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Old 01-20-2007, 09:05 AM
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First off let me say that the post by CMP about putting down his friend has me evaluating the best thing to do for my Hanna. CMP, I am sorry for your loss.

We have a 16 yr old lab named Hanna, she has severe hip displaysia, arthritis and her kidneys are failing (and she is deaf)so it is only a matter of time. Without the Adequan injections that I give her twice a week, she would be worse off. Hanna cannot get up by herself and has trouble walking but can get around a bit, I must carry her outside, she walks a bit, does her business and I carry her back in. Her days are mostly spent sleeping on thick foam bed. She does wag her tail as she sees me approach or if we hang out and pet her.

At night she sleeps in our room, but I must get up about every hour, or so, to turn her over on one side or the other as she cannot stay comfortable for long periods of time. We use her tail wagging as a barometer to how she feels that day.

So my question is, am I prolonging her days for me or her? Would she be better off if I let her go? I do not want to put her down as a convienience to me, but she cannot tell me if she is ready. I keep telling myself that I will "know" when the right time is, then after a bad night with her, I read CMPs post.

My wife and I do not have kids, our Labs are like our kids.

thoughts?
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:41 AM
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When I was younger, we had a 14 year old Siberian Husky named Dino. He too had arthritis (had a hard time walking) and started to lose kidney function. I told my mother that the time has come to put Dino down.
My stupid sister talked my mother into not doing it. A couple of weeks later, in the middle of the night, the poor dog was crying and yelping like I never heard before. We had to find a vet to put Dino down first thing in the morning. The poor dog suffered through out the night. The vet finally came in the morning to put Dino asleep.
To this day my mother stills hold resentment to my sister for talking her into not putting him down. My mother knows she made a dreadful mistake by not listening to me. The poor dog was in agony in his final day. To this day this still haunts my mother.
The only thing I can suggest to you is, put yourself in the dogs situation. Would you like to live the life of your dog?
Remember, all dogs go to heaven.
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:12 AM
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Oh, man......I'm SO SORRY ~ I know how hard it is to have to make the decision to put your beloved dog down, but please - keep in mind that we as pet owners (and that IS what they are - our "pets") are to be good stewards to those that God entrusts to our care.

As much pain as you will go through in having her put out of her misery is NOTHING compared to the love that she has given you these past 16 yrs. So do her a favor - love her enough to let her go. She will never STOP loving you.....or you - her.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know it's hard and we're all here to support you.
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:19 AM
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sorry to hear about your loss - 3 dogs here and not looking forward to our older one leaving in a year or two.....
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:26 AM
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We gotta start a new trend concerning animals on THT that read something like this "we just brought home a lovable black lab named......."

Seriously though, 16 yrs is a good long life, and although it may be hard I agree with Jane. Love her enough to let her go, if she isn't comfortable it may be time.

There was a post with a poem in it on CMP's thread that said it all, I think it was posted by Haifischjager

I too do not have kids, but my lab is like my son to me and I can relate to how you feel, my thoughts are with you and I think you'll pull through.
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Old 01-20-2007, 10:43 AM
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We put down a longtime friend last year. It was so hard. We both sobbed like ninnies. It's ok, they just go to sleep. It's better that we suffered instead of our little guy. I couldn't stand to see the hurt anymore. In all seriousness, get a new puppy right away. This was our advice to our friends that put down their old lab. That new bundle of love will most certainly take the hurt away and constantly refresh all of the cherised memories of your last companion.

Our golden is getting old. I swear, we almost sob every time he limps, but he's had such a good life. He's had the very best, and given his very best. It doesn't get better than that.

I can't sum it up better than this:

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Old 01-20-2007, 01:15 PM
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My golden lab is aging and while he's doing ok for the most part it's really only down hill from here. I hate the thought of putting my best friend (no kids here either) down but I also realize he is going to die at some point so why not make the decision to put him down before he does not enjoy life anymore. I have a feeling that time will come within the next 2-3 years if we are lucky enough to have him for that long. When the time comes it will be tough but I'll have to do it for him. The last thing I want to do is see him suffer.

Good luck and try to find a silver lining if you can.
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Old 01-20-2007, 01:37 PM
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We had to put down our two dogs this last summer before we moved to NC. Our Keeshond was 12 and the chocolate lab was 9. Both were having different issues. The Keeshond had heart problems and wasnt gonna be able to make the move. The LAb had the hip issues and she had some others as well. She was born with a cleft pallet and the breeder gave her to us after she paid for the surgery. I counted everyday with her as a blessing. She got to the point where I had to carry her up and down the 3 steps in the house. She would just give me a look that wont be forgotten. I knew it was time. That was a very hard thing for us to lose two at one time. You always have to look at the good times in these tough times.
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Old 01-20-2007, 07:04 PM
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It is a tough deal. I had to put my beagle mix of 12 years down a few years ago. She was not eating and was walking into the corner of the room and just standing there until her nose bled. My best friend said no so I didn't put her down. Two weeks later she went missing and I finally found her in a creek about dead. I took her to the vet the next day and said do it. I got a Brittany one year later.
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Old 01-20-2007, 07:48 PM
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The decision to put down a trusted friend is always Hell. Try to remember that our animals trust us to do what is right for them. Don't let their last days pass in silent agony. I've had to do it too many times and I hope it never gets easy.
Hanna will find a way to say thanks, they always do.
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:54 PM
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Tough week for old dogs. The poem that Half posted was in teh room where we spent our last moments with Bogie and it speaks well to the hard call we have to make...

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Old 01-21-2007, 06:57 AM
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A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man
> was enjoying the
> scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he
> was dead. He
> remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside
> him had been dead for
> years. He wondered where the road was leading them.
>
> After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall
> along one side of
> the road. It looked like fine marble. At the top of
> a long hill, it was
> broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.
> When he was
> standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the
> arch that looked
> like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the
> gate looked like
> pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate,
> and as he got closer,
> he saw a man at a desk to one side.
>
> When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me,
> where are we?"
>
> "This is Heaven, sir," the man answered.
>
> "Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man
> asked.
>
> "Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some
> ice water brought
> right up."
>
> The man gestured, and the gate began to open.
>
> "Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in,
> too?" the traveler
> asked.
>
> "I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."
>
> The man thought a moment and then turned back toward
> the road and
> continued the way he had been going with his dog.
> After another long
> walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came
> to a dirt road
> leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had
> never been closed.
> There was no fence As he approached the gate, he
> saw a man inside,
> leaning against a tree and reading a book.
>
> "Excuse me!" he called to the man. "Do you have any
> water?"
>
> "Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in."
>
> "How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to
> the dog.
>
> "There should be a bowl by the pump."
>
> They went through the gate, and sure enough, there
> was an old-fashioned
> hand pump with a bowl beside it.
>
> The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long
> drink himself, then
> he gave some to the dog.
>
> When they were full, he and the dog walked back
> toward the man who was
> standing by the tree.
>
> "What do you call this place?" the traveler asked.
>
> "This is Heaven," he answered.
>
> "We ll, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The
> man down the road
> said that was Heaven, too."
>
> "Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and
> pearly gates? Nope.
> That's hell."
>
> "Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name
> like that?"
>
> "No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks
> who would leave
> their best friends behind."
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This is the poem that everyone refers to.......... Tough spot to be in Riff, I feel your pain.....

http://rainbowsbridge.com/Poem.htm



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Old 01-21-2007, 09:08 AM
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Thank you all for your kind words and experiences. After a long night on Friday, and my post Saturday, Hanna seems to be doing better although it is just a matter of time. It has been helpful to hear how everyone deals with this issue, and all of us with pets must at some time. I am holding off as she is very responsive and does appear happy. It is amazing, almost like she knew that I was looking for answers and she gave it to me! Again, I appreciate all of the feedback. Who knew that a boating website and community could be so caring. I will keep you posted!!
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Several years ago on Super Bowl Sunday, had to put down my doberman with kidney disease. He never got off his bed, never ate; unless you picked up his leash for a walk. I had to carry him into the truck and out at the vet. Then he walked in like nothing. Put him up on the table and he stood and stood . The vet had to do a double injection. One hell of a dog. I feel for you. Remember their quality of life. They gave, let him go.
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Old 01-21-2007, 10:24 PM
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The thought of losing my Doberman is not something I want to think about... I hope the lord blesses me with at least 16 years, she's one of the best friends I've ever had.

This stuff is never easy, it's gut wrenching, people who have never had the pleasure of sharing the home with a pooch, just won't get it.

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Old 01-22-2007, 12:48 PM
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RiffRaff,
If you read CMP's post you are familiar with my recent experience. I'd say it may be a little early to put Hanna down. If she still recognizes you and wags her tail you're ahead of the game. My pooch had lost all recognition and quit wagging her tail.
It's a tough question measuring quality of life for a loved one - I'd say if she's wagging her tail she's happy...good luck - tough call.
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One of the tough issues owning pets. Those little rascals get into your heart with there unconditional love.
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