Had to put my dog to sleep today

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  1. Casual Fan

    Casual Fan Surprisingly nice

    So I'm feeling sad right now. He was almost 10, came down with some kind of auto-immune affliction. He had no energy, no appetite, vomiting, diarrhea. Had only 10% of his normal red blood cell count. I could have done a transfusion and a bunch of tests involving vet stays and lots of poking and prodding just to find the problem, but even then the vet gave him a 50/50 shot. Rather than put him through all that, I just decided to put him down. He was always a very, very happy dog who had lots of energy and HATED the vet. I was there when he went, and rubbed his ears for him. He always liked that. I buried him in my grandmother's back yard.

    This sucks. Sorry to bum you guys out at the holidays.
     
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  2. DoublEE

    DoublEE Active Member

    That sucks man. My dog will be 12 in February and knock on wood he is still in good health. I dread the day I have to make this type of decision. Hang in there!
     
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  3. antsie

    antsie Well-Known Member

    I am sorry for your loss. I had to put my Akita down in July, she was 13 years old, she was my baby. She had bloat and either she had emergency surgery with a 50/50 chance or I had to put her down. I didn't want to see her suffer any longer. It's heartbreaking and I still miss her, but I am glad I was able to be with her at the end and to know she wasn't alone. I would have hated to come home and know she passed away all alone. That gives me some comfort, I hope you being there with your dog at the end gives you some comfort too.
     
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  4. HomieG

    HomieG Member

    My deepest condolences on the loss of your dog.
     
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  5. MM

    MM Administrator

    Our thoughts are with you CF. I have had to do this twice in my life and it just sucks, bottom line. To loose a good friend hurts.
     
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  6. mrpacs

    mrpacs Well-Known Member

    Sorry for your loss, that really sucks.
     
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  7. TX WJ

    TX WJ Intelligent Donkey

    Sorry for you loss. I know that you have lost a friend, letting go is never easy.:(
     
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  8. Sirius Rich

    Sirius Rich Well-Known Member

    Sad, just sad.
     
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  9. goreds2

    goreds2 Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear about that. Take care,
     
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  10. Wolf

    Wolf Manspreading on DRC

    Sorry to hear about your loss, it just like losing a best friend!
     
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  11. TSS Taylor

    TSS Taylor DRC Fan

    Losing a dog is the worst. I remember the day we put ours down. She had lung cancer and never smoked a day in her life, nor was she around smoking. Ok ok, I know that animals and people can get lung cancer without it. But it was a nice Wisconsin spring day and we had her out in the backyard on a blanket. When she was out there she was taking it all in as if she knew it was her last day. Just appreciating the surroundings.

    Losing her was rough and I have fond memories of her and I've kept the blanket and think of her every time I see it.
     
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  12. me_rubin

    me_rubin Member

    Sorry to hear about your dog... If you want, I'll ship you mine!

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    Actually my wife's "Special Needs" dog... Notice the diaper....
     
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  13. Learjet35A

    Learjet35A Member

    You know what's odd, I'm probably really fucked up for saying this but when I lost my Mom (who I was incredibly close to), it hurt like hell but I never cried. When my dogs died however I cried like a little bitch, the pain was way more intolerable.

    I'm sorry to hear about this, good luck. Start walking through the animal shelters as soon as you can, it helps to find a new pal to deal with the loss.
     
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  14. Scales

    Scales Member

    Oh man, putting down a dog is the worst.

    It is very fresh in my mind because I just spent a lot of time talking about it to a friend on btls.com as he is facing major vet issues with his dog.

    I'm a bit spent just having talked about it like that, but I am definitely feeling for you and this tough situation.
     
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  15. deedee

    deedee Active Member

    I am truly sorry for the loss of your "friend".

    The loss of our last dog we had cremated I just could not bare to let her go ( even though she was always either with my husband or my son ( they so spoiled her, as did I ) We all loved her she was part of our family. I know that I'm not telling you anything you are not feeling.

    To me this is just one of the benefits of being able to express our feelings "HERE" good and sometimes not so good as yourself now is experiencing to people that they might share their stories with you and in so doing may just help you a little.

    I hope so.

    Please take care...........


    diane
     
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  16. kingchuck69

    kingchuck69 Joker! Joker! Joker!

    The saddest thing about owning a dog is its short life span. I think it's one reason why I don't have a pet. It always seems like yesterday you're bringing it home for the first time and bam, it gets old quick and dies.

    My Aunt's dog also died this year. It was an 11-year-old Husky. It was just yesterday it was a little puppy. I hadn't seen it in a year, and when I saw him, it was a fully-grown dog. I was in shock.

    My thoughts and condolences are for you, Casual Fan.
     
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  17. hexagram

    hexagram Medicinal & Recreational.

    I'm sorry to hear about your loss, CF. I know what it's like to lose a best friend.

    Hang in there bud, and try to stay in high spirits when you're with your family this holiday.
     
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  18. semipenguin

    semipenguin Bum Looker

    Sorry to hear for your lose, CF. Pets are part of the family, & I think most everyone know what it's like to lose such a loved member...:(

    Sorry for the lose of your mom. I know what you mean when you say you didn't cry. I've never cried for the lose of a family member. I guess it's because I was so young when I had an uncle die. I always saw death as just another part of life. I never saw my mother cry over the lose of her brother & I remember her telling me that everyone dies. I guess that leave a big impression on a four year old. I also have learned to that God for the blessings that that loved one brought to my life. Doesn't matter who they are. Person or pet. Family or friend. Someone I've met in real life, or someone I've never met. Even just communicating over the internet brings a special kind of bond that can void when they are gone...:(

    God Bless & comfort you & your family...:)
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  19. bsummers12

    bsummers12 Member

    That is a sad deal. I had to put our Cocker down this time last year. It was hard on my Wife and Kids being so close to Christmas and all. We had the dog for about 15 years and she was a blast when we were opening presents. Hell she'd do it for you if you'd let her.
     
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  20. almaniac27

    almaniac27 Member

    Four years ago we had to put our dog that I grew up with down because of antifreeze poisoning. That was awful, because she was perfectly healthy one day and then the next thing you know her kidneys are failing and she's having seizures and we have to rush her to an emergency vet at 3 in the morning to put her down. I was petting her when she went, and I pretty much cried all night. It was the first time I ever saw my dad cry, which really freaked me out. When we walked out of the room, there was a couple coming out of the room next to us and the woman was crying her eyes out. They had just had to put their dog down too, and we kind of all cried together. It was a touching moment for me.

    If and when you feel ready for a new dog, I'd like to suggest getting a greyhound. We have one, and she's one of the sweetest dogs I've met. She got hit by a car a month ago, but she is recovering nicely. As long as you have a real fence (greyhounds can run right through electric fences) one or two would be a good fit. They don't bark at all, which is really nice. Contrary to what some people think, they don't need to exercise constantly. Ours just runs a few laps in the backyard for a few minutes every day. As one of the people from the greyhound organization says, greyhounds take retirement seriously.
     
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