Post # 1
My oldest dog is at the end of his life and I worry that I’ve let it go too long. I promised myself that tomorrow morning will be the day I take him and it’s so hard to know this is it. He’s at least 15 years old and possibly a little older. I rescued him almost exactly 14 years ago. He was set for euthanasia at a shelter 2 hours south of here and someone realized he’s a purebred schnauzer and very young at that time – only a year or two. They decided to give him another chance and sent him to the shelter where I found him. I was looking for a helper dog for my young deaf dog. Even though he was shaved nose to tail I knew he was a schnauzer – my family had one -and my daughter, who was 2 at the time, walked up to him in the shelter’s meeting room, gave him a big kiss on the nose and put her blankie on his head. He just sat there and let her so I knew he was a good boy.
When he came home with me, my ex looked at him like he was the devil himself and decided to “punish” me for adopting him by totally ignoring him. A couple of weeks after I brought the dog (now known as Snickers) home, I came down with a bad case of strep throat. That dog curled up against my back on the bed and never left me except to eat & go outside. He was a great companion and “hearing” dog for our deaf Rosie, who lived a long life. She died 3 years ago. He was always happy, loved to play, totally depended on me for all his security since the ex always ignored him and the kids were only momentary pals. I was his everything. For a long time now he doesn’t even want to sit in my lap; he’s got a constant urge to move when he’s awake.
Now Snickers is so old and he can barely stand, his legs shaking and falling out from under him. He’s covered in lumps and bumps and skin eruptions. He’s deaf and nearly blind. He forgets how to get outside through the dog door to do his thing. He makes a mess at night and then slips and slides through the poo, confused and agitated. He’s broken through the cover and fallen into the window well in the dog yard. He sleeps all day – over 12 hours at a stretch, then wakes up and paces confused all night. This is not a life for him anymore. Or for me,waking up & cleaning up an entire laundry room covered in poo and then washing the poor dog who’s caked in it. It’s time. But this is one of those things that’s going to hurt like hell.
Post # 3
Sorry lady, I know how hard it is to make this choice but you are making the right one, but that doesn’t make it any easier. ((HUGS))
Post # 4
This is so sad.
I’m right behind you. Mine is 12-DH keeps trying to convince me it’s time..but I can’t yet.
All you can do is give them a good life.
Post # 5
*hugs* Its definitely not an easy decision to make, but its the right one.
Post # 6
Poor Snickers. It sounds like it’s time to let him go. It hurts like heck saying goodbye to a pet, but I hope you can find peace in knowing that you’re making the right decision.
Post # 7
I’m so so sorry 🙁 Thank you for giving him a life he never in his wildest doggie dreams thought he would have! Hugs to you and Snickers
Post # 8
I am so sorry you are going through this. It sounds like Snickers had a wonderful life with you. I will pray for you during this difficult time.
Post # 9
I’m so sorry. I can feel the pain in your post, and I know how pets can be so dear to us, no different from a human loved one or a family member. Hugs!
Post # 10
I am so sorry. But I think you’re right; it is time if he is suffering. It’s going to be really hard, but you gave him so much better a life than he would have had without you.
Post # 11
I feel for you. We had to free our baby (cat-also Snickers) of his suffering 4 months ago. It’s a difficult thing to do but we have commited to do the best thing for our fur babies throughout their years which painfully includes making the decision you have to make. Having searched for any words to heal my broken heart I know there isn’t much I can say to make it better. Just know that it will get easier in time.Bless your heart for giving him a wonderful life. There’s a nice poem called Rainbow Bridge if you believe in that kind of thing. I do and it did make me cry but today it makes me smile.
Post # 12
OK I feel where you are. Really I do. I had a Rott/ Shepp mix that lived to 15. I knew it was time to bring him in, but hesitated. Finally, on last day he fliped his own dish over to tell me it was time. I felt bad I let it go that long. Dogs are amazing. I have always a pack of dogs. I honesty dont feel like I had a loss (even though it has been 9 months) bc I still feel like Mr. Bear is with me. But it is unfair to let them suffer, so as soon as you know you can be a big girl and let go, then it is the time. I thought we would wait a few months before we filled the spot in our pack, but honestly, I couldn’t gp 4 days. I felt like mr bear was telling me to give his home to a new dog from the pound who never had a family. When we went to adopt a new friend, they gave us ANOTHER DOG NAMED BEAR!! we had to call him little bear to distinguish, but all is well. Circle of life. ANother dog deserves you, and your current friend really sint going anywhere in a piritual sense.
Post # 13
I am so sorry ..my beloved 11 years old Epagneul Breton died in my arms and it was the most awful and most corageous thing i ever did. It’s about love in the end. We don’t want our loved ones to suffer and we couldn’t bear to hear and see him suffer so much to to cancer so finally we decided and i was the one who took him to the vet. It was in my arms that my beloved Leo had his last breath, it was my tear stained face we watched for the last time. I embraced him and stayed with him awhile after it was gone, crying and i miss him to this day. It’s hard but it’s part of life. Hugs!
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club
Poor little buddy. It definitely sounds like it is his time, but I know this is so tough 🙁 Big hugs to you and him. It sounds like he has had a wonderful life with you! Big hugs and doggie kisses.
Post # 15
@lorie: I’m sorry you have to go through this. I wish I had something helpful to say, but just like many of the others, we are going through a similar thing with one of our dogs right now, so the only thing I can do is sympathize
Post # 16
This is definitely the hardest part of pet ownership. The depend on us to make this kind of decision, and it’s so hard… you just want them to live forever, but as you know, you have to balance the desire to never let go, with the responsibility of ensuring they’re never in pain, never suffer.
I feel like taking that pain upon ourselves as pet owners is essentially how we pay them back for their years of unconditional love.