- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015
This is the worst part of being a dog owner. I seriously cannot stop crying. Our dog Bear, who has been in our family for 12 years passed away suddenly today.
Bear lived with my parents several hours away from me but I grew up with this dog. My parents found him as a little puppy abandoned on the side of a highway while myself and my siblings with visiting our grandparents in Florida for the summer. We were such excited kids coming home to this wonderful surprise! He was such a sweet dog, a gentle giant (German Shep, golden mix).
Two years after finding Bear we had to put our first dog, Misty, down. My dad is the one who had to take her to the vet and it was probably the single saddest day our family had ever faced together.
Fast forward to today, I get a text from my dad today that he is very troubled by Bear’s behavior today. He was acting extremely lethargic and unresponsive. And when my dad let him outside this morning Bear walked out into the yard and fell over sideway. My dad thought he had died and ran outside. He texted and said he was worried that Bear was dying, and took him to the vet.
I called him and talked to him, he was very emotional, saying he was dreading what the vet would say, and that he was afraid Bear would have to be put down. He talked about how terrible is was when he had to take Misty, and how I couldn’t possibly imagine how devastating it is to have to be the one to do it.
So I just got the text “Bear is with Misty now”. Bear had a massive internal tumor that had somehow never caused any other issues, so had gone all this time undetected until it ruptured at some point very recently.
i am so devastated. We loved that dog so much, and to think of the possible pain he was suffering is unbearable. And I feel absolutely horrible for my dad. Bear was his buddy, and to have to go through this with a second wonderful dog, I can’t even imagine.
Sorry for the long post. It’s Monday and I’m off while everyone is working and I have no one else to talk to.