I'm sad as my dog is just put down

  • beaujangle

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    Apr 30, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    It's especially distressing when I'm away from home. So I rely only on email messages/ webcams from my sisters who updated me on the details. I played in my mind all the details and it upsets me a lot as I pictured in my mind an active energetic dog which was too weak to open her eyes as my sisters said goodbye to her before the lethal injection. I know I'll recover eventually but until then the pain will remain at least for a little while...
  • Chackers

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    Apr 30, 2011 3:20 PM GMT
    Aww i'm sorry icon_sad.gif hope you're ok!
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    Apr 30, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    Awww....I'm sorry to hear that

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    Apr 30, 2011 4:45 PM GMT
    I am so sorry , you are in my thoughts .....
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    Apr 30, 2011 5:10 PM GMT
    My condolences

    Take pleasant thoughts and envision your dog conveying all the love that she gave and plus the fact that a loving owner such as yourself treated her the same.
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    Apr 30, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    I am so sorry for your loss.

    I couldn't be there either when my second dog passed away in intensive care. icon_cry.gif
  • Webster666

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    Apr 30, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    beaujangle saidIt's especially distressing when I'm away from home. So I rely only on email messages/ webcams from my sisters who updated me on the details. I played in my mind all the details and it upsets me a lot as I pictured in my mind an active energetic dog which was too weak to open her eyes as my sisters said goodbye to her before the lethal injection. I know I'll recover eventually but until then the pain will remain at least for a little while...


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    Apr 30, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    I'm so sorry. I know it's hard. Hang in there, buddy
  • BCSwimmer

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    Apr 30, 2011 8:18 PM GMT
    So sorry for your loss.

    Here is a link to some information to assist with grief: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/grief_loss.htm

    Best wishes to you.
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    Apr 30, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    I'm so sorry - I lost a cat recently, and posted a thread about it. So I know exactly what you are going though. Just know that this was the last, and hardest, decision that had to be made, but it was the best thing for your dog. She is no longer suffering. I hope you can remember the happy times, too. Hugs.
  • beaujangle

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    May 01, 2011 1:42 PM GMT
    Thanks to all of you who have offered your support and provided words of wisdom. Yes, South Beach, I think I'll get the book you've recommended; the reviews of the book are awesome and they make me want to buy it.

    Thanks again to all of you!
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 01, 2011 1:52 PM GMT
    Very sorry to hear.. I'd like to hear more about your dog, how long you had her and anything else you'd like to share.

    I'm sure it was especially difficult not to be there. My condolances.
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    May 01, 2011 2:04 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear about your dog. We went through the same thing last September and it was very difficult for us (an RJ friend kindly made a thread about her when she was very sick). I still miss her all the time and have kept some mementos of her around the apartment. I have a few songs I associate with her and I play them from time to time when I want to think about her. I also have lots of photographs.

    We couldn't think about getting another dog till just recently. I finally found the perfect dog yesterday and she is enjoying her new home. I still wish our other puppy could be here too but I know she's here in spirit.

    The most important part is to let yourself feel what you need to feel and take as much time as you need to grieve.
  • beaujangle

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    May 01, 2011 2:19 PM GMT
    Thanks Kansan for your interest. I had her for 14 years. She was an energetic lovey dovey brown Labrador. Like most dogs, she was loyal and always there for me, so she was part of the family and part of me.

    What made it even harder is I'm away from home (I was a grad student here). In the past 3 summers, I did return home but not the recent one as I was looking for a job here. A few weeks ago, I did think of returning home for a short holiday but her death came on pretty suddenly.

    She was put to sleep after 5 days of suffering (kidney failure and enlarged heart). The touching moment was when my family members visited her as she was lying there on drips in the animal hospital, very weak, breathing hard and loud, eyes half open. They called her name and said the final farewell and she flickered her eyes a little. When the lethal injection was administered, it was instant death.

    A few years ago, I watched the movie 'Marley & Me' and yes, that movie made me cry. I knew then that the dreaded day would come since we humans outlive our pets.
  • beaujangle

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    May 01, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    BCSwimmer saidSo sorry for your loss.

    Here is a link to some information to assist with grief: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/grief_loss.htm

    Best wishes to you.



    Great info and thanks! It shows how complex things can be and there's quite a bit of work to do to deal with grief.
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    May 01, 2011 2:23 PM GMT
    Ah, beaujangle... *huge hug*

    Bill and I have traveled this road several times over the years and are about to once again when Spencer's body can no longer contain his shining self.

    Thinking of you today,

    -Doug