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She's 16 years young but still, 16 years old...The time has come.


She's 16 years young but still, 16 years old...The time has come.

Old 07-13-2015, 11:56 AM
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Sixteen years? Maverick was blessed to have you.

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Many of us feel your pain. Remember the amazing years of love and kindness you gave her. All dogs go to heaven.
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Sorry to hear it Freed.
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Beautifully written, and beautiful dog. Truly sorry to hear.
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Old 07-13-2015, 01:05 PM
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I feel for you, Freed. All of us dog lovers know how tough a day it is for you.
I know it's too late for you and Maverick, but I'll give others a suggestion for when the time comes to put down your best friend. Find a vet that makes house calls. They can put your loved one down in the comfort of their own bed in their own house. My first pup, a springer, absolutely hated going to the vet. He'd shake and cower every time we'd visit. You can imagine how tough it was taking him for his last ride in my truck only to find out it was to the dreaded vet's office. That was over 20 years ago. I've had to put down 3 dogs since. After that first time, I knew I couldn't make that drive again. Found a mobile vet and he has made the goodbyes a heck of a lot easier on each of the pups and myself.
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Sad to hear. I'm amazed your wife took on that responsibility. I've always assumed that solemn task. When our chocolate lab goes in s few years, it'll be a double send off, one for the dog and one for the wife. I'm not sure she'll survive it.

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I'm so sorry for your loss.
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You've summed up perfectly the best and worst of owning a pet. I've been there myself and feel your pain. Undoubtedly our lives are enriched from owning a pet like yours.
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My deepest condolences...
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I truly feel for you man...it brought a tear to my eye.
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Sorry for your loss Freed......hard not to choke up reading that. Sounds like a great dog that had a great run of it with you. My boxer turned 9 today, don't even want to think about what it will be like when that day comes.
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I had to do this for my lab last year and my vet told me I was giving my dog the best gift I could give him - I took away his pain even though it caused me a ton of pain. He would have done it for me any day of the week. Still, it was of the hardest days of my life.
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Very Sorry, I dread the day this happens to my Schnauzer, I will be a mess as well.

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Not fair that dogs don't live as long as we do.

Sorry buddy, we all did it and it still sucks ...
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So sorry for your loss. I lost my Airedale terrier, Monty 3 weeks ago. I came home with a seven week old puppy a week ago. Be grateful for the good memories.

"Dogs' lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you're going to lose a dog, and there's going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can't support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There's such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and for the mistakes we make because of those illusions."

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I have tears now, one of my dogs had the same thing. We have a Vet that comes to my house all the time.

I made a bad idea when my dog had the same thing, the Vet came to my house, and put her down while I was holding her

Man buddy, good luck
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So sorry for your loss. I've had to put a few down, it's really tough. The suggestion of using a vet to pay a home visit is the best idea yet. That way your best friend can go in peace at home, which is the place they're most at ease.

The next few days will be tough, but it gets better with time
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Man that was the toughest thing I've read in a while. I have a 14 year old pit bull that has started to have some issues with her back legs. She's still happy as can be and acts like a puppy most of the time. Been through a lot together, more girlfriends than I can count, a couple houses and vehicles. She's always remained constant though. I have no idea how I'll be able to deal with it when the time comes.

Sorry about your loss, that's the one unfair thing about pets is we have to watch them go.
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:21 PM
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Sorry for you loss - had to put my lab down recently so I know your pain. My condolences.
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If you ever have to do this again, the vet can and will come to your house to administer the meds. It is way less stressful to you and your pet. I just had one pass so I feel your pain. So sorry .
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