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2012-11-26 10:26:12 AM
My dog got cancer in his mouth at around 12 years old, it was still my parents myself and my brother living in one house at the time. We found out when he was bleeding from the mouth on Thanksgiving, and I never spent more time with him than I did in the months following that. At one point if you stopped him from eating when he got towards the end of his dish he'd be okay but if you let him keep going he'd disrupt the tumor and bleed for a few minutes, so I took to eating meal with him. When the time finally came I was a complete wreck and couldn't go, and luckily the rest of them stepped up so he'd have most of us there at the end. I feel bad sometimes that I wasn't there but I think he got an extra month at least that he wouldn't have had without close attention.
 
2012-11-26 10:37:45 AM
Damn, dude. I've had to put two down (both for health and pain reasons).

I was all set to type some maudlin tome to maybe make you feel better, but I think I'll just leave this classic advice from George Carlin:

"Life...is a series of dogs."

You'll find love again, bro. Just keep that special place in your heart for your longtime friend.
 
2012-11-26 11:07:07 AM
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This was Copper. I had him for 14 years before the cancer made him too weak to move. My mom couldn't handle it when the time came, so I had to take him to the vet. I wanted to go alone, thinking I'd be fine, but my fiancee insisted on coming with me. When it happened, I broke down crying harder than I had in a long time. I'll always miss him. Haven't had a dog since, though I was the only one to bond with the Chow at the animal shelter I worked at.
 
2012-11-26 11:07:41 AM
 
2012-11-26 11:19:46 AM
You were very lucky to have such a friend. My condolences.....

I lost my poma-poo, Killer, (stop laughing) in 1983 and I still miss him every day. My Dad actually took him to be put down. He was pretty insane and ill near the end, but what a great buddy he was for an 18 to late 20s year old guy. He sneezed on command and although he weighed all of 7 pr 8 pounds, with a hand gesture he would attack anybody I wanted him to. He liked to steal my socks though....
 
2012-11-26 11:31:07 AM
Nothing makes it easier, but it's a fair price for the unconditional and unrelenting love they give you in return.

They love you with everything they have for their entire lives, and for that we ache.

Rest easy, puppy. You done good.
 
2012-11-26 12:00:09 PM
Years ago, I asked for (and received in spades) TFer love for my 10-year old Chocolate Lab (Broadway) that I had to put to sleep. Well, I didn't, I was TDY, but the wife and son did. I cried so hard from a distance. He was my child and had been with me so long. I didn't think I'd ever get over him. Not getting to kiss his beautiful face one last time and say goodbye and tell him how important he was. He's buried in the front yard on our land in Texas and roses grow over him. TFers are a good bunch. We snark, but we love and we pass it on. Murphy, our Yellow now, just turned 4. He's my big baby and a complete Momma's boy. For all our goofiness here, know that your pain is shared and understood. Take the time you need, grieve, and find a baby to love. There's one out there for you that isn't a replacement, but needs safe and sound just the same. *Hugs*
 
2012-11-26 12:34:48 PM
My 16-year-old Jack Russel is probably going to be put down within the next week or so. She was doing really bad at the start of last week, but when family came up for THanksgiving she completely rallied, and was something close to her usual self. But on Sunday she took a turn for the worse, heading back down again. I had to say goodbye to her for the last time, since I don't think she's going to make it to Christmas.

She is a very good dog, the total best. I'll miss her so damn bad.
 
2012-11-26 01:11:26 PM
I'll always miss my first (and thus far only) dog. Balling my eyes out to her when I was a depressed teen probably saved me from doing something stupid to myself, she was always crazy protective of me and my mom. I was 20 when we had to put her down, mom called me while I was driving my work truck to a job site to tell me, I cried for the entire 30 minute drive and had to shut it all in when I got to the house. I'll never forget that day or that dog. Miss you Harriett!

/dusty in here
//Sorry about your loss subby, death sucks donkey cock
 
2012-11-26 01:17:42 PM
I'm sorry for your loss, subby. I had to put down my beloved 13 year old black Chow Chow, Dude, several years ago. He was my first and only dog. I still miss him.

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2012-11-26 01:21:19 PM
My doggie died two days after she was diagnosed with kidney failure, so I didn't have to make that decision. In fact I was on the phone to the vet, bawling and asking if I could bring her in (it was Sunday) when she checked out.

I made it a week before I replaced her, and that was only because I needed time to look for another dog.

Sorry about your puppy.
 
2012-11-26 01:21:47 PM
 
2012-11-26 01:34:23 PM
I've lost a few dogs, and they always seem irreplaceable. They were, in their own way, but it always seems like each new dog is even better than the last. I have one now that probably will go in the next year or two, and I console myself by saying that I gave him a good home for his last years, and I (and my other dogs) got a lot of fun and companionship from him.
 
2012-11-26 01:50:51 PM
Last year our vet was kind enough to come to the house, where our old fella could be most comfortable. I will probably mist up whenever I think about it for the rest of my life. The remaining dog is now showing his age a little, and it's going to be no less hard with him.

We will keep right on adopting dogs, though. They have repaid every ounce of effort many times over.
 
2012-11-26 02:11:29 PM
I'm so sorry, subby. It sucks. I just put down the last of a generation of pets on Friday (3 pets I'd had since the 90s/early 00s), and cried and cried.

I never thought I could replace T - who was just the perfect dog for me. In a sense, I was right, but my husband and I felt we should take another dog in since we have the means to do so. We now have 2 cattle dog mixes and some spaniel thing mix. They're good dogs. The pedestal is reserved for T, though. He died 4 years ago, and I still get choked up about it. I feel no shame about that - I lost a good friend.
 
2012-11-26 02:22:15 PM
I literally JUST got the call that my dog is going to be put down tonight.

I'm devastated.
 
2012-11-26 02:24:10 PM
I have a 3 year old mini-schnauzer, love her (Chuck) to pieces.. she is perfectly healthy... Husband hates she sleeps in the bed with us, but I cannot put her in a crate...

my mom had a dog (KD-Killer Dog) we got when I was 8, she died when I was 28 or so... I was depressed for months after she died.. She was a great dog... she was a mutt, so we weren't totally sure what she was, about the height of a cocker spaniel.. that dog could clear an 8 foot fence... her favorite thing to do was either jump the fence clean... or jump to the top rail, walk along then jump over the gate.
She also loved butter... she would jump on the table before a big family meal, and eat the entire stick of butter... mom never could understand where it went...
KD also licked the top of a pan of brownies (the little flaky crunchy part on the top)... didnt eat anything else, just licked the top...

/Parents refused to get another dog after KD... just a long line of cats...
 
2012-11-26 03:00:43 PM
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Jake: 1988-2005. He was the last dog I had to put down. Got him in 1992 right before he turned 4 when he was on his way to the pound. A vet convinced me to put him down when he had an abscessed tooth just before he turned 17. Yes he was old, but I still fell it was a bit premature. Haven't been back to that vet since.

Buck is the short haired miniature doxie I got to be Jake's companion in 1997. He was a year old at the time. He sleeps most of the time now, but I'm told he is still healthy and isn't in pain. Sadly, at 16 I have to start wondering how much time he has left.
 
2012-11-26 03:04:52 PM
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This is a picture of Buck from a couple of years back. Other than being skinnier, he pretty much looks the same.. Still doesn't have much grey for a 16 1/2 year-old dog.
 
2012-11-26 03:22:30 PM
this is Gryphon, we had to put him down last year, he was suffering from kidney failure and pancreas failure, we miss him to this day
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2012-11-26 03:26:09 PM
Sorry for your loss, subby.

Dickfreckle had it right with Carlin's quote, life is a series of dogs. I spent a lot of my youth with my grandparents, who bred Shelties and they had three that came and went over the years.

I took home the very last puppy they had and he gave me a great 13 years. I moved to Denver from SoCal and had to leave him with my Mom who subsequently gave him up for adoption within a month of me leaving, but didn't find out about until I came home for my first visit 3 months later and he wasn't there. Until my Mom died, that was the most broken hearted I ever felt.

I have a 3 year old Sheltie now, who as I speak is fighting the good fight against her arch nemesis, the garbage truck. Aside from being a loud mouthed little shiat, she's a good companion. I know one day, she too well be gone and replaced by the next loud mouthed little shiat, but I'm not looking forward to the day I have to say goodbye.

Wasn't it also Carlin who said that when you buy a dog, you're purchasing your own personal tragedy? So true as well.
 
2012-11-26 03:26:23 PM
So sorry for your loss, sincerely. I had my boy for 13 wonderful years, and I miss him, still. He was a goofy, huge yellow lab, shar-pei mix. A year or two later, my BiL asked me to take care of their dog as they had to move back east, and despite best efforts, couldn't keep her with them. I now have that hound, and she's a wonderful dog- she's wonderful company, It's helped a lot. Humans and dogs have been together as a team for the last 30,000 years. It's okay to feel sad at the loss. Luckily, there are more dogs out there to help us realize our humanity.
 
2012-11-26 04:27:38 PM
Dogs are a gift we can Treasure
for we know they give us great pleasure

Paw prints that made you upset
are now something your can't forget

Sharing your day with a wet nosed greeter
made life so much sweeter

Just keep in mind, that love was true
when you still need that friend you know what to do

Cheesy poem is cheesy... I am sorry for your loss...

I have six heartbreaks waiting to happen...
 
2012-11-26 05:21:47 PM
Wasn't my dog, but my Granny's. His name was Perky. When I was 5, i used to climb in his cage and curl up and pretend I was a puppy too. He was a poodle, about 30lbs, not very tall, white, and kinda stinky, but I loved him. When i was 15, Perky wasn't so perky anymore (he was about the same age as me) and my uncle and I took him to the vet because Granny couldn't bear to go. My granny was a bit of a cranky, but loving type, but i'd never seen her cry til that day. Granny herself been gone for nearly six years :(

So sorry for your loss

/dusty in this thread, very dusty
 
2012-11-26 05:39:14 PM
Story from Thanksgiving.

A 5 year goes up to his grandma and says 'I love you, Grandma'.

Goes to his grandpa 'I love you grandpa'

Goes to his mom 'I love you, mommy'

Goes to his day 'I love you, daddy'

Goes to his grandparents' dog and says 'Woof Woof. Woofwoofwoof.'

CSB.
 
2012-11-26 06:03:35 PM
Very sorry subby.
 
I had 2 cats die this year, like 2 months apart.  One of them I'd had since 2003, and he was at least 6 when I got him.
 
2012-11-26 06:59:17 PM
We have had two German Shepherds. First one came to us at age 5 from his previous owner moving out of her house into an apartment and she knew that was no place for a 105 lb. GSD. When he was about 10, we got the second one, a 80 lb. female, about 3 years old. She was Alpha at her old house, but even though our older male was slower, she wasn't Alpha any longer, which settled her down and they became good companions for us and each other, and she kept him youthful for a good 2 or 3 more years.

At age 12 or 13, the male went down in the hind legs, and would not come back up. It was actually about this time of year, too. What we didn't know was that our vet, who is also related to us, had just miscarried. She felt bad having taken time off from the practice and not being there. Damn it's dusty in here.

The female slept at the front door for weeks, waiting for her buddy to come back. Anyway, she developed obstructed badder problems at age 10, again about this time of year. Hardest part was telling our kid, but then she recovered very fast. The day I told her, we are back home, and I'm getting misty again, and the kid is all, "I know daddy, I know."

Damn it's dusty in here.
 
2012-11-26 07:06:05 PM
They say pets are one of the family, and losing a pet is like losing one of the family, which is true - what they don't say is, they're usually the best one.

/Daisy
 
2012-11-26 08:44:04 PM
It is very hard to read this thread.

No snark.
 
2012-11-26 08:44:07 PM

Rincewind53: I literally JUST got the call that my dog is going to be put down tonight.

I'm devastated.


I'm so sorry.
 
2012-11-26 09:16:34 PM
A Dog's Will

When humans die, they make a will
To leave their homes and all they have to those they love.
I, too, would make a will if I could write.

To some poor wistful, lonely stray
I leave my happy home,
My dish, my cozy bed, my cushioned chair, my toy.

To a scared shelter dog, I leave my family,
The well loved lap, the gentle stroking hand,
The loving voice who spoke my name.

And the place I made in someone's heart,
The love that at the last could help me to
A peaceful painless end
Held in loving arms.

When I die, oh do not say,
"No more a pet I'll have, to grieve me by it's loss"
Seek out some lonely, unloved dog
And give my place to him.

This is the legacy I leave behind -
'tis all I have to give.

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2012-11-26 09:47:25 PM
Wow, the Bobcats got roflstomped tonight
 
2012-11-26 09:51:24 PM
whoops...sorry
 
2012-11-26 10:01:54 PM
im sorry subby. it hurts bad. Ive outlived several dogs. early in high school i had to put down the doberman i grew up with, she'd gotten a liver disease and went downhill pretty fast. its a tough tough thing to go through. they are such good friends. it will get better soon, and youll never forget them.

// going to hug my three dopey dogs, two of whom are old with health problems.. im dreading the inevitable.
 
2012-11-26 11:38:44 PM
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this is Trixie...she lived to be 19
 
2012-11-27 01:01:31 AM
Subby, I'm so sorry.

April and Dallas (pics in my profile) have been gone for seven and eight years but are not forgotten. I miss them still. They had long lives and were deeply loved.

Fawkes (also in profile) is now seven; I suspect that he may not live as long as the girls did (he's had some health issues, and I worry that his size--he's about twice as big as the girls were--will mean a shorter lifespan). When you get a dog you know that day is going to come, and it is going to hurt terribly, but when a dog picks you for his family you just don't have a choice.

I'm sorry for your loss.
 
2012-11-27 01:07:12 AM
Never had dogs, but I had to let go of my two aging cats. I refused to let them suffer when their quality of life was gone. I held them in my arms and said goodbye to them on my own terms instead of walking in one morning to find out they'd died alone, possibly in fear and pain.

It was the greatest honor of my life to grant them both a peaceful, painless end, and a small sacrifice for the joy they gave me.

Three years after my first cat died I was in my old room at my parents' house, where the cats lived, and found a cat whisker on the floor. The room had been completely renovated since the cat passed on..

I'm sorry you lost your furred friend, Subby (gorgeous pup too). Time will heal the ache, but only a little.....and they never truly leave us.
 
2012-11-27 04:38:19 AM
Jesus farking christ, subby...this is what I get for checking fark when waking up in the middle of the night thirsty...

Now I'm a blubbering snotty emotional mess.

My condolences, dammit.
 
2012-11-27 12:47:50 PM
We lost Tootsie in 2007 at the ripe old age of 14. She was a Brittany/Lab mix, runt of the litter at farm in Harmony, MD. My boys and I buried her in the backyard under her favorite tree.


/// Condolences, Subby.
 
2012-11-27 01:09:07 PM
My 11 1/2 year old labrador named Deedub died last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. He had been having seizures for a few weeks, bloodwork was pointing toward pancreatitis but he wasn't showing any of the signs. Aside from the seizures, he was totally normal. The vet had taken more blood Monday morning to further investigate how to treat him.

Things started downhill Monday evening as he walked outside with me, went to a dark corner of the yard and laid down. This was very much unlike him because he would follow me around. I could tell he was looking for a place to die. I took him to the all night vet, they kept him overnight, then back to the regular vet all day for fluids and observation. He stayed with us Tuesday night because I couldn't afford another $550 night at the all night vet.

After tending to him several times that night, by 6:30 AM I helped him out of laying in a pool of his own drool and made the decision to put him down. I was going to take him to the vet at 8:00 but he took his last breath at 7:30, right in front of me.

Wednesday was a very sad day. Still, I keep feeling choked up about it, he was such a good dog. He loved everyone and even people who didn't like dogs liked him. It hit me again yesterday evening when I got home from work, my 1st work day since he died, and there wasn't a tail wagging at the door to greet me.

Here's the last pic I took of him Tuesday evening.

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2012-11-27 04:33:19 PM

johnMFer: My 11 1/2 year old labrador named Deedub died last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving. He had been having seizures for a few weeks, bloodwork was pointing toward pancreatitis but he wasn't showing any of the signs. Aside from the seizures, he was totally normal. The vet had taken more blood Monday morning to further investigate how to treat him.

Things started downhill Monday evening as he walked outside with me, went to a dark corner of the yard and laid down. This was very much unlike him because he would follow me around. I could tell he was looking for a place to die. I took him to the all night vet, they kept him overnight, then back to the regular vet all day for fluids and observation. He stayed with us Tuesday night because I couldn't afford another $550 night at the all night vet.

After tending to him several times that night, by 6:30 AM I helped him out of laying in a pool of his own drool and made the decision to put him down. I was going to take him to the vet at 8:00 but he took his last breath at 7:30, right in front of me.

Wednesday was a very sad day. Still, I keep feeling choked up about it, he was such a good dog. He loved everyone and even people who didn't like dogs liked him. It hit me again yesterday evening when I got home from work, my 1st work day since he died, and there wasn't a tail wagging at the door to greet me.

Here's the last pic I took of him Tuesday evening.

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I'm sorry. You'll have that punched-in-the-gut feeling hit you for a while, but it's obvious he lucked out by having you around.
 
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