Our little dog was 15 years old and in very poor health. He had terrible arthritis and his kidneys were failing. We had him on a special diet but that wasn’t helping. He ate almost nothing in the last week. Vet said the only other option was to put him on meds that would cost $90 a month and depending how bad his kidneys were, that may not even help. We decided he had suffered enough and had the vet put him to sleep.
We were with him up until the end. Wife and I both cried a little. He is going to be cremated and I will pick up his ashes next week. It’s going to be a little more lonely around here now.
Rest in peace, Sparky Dog.
I really dislike reading about these deaths. I’ve experienced far too many of them.
I am so sorry for your loss, but you did the right thing for your little friend. Eventually the hurt will recede and it’ll be time for a new little buddy.
Sorry to hear about your little buddy. It is never easy to make that decision. It is much more humane to stop their pain. I have had to make that decision on several occasions as well. The pain will fade, but the memories continue long after.
Sorry to hear about your pup. He is no longer in pain and that’s a good thing.
So sad. A part of your family has passed and nothing that i can say will help ease the pain but maybe, when the time is right, you’ll find another pup to fill the hole that Sparky Dog left.
Sorry to hear about yours and your wife’s loss WillieB. We can relate to just how big a loss it can be.
It hurt so much when we lost our Girlie, the magnitude was surprising and reallly devastating for us. My wife cried for days, and over a year later I still miss her everyday.
We finally couldn’t take the hole in our lives anymore, and we got Anka. It really has helped us. I hope the pain subsides enough that you and your wife can someday find another little buddy to join your family.
You and your wife have my condolences.
Thank you all. It was tough but it was the right thing to do. The last few days he wasn’t the same at all. He was having trouble before this but really went downhill the last few days. I’ll miss him but I feel better knowing he isn’t suffering.
And I know animals aren’t supposed to have souls but I find that very hard to believe sometimes.
Sorry for the loss of your dog . I know some people dont think dogs have souls but I hope that all of the dogs we have lost are waiting for us to rejoin them . When we lost my father my hope was that all of our bird dogs were waiting to hunt with him agin .
My keyboard is getting blurry again. I remember all of our dogs. Loved them all and still do after all these decades.
Every time I read of this or experience it I’m reminded that we’re natural and feel this loss and it hurts. The Almighty is supernatural and feels things even more. I can’t imagine what He feels when a soul is lost.
Willie, when we had Star put down it wasn’t a good time, but I immediately went to work looking for a pup for us and our Shadow. It took months but she’s in our home now and she pulled Shadow out of his depression. We’ll never forget Star, but we did what was right for her, and for Shadow and we can live with that knowledge. It sounds as though you did the same. We can only do the best we can do. As I told my wife, we’ll know when it’s time to kindly put Star down. It was obvious to both of us, as it was for you.
One of the hardest things in life. I’m so sorry for your loss
And we do it over and over till we can join them.
They have kind souls- don’t let anyone tell you different.
If mine aren’t waiting on the other side…
Send me to hell because it would be pure hell for me without them.
Now let us pray for and remember all our treasures.
I’m sorry for y’all’s loss . I understand that you did what was best though. It’s never easy .
Spent the night last night trying to trip over him like I do every night when I get up to use the bathroom or insomnia sets in. Kept forgetting he isn’t here anymore.
The best thing a dog’s human can do for him is to know when to let go.
Dear abby had a wonderful poem about this decades ago.
SO many onions being chopped in the house:
The Last Battle
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
Clearly that was written by a dog owner that had to put one down. Thanks, but I hate you for what you did to me!
We hope our old AmStaff just makes it through the summer. His salvation, his sister, pulled him out of his depression, but the activity has shown his severe arthritis. Despite the mental anguish we will never be w/o dogs. They are better than most people and definitely better than any demoncrat I know of. We’re giving him stuff to keep him going and he appears to be doing better.
She’s a small pistol with huge potential, she just needs to mature, and he’s my long time buddy.
Sorry to hear that WillieB. We lost one of our mini doxies on 1/7 and it is a sad thing. They become part of the family. But then the love and happiness they give far exceeds the sorrow of losing them.
Prayers for your family and you.