Goodbye to an old faithful friend!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by terminator, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. terminator

    terminator Member

    Dec 5, 2010
    Had to put down my 14 year old puppy dog. It never gets any easier!:(
  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    Sorry to hear about your loss, a good companion is kind of hard to find.

  3. HunterAlpha1

    HunterAlpha1 Former Guest

    Aug 8, 2011
    Yorktown, VA
    "I hope I'm as good a person as my dog thinks I am":(

    so hard to loose man's best friend, i'm lucky in that i haven't had to shoot one yet
  4. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    My condolences. :(
  5. geds

    geds New Member

    Mar 27, 2011
    One of the most difficult things I've ever had to do, even though I knew it was the best thing for the dog. It hurts now, but time heals.
  6. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    At age 63, I purchased my FIRST dog. I can't imagine the day when I would have to put him down, though the roles may get reversed. I'm now 64 and Charlie is only 1.

    Terminator, I really feel for you. They are incredible companions.
  7. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Terminator, I have - at my age - been there several times.
    You are right; it never gets easier.

    God bless you, and be assured that this goodbye is not permanent -
  8. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    It is extreemly difficult and I know you must be hurting. No other animal loves like a dog does. Just know he loved you and its something you had to do. I pray for your healing to come quickly.
  9. JohnHenry

    JohnHenry Well-Known Member

    It's been a rough week-end .... last night I had to have my 19 year old Tennessee Walker put to sleep. We've done a lot of trail riding over the years .... I have her son
    and a daughter so this is , perhaps, a little easier for me than losing a dog.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2011
  10. Rocketman1

    Rocketman1 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    Sorry for your loss. It is indead hard, pets are part of the family, and I have lost several over the years. I feel your grief.
  11. terminator

    terminator Member

    Dec 5, 2010
  12. jstgsn

    jstgsn Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Milford, Delaware
    I am so sorry.

    Just yesterday I lay on the living room floor with my 15 year old yellow lab, Daisy. I stoked her head, and gave her a belly rub. I thought about what is coming and cried like a little girl. It is difficult for her to get up, her hind legs don't want to work, and sometimes she doesn't make it to the front door in time, sometimes I don't wake up quick enough to let her out. For the past few months we have a local company that comes in every 6 weeks to steam clean the carpets, but for 15 years she has been by my side. When I come home she has always greeted me with joy. When someone comes on to our property she let us know and gave us a "lab" report on their intentions. She spotted the doves before we did, and she retrieved every type of critter. When I picked up my shotgun, she was between the doorway and me, and would beat me to the car. She comforted me when I was sad, and shadowed my every step. She has been my constant companion since she was a little ball of fur. She doesn't seem to be suffering now and when I watch her struggle to get up, I realize I struggle too. We have grown old together, and I know the time will come soon when her struggle is just too much. For now, I just dread the day.

    I don't have words for what you have just gone through. I pray I have your strength to do what has to be done.

    God bless you and comfort you in your loss.

  13. This truly is one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. In my case, one day I looked at her and she looked at me and together we knew what had to be done. It was the right decision - it was the only decision.

    Kandi was an 18 year old Golden. One of the best friends I've ever had. I still miss her, but I know she had a good life and I know there is a special place for her while she waits for me to join her.

    I know it's cliche to say, but it's true . . . it's hard now, but time does heal.
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