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2013-01-14 03:05:33 AM
3 votes:
The thing that got me about this post was the obvious distress that he couldn't be there to say goodbye. I could easily put myself in his shoes, as I haven been a few times when my pets died. If only I had been there to give a hug, to soothe with my voice, perhaps the very scary things that were happening to the animal might not feel so bad. The death of a beloved pet is never going to be easy on you, but if your presence could have made it even the smallest bit better on them it hurts so badly that you couldn't give them that tiny bit of comfort.
2013-01-13 09:38:12 PM
3 votes:
Goddamnyousomuch, subby

/and I'm a cat person
2013-01-14 05:01:54 PM
2 votes:
:Slaves2Darkness: Oh piss off!

I am so sick of these assholes who write shiat about their dead farking pets. Boo farking hooo. Know what my cat had to be put down back in November, the poor boy had pancreatic cancer. Did I whine about it on the internet? Fark no, I sucked it up, mourned my loss and moved on.

Shut up you attention seeking whores!

Dunno if you're just trolling or not. Either way, welcome to my Ignore list.
2013-01-14 10:53:59 AM
2 votes:

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 all

By 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.
2013-01-14 02:04:14 AM
2 votes:

FirstNationalBastard: Also, I choose to believe this writing from Gaiman is as overrated as hipster comic geeks have made Sandman.


Yeah, sometimes acting like an internet tough guy helps mask the sorrow.
2013-01-15 01:37:39 AM
1 votes:

ParagonComplex: Actually, phlebion,


that doesn't make you sound as smart as you think it does.
2013-01-15 01:14:38 AM
1 votes:
Doe not measure your time here on Earth by months and years. Measure it by how many pets you have loved and cherished.
2013-01-14 05:37:48 PM
1 votes:

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.


It may be fairly rare, but it happens with cats.  I have two cats I have completely bonded with.  I'm their mom.  Most nights you will find one curled up on my lap and the other beside me.  If I get up and go to another room, first one, and then the other, will follow me and resume their positions.  And by the way they hate each other.  But they can be right next to each other, if it means being with me.
2013-01-14 11:01:30 AM
1 votes:

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 all

By 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.


When my first dog started to show the symptoms of liver disease, I worried about this too. I didn't want him to suffer, and I didn't want to put him down too soon. His appetite dwindled, and the maintenance care ceased to be effective. Yet, he held out for a week or so, enjoying slow walks, and looking at me with a glint in his eyes. Then one morning, I woke up and he looked at me, and I knew. Somehow the vet understood what I was saying through the sobbing, and we got in later that day.

You'll know when it's time. It's a terrible thing, but you'll know. I'm sure you're keeping her happy, and that's all she wants.
2013-01-14 10:43:00 AM
1 votes:
"A dog does not live as long as a man and this natural law is the fount of many tears. If boy and puppy might grow to manhood and doghood together, and together grow old, and so in due course die, full many a heartache might be avoided. But the world is not so ordered, and dogs will die and men will weep for them so long as there are dogs and men."
2013-01-14 09:26:41 AM
1 votes:
I rotate pets. When the dogs dies, I get a cat, when it dies, I get a dog.
Dogs, by far are your friends.
Cats, are a maintenance pet. But, they kill mice.
So do dogs, if you train them.
My last dog lasted 8 1/2 years. Was like a loyal puppy until the last 6 days.
Best friend, ever.
2013-01-14 08:05:45 AM
1 votes:
I just found out my dog has a particularly nasty form of cancer. You always know the clock is ticking, but now I can hear it much more loudly. And no, twelve years is not enough.

I'll be saving this and coming back to it. I think I'll need the reminder of how others deal with this sort of thing. Hard to read it, but glad to find it.
2013-01-14 08:04:37 AM
1 votes:
We lost our dog this summer. She died in my arms, gasping for breath and turning blue. Then two weeks ago, we lost our cat - she died convulsing and gasping in front of us. So I'm getting a kick (in the gut) from this blog.

My dad's dog died a few years ago. He said it hurt more than when his mother died, and he almost committed suicide over it.

Unlike people, dogs just love you. They don't hurt you, betray you, or reject you like family and friends often do. They just love love love. It's unique.

Dogs should live forever.
2013-01-14 08:02:19 AM
1 votes:

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


Greyhounds usually are.... ;)
Mine's dense like depleted uranium, but I love that stinky hound.
2013-01-14 06:23:54 AM
1 votes:
I shouldn't have read that.

:(
2013-01-14 05:17:13 AM
1 votes:
The dog stories get me every time.

During my life, my family has had 8 dogs (I've had none myself, cause I'm honest enough with myself to know I'm not responsible enough to own a houseplant, much less something that needs to be fed and walked on a regular schedule). I grew up with them and live close enough to visit them regularly. They're like family, if family never argued with you, was always happy to see you, and was overjoyed to spend every waking minute with you with no thought towards their own needs or wants at all. I've yet to find a single living person as trusting, loyal, and loving.

I've yet to meet a well treated dog that was anything but wonderful in pretty much every way. I think that dog stories always get me even though people stories don't because, even if I don't know the dog, I kind of do.
2013-01-14 05:07:10 AM
1 votes:
Lose a great dog? been there, done that and it sucked. And yet I will probably go there again. And again.
2013-01-13 09:42:20 PM
1 votes:
Not the first time Neil Gaiman's writing has made me tear up, worse now because this isn't fiction. Dammit, now I'm thinking about pets who are no longer with me. Better go and say hi to the ones that are still here.
 
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