|Barked: Mon Jan 23, '12 8:51am PST |
|My dog died just less then a week ago. He was 14 years old and I believed he had quality of life even though, he was becoming incontinent and found it hard to see/hear. He scrounged for food, he jumped up at you in excitement, and definitely still had the terrier in him! (hated the postman etc).
One morning I woke up to my horror to see that he could not move his blacklegs, he was struggling to breathe and his tongue was dark blue (lack of oxygen). He was clearly in pain and I can tell you now that I have never made an easier decision. I couldn't bare to see him like this. It was by far one of the most traumatizing things I have seen.
When you have loved something for so long, and you see them in pain, the only humane thing to do is end their suffering. You can pretend to think that it will get better or it could be operated on but think about it...Do you really want to put an old dog through the stress of an operation when it would probably only preserve them for a bit longer?
I've read a few "don't know if it's time" threads and I can honestly say that when you get that feeling, you will know it's time. I love my dog more then anything and it's about putting your best friends interest ahead of that selfish need to keep him alive for your own sake.
Hope this helps
and I can honestly say, it gets easier. It's been a week now and I'm in many ways relieved that he can no longer suffer. Photos + blankets etc all help the grieving!
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