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May 31st, 2019 at 1:13pm
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I had to put my 15 year old Lab down today. This was the most difficult decision. My 6th long lived dog, it only seemed to be harder this time. One is also acutely aware what a gift sentience is. I imagine its a difficult moment for many of us when for whatever reasons its time to say goodbye.

They put their trust in you that you will never harm them. Its part of the bond. A contract of mutual understanding, and in return they offer one faithless service, loyalty, and affection. When the time comes one is forced to renege on that mutual understanding and actively make a hard descision.

Im wondering how one justifies the breaking of a bond. Its been a tough day.

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Reply #1 - May 31st, 2019 at 1:28pm
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Sad day.
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Reply #2 - May 31st, 2019 at 2:42pm
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I really feel for you.
Because of the circumstance I couldn't get my bitch to the vet and had to do it myself.
It really was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life.
It took me a year or two to really get over it.
Its fine now and I can remember the many good times and photos are special.

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Reply #3 - May 31st, 2019 at 2:46pm
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Ive had to do it before, was very difficult. I feel for ya
  
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Reply #4 - May 31st, 2019 at 9:07pm
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Mate........ you look after yourself
its a very hard thing to do,been there and done that.... the needle is easier than the bullet...
you HAVENT broken the bond or the trust Mate...you have gone above and beyond for you four footed buddie,you have taken away the pain and suffering that comes with getting past used by date....your wee buddy will have wagged its tail and loved  that last pat...they know us better than we know ourselves and they UNDERSTAND us better too.... your wee buddie KNOWS you wouldnt hurt them,what you did was pure love and kindness...you sleep easy Mate.
  
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Reply #5 - May 31st, 2019 at 9:58pm
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Aw man it is the worst thing. I've had to do it a few times ( well get the vet to do it) and it never gets easier. The only thing is to know you are easing their suffering, and maybe that provides a minuscule of relief.
Take heaps of pics and video of them when they are with you, so after a while you can look back on it and remember the happy times.

A small amount of solace is 15 is a pretty good run. It seems to rub salt into the wound when they are taken before they have had a good run at life.


  
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Reply #6 - Jun 1st, 2019 at 9:39am
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A bad day, no mattter how necessary. 15 is a good run and if your dogs normally live long lives then you're obviously doing it right. They are lucky to have you with them during their lives and at the end.
  

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Reply #7 - Jun 1st, 2019 at 12:13pm
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Certainly makes one aware of the shortness of it all,

as a pensioner of late..  Grin

I thank you all for your kind words of solace.

Still have my terrier/whippet cross. Shes a cracker. Will  hold on command when sighting a rabbit. She stops and points now after a bit of frustration.. some things are still good.  Smiley

  

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Reply #8 - Jun 1st, 2019 at 7:50pm
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sorry to hear HC

you can only do your best for you mates during there lives and at the end

always a heart breaker no matter how you look at it

plenty of good times had, no doubt

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Reply #9 - Jun 1st, 2019 at 7:54pm
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They put their trust in you that you will never harm them. Its part of the bond. A contract of mutual understanding, and in return they offer one faithless service, loyalty, and affection.  When the time comes one is forced to renege on that mutual understanding and actively make a hard descision.

Had to do the same thing on Tuesday, Bella was 13, a beautiful loyal lab. Never felt more guilty but was never going to beat a cancerous growth the size of a rugby ball.
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Reply #10 - Jun 2nd, 2019 at 8:53am
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Yes I understand that with the guilt thing. RIP  Smiley
  

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Reply #11 - Jun 2nd, 2019 at 5:27pm
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I had my two put to sleep a few years ago, about a year apart. Both were about 17 years old. It was hard, but I don't regret doing it. I do feel guilty that I probably should have Meg put to sleep earlier than I did, so don't feel guilty about doing the right thing for your mate, you (and them) may have ended up feeling worse if you let things drag on too long.
  
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Reply #12 - Jun 2nd, 2019 at 10:09pm
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Never an easy thing to do HC.
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Reply #13 - Jun 3rd, 2019 at 9:27am
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That's the way I look at it Cigar.
Once they lose their enjoyment of life and even their special treats don't get them excited, it's time to let them go. I probably waited a bit too long with my old boy ( he is my avatar). When the vet put the sedative in before the final stuff, he let out a big sigh so must have been in quite a bit of pain.
The trouble with animals is they hide their pain and sickness as much as they can, since weak animals get preyed on in the wild.

It's always a guessing game of when to let them go.

Condolences to all who have to make that difficult decision.
  
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Reply #14 - Jun 3rd, 2019 at 11:56am
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Feeling for you mate. Ive had to do it a few times. Never gets any easier.
  
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