I have to put down one of my dogs. :******(

  • tbeaux

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    Jul 01, 2009 10:52 PM GMT
    So I have to put down one of my dogs because she has bone cancer. She can't really walk anymore. MY HEART JUST ACHES! And what hurts even more is seeing my other dog....you can tell he is just depressed. that look in his eyes of just saddness. sorry for the random post but i just had to tell people, make me feel a bit better.

    I wanna tell a funny story about her, now dogs are not supposed to eat chocolate, but my dalmation, she was a tough one. Made a cake, went out to the grocery store to go get more deserts to make (big party coming up) got home and the cake was gone. all of it. it was a chocolate cake too. God i'll miss her.
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    Jul 01, 2009 11:03 PM GMT
    Nice storry you told about her... Funny to see your dogs face when they know they're in trouble.... Its like a child looking at you and saying they didnt do it! As they're covered in the very thing they said they didn't get into.

    Sorry for your loss buddy, remember the good times with her though.
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    Jul 01, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    Sorry for your loss. You're doing the right thing. Bone cancer becomes terrible. Thanks for sharing the funny story.
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    Jul 01, 2009 11:13 PM GMT
    Buddy, I'm so sorry for your loss.
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    Jul 01, 2009 11:25 PM GMT
    I'm sorry x, losing a pet can be as rough as losing a member of the family. You have my condolences and I hope you'll feel better soon.
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    Jul 02, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    Sorry for your loss. I lost mine two years ago. Haven't been able to get another one since.
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    Jul 02, 2009 2:30 AM GMT


    xflipx, our sorrows for you and your companion.

    If you can, have the vet come to the house, that way your dog can be where she loves to be.

    -us
  • Thirdbeach

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    Jul 02, 2009 4:34 AM GMT
    My dog passed away just 4 weeks ago.
    It is not an easy thing to go through.

    Remember the joys of having a dog in your life.

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    Jul 02, 2009 4:37 AM GMT
    Hang in there. I know it hurts. I can't imagine having to put down my Samson yet.

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    One time, one of my roommates got off of work and went to Subway to get a foot long sandwich. He was tired and had not eaten all day. He had just enough of money to buy it.

    He sat down to eat on the couch and the phone ranged. Samson took the sandwich into the bedroom to hide and eat it. I know he was so mad, but laughed so hard. Even though he never does that, I can just see him sneaking it and hiding to eat it. LOL


    Just remember the good times and the laughs.
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    Jul 02, 2009 4:50 AM GMT

    I'm very sorry for your loss. But you did the humane thing by letting your dog avoid a painful and pointless ordeal with cancer.

    As an animal trainer, I spend a lot of my time helping people figure out how to change their pets. But I think what is really impressive is how our pets change us - even after they are no longer with us.

    Don't hesitate to commiserate with your remaining dog. He is probably suffering as much as you are and you can help each other past this.

    All the best

    Davd
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    Jul 02, 2009 4:53 AM GMT
    Sorry to hear it. I'm sure you gave her a very happy life.icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 02, 2009 4:57 AM GMT
    Sorry bud, i can only imagine how it hurts as my dog is my best friend. Know that you gave her a wonderful life and the peace she will have.
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    Jul 02, 2009 5:12 AM GMT
    Deepest sympathies to you for your loss. I can tell you are a great dog owner. Your dog no doubt had a full, wonderful life with you.

    I had to go through this with one of my two just about one month ago. I gave it a lot of thought - and guys wrote to ask me how I knew when the time was right. Well - it seems that when a dog can't walk anymore, or won't eat - then that is time.

    Do you believe in Heaven? If so - you may believe that we'll all be reunited with out pets there. In the meantime - I know my dog would have wanted me to give her place in my life/home to another deserving dog in need of a place to call "home" so I have done so........(some pics in my profile).

    Best wishes to you as you go through this loss. Lots of guys are keeping you in their thoughts here.
  • EricLA

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    Jul 02, 2009 5:29 AM GMT
    My heart goes out to you. I've never had to put a dog down, Ripley is my first. I can only imagine the hurt. But you're saving your girl from pain and suffering. We dog owners know the amazing resiliency and strength of our dogs. How they can ignore pain that would have us bedridden for days. I remember when I went to pick up Ripley from being fixed. They told me to try to keep her from running and jumping so she wouldn't pull out her stitches. I asked whether they were aware that Ripley is a Jack Russell. They said to do my best. We got home and I put a box down by the couch so she could use it as a step up. But before I knew it she had taken a running leap to vault OVER the box onto the couch. I cringed. She just sat their ready for action, wagging her tail.

    I'm sure you have a ton of memories with your girl. This decision is never easy, but she will be better off. And you will know her suffering will be over.
  • Arcangel7769

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    Jul 02, 2009 5:39 AM GMT
    So sorry for you my friend. I know this hurts a lot. I've been in the same position. Here's something that made me cry yet made me feel better at the same time. hope it helps.


    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
    There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
    There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
    The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....


    Jerry
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    Jul 02, 2009 5:48 AM GMT
    A while back I listened to this program on NPR which mentioned dealing with euthanasia .. it brought tears to my eyes .. at work even.

    A Veterinarian Advises How To 'Speak For SpotNavigating the world of veterinary medicine can be daunting, but one veterinarian believes she can help. Nancy Kay, a veterinarian with 20 years of experience, is the author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Longer Life, a guide that advises dog owners about everything from routine vet visits to euthanasia and chemotherapy.
    audio: http://www.npr.org/templates/player/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=102105836&m=102110112
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    Jul 02, 2009 6:21 AM GMT
    My condolences. There is some solace in that your four legged pal will not have to suffer and you and the other pal will have each other to comfort.
  • tbeaux

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    Jul 02, 2009 6:49 AM GMT
    Thanks guys for your thoughts, they mean alot icon_smile.gif..
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    Jul 02, 2009 7:21 AM GMT
    I feel for ya bud. I got a call from my mom yesterday...we had to put down our 17 yr old Pekingese, Shadrack. She was in a terminal state from some sort of kidney disorder. That, plus she came back from the vet clinic with a fever and shivering. It was pretty heartbreaking having to leave. It's gonna be real sad to come home to no puppy.icon_cry.gif
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    Jul 02, 2009 11:23 AM GMT
    I'm sorry.

    My brother's Rot had bone cancer. I flew back to be with them while they were putting her down. The experience can be viewed as awful, but don't go into it with negative thoughts. Your girl knows what's up. You need to think positive, thoughtful, loving thoughts until the very end. It will help her, and you, as she passes on.

    You'll see her again, in time. When you do, it's likely she'll greet you with a chocolate cake and a lick on the face.

    My eyes are watering ... damn allergies icon_cry.gif
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    Jul 02, 2009 11:27 AM GMT
    sending reassuring hugs and comfort your way.
  • dux35

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    Jul 02, 2009 11:28 AM GMT
    Put down my Lab in Dec '06 after 13 awesome years. Still think about him all the time and not ready for another dog. I feel for ya.
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    Jul 02, 2009 11:37 AM GMT
    awwe..I'm sorri you have to go threw this. I don't know what I would do without my baby.
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    Jul 02, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    OMG - there is nothing harder...but also what a gift to be able to let them go without pain and with dignity.

    was sent this a few years back after letting one of my cocker spaniel's go ...

    "I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?"

    Sir Walter Scott





  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 02, 2009 5:07 PM GMT
    I had to put one of my dogs, MURPHY, down years ago when he was only 3. It killed me. My other dog, CODY, was a wreck too and went around the house whining and looking for Murphy in every corner of the house. After 3 days of that I went out and got Cody a new puppy to hang with. It was the best therapy ever to get over a broken heart of putting another dog down.