Saying "Good-bye" (in celebration of a dog's life well lived.)

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    Jun 03, 2009 6:33 PM GMT
    After fourteen years, the time has come for me to let my beautiful Chelsea pass on. I just wanted to share with people the fact that there are compassionate veterinarians who will come out to the house - administer an initial shot of something to calm your pet and remove any pain there might be - and then a little later, while you're holding and petting your beloved pet - the final shot is given. This kind of vet. will take your pet away for cremation, then on another day you receive the cremains. I'm one of those who believe in Heaven - and that we'll see our pets (and friends/family) again someday. (It may seem cornball to some, but it helps me.) When a pet will no longer eat and has trouble walking - it is time to say "goodbye". Today is that day for me. This terrific dog has had a life of playing and running on long, green lawns; swimming; running beside me on my bike; hundreds of car rides in a convertible; and jet travel to a lot of places, sitting beside me in the plane. We've had a very good round. I'm sure she would want me to give her place in my life/home to another deserving pet - so I'll do that - and provide company for my other chow - Palmer. I just wanted everyone to know there are kind, humane ways to say goodbye to a beloved pet.
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  • Timbales

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    Jun 03, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
    I'm sorry for your loss and glad she had such a good life.

    Shit, now I'm crying.
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    Jun 03, 2009 8:10 PM GMT
    I'm sorry. I know how hard it can be to make that decision. Sounds like Chelsea had a long and happy life.
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    Jun 03, 2009 8:12 PM GMT
    Aw your dog is so cute!

    It's always hard to let pets go :/
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    Jun 03, 2009 8:14 PM GMT
    My condolences, Jockbod. The humane part might help a little, but I know how bad it sucks to say goodbye to a beloved pet. She was lucky to have such a loving human.
  • got2get2it

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    Jun 03, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
    I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Sounds like Chelsea was a great dog and friend.

    The vet came to my house as well when it was time to put my dog, Cleo, to sleep. It was very comforting to have her pass on in familiar surroundings.

    My thoughts are with you.
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    Jun 03, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
    My thoughts are with you, JB48... I hope you find comfort in the company of friends and family who know how important she was to you. And Chelsea, wherever you are, thank you for being one of those dogs who, like so many others of your species, has clearly brought joy, good stories, and fond memories into the life of a human being.
  • dmlove02

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    Jun 03, 2009 8:28 PM GMT
    I am very sorry to hear, but she is no longer suffering. I am studying to become a veterinarian, and I hope that I will be able to show that sort of compassion to the pets (and the owners) as yours did for you. He/she sounds very dedicated. I have a dog of my own, and I will be torn apart when he passes (though I know it is inevitable). Get out there and play with your other pup - make the most of every minute you have! Condolences, and much love icon_cry.gif
  • RSportsguy

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    Jun 03, 2009 8:28 PM GMT
    So sorry for your loss Jockbod!!
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    Jun 03, 2009 8:37 PM GMT
    I am afraid I will be facing that decision soon with my pal (black lab). I have heard of this service and plan to use it when the time comes. Knowing when is the right time to let go is the hardest part. Unfortunately there is no book to study that will tell you definitively when the balance has been tipped between his happiness and quality of life. Bless you as you deal with your loss.

    I will be grateful for any advice you can share for how you made that incredibly tough but compassionate decision.
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    Jun 03, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
    Such a beautiful creature.

    You still have all those years past, of unconditional love.....

    Being blessed with a big yard, I've created my own pet sematary down the back; it's still to be consummated. But with one of my dog Maxx 12, and another 10. It will be soon enough.

    Kind regards.
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    Jun 03, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    Sorry for your loss.
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    Jun 03, 2009 9:01 PM GMT
    Your description is not such a bad life for a human, either. I've had to put down a few pets, I know what this means. If there is a heaven for us all, as you say, your dog goes there with only good memories, and little of pain & suffering, which you have spared her. You're doing the right thing.
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    Jun 03, 2009 9:06 PM GMT
    I'm sorry for you loss, Jockbod. You're doing the right thing, even though it hurts.
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    Jun 03, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    Like Tim, I am tearing up now. 14 years is a long time, tho. Sounds like a great pooch. Take care, Gregg!!!icon_cry.gif
  • metalxracr

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    Jun 03, 2009 9:15 PM GMT
    jprichva said
    gr8tswim saidI will be grateful for any advice you can share for how you made that incredibly tough but compassionate decision.

    Every time I've gone through this, the tipping point is reached when the dog is no longer interested in food. That's their body saying, "Hey don't bother, we're checking out."

    With my beagle Ethel, I hand-fed her for the last week because she wouldn't eat any other way, and she was nearly blind, stumbling into walls. Plus she was sleeping most of the day, when she used to be very active.

    It killed me, especially since I'd just gotten out of the hospital myself, but it was clearly time. I didn't cry any less for knowing that, though.


    Yeah, my dog I had for a long time was getting sick as he was already old. When he didn't want to eat anymore, my mom started crying as she knew that was it for him. And we too hand fed him for a week and gave him medications and he started coming back around, but a few days later he went back to not eating. We tried hand feeding him but he wouldn't even swallow and when he did, her just threw up. We then just decided to put him to sleep. It was tough on all my family. Everyone loved him.

    What helped me cope with the loss of my dog was to realize that he is no longer suffering. I cried more watching him sick than when he died. It was tough not having him around but I found solace in knowing he wasn't feeling miserable anymore.
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    Jun 03, 2009 9:25 PM GMT
    I feel for ya. I had to do that with my last pet several years ago. Not an easy decision but a hopefully painless one for Chelsea. My thoughts go out to you.
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    Jun 03, 2009 9:40 PM GMT
    I haven't lost a pet since I was a child. But, my Ripley is now 12, though still spring loaded for action. The vet just did a blood test on her and was impressed that all her levels look great for her age. But, her mother -- my sister's dog -- is about a year and a half older, and is suffering from arthritis, her hearing is going, and she's just not as energetic as she once was. I'm sure Ripley and I have many years ahead of us, but I know time is ticking down.

    My thoughts are with you and appreciate that you are returning the dignity and love she deserves as her time draws to a close.
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    Jun 03, 2009 9:41 PM GMT
    A great companion who obviously lived a wonderful life. I'm as sorry for you're loss as I'm happy for the fortunate and loving life she had.
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    Jun 03, 2009 10:25 PM GMT
    HUG!!! My heart goes out to you, and hope in due time this sadness will be replaced by only the wonderful memories you had together.
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    Jun 03, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear. My heart felt sympathiesicon_cry.gif.
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    Jun 03, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
    aww.. I know how you feel, my dog of 14 years just passed away last night... she was a major part of the family and will always be remembered
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    Jun 03, 2009 10:36 PM GMT
    What a beautiful dog and it sounds as though she has had a great life.
    I am sorry, it's never easy to lose a friend.
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    Jun 03, 2009 10:44 PM GMT
    I really feel for ya, Jockbod.
    But you've got a great outlook on this.
    So many dog parents say they'll never go thru it again 'cuz it just hurts too much at the end.
    I'll always have k9 kids, but the losses floor me.
    Yesterday I was really down about my friend's dog, Montie, who I found out had been put to sleep Sunday. My partner sent me a note:

    "Grief is the price of surviving. And it means there's still a spot in your heart or soul that can be touched"

    Didn't make me feel better, but I thought it was nicely put.
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    Jun 03, 2009 10:47 PM GMT
    ADM!!! I almost cried when I saw her pics!!! I have a Lab/Chow mix and she's 12 and I am beginning to come to terms with the fact that her time is near, maybe several years from now, but nonetheless.... I'm SO sorry for your loss!!