Had to put my dog down today

  • Import

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    Sep 07, 2015 10:38 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    It's been a particularly rough day for me. I had my dog put to sleep a few hours ago. icon_cry.gif
    This is the 2nd time in under 2 years I've had to do this. Some of you may remember about a year and a half ago I had to put my cat down... now, it was my dog's turn ..
    No one ever tells you when you get a dog how one day....they will shatter your heart. It really has taken the wind out of my sails. Definiely feeling like shit. She has been with me for the past 14 years. She moved out of my parents house with me, she moved to california and back with me. Se was always a constant in my adult life.... until now. I got her when I turned 17... on accident really. She just came in to my life. I didn't even choose her, she chose me.

    Over the weekend she was not breathing well. I could tell it was really labored breathing, especially when I tried to walk her. I just can't believe how quickly it happened. At first I chalked it up to heat, because it's been so hot here, but even after being in the AC for a few hours she was still panting and gasping for air.

    When I took her to the vet the vet informed me she had a pulmonary disease...basically, her lungs were shot. She said placing her in an oxygen tank and administering these 2 meds to her could help...and potentially give her another 6 months to live. It cost me just under 3 grand for this treatment and unfortunately ....it did not work.

    When I saw her today in the oxygen tank it was so sad and pathetic. She tried to perk up when she saw me and tried to stand up but her front paws slipped and she fell down. She couldnt even stand anymore. I couldn't even believe it. I had not seen her since Saturday because I left her at the vet for monitoring and to be in the oxygen tank. I was so eager to see her today and when I saw her I kind of wanted to cry. I knew I had to put her down. What else could I do? I hate that I had no control. I could do nothing for her.


    RIP baby girl. xoxox
    I'll never forget you. I loved you very very much.
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    Sep 07, 2015 10:39 PM GMT
    he or she is in a much better place now. No more pain or suffering. Wishing you the best.
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    Sep 07, 2015 10:45 PM GMT
    I know it's so sad, I remember when I lost my dog, it's like part of the family that just you have to let go, sorry for your loss
  • mystery905

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    Sep 07, 2015 10:56 PM GMT
    My condolences...

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    Sep 07, 2015 11:07 PM GMT
    You did what a friend and good master needed to do. Your little one trusted you for good judgment, and you delivered. She knew that now she was not all she wanted to be for you, and, even beyond her physical pain and problems, you saved her from further anguish. You were there for her in her need; and she'll always be there for you in your heart. You made the tough but right decision, bro. Remembering the good times you shared will get you through this.
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    Sep 07, 2015 11:23 PM GMT
    THammer saidYou did what a friend and good master needed to do. Your little one trusted you for good judgment, and you delivered. She knew that now she was not all she wanted to be for you, and, even beyond her physical pain and problems, you saved her from further anguish. You were there for her in her need; and she'll always be there for you in your heart. You made the tough but right decision, bro. Remembering the good times you shared will get you through this.

    Yes, remembering the good times with her is what makes this so painful, but I understand what you're saying. Thank you.

    I just can't believe I'm not gonna see her again. It's so weird to me.
    I guess sometime this week I'll clean up all her "stuff" .... beds, bones, toys, leashes, food bowls, etc.

    Damn.
    I wish I didnt have such a hectic work week coming up, but maybe that'll be a good thing.
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    Sep 07, 2015 11:30 PM GMT
    Big Hugs,
    she was the Boarder Collie?
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    Sep 07, 2015 11:54 PM GMT
    My condolences. icon_cry.gif
  • venue35

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    Sep 07, 2015 11:59 PM GMT
    I'm sure she was happy to have you as an owner import
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Sep 08, 2015 12:02 AM GMT
    My condolences to you Import. I know it's really hard. A couple of years ago when I had to put my cat down, I was like a basket case when I came out of the vet's office. This past April, my sister had to put her dog down, but he was really like my adopted dog, because he was with us for 15 years. Animals become part of our families. Sorry for your loss.
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    Sep 08, 2015 12:02 AM GMT
    Hugs, brother.

    My dog isn't doing well either... and putting him down is the inevitability that I know is coming, but I'm not ready for it yet.
  • Apparition

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    Sep 08, 2015 1:44 AM GMT
    Did the bfs dog last november, new puppy helps. Its fun when we forget and call the new one the old ones name.

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    Sep 08, 2015 1:56 AM GMT
    I can tell you were a great cat and dog owner. I've got no doubt your animals are truly lucky (and grateful) pets. I know they enjoyed their long, fun, loving lives with you. Think what a great time a pet has living under your care. Please consider (when you're ready) giving a place for another loving, deserving, grateful pet in your home. I'm thinking your past pets would vote yes on that. To help another pet find a warm (or cool) place to call "home" is what I believe will help you heal. It has helped me all these times when I've had to say goodbye to a beloved pet. Consider keeping all your dog's things - I do that. I share them with the next pet, even the collar. It just seems to help. Best of everything to you at this very tough time.
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    Sep 08, 2015 2:18 AM GMT
    I went thru the same predicament 3 years ago , and it so bloody hurts , it is like someone is reaching thru your chest and yank your heart out of your body icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif

    The memories is what keep you sane on those sad moments , you did the right thing , you gave her an easy way to go to doggie heaven .
    You are in my thoughts ,
    A big hug ,
    Affen
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    Sep 08, 2015 2:22 AM GMT
    Sorry for your loss man. icon_cry.gif
  • Eli_jah

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    Sep 08, 2015 4:19 AM GMT
    Import saidHey guys,

    It's been a particularly rough day for me. I had my dog put to sleep a few hours ago. icon_cry.gif
    This is the 2nd time in under 2 years I've had to do this. Some of you may remember about a year and a half ago I had to put my cat down... now, it was my dog's turn ..
    No one ever tells you when you get a dog how one day....they will shatter your heart. It really has taken the wind out of my sails. Definiely feeling like shit. She has been with me for the past 14 years. She moved out of my parents house with me, she moved to california and back with me. Se was always a constant in my adult life.... until now. I got her when I turned 17... on accident really. She just came in to my life. I didn't even choose her, she chose me.

    Over the weekend she was not breathing well. I could tell it was really labored breathing, especially when I tried to walk her. I just can't believe how quickly it happened. At first I chalked it up to heat, because it's been so hot here, but even after being in the AC for a few hours she was still panting and gasping for air.

    When I took her to the vet the vet informed me she had a pulmonary disease...basically, her lungs were shot. She said placing her in an oxygen tank and administering these 2 meds to her could help...and potentially give her another 6 months to live. It cost me just under 3 grand for this treatment and unfortunately ....it did not work.

    When I saw her today in the oxygen tank it was so sad and pathetic. She tried to perk up when she saw me and tried to stand up but her front paws slipped and she fell down. She couldnt even stand anymore. I couldn't even believe it. I had not seen her since Saturday because I left her at the vet for monitoring and to be in the oxygen tank. I was so eager to see her today and when I saw her I kind of wanted to cry. I knew I had to put her down. What else could I do? I hate that I had no control. I could do nothing for her.


    RIP baby girl. xoxox
    I'll never forget you. I loved you very very much.


    I'm so sorry to hear this, Import. This is why I wouldn't have pets even if I could afford them. I don't want to watch living beings die. Nope. Bye!
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    Sep 08, 2015 4:26 AM GMT
    Really to sorry to hear this. I've had three dogs and saying goodbye is very hard. This may be premature but I'll share my experience. After I lost my first buddy, I thought how unfair it was that dogs don't live longer given all their good qualities. Several years later I adopted another from a rescue organization. One day while walking him on the same path I walked my first one, I remember thinking how I wished my first dog would live as long as me. Immediately I realized that if he had, I would never have known my second dog. It helped me realize things happen for a reason and accept what is.

    After I lost my second one, which I thought would be my last, I only lasted two weeks before adopting my third one, who is with me now.

    All the best to you.
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    Sep 08, 2015 4:35 AM GMT
    Pets are like family really! You're attached to them. They give unconditional love. My Nemo, a Japanese Husky/Collie mix lived over 15 years and still acted like a puppy until he couldn't walk. It was sad when he died....I know how it feel. Go look for a new pet. It help a little with the grief, a slight distraction to see cute puppies!!
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    Sep 08, 2015 4:43 AM GMT
    So very sorry to hear this. Very little in life sucks as much as this. It's bad enough when they pass on their own, but it's an extra hard kick in the stomach when you have to make that decision yourself. It feels wrong somehow, no matter how much you realize you're doing it for them. I had to put my 17 year old down last July and my 16 year old the year before that, so I understand how much this hurts. All you can do is remind yourself that you made a selfless decision and you relieved her of prolonged suffering and that's the most loving gift you could have given her.
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    Sep 08, 2015 5:50 AM GMT
    icon_cry.gif my heart goes out to you. Its the worst.
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    Sep 08, 2015 1:36 PM GMT
    Oh, God. I still remember with an ache in my heart the moment I had to tell the vet to put my childhood pet cat down. And that was 30 years ago. I had my dad drive me to the vet, holding my cat in my arms. I thought the vet was going to give her medicine and that she would be ok. I was crushed when I found out that wasn't the case and they asked me to make the decision. It was too much.

    There are a lot of us out here that can sympathize with your grief.
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    Sep 08, 2015 2:21 PM GMT
    Import saidHey guys,

    It's been a particularly rough day for me. I had my dog put to sleep a few hours ago.

    Our sympathies. Many of us here have been through this. Not easy. icon_cry.gif
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    Sep 08, 2015 3:50 PM GMT
    A big hug to you. So sorry to hear that.
  • Destinharbor

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    Sep 08, 2015 4:08 PM GMT
    So sad for you, guy. Been there many times. One by one, they line up in my mind and I love them individually as much as I ever did. I still speak their names out loud from time to time, just hoping there's some cosmic connector though I know there's not. There's no rush to put your pup's stuff away. Find a photo and have it framed so you can see her and speak to her. Good vibes into the room can't help but help. But I know, the thought that that loving personality has simply ceased to be is hard to handle....
  • Nakedman1969

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    Sep 08, 2015 6:57 PM GMT
    I'm sorry for your loss, my cat died a few years ago and I was heart broken I had him for 13 years that was the longest I have had a cat and I cried my eyes out when he died. May you find another pet to fill the void.