Goodbye to an old faithful friend!

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  1. terminator

    terminator Member

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

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Sorry to hear about your loss, a good companion is kind of hard to find.
  3. HunterAlpha1

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    "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

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    My condolences. :(
  5. geds

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    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.
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    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    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.
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    So sorry to hear.
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    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    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 -
  9. Double D

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    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.
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    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.
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  11. HunterAlpha1

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    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.
  13. terminator

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    Thank you all!!!
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    jstgsn Well-Known Member

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    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.

    Fred
  15. Claudius Valarium

    Claudius Valarium Member

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    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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