I had to put my dog< Muff to sleep yesturday. She was 16 years old. Was in pretty good health until she got out Sunday night. I didn't even notice until I went to feed her that night and she didn't come. I searched until midnight. I anxiously waited the next morning for my kids to wake up so we could begin looking again. I called the pound, Nothing. The next day I went down to the pound to file a lost dog report and scanned the cages. Nothing but then there was paperwork on the door for 2 dogs in another section. I had a gut feeling the volunteer went to look since i had given her a picture. And it was my muff. She was put in a seperate pen because of her age and an injury to her leg. The transported her to the vet for me. When I met them there, the vet told me Muff had a few issues. She was paralyzed in her lower half. ( That would be by she didn't wag her tail at the pound, she couldn't. I thought she was mad at me), She had a heart arithmia and a heart murmur, and she was leaking urine. I could try medicine but I would have to get a cart to wheel her out and hope she could go to the bathroom. I knew at that time I needed to put her down. But it doesn't make it any easier. And to make it worst I have another pet that keeps searching for her. I have all these If only guilt feeling. I was with her but She didn't even act as if she knew I was there. I just have to mourn. Sorry you all have to hear this.
I'm so sorry...I lost my shih-tzu two months ago as well....got ran over by a school bus and then another car that didnt see him...Your right rednosered, it does get better. All of the pets that have passed are in a better place now...
my 15 year old border collie x passed away july 1 of this year,its really hard and i do cry.i also laugh just thinking about how much joy he brought to my life.all the little things that tha dog did to bug you now you seem to miss.it will get easier.
PLEASE don't feel guilty. I am one of the rare ones here who believes that keeping old infirmed dogs alive is somewhat cruel. Let's face it, we keep them alive for US not them. 16 years is really up there, and you should be proud you took such excellent care of this dog for so long. You did the right thing, and it hurts to lose them. I keep thinking I hear Buckwheat braying some mornings, and...not. Perhaps your dog ran off to die somewhere and luckily the pound was able to help you .Think of it as a gift that you were able to say goodbye and ease the suffering... I am sorry, and I know it hurts. I lost 3 this year...2 dogs and thd donkey.
LAST NIGHT I stood by your bed last night; I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying you found it hard to sleep. I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear, "It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here." I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea, You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me. I was with you at the shops today; your arms were getting sore. I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more. I was with you at my grave today; you tend it with such care. I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there. I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key. I gently put my paw on you; I smiled and said, "it's me." You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair. I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there. It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday. To say to you with certainty, "I never went away." You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew... in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you. The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning." And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side. I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see. Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me. - Author unknown
Sorry for your loss. I understand completely, I've been there too. I'm the one in our family that left the garage door open and allowed our dog to get out. Tootsie was 14, mostly deaf and didn't see well. She was hit by a car and the driver never slowed down. It's been 7 years and I still cry once in a while.
We had to put our beloved first golden retriever down last year, it was the hardest thing we have ever had to do... and our family still misses him! It happened pretty suddenly (cancer), and I wish that we had more time to prepare.... I would have rather had him at home for example instead of the hospital. But at least we were there holding him until the end, and I know that we did the right thing by not letting him suffer, but it still hurt like crazy and still does at times. It does get easier, but will probably always miss him. We did adopt a little girl dog that needed a good home this year, and she has also brought much joy into our lives.
I am so sorry for your loss, and I know that it hurts - sometimes writing down the funny things that your dog did in a memory journal helps.
Thank all of you for your kind words. Some of your words rang so true in my ears. I know she is in a better place and I believe I will see her again. It wouldn't of been a way for her to live. I let her go with her dignity. a True Lady. Thanks again. It just helps to hear others know how you feel. Cause there are those that don't have pets and have no idea.
I am crying buckets now, first from the post and then the poem. People at my work are asking me if I'm okay. I AM SO SORRY for your loss. I have a 19 month old dog and I know one day it is very possible that I will have to make the same decision. I dread it, but I tell myself that I can't be selfish, because it's not about me, it's about the dog. You made the right decision, but I can't imagine how hard it was for you. Good Luck to you!
Sorry to hear about your dog. It is one of the hardest thing we have to do as pet owners, but it is often one of the best things we can do for them as well. It's been a little over a year since we had to have our dog pts and I still get teary just thinking about her. The other day I opened a bag that had been in a closet for a long time and found her meds, collar, tags, leash, etc. and it really made me sad. Let yourself grieve and try not to beat yourself up or feel guilty for what happened.