After a month of several vet visits and many different diagnosis, I learned my ten year old dog levi has cancer. He is no longer walking. We made the decision today that we will be putting him down within the next couple of days, as he is suffering too much. I can't believe how much this hurts, and I don't know what to do. I don't know how I will bear the pain to say good bye for the last time. I don't think I can handle it. I can't imagine losing my levi, he is such a part of our lives. Any advice?
my heart and prayers go out to your family, we lost our lab mix bhudda of 12 years.I knew it was going to be a long time before I ever got another dog, I started fostering to try to fill that huge void without making a permanent commitment until we got out baby Summer. my brother recently lost Scooby and has a memorial shelf in his home with his ashes,favorite toy, and pictures.other than suggestions theres no real way to stop the hurt of losing your best friend.I will prayfor you and Levi.
You have my deepest sympathies. This is a situation where there is really not much anyone can say. We all deal with it differently.
A couple of years ago I loves my heart dog to cancer. It came to a point where I made the decision to say goodbye. It was hard and it still hurts. But never was there a regret over the final decision. I have a lovely box with his ashes and a wonderful plaque that holds my final thoughts on him. I put his collar and all ID tags on the box. One of my favorite dog show trophies is with him, the last toy he played with (I took photos I will forever treasure), and a Boxer book that he was used as the cover artwork for. These items all adorn a small display in my living room; dedicated to him. There will come a day when I put it all away up in my loft to keep safely. But even now I am not ready for that final goodbye.
I visit with him daily and talk to him. I know he can hear me :)
My heart goes out to you and your family for having to make this impossibly hard decision. We had to make this decision last fall for my Jessie Girl. She got cancer too and after 3 surgeries could not take anymore. I suggest you take these last few days and make them special. Give special treats, you know what Levi would like best. Most of all spend time with Levi and give all the love and attention you have for him. I have a framed picture of my Jessie hanging on the wall along with her ashes in memory of her. There are still days I look at it and cry, but I know she is in a better place. I will see her again, and she will not be in pain and will be running and playing like she always did. As was stated before remember the fun and love you have shared with Levi and know you are doing what is best for him. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in this difficult time.
Treat me kindly, my beloved friend. For no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of mine.
Please donít break my spirit. Your Patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn.
Speak to me often, for your voice is the sweetest music to me. As you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when the sound of your footsteps reaches my waiting ear.
Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I walk with man now and am not accustomed to the elements. I ask of no greater reward than to lay at your feet beside the fire.
Keep my pan filled with fresh water. For I cannot tell you when I suffer from thirst.
Feed me clean food that I may stay well and strong. For this I need to romp and play or to stand by your side. I will be the first and foremost to defend. I will be willing to protect with my life, should yours be in danger.
And finally, my best friend, I ask of you one more thing. When I am very old and no longer in good heath. When my bones are weak and sight is dark. Do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am no longer having any fun. Please see to it that my life is taken gently. I can then leave this earth knowing, your voice the last I hear, that my fate was always safest in your hands. And I will know that you loved me. And know that I loved you. And most of all know that when I see you again I will be well and waiting to play once again.