Post # 1
After a rough last few weeks, and a visit to the vet this morning, I think it’s time to say goodbye to one of our two dogs, a mini dachshund named Whiskey. I rescued him at age 8, and he is now 12. I’ve had such a short period of time with him, it doesn’t seem fair.
It’s hitting me hard, I know that this will be his last weekend with us. They gave us pain meds for him for now, so he’s at least not in any pain. It’s up to me to decide which day to bring him in.
I bought him some special treats and food, and I plan to take him to visit a nice park. Otherwise, he just loves to sit and cuddle on the couch so there will be lots of that. How do I know when it’s time?
I’m sorry for such a sad post.
Post # 3
I’m sorry your going through this. It’s hard when a pet dies. Pets are like family to me. I’ll be majoring in vet tech.
Post # 4
I am so sorry to hear what you are going through! I am an animal lover and if I ever had to put down my cat I would be devestated. How do you know? Im not sure. I think if your dog is in pain and it cant go on day to day, is when you know. Its going to be hard, I dont think anyone is truly ever ready to say goodbye to a loved one. Good luck, all the best.
Post # 5
@stephee: I am so sorry to hear this 🙁 On January 28 we had to put our beloved dog down as he had cancer. It definately is not fair. I know how hard this is. Just remember that you’re doing the best thing you can for him by letting him go.
Just in case you’re interested, I am reading a few books about grieving a pet. They are helping me cope with all of it. It may be something that will help you as well.
Post # 6
So sorry to hear about this. It’s so difficult to let a pet go, much less to make the specific decision on when to take them in to gbet put down. If he’s comfortable, then he’s ok for now, just let him enjoy his favorite snacks, and get spoiled a bit, and enjoy his company. You will know when it’s time. One day he won’t get up to greet you, or he won’t eat, or he won’t be able to hold his bladder anymore. You’ll just know that it’s time.
Our last family golden went this same way, but he had cancer. We found out he had a tumor and that he probably wouldn’t make it much longer. So in the mean time they wrapped his midsection tight to try and minimize bleeding, and my mom took him to do all of his favorite things with him, gave him ice cream, etc… (I had to be at work). One day I went off to work and she got up and he wouldn’t get up to go out. He just laid there, and she just knew it would be the day. They “went for a ride” in the van, and the vet came out and actually put him to SLEEP with a shot, then they carried him inside for the euthanasia. As far as he knew the last place he was was in the car with his blanket and buddy.
Big hugs honey!
Post # 7
@MsJ2theZ: Your story really just brought a tear to my eye.
Post # 8
You’ll know when it’s time – he’ll let you know but poil him like crazy until then.
@MsJ2theZ: wow – I’m sitting in the doctors office reading the part about going for a ride in the van and I’m bawling like a baby….
Post # 9
@stephee: i am really sorry to hear that!!! thats so sad.. i have a 3 yr old german shepard at home and a 11 yr old chocolate lab i would be devastated if i was in your shoes. i dont know how to answer you but i’ve heard that some pets just ‘let you know when they’re ready’. just spend as much time as you can with him, take lots of pics, do the paw cast thing (i’ve seen that at the pet shop and i think thats a cute idea) and just remember the good times. then focus your attention on your other dog cause he will miss whiskey and wont understand where he is.
Post # 10
I am so sorry. Letting go of a pet is so incredibly hard. The actual vet visit, oddly, was the easiest part for me. They give the dog a sedative, so they just go to sleep, then they give them the actual euthenasia meds. It’s very peaceful. You have the option to stay or go; I’ve stayed twice and I don’t know if I could do it again.
We have a place here that will cremate your pets. She’s done it for all our animals, even my daughter’s pet mice. If you feel like you need something to hold on to, I would suggest seeing if that’s available in your area.
I have two doxies, both rescues. They’re such a special breed of dog, so full of love and personality. I hope you’ll find another rescued doxie when the time is right.
Post # 11
@Golden Ticket: I’m Sorry!!!! If you’ve ever seen Marley and Me, they do the same thing in the end, take him in the van? Omg I cannot watch that movie!!!
Post # 12
@AquamarineQueen: Aw I’m sorry! I wasn’t meaning to make the bee cry. He had a great last few days! It was really difficult though.
Post # 13
I’m so sorry you have to say goodbye to your sweet dog. Losing a pet is heartbreaking. (((hugs)))
Post # 14
Aww, I’m so sorry. You know, you gave him a great life. Most dogs age 8 don’t make it out of the shelter alive. You make sure his later years were full of love and care.
There are vets that can do house calls if that might make it easier. THat’s how I plan to let my girl go when the time comes – at home snuggled up on the couch. But I can’t even think about that because the thought makes me cry.
Dogs are amazing – they teach us so much about love, forgiveness, and tolerance.
The advice I’ve heard is that you’ll know it’s time when their fundamental “dogness” is gone – they’re no longer enthusiastic about their favorite things, etc.
I’m sorry 🙁
Post # 15
@stephee: I’m so sorry about your little guy. I know it is so hard to say goodbye. Pets are a huge part of most of our lives and they really are like our children. After working as a vet tech I can tell you sometimes the most difficult decision for you is the best one for your pet. Many of my coworkers and I always say its the last gift you can give your pet… to let them go- no matter how hard it is for you. You have given him a great life I’m sure, and what an amazing thing you did for him rescuing him at 8 years old. Taking him to the park and giving him lots of love and good things to eat will hopefully make you feel better. Thinking of you!
Post # 16
@stephee: I’m so so sorry 🙁 big hugs. I’m glad to hear that he is not in any pain. I have not dealt with this before so I can’t offer any advice on when you know it’s time, but since you’re his mama you will probably be able to tell when. I’ll be thinking of you.