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Sorry for your loss, Cosmo..
I don't know how I'd have handled this in your position (having to wait a day or two)..Two years ago I had to make a quick decision twice in two months for our old dogs. They both inexplicably came down with the same paralysis and it was uncanny. We had to make a quick decision both times and the whole "knowing- completed task" thing only took one hour each time.. Afterwards I was just depressed as Hell for a couple days. Now I can't look at my old Boy in a picture, especially (the other was my wife's long time companion) and not get misty.
Anyway..I feel for ya, Man. Good for you for giving your pal such a good life for so long. It's definitely worth it :)
Oh, and dedicate a special drink to her memory. Each and every time you have that drink again, it'll be for her and make that drink more special.
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Hang in there buddy. Very few things in life are as sacred as the bond between a man and his dog.
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Its tough man. Hang in there. Had to put my 9 year, healthy dog down a couple months ago after she contracted cancer. Only took 22 days from when we found the tumor until we had to make the decision.
Its gonna be tough but its best for her. Good luck.
Sorry, man. Two dogs and a cat in two years for me. Still occasionally sob over my 6 yr old weim who was way too young.
Cherish the good times, make a shadow box or similar, smile and remember her well.
). Sounds like she lived well
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Poor thing. Sorry to hear the news. I'm dreading this day for our dog. She's just a sweetheart but getting old.
The moment is eternal
i don't know if it helps him but i'm a little aroused.
Sorry to hear about your news. My wife and I had to put down two of our four legged children a few years back. The female Smooth Fox terrier was mine just before I met my wife named Cotie (Dakota). My wife bought her everything- LL Bean monogramed bed, top of the line food (no additives, etc.), gifts on Christmas & B-day. We adopted a rescue male Smooth Fox named Louie.
Louie was her dog. He was about eight when we got him... skinny and timid. We guess he lived until he was about thirteen. He got sick one night out of the blue and took him to the vet the next day. They kept him overnight and then we got the news. It was that quick and we had no choice. It tore my wife up.
Cotie lived until she was almost fifteen. We took her to the emergency at least three times and I could not put her down. She had a hard time standing up and laying down. She got sick and had mistakes. Each time she went to the vet she got a shot of steroids and acted like she got another life. Then it would go back to the symptoms. My wife had a vet who travels to your home to euthanize your pet. She convinced me it would be easier for our Cotie to pass at home. She went that fast. Cried on and off for the next few months. Can't explain it... just that unconditional love and the memories.
We now have a two year old male Smooth Fox named Yoshi (son named him) and a year old female named Espy (Esperanza in Spanish- means 'hope'). I still have pictures of Cotie but time does indeed heal the hurt.
Just wanted to share my story and say... I'm sorry that you have to go through it. It is the right thing to do and hopefully time will heal your pain. Pets have a funny way of telling you that they're ready to go to the 'Rainbow Bridge'.
This post was edited by Zonk 16 months ago
Geez, I didn't even see this one earlier.
As strange as it sounds, one of the blessings, if talking in those terms makes any sense, of how my dog went out is that she didn't suffer through any disease or senility, and I didn't have to make the call you did.
She was prematurely old due to being malnourished on the street for much of the 1st 6 months of her life, and I certainly had thoughts that your day tomorrow was coming.
That said, 14+ years is quite a blessing. I hope you are at peace with this.
This post was edited by Larry Kazamias 16 months ago
You're doing the right thing. Dogs love you for years, and all they ask in return is that you give them treats, scratch their ears, and do the right thing when their quality of life suffers. She's lucky to have you as an owner.
I had to put down out family dog a couple summers ago and the vet let me hold my dog throughout the whole process. As miserable and sad as this was it was comforting to know that he never felt any pain and was right with me the whole time.
Sorry to hear this Cosmo.
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Thanks everyone for the kind words. Just put the old mutt to sleep for the night, her last time in this house I guess. When that hit me I already started getting misty eyed...
I've been keeping it together the last few days but I think all the emotion will pour out tomorrow in one big spectacle, but I'm alright with it. It's life and we lose things we love.
I also ran out of upvotes for everyone so I'll get you kind souls back. I appreciate the love. tRCMB really does have a soul
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
If she can't each cheeseburgers - ask the vet for that canned food no dog can resist ... They'll know - my dude had a mouthful of that with two double cheeseburgers already in him. Lol. Peace to u and yours.
I'm going to have a real good thought for you and your dog tonight. I'm so sorry, but you won the lottery man. To have and give that kid of unconditional love is special.
Fuck you, man. Fuck you. I was keeping it together until this.
Thank you, Denicos.
Sorry to hear that. Been there.
We put our dog down about four years ago, it was a Shih-Tsu I inherited when I married my Wife. Sam was 20 years old when we put her down. Yes, 20.
Dogs are family members. It is a sad situation to put a dog down, but you must do what is best for the dog, because you love them. If they have no quality of life, you need to do the right thing for them, they can't do it for themselves.
When we put Sam down, we only saw her a few times a day. She would lay on our bed 22 hours a day, and only come downstairs to eat, drink ot go outside, then go straight back upstairs when done. This is dog that used to hop up on you and hug you when you came home. It was so sad to see her deteriorate like she did.
Her eyesight was going, couldn't see well and struggled to make it down the stairs of our deck when outside. She was getting doggy Alzheimer's, walked around aimlessly when we did see her towards the end.
You are doing the right thing, just as we did. Don't let your dog suffer so you can keep her around.
We had Sam cremated, and have her ashes in our house. She is still part of our family.
I will tell you our house was empty when she was gone. We waited about 3 months, and decided to get another dog. We waited too long.
We let out son, who was 8 at the time pick a dog off a rescue website, and we went and adopted him. Best move we ever made.
This dog is nuts and is pure entertainment all day long. We love him to death and he loves us back in the same way.
While Sam is still in our hearts and we see her daily, our new dog is so much fun.
Grieve, but fill the void when you are ready. You won't regret it. Replace her with a rescue dog. Rescue dogs are smart enough to realize they finally have a good home and will love you for making their life better in ways you cannot imagine.
You have my deepest sympathy. It's the hardest thing I've ever gone through. Dogs are the best. I'll be keeping good thoughts for yours.
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx
Real sorry to hear. Hang in there.
I got prayers for you and your dog bro. I've started talkin about this with my girl in hopes it will be easier one day and she's only 5. Love them every second you have. I know I'm giving my beagle extra hugs and treats tonight. We will all be with you there tomorrow bro. It's what Spartans do.
Kosmo, I'm really sorry to hear about this but I'm actually glad you posted because I've been watching my dog, Sparty, go down hill this year and I've been wondering what to look for. Your post has helped. He's a 12 year old golden/aussie mix rescued from a shelter. Great dog too and he really seems to be struggling lately. He has a hard time getting up and down any steps. If he lays down on the kitchen floor, he can't get back up without being lifted. It breaks my heart to see him like this. I'm hoping he can make it to the summer. Watching him grow older, he's still teaching me some of life's lessons.
I really feel for you Kosmo but I'm sure you feel really lucky to have had such a great friend. I know I do.
To all of you who are dealing with this difficult decision just remember that your dog or cat didn't live this long by accident - it was because of your love and good care you gave to them. Hope you can remember this today Kosmo.
Sorry to hear it OP! Losing a great friend after such a long period living together is very hard to accept. I know I have experienced it!
Incredibly sad for you... Im laying here watching TV with my puppy snuggled up against me right now and absolutely dread the thought of having to do this someday. I wish you the best and hope you can find solice in the fact you provided your dog a great life. My condolences.
Bump for just letting you know that you are in our thoughts!
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