, so i flew home a few weeks before and spent time with him and I am so happy I had that time. I still think of hime every day, our dogs are truly the ultimate companion.
  • EricLA

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    Aug 09, 2010 11:34 PM GMT
    Tim,

    So very sad to hear about Bailey. My sister's dog is 15 now. Her hearing is pretty much gone, arthritis makes her really stiff getting up and getting around at first. She's not as active as she used to be. My dog, the offspring, will be 13 in November. She's still very spunky, but her hearing also is less sharp and she doesn't seem as strong with her back legs. She still has a good life ahead of her, God willing, but life is creeping on them both. I don't know what it's like to be in your shoes, but all you can do is give Bailey the best life -- and death -- that you can. If Bailey won't eat and continues deteriorate, that makes your decision a bit easier, Bailey will be telling you it's time. I hope there's a rebound though.

    Best of luck. My thoughts are with you.

    Eric
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    Aug 09, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    Sorry for your loss. Shame they don't live as long as we do.
    This expression of love is exactly what dogs are all about.
    Thanks for the post. Dogs are the best.
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    Aug 09, 2010 11:46 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear your sad news....it is always hard loosing a companion that has always been there for you, always happy to see you and provides unconditional love.
    Hopefully you can spend some time with him before you have to make that fateful trip to the vet and let him know how loved he is and how much he will be missed....
    Big virtual hug
  • baldone

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    Aug 09, 2010 11:53 PM GMT
    hugs and prayers go out to you tonight....i have had to put one friend down and that was one of the hardest things i have ever had to do..she was old and frail but still had that sparkle in her eyes till the very end
    i have two great dogs now and would be heart broken if either got hurt or sick
    my deepest deepest thoughts and prayers are yours tonight
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    Aug 10, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    i'm so sorry! my dog is 16 years old.....(turning 17 in October) and i have nightmares about the moment she is gone. I think i'm prepared and just thankful for all those years of joy she has given me.!!!!
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    Aug 10, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidIf all dogs go to heaven, take comfort that Bailey and Cali will be reunited.


    Of course!!! All dogs and cats go to heaven!! AND I think two of them came back to be my guardian angels !!!
    Cali & Bailey will be with you in spirit...forever!!!
  • RSportsguy

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    Aug 10, 2010 12:58 AM GMT
    I am so sorry Tbakes! You were truly blessed to have Bailey and Cali in your life! I think they were very lucky to have you too!
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    Aug 10, 2010 1:05 AM GMT
    I am so sorry to hear about your dog. You have my deepest sympathy. I had to put one of my dogs down a little over a year ago - it was one of the hardest things I had to do. But the happy times with my dog, Klaus, are what I remember most of all. My thoughts are with you.
  • tbeaux

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    Aug 10, 2010 1:12 AM GMT
    Thanks you guys. icon_smile.gif I'll keep this updated.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Aug 10, 2010 1:13 AM GMT
    My heart ached for you when I read this. I have had to have longtime animal companions put down and I believe it is the hardest thing anyone, not just an animal lover, would ever have to do.

    My thoughts are with you tbakes18.

    You will have the same wonderful memories of Bailey as you do for Cali.

    Be strong.

    Jeff
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    Aug 10, 2010 1:25 AM GMT
    So so so sorry to hear this.

    I've been there before and I know how hard it can be. Think of all of the good/amazing memories that you have with your pup.... Dogs are truly one of the greatest gifts that a person can have in their lives.



    Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really. ~Agnes Sligh Turnbull


    I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. ~Gilda Radner
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Aug 10, 2010 1:30 AM GMT
    "If There Are No Dogs In Heaven, Then When I Die, I Want To Go Where They Went" - Will Rogers


    My heart is breaking for you.
    xoxo
    r.
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    Aug 10, 2010 3:53 AM GMT

    I have 4 Boston Terriers here so I am so sorry and they are also.

    As everyone else has said hugs to you!
  • safety43_mma1...

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    Aug 10, 2010 6:17 AM GMT
    i am soooooo sorry. i had to put down my best bud three years ago and miss him to this day. i kept his ashes and have pics of him all over. i did also get a tattoo of him also over my heart.