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Beautiful dog. Goldens are truly one of the best breeds.
Kid A, I'm really sorry to hear about your dog Izzo. Hopefully you find comfort in knowing how much love you gave him.
My dog name Sparty is part golden and part aussie shep. Great dog too but getting old as well. I'm wondering what led you to your decision to put your dog down. I'm afraid I'll be facing the same decision shortly. Today, my dog fell down the steps for the second time. He didn't break anything but the arthritis is getting so bad in the back legs that he's losing stability.
Damn, sorry for your loss. Glad the Spartans got one last 16 for him.
I have a 3 year old golden that will look just like yours in a few years. You can see the love right there in the eyes. Izzo was lucky to have you! Take care - time will make you feel better
Take some time. Mourn your loss. Izzo earned it.
Move on when ready, get yourself another dog, and let him/her become another family member.
It may be tough to replace a lost pet/family member, but the house is so empty without a dog once you have had one. Getting another dog doesn't replace Izzo, it lets his legacy live on.
Agreed. Cats suck.
Dogs rule, and why cats are scared of them.
I had a cat for 18 years. Followed me around the house constantly. She would even cry when I was taking a dump until I let her in and shed sit on the rug. On the last day of her life I slept with her on the living room floor. Her kidneys in failure I knew I was going to wake up and shed be gone or I'd have to take her in to be put down. When I woke she wasn't breathing well so I pet her and walked upstairs to change and take her to the vet. I was putting my pants on and she had drug herself up the stairs to my closet. She would sleep at the fireplace and she watched every spartan game with me for 18 years if it was on television.
Cats don't all suck. I love dogs, but my cat rocked.
Did that two years ago almost to the day, We're going to look at puppies tomorrow and it's taken that long to move forward.
If you're like me, it will get easier over time but you'll always have that part that's missing. I started to look at it this way, that pain you feel over the loss is also a confirmation of how much you loved that dog and dealing with it is the dog's last lesson for you.
Sorry you had to go through with that. Sounds like you did the right thing for Izzo even though it sucks.
I had a Golden who I had to put down at age 6 because of liver cancer. Worst thing I have ever had to do in my 33 years of life. This was 4 years ago though.
Were you in the room when they put him down? Ugh, I can remember my dog gasping for her last breath as she passed. Worst feeling ever.
Now I have a hyper active chocolate lab who is just as great. When you and your family are ready, you will get another dog. They truly are another family member.
My sincerest condolances. That looks like one hell of a fine Golden.
RIP to the pup.
Sorry to hear that, man.
I have a feeling I'm heading down the same path. My dog was just diagnosed with a mass on his liver. His stomach is quite distended and his breathing is labored at times. He has an appointment Tuesday at MSU VTH - Department of Oncology for tests and a biopsy.
We've shared your pain bro.
My lab was old and going downhill for over a year. We tried a lot of things to help but couldn't reverse time. So, basically I had months and months to prepare for the moment.
It was still a crusher. I cried when I told my kiddos that the dog had to be put down. I cried at the vet. It was terrible. Very painful experience. We waited 2 months to get another dog for the kiddos.
Hang in there. Yes, it will be tough. Cherish the memories. What a great gift your pup gave you for all of those years, right?
Coach Dantonio is my Spartan!
Sooty to hear the news. Sounds like e lived a great life. Saw a picture frame for a dog that said "thanks for everything. I had a great time". That seems to sum up their lives.
The moment is eternal
This is a great post. Everyone who has owned a dog goes through this, and it sucks. But you do it because your life is better with a dog, and the dogs life is better with you.
My condolences - Izzo looks like he was a good boy.
Sorry man :-(
Sorry, didn't intend to down vote, hit the wrong button.
We got him about 6 months after our hoops title. He has been around from the birth of our kids until now. He has had my kids, their cousins, and numerous other kids jump on him, pull his hair on accident, etc. and he never once growled at them or snipped. He was so great with all of them.
He had been getting very lethargic for a few months and we and the vet said he was starting to show his old age. A few days ago I noticed he wasn't eating much. Then thu after the MSU - Valpo game he thew up. I didn't think too much of it. He ate one more time on fri morning. Starting acting very very tired and weak. Sat morning he threw up the most vile smelling barf 3 times. Wouldn't eat all day sat. Sat quiet by my side during MSU - Memphis. Was gonna call the vet first thing Monday morning as at that time he seemed a lot better. After the game I took the kids out for a couple things and wife was working. Got home and he was basically unresponsive when I tried to wake him up. Finally got him to open his eyes. But he wasn't wagging his tail and would t stand up. Sat there with him for 15 min and he pirked up, actually stood up and wagged his tail. Had some prob breathing. Called my wife and she came home and that was that. Emerg. Vet said he had several large tumors in stomach and liver.
Thanks again everyone. You guys all have great advice. I know this is a sports board and I'm not the only one who has lost a dog in their lifetime but I am feeling better already.
Good looking boy he was. Sorry...always sucks, big time. Remember him and tell your new pooch stories about him.
Sorry to hear that. You had to make a hard choice and I feel for you.
So sorry to hear that. Thanks for the picture of your family member. RIP Izzo.
I can only guess the amount of happiness he brought you and those around you was immeasurable.
Truly man's best friend.
That really sucks man. Perhaps this story will make you feel a little better...yesterday, my wife and I traveled to upstate NY to get a little St. Bernard and Golden Retriever mix she had found on the internet. Naturally, with the solid goings on at the Palace yesterday afternoon, something MSU related had to happen for a name. We agreed on Isabella, calling her Izzy for short. The shortened connotation, of course, is a nod to Tom Izzo. While one Spartan dog was leaving the world, another one entered. The circle of life.
Sparty > Walverines
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