Precision Boobery: MayoSlather: I'm still wondering how I'm going to find the courage to have her put to sleep when she can't move around at allBy keeping in mind that people who force their animals to live in pain for their own selfish wants are disgusting cowards.
FirstNationalBastard: Also, I choose to believe this writing from Gaiman is as overrated as hipster comic geeks have made Sandman.
ParagonComplex: Actually, phlebion,
Mikey1969: We had to put our Dalmatian, Smudge, down last spring. On top of his normal hip displaysia symptoms(He was about 13), he was starting to develop kidney stones. A LOT of kidney stones, and big ones. He would go a few days without peeing, then it would open up like a firehose in the middle of the night. One day, a stone passed while we were at work, and I came home to find him miserable, guilty, and sitting on his dog pillow totally soaked. His hips hurt too badly for him for him to get up, and he thought he was in trouble. I took him to the vet, and they told me that if I spent about $700, they could get the stones to go away, but they would just come back. We couldn't hand;e the thought of him getting that miserable every 6 to 9 months, and then having to go through all of the other bullshiat.I felt that rather than drag him out for another year or two, and have him continually miserable and often hurting, that it was time. He'd given us 12 of his 13 years, been an insanely qualified protector for my wife(He'd even follow her across the bedroom to lay down outside the bathroom door when she showered), my stepsons(He even growled at me the few times they did something bad enough to get spanked for), and my daughter(The only time he'd sleep somewhere other than our bedroom was when Shelby came along). He even watched out for me. I found out that when I would be in the basement on the computer and everyone else was asleep, instead of sleeping in my room with my wife, he would sleep in the living room where he could watch the stairways for both the bedrooms upstairs and the one to the basement. He also scared away someone who broke into our house one night when I was working and my wife was home with the boys.You can't get that kind of loyalty from a cat. We were definitely "his" family. All from a pound puppy. A purebred Dalmatian that was too "rowdy" for other people, yet walked like a ballerina when little kids were around.
MayoSlather: Precision Boobery: MayoSlather: I'm still wondering how I'm going to find the courage to have her put to sleep when she can't move around at allBy keeping in mind that people who force their animals to live in pain for their own selfish wants are disgusting cowards.Yeah, she's not in pain, just weak. She's alert and still enjoys a good bone, but if she was in pain I'd certainly do what was best for her.
rikkards: rekraFlatoT: Lose a great dog? been there, done that and it sucked. And yet I will probably go there again. And again.He's thick as a brick
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