I think it's time to put my dog to sleep.

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    Dec 05, 2012 6:35 AM GMT
    Tonight I think I came to terms with the decision that the time has come. I know she(Serena) has had a difficult last 4 months and getting harder.

    I found her at an animal shelter about 8 years ago(time flew bye) She is my baby girl and I have been trying not to go to pieces just thinking of the thought. I don't want her to be in more discomfort than she is already experiencing with her arthritis, loosing weight, showing no interest, hearing going, etc.

    I just keep crying and crying, giving my self a head ache and heart ache.

    I knew it was going to be hard to make this decision especially around Christmas.

    I'm gonna make her the best bbq rib eye steak she ever had and plan on having the doc come to the house where she can go with comfort.

    I'm gonna miss her so much.
  • Kriss

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    Dec 05, 2012 6:40 AM GMT
    this is really sad. Wow condolonces pets can definately become part of the family and mean so much to the people whom they come in contact with. This is really sad icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:04 AM GMT
    Oh man I'm so feeling what your going thru, it's tough and I've been there.. It's like losing a child and I lost all 3 of my boxers and it felt like I was lost inside, then I made myself remember all the special quirks joy they brought me and I kept those memories as they made me smile and remember how special they were! It's tough and tears will come and go and soon you will understand your doing what's best for her! My heart goes out to you bud. Be strong and know your letting your beloved pet drift off and she was blessed to have you in her life.
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:06 AM GMT
    I had one of my dogs put to sleep recently, too. I don't think I'd ever put my own dog to sleep if it was my personal decision to make.
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:13 AM GMT
    My older boxer was riddled with pain and towards the end Gave her half a can of beer during the day and after she lapped it up she acted like a puppy! She'd hear the pop of the can and come walking over with a look of total joy and excitement! God Suzy loved her beer and she passed away at home. My vet said it was totally cool as there was nothing we could do for her as she was just old.. She had her final beer and passed away buzzed at home in our arms... What a great memory
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:23 AM GMT
    shortmuscleguy saidMy older boxer was riddled with pain and towards the end Gave her half a can of beer during the day and after she lapped it up she acted like a puppy! She'd hear the pop of the can and come walking over with a look of total joy and excitement! God Suzy loved her beer and she passed away at home. My vet said it was totally cool as there was nothing we could do for her as she was just old.. She had her final beer and passed away buzzed at home in our arms... What a great memory


    Awww. That's great. I wished that's how mine went, in my arms.
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:27 AM GMT
    shortmuscleguy saidMy older boxer was riddled with pain and towards the end Gave her half a can of beer during the day and after she lapped it up she acted like a puppy! She'd hear the pop of the can and come walking over with a look of total joy and excitement! God Suzy loved her beer and she passed away at home. My vet said it was totally cool as there was nothing we could do for her as she was just old.. She had her final beer and passed away buzzed at home in our arms... What a great memory


    Your story of Suzy made me smile and also tear up a little. Bless both of y'all

    *Big hugs for Kali*
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:33 AM GMT
    I was gonna write about my dog, but it makes me cry.

    I always said to him: you're gonna break my heart one day. And I was right.

    This is the price we pay for love and for loving.

    "When the heart is full, the eyes overflow"~~Yiddish saying.
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    Dec 05, 2012 8:05 AM GMT
    I feel very sad for you, for the loss of your dog. There's probably nothing that I or anyone else could say that could make you feel good at this time.

    Just know that all of us who have owned dogs know what it is like for the dog when his life is coming to an end, and understand how you must be feeling. I hope that the love of your partner provides comfort for you at this time.
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    Dec 05, 2012 12:42 PM GMT
    How sad, I feel for you. My partner and I dread the day we are in that position.icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 05, 2012 1:33 PM GMT
    Kalifornication, we found this was the best way...

    "I'm gonna make her the best bbq rib eye steak she ever had and plan on having the doc come to the house where she can go with comfort."

    ...surrounded by the smells, sights and sounds of home.

    We just went through this in May ( Jack Russell - 17 years), and are going to be again soon with our 16 year old Border Terrier.

    *grieving for you*

    -Doug
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    Dec 05, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    Very sorry to hear about your baby girl.

    It must be very difficult to bear witness to her final days knowing all she has brought to your life.

    My little girl means the world to me, and I can not imagine losing her.

    I am always amazed at how much love and joy pets can bring to their families.

    I think it's great that you have kept her best interests at heart as you honor her with a thoughtful and peaceful goodbye.

    My thoughts are with you.
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    Dec 05, 2012 2:43 PM GMT
    I feel your sorrow, buddy. Dogs are the most loyal friends on earth. The best thing you can do for her now is to be selfless. Let her rest in peace. And to you, my very best wishes.
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 05, 2012 4:12 PM GMT
    So sorry for you, guy. I went through it earlier this year with my beautiful girl Kit but the night before I'd resolved to take her in she went into some pain so I put up on the bed with me and kissed her snoz and stroked her every time the pain came around. She died in my arms in my bed about 5am. She was such a gift to me.

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  • hawkeye7

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    Dec 05, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    I feel for you I know the time is coming for me and Starbuc. He is Airedale and is older than any Airedale that I know. He still has some spunk but he keeps getting hurt and limps often.

    Be brave and take care of your little girl you will know when its time.
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    Dec 05, 2012 4:17 PM GMT
    awww this is sad, but don't worry about your baby girl she going to be okay, sure she's going to die, but she going to be reborn gain. one time one of my dogs died, i i found him in a new incarnation againicon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif now he back with meicon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif just find a true clairvoyant person, and he or she will be able to find her in her new body.icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 05, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear- think of the good times you both had together and how she was lucky to have you as an owner- cyber hug!
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    Dec 05, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
    I am sooo sorry. It is heart-rending. Because they can't speak to us, it is hard so you have to speak for them. Just try and remember you were lucky to have the time you did together, and they are always with you. Stay brave, be strong for them because they can't do it for themselves. Feel free to email me if you need support. I have been there!
  • AMoonHawk

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    Dec 05, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    I have felt your pain. I have had two boxers that I had to put to sleep, both with cancer. The first I had 11 years the second 7. It's really difficult to have to do, that's why I have decided that my current one is going to be my last pet. With luck he'll still be around when I'm 60 and maybe 2 or 3 more years after. They are only here for such a short time, but they give so much love and companionship in that time. Peace.
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    Dec 05, 2012 4:27 PM GMT


    Hugs.
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    Dec 05, 2012 4:28 PM GMT
    Trollileo said"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."


    Our pets are great and mighty teachers to sacrifice their lives lived short that we might learn how powerful is love, so much so that we only feel it fully when it is gone. Were it not cloaked in fur and face licks, love itself would overpower our experience of it, that without death we might otherwise never know.

    Each tear a glimpse of love revealed.
  • Hothouse

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    Dec 05, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    I've had several dogs and lost them over the years.
    First was our dog that was born the same year as me, but when I was 15 he was old and sick. It was a lesson for me that sometimes the things you love have to leave you.
    Then I had to have my poodle put down that I got when I was around 10 - when I was 20 she got sick and I took her to the vet, he did what he had to and I held her in my arms as the vet left us alone. I'm tearing up just writing this, so I know how difficult it is.
    I've had other dogs since, but only those two that had to be "put to sleep." The others died at home, of natural causes. (Well, exept one - a rescue dog that the neighbor boy shot with a BB gun, I was pissed!
    My last dog was a Boston Terrier, and I held her in my arms too, but at home.
    Yes, they become a BIG part of your life and it's so hard to let go. I feel your pain.
  • Nico3687

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    Dec 05, 2012 4:32 PM GMT

    I just went through this last year with my 14 year old lab/shep rescue. I'm an only-child so the dog was, essentially, my sibling as for how my family and I interacted with her.

    Just put yourself in your dog's shoes, it's all you can do.

    I think the idea of having her put to sleep in your home is excellent. It will bring comfort to you and most importantly, comfort to her.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 05, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    I know from personal experience what sort of choice this is.... my prized quarter horse I received for my 11th birthday had to be put down several years ago.. about this time. I had his paddock all decorated for Christmas as I always did, lights on the barn, etc. Due to a genetic problem with his fetlock, he had to be put down. I had him buried in the corral area.
    It was the right thing to do, logic ruled, emotions caught up after the fact.

    Make sure that a vet concurs with your thoughts before you do anything, think carefully.. it sounds like you have. Just know my thoughts are certainly with you. It is very tough... I can sense the love. Life can be a bitch, but remember all the good times you had....... and that your canine companion needs complete care. Do what is best for her.

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    Dec 05, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    Hugz. My heart goes out to you.

    I've been there twice in in two years. It is one of the worst feelings.

    Hang in there. icon_neutral.gif