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

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    Dec 05, 2012 4:37 PM GMT
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    theantijock saidI 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.
    "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."

    This is so beautiful, but the OP is so sad. icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 05, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    We had to have our old dog put to sleep, it was the saddest day of my life.


    I think it's so nice to give your pet a nice funeral too, and is a nice memory to hold. We laid Topsy out on her old bed, and with my father marching infront all 6 of us took a corner of the bed and carried her across the orchard to her final resting place as Chopins Nocturne No.11 in G minor played on the sound system, beautiful it was! I still get upset when I hear that beautiful peace of music!

    RIP My beautiful little Topsy!!


    Grief is the price we pay for love.....icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 05, 2012 4:43 PM GMT
    My deepest condolences. icon_cry.gif I know how hard of a decision it is. The last thing you want is to see them suffer.
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    Dec 05, 2012 4:48 PM GMT
    I'm certain most pet owners have read this before, but I find myself reading the words of this poem from time to time when I read stories like this...and although there is sadness in the poem, I always end up with a smile...

    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....

    Author unknown...


    - David icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 05, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
    AS hard as it is man gotta do whats best for your dog, but I know what you're going through. Had my dog (king), a rescue, since i was 6. For a 150 pound dog he ended up living for 14 years, which doesn't happen often for a dog of that size. Had been slowing down for about a year, but finally had a stroke and couldn't walk right. So, we cooked him his last meal (BBQ'd up a T-Bone Steak with a side of his favourite treats) and carried him (with difficulty) to the vet and put him to rest. One of the two times that i have cried in my adult life. Just taken comfort in the fact that she will be at peace.
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    Dec 05, 2012 4:59 PM GMT
    In 35 years of living, I have to say making that call was the toughest thing I have ever done. I wish it on no one. Our pets love us 100% unconditionally. They know how much they mean to us. When it is time, we have to make that decision. They will hang on, as it's the only thing they want.
    We all feel for you Kali- good thoughts and hugs for you and Serena. All of us who have been there before have told our pets to keep watch on Serena when she joins them.
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    Dec 05, 2012 5:10 PM GMT
    ...Been through it many times, myself. I hope you had the foresight to get a new pup b4 the other departs; it makes EVERYTHING much easier & the old dog seems to enjoy the company, like remembering when they were a pup. Or, it reminds/assures them of alpha-dog status & makes them feel good.

    I'm a Total-Dog-Person; I Love Them ! Even my Macaw thinks she is a German Shepherd.

    Best Wishes,
    W W
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    Dec 05, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidSorry to hear- think of the good times you both had together and how she was lucky to have you as an owner- cyber hug!


    This.

    It's important that, through the grief, you must remember to have moments when you focus just on this fact, because the truth is there are thousands of dogs who won't even get a quarter of the good treatment that I'm sure you gave yours.

    Whatever you decide, I'm so sorry that you have to go through this, and I wish you the best.

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    Dec 05, 2012 5:40 PM GMT
    Man, this always hits home for me. My heart goes out to you as this is a very tough decision and process. Our dogs are truly our best friends.

    I went through the same thing last year. I planned the appointment 5 days out. Celebrated his life those last 5 days, and spoiled the hell out of him. Walked to the vet that morning and he went out on a high note. I struggled a bit because I felt maybe I did it prematurely, but he had seizures and a brain tumor and I was not about to let him go through another middle of the night seizure. Enough was enough. I woke up every morning that final week and cried knowing the inevitable outcome. Had a breakdown the morning of...and even more so when it was done

    Cherish these last days as you have her life. Nothing will make it easy, it's a harsh reality of owning dogs. I've come to realize this and wonder how I could put myself through it again. Overall, people like us are capable of giving an animal a great life...and they add so much to ours...even though at the end of the day, we will likely be the one suffering the loss. If we aren't dog owners, who will be?

    I feel for you man, I really do. I'm sorry you are going through this, especially this time of year.
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    Dec 05, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    I'm so sorry icon_sad.gif I keep trying to think of something else to say, but can't seem to find anything. I've asked myself what would've made me feel better when I had to go through this, and the truth is... nothing would or can. So, I'll just leave you with a hug. *hug*
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    Dec 05, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    You guys are all great, this is one of the reasons I love RJ, how you all reach out to someone in tought times. OP everyone is feelin' for you, I just started to tear up actually, seriously...be good to yourself, and take it day by day
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    Dec 05, 2012 6:00 PM GMT
    So sorry that you and Serena have to go through this. I had to put a dog down in 2009 and remember how hard it was. Now, when I think of Klause it's about the happy times we had with him. I'm sure it'll be the same for you. Give yourself time to grieve and in time, I bet you'll remember little things Serena did and it'll bring a smile to your face.

    Hugs.
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    Dec 05, 2012 6:21 PM GMT
    When I was 16, I met a baby blue rabbit who changed my life. He would sleep in my bed at night, play around with me, and lived a happy, cageless life. My Sunday rabbit dishes would soon become history...

    Eight years of great times and a switch to veganism later, I was giving him his meds for an intestinal illness when he started crying in pain. I cradled him in my arms, and I kept telling him, "I'm here, I love you."

    He passed away in my arms.

    Two years earlier, I had been offered a choice to euthanize him when he got sick, but I knew in my heart he could pull through. He did, and we shared two more wonderful years together.

    Do what your heart tells you. Whatever you do, I hope you treasure whatever is left of your time with Serena, perhaps make a video.

    Best wishes and a hug,
    John
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    Dec 05, 2012 6:23 PM GMT
    Believe me i know how heartwrenching it is , i have to do the same to my little mate this past february , he was 17 years old and his kidney was shutting down ... It is a good idea to have the vet coming to your home , it so much better for your baby , that is why i decided to have the doc come in , my little mate was so much more relaxed , and after the vet left , i had him for myself for as long i wanted . Also i had him cremated in a funeral home in his own little casket , i wanted to be sure i would get his real ashes ...
    I sworn to myself , i would never get another one , and here i am with my little Monkey again in love ...
    Lots of hugs to you in this difficult moment ....
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    Dec 05, 2012 6:42 PM GMT

    Before humans die, they write their last Will & Testament, give their home & all they have,
    to those they leave behind. if, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I'd ask...

    To a poor lonely stray I'd give:

    My happy home.
    My cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys.
    The lap, which I loved so much.
    The hand that stroked my fur & the sweet voice which spoke my name.
    I'd Will to the sad, scared shelter dog, the place I had in my
    human's loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.

    So, when I die, please do not say, "I will never have a
    pet again, for the loss and pain is more then I can stand."

    Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has
    held no joy or hope and give MY place to HIM.

    This is the only thing I can give..
    The love I left behind.

    --Author Unknown
    (Petco Foundation)
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    Dec 05, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    I just went through this on November 13th with my baby, Shadow. I had her for 13.5 years. Best 'person' ever! I still find myself calling for her when I get home and looking down to see her big ol' eyes when I'm eating dinner. I miss her terribly, but she was in pain like your baby. It was better for her, and for me in the long-term, to let her go.

    Now, I hope she reincarnates into a puppy so I can find her again icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 05, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    I am so sorry. This is very tough. I've had to euthanize two beloved cats - one with multiple ailments, the other close to death from a malignant sarcoma - and a third died in my arms of a heart ailment. I've cried like a baby for days every time. They say you'll know it when the time comes, and you do, your pet will let you know that life is just too miserable for them to keep going - but that doesn't make it easier, because we love them so much.

    Hugs.
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:11 PM GMT
    I'm sorry you are having to go through this.
    It's worse than losing a human friend or relative.
    Hugs.
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    As awckward as this may seem (I know real lovers hear me on this, though) this is a decision for your baby to take...
    And I think your role, and every pet lover when this time comes, is to understand what they are trying to tell us, what their own decision is and respect and abide by it.
    This ought to bring you the comfort you need, despite the sorrow and sadness..

    Best wishes!

    João
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    Sorry about your dog. I wish you comfort while making this very difficult decision. Hugs.
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    Dec 05, 2012 7:51 PM GMT
    Sorry about your dog. I think it is a really nice idea to have it done at home, in comforting and familiar surroundings. We did the same thing with our cat 6 years ago, just held her in our laps as she went to sleep, telling her how much she meant to us, and how much we will miss her.

    My heart is breaking for you icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 05, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    Just look at this outpouring of love and support. It's beautiful. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 05, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    I'm so sorry for your tough decision. I've had to make that decision many times.
    I recently just had a scare with one of mine, she has cancer and for four days I thought I was going to have to put her to sleep directly. I was feeding her strip steak and sleeping on the floor with her because she couldn't get on my bed... there was not much sleep and a lot of tears.

    One of the realizations that gave me some comfort is that it is inevitable and natural that we outlive our canine companions. And as I see it, it's my very last act of love to give my sweet wet nosed girls a merciful, dignified end of life that we all deserve. And that act involves being the very last face they see. For them to know with their last breath that they are safe, loved beyond belief and for them to feel peace and calmness when they leave this world.

    And even though when they leave, there is a huge hole of loss that seems to fill only with sadness and lonliness. That you feel those things means that you loved in a big wonderful way... and that is the wonderful gift they give us.
    I'm so sorry for your loss, hugs
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    Dec 05, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    Stay strong, Kalifornication.
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    Dec 05, 2012 11:20 PM GMT
    i had to do that 3 years ago with my dog brandy she was only 6 years old but vet said would be 4000 to maybe fix her hind legs and it might not have worked had two friends help me and dr, was the hardest think i had to do but it was best for her she was in lots of pain so i no what your going through.its hard but you don,t want pets to suffer the pain big hugs to you,,,