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I need some advice about letting my best buddy go ...


By SUPERBEE

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#201 1 year ago

I had to put my best friend down last year. His name was Kona. He was a Great Pyrenees and he was a part of my family for 13 years. When they are with you that long, they are not simply a pet anymore. They become another child to you. I have had lots of dogs in my many years on this earth. Kona was the best of the best. He was the only dog that wasn't buried and now rests in a beautiful box on my dresser where he can be near me always. Letting go was not easy, but I couldn't hold on knowing that the longer I held on, the longer he suffered. In the end, the hardest thing for me, was the best thing for him. I know your pain, and I send prayers for comfort for your family.

#202 1 year ago

I had to put my best friend down back in 2012. She was a German Shepherd that I had had for 12 years. I got her from a no kill shelter. She was definitely my best friend. I had that dog through moves and different girlfriends and she was always by my side. She always would come in while my band was practicing in lay right in front of my drum kit itself she was the one who was in charge.

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#203 8 months ago
Quoted from Puffdanny:

The day after valentine's i awoke to my best friends ( 9 year old german shorthair)entire back end being paralyzed out of nowhere.we took her to the vet but they figured she slipped a disk and would get better but it turned out it was a rare disease called dyscospondalitis so we had to operate immediately as the infection was quickly killing her.I had been driving a 93 cutlass and luckily I had saved $18000 for a new vehicle that i desperatly needed but I spent every penny on my Alice plus some.I'm probably around 20k at this point and although she is able to walk again albeit like a baby deer, she can walk but now she is having control issues with her poop and urine and she moans a lot despite giving her pain pills I love my dog to much or I would not of spent the money on her but I'm starting to think her quality of life isn't what I would want for mine and it might be time to say goodbye.I don't have children and I care for my pets better than most care for their kids so of course I'm a wreck.Alice will be my last pet as I am not strong enough to deal with this again.

Since my last post Alice has been having reoccurring bladder infections and we can get them to go away because of all her issues they just come back.last night I could not find her and found her collapsed in the yard.I took her to the vet and they believe the infection has hit her spine again and feel there really isn't much left we can do for her except send her off peacefully and humanely.I'm sitting with her now giving her some love and special treats while we wait for the vet to come to our home and send her off as peacefully as possible. It's so hard to make this decision and I'm crying like a bitch but at this point I think it would be selfish to put her through any more suffering.

#204 8 months ago

No matter how many pets you have had or no matter how many times you have had to make the decision previously, it never gets easier. I have had to put 3 elderly dogs down this year. My one Dane had a very similar situation to what you are experiencing. We finally based it on the fact that he was just not himself anymore and not able to get around hardly at all. I still felt horribly guilty even though everyone told me it was time or was past time.
Fortunately we are able to offer our beloved pets peace and not watch them suffer. I am so sorry for your loss.

#205 8 months ago

I completely understand your feelings. He is my "Obi" that we picked up at 6 weeks old 12 years ago. We had to put him down last year and it was probably the hardest thing I have done. The first pic was 2 years before he died. He was getting laser surgery and they put special goggles on him. Basically, when the quality of life for the animal is diminished you need to make the hard decision. I have had two Komondors now and probably won't get another just because of the end of life decision. It's just too tough.

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#206 8 months ago

As much as I hate seeing this thread bumped, I do hope that posting helps ease the pain a little. Both of my pupperinos had surgery this year, luckily without complication. My heart goes out to you guys and gals.

#207 8 months ago

In the craziest turn of events as the vet was leaving to come to our home and put Alice down she got up and started walking again so they want me to bring her back for some test and they want to monitor her for a week before we go any farther.the tears are drying up but I know with her being 10 and all she's been through I'll be in this same spot next week or next year.this dog is just to tough for her own good making it hard to know what's going on with her and if it's her time.I'm starting to think she played me for a last meal of charcuterie.
First pic is at the vet this morning 2nd pic is her last meal pic and I even let her chew up the paper bowl

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#208 8 months ago
Quoted from Puffdanny:

In the craziest turn of events as the vet was leaving to come to our home and put Alice down she got up and started walking again so they want me to bring her back for some test and they want to monitor her for a week before we go any farther.the tears are drying up but I know with her being 10 and all she's been through I'll be in this same spot next week or next year.this dog is just to tough for her own good making it hard to know what's going on with her and if it's her time.I'm starting to think she played me for a last meal of charcuterie.
First pic is at the vet this morning 2nd pic is her last meal pic and I even let her chew up the paper bowl
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She’s beautiful, i hope things turn around and get better for you guys.

#209 8 months ago
Quoted from Puffdanny:

Since my last post Alice has been having reoccurring bladder infections and we can get them to go away because of all her issues they just come back.last night I could not find her and found her collapsed in the yard.I took her to the vet and they believe the infection has hit her spine again and feel there really isn't much left we can do for her except send her off peacefully and humanely.I'm sitting with her now giving her some love and special treats while we wait for the vet to come to our home and send her off as peacefully as possible. It's so hard to make this decision and I'm crying like a bitch but at this point I think it would be selfish to put her through any more suffering.

I went through this in jan. with mine. still have days where i'll break down and cry about him, out of the blue.

#210 8 months ago

Thoughts are with you in this tough time and to all Pinsiders that have had to deal with this gut wrenching experience. We do love our pets.

Hogey

#211 8 months ago

<-- My avatar (Zoie). Behemouth sized dog topping out at nearly 3.5# and lived to over 17 years. Rode around on my shoulder like a parrot.
She went down hill fast in April and had to let her go. Very tough decision and hope to never go through that again.

#212 8 months ago

Thanks for the kind thoughts everyone!!! She has a uti but that's pretty much normal and we'll get rid of it but it will come back in a month or 2 because she can't fully release her bladder.she can deal with it just cost me $400 every time because she's resistant to most antibiotics and we have to have a culture done to see what wI'll work this time and of course it's the pricey stuff.she's up and walking around like nothing happened the last 2 days.she was less than an hour away from being euthanized,I already signed the paper work and paid when we were at the vet earlier.

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#213 8 months ago

Im in the same boat as many in this thread. Had to say goodbye to one of my girls Friday. We have had our black lab mix Assabelle for almost 14 years. Her health had gone down over the years and was on a pain medicene for arthritis. A month ago she was starting to breath hard. We took her to the vet to see what was causing it. Vitals were checked and he said she was fine, and that sometimes they will breath that way from stress and/or heat.

Luckily, we were on vacation for a week a couple weeks ago and she stayed the same then, I would have hated for my parents to have had to deal with it and call us while we were away.

So come to Friday. I get her food and she doesn't come to me, this is my girl that has been on a diet for years, so she runs as fast as she can when its time to eat. I knew something was wrong, I went to her and she was kicking her legs trying to get up and couldn't. I knew in my heart, this was her last day. I go to the fridge and get out some lunch meats, and set out a couple pounds of bacon to cook. I am going to let her go with a full belly and happy. My kids and I are all surrounding her and holding her at the top of our stairs, her spot that she always sat waiting on us to come home. She died with us surrounding her. One of the most painful things that I have had to deal with, especially when my four kids are there and their is nothing that I can do at all.

We talked about what to do with her and the kids wanted to bury her, but was afraid that our other dog (German Shepard who I got for the sole purpose of giving Assabelle a companion) would try to dig. SO we decided to bury her at my parents land. We did it in style, we each drove our cars, 7 cars, with our hazards on and in the style of a funeral possession. We even had a train stop us, and I think that was so that I could spend a couple extra minutes with my girl. We all helped dig, we laid her down, We each spoke of our grates memory of her, laid a few flowers on her and covered her up. When we were all done, we planted some flowers on top of her.

She will be greatly missed, and I really think that she did things for a reason. We have had the talks about having to put her down and such, and I think that she wanted to save us from making the decision, and that she wanted to pass laying in her favorite place with her loved ones around her.

Troy

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#214 8 months ago
Quoted from vidgameseller:

She will be greatly missed,

I'm sorry for your loss.

LTG

#215 8 months ago

So sorry to hear but you sent her off in epic fashion and that's about all we can do for them.

#216 8 months ago

As I read, one thing that I can easily sense, is that these Pets (Family Members) could
not have had better homes..

#217 8 months ago
Quoted from vidgameseller:

Im in the same boat as many in this thread. Had to say goodbye to one of my girls Friday. We have had our black lab mix Assabelle for almost 14 years. Her health had gone down over the years and was on a pain medicene for arthritis. A month ago she was starting to breath hard. We took her to the vet to see what was causing it. Vitals were checked and he said she was fine, and that sometimes they will breath that way from stress and/or heat.
Luckily, we were on vacation for a week a couple weeks ago and she stayed the same then, I would have hated for my parents to have had to deal with it and call us while we were away.
So come to Friday. I get her food and she doesn't come to me, this is my girl that has been on a diet for years, so she runs as fast as she can when its time to eat. I knew something was wrong, I went to her and she was kicking her legs trying to get up and couldn't. I knew in my heart, this was her last day. I go to the fridge and get out some lunch meats, and set out a couple pounds of bacon to cook. I am going to let her go with a full belly and happy. My kids and I are all surrounding her and holding her at the top of our stairs, her spot that she always sat waiting on us to come home. She died with us surrounding her. One of the most painful things that I have had to deal with, especially when my four kids are there and their is nothing that I can do at all.
We talked about what to do with her and the kids wanted to bury her, but was afraid that our other dog (German Shepard who I got for the sole purpose of giving Assabelle a companion) would try to dig. SO we decided to bury her at my parents land. We did it in style, we each drove our cars, 7 cars, with our hazards on and in the style of a funeral possession. We even had a train stop us, and I think that was so that I could spend a couple extra minutes with my girl. We all helped dig, we laid her down, We each spoke of our grates memory of her, laid a few flowers on her and covered her up. When we were all done, we planted some flowers on top of her.
She will be greatly missed, and I really think that she did things for a reason. We have had the talks about having to put her down and such, and I think that she wanted to save us from making the decision, and that she wanted to pass laying in her favorite place with her loved ones around her.
Troy
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Wow. ....that was hard to read. Sorry for your loss. She was beautiful and Labs are the best!

#218 8 months ago

Sorry for your loss.

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#219 7 months ago

Havent been posting much lately as its been a really busy summer but my thought are still with everyone going through this. Its been almost a year since we had to let Gizmo go, and while it does get easier, its still really hard to talk about him or look at his photos without feeling extremely sad but we do all the time. Will never forget my buddy !!

#220 7 months ago
Quoted from SUPERBEE:

Havent been posting much lately as its been a really busy summer but my thought are still with everyone going through this. Its been almost a year since we had to let Gizmo go, and while it does get easier, its still really hard to talk about him or look at his photos without feeling extremely sad but we do all the time. Will never forget my buddy !!

Same here Superbee. Its been around a year for me as well and im still sad. We got a new dog that is the best dog anyone could ever ask for but i still can't get over the loss of my last one. There was a special bond there that can't be replaced ever. It sucks man really bad.

#221 7 months ago

In the not to distant future when you think of your ol mate , you will smile while remembering the good times and the sadness will fade away.

#222 7 months ago

Superbee,

There's a new buddy waiting to be adopted at a shelter, when you are ready.

Over the decades, I've adopted two shelter dogs (one at a time). Both lived long, full lives, and the friendliest dogs you could find. But both are gone now, with Bridgette being put to sleep about a year ago. Never a good day when that happens. She's still my screen saver. I'm still not ready to adopt a dog yet, but we adopted a stray cat that really 'adopted us' when he showed by our house about 5 years ago. So he's my pseudo dog for now.

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#223 6 months ago

Hi guys , (and gals)...well its been a year as of yesterday (Gizmo died the same day that Gord Downie from the Tragically Hip died) and just thought i would post and bring this up again so that someone else might get some benefit from this thread like i think a lot of us have when they have lost or are losing a much loved friend. I still come back to this thread quite often and it helps to read these posts. Im good now but it still hurts believe it or not even after a year has passed.
I want to do something positive for Gizmos first year of passing so im going to post a link to what i think is one of the most amazing rescue organizations in the Americas. Eldad Hagar and his organization "Hope for Paws" has been doing amazing work helping stray animals and could really use your donations. He is not the only one out there so do your research but they are one of the best. They are based out of LA but will travel to any state or even country if they can to help desperate animals. His organization is pretty amazing. Youtube "Hope for Paws" rescue videos and you will see what i mean. I feel like bringing something like this to peoples attention is the best way i can think of to honor Gizmos life. Please donate what you can.

#224 6 months ago

Hard to believe its been a year already. I'm glad this thread has been cathartic for you
Its hard to explain but you, and everyone else posting, has somehow made my dogs and I even closer. Like I don't get upset at them as much or stay mad when they do stuff like get in the trash or poop on the rug n stuff. So, thanks.

#225 6 months ago

I had to put my best friend, Moose, down about a week and a half ago. It has been incredibly difficult, I've never been this sad before. But I'm finally starting to realize he is no longer in pain and isn't suffering and that gives me a lot of peace.

I never had any dogs growing up so this is my first time losing a best friend like this. I don't know where dogs go after they leave us. But I hope there is a singles mixer wherever it is because he doesn't have any friends there waiting for him. Maybe he is playing pinball with some of the good pups posted in this thread.

We miss you Moose!

And for everybody else dealing with a loss of a friend - past, present, and future; my heart goes out to you. It's not easy but we are all here as friends in this hobby.

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#226 6 months ago

I struggled for a year with the decision to put my lab down.

What helped me was this quote...

Better to put your dog down a week too soon, than a moment too late.

That and this....

#227 6 months ago

Sorry for your loss mkecasey, myself and a lot of people who have posted here can really feel your pain. It takes time, but it does get easier. RIP Moose !

Quoted from NY2Colorado:

Better to put your dog down a week too soon, than a moment too late.

Couldnt be more true !!

Its hard to explain but you, and everyone else posting, has somehow made my dogs and I even closer. Like I don't get upset at them as much or stay mad when they do stuff like get in the trash or poop on the rug n stuff. So, thanks.

It really makes me feel good about starting this thread when i see posts like this ! Thanks!!

#228 6 months ago
Quoted from Malenko:

Its hard to explain but you, and everyone else posting, has somehow made my dogs and I even closer. Like I don't get upset at them as much or stay mad when they do stuff like get in the trash or poop on the rug n stuff. So, thanks.

Thanks for sharing. Thats awesome ! The last response was meant for this. Just forgot to hit the quote icon.

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