My Dog is getting put to sleep tonight

My Dog is getting put to sleep tonight

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    My Dog is getting put to sleep tonight

    My Golden Retriever Duffy "aka" DufuSs of 11 years is going to be put to sleep today. Hes got internal bleeding and hasn't eaten anything in 6 days.
    I have to keep telling my self hes just a DAMN DOG. But then find my self saying how dare you call him DAMN DOG. Duffy was part of my family and was there always when everybody was gone. Well I guess the sayings are true they truely are man's best friend.

    Duffy I love you
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    I too have a Golden Retriever. They really do become part of your family. I understand your feelings and am sorry for your loss.
    God Bless

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    Rob, our prayers go out to you and Duffy. We have had to put down a number of dogs over the years and it never gets easier - they are part of the family. In fact I think they are better than a lot of humans.
    Its a shame that youth is wasted on the young.

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    Man that hurts. I have an older dog and I know that time is coming.

    Dogs become far more than objects; I suspect you have to be a dog owner to fully understand that. They both give and want affection and are loyal to a degree that sets a high standard.

    I'm so sorry to hear this, I know it's gonna be hard. Be assured that you're doing the right thing. I think we try to hold on too long some times at our dog's expense and discomfort.

    I will be remembering you tonight.
    I'm too young to be this old!
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    This is a hard call - always.

    I am not actually a dog fan that much but when I married my wife in 2000 it included not only step kids but a ''damn dog''

    Well - old Zak got old, real old, maybe we reckoned 14 or more.... but he was getting weak and in a sense rotting away from the inside - not a happy fella - this summer it was. He was helped to pass - a mercy measure I call it.

    Finally we have a choice - be selfish and keep the old guy going at all costs, whatever the suffering - or we do what we have to because we love the critter - we hasten the release from suffering.

    Whole thing hurts like heck - but compassion and love must win the day. Then it's giving thanks time for all the years of pleasure shared ....... the good memories - they are priceless.

    Be strong ....... tho that's easy to say - but weep too.
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    Hang in there, Rob.

    It hurts. Been there, done that.

    P95 got it exactly right above.

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    My prayers for Duffy and your family.
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    My prayers go out to you and Duffy.

    It's not what you go thru in life, but how well you go thru it.

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    I've had dogs all my adult life and It always hurts when they pass. While I have no children, I think of my pets as my kids. My wife and I love our dogs dearly and our Reggie is getting old and slow. It's never easy, it's like losing a friend. But we do have a couple of rescued two year olds brothers that are becoming part of the family.

    Love him, grieve his passing and then get yourself a pup for Christmas...
    What, me worry?

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    Been there, done that. While never easy take solace in the fact that you love him enough and have enough courage to make the tough decision to stop his suffering. Your decision is in his best interest. I'll give a good thought towards the Rainbow Bridge.

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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    I'm with you,

    I hate having to do that, it doesn't get easier.

    But if it didn't hurt then he wouldn't have been loved.
    A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.

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    We had to put two of our dogs down in a five month period. Both were coonsidered and treated as members of our family. This is a tough thing to do, but be sure to be with Duffy when the time comes. The last thing he should hear are your words of comfort and the feel of your hand petting him as you say goodby.

    "It does not do to leave a dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him."

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    Why Dogs Don't Live As Long As People
    Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-
    old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his
    wife Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very much
    attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle.

    I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the
    family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to
    perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
    As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it
    would be good the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure.
    They felt as though Shane might learn something from the

    The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's
    family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old
    dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was
    going on.

    Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The
    little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any
    difficulty or confusion.

    We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering
    aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than
    human lives.

    Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

    Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next
    stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

    He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life
    like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?"

    The four-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do
    that, so they don't have to stay as long."
    (author unknown)

    I got this in an email not long ago, I thought it was a nice story and it helped when I had to say goodbye to one of my own.
    Sorry about your friend. Hang in there.


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    I'm misty-eyed just reading this. Brings back lots of memories for me too.

    The last thing he should hear are your words of comfort and the feel of your hand petting him as you say goodby.

    I actually had a vet come to the house to facilitate euthanasia. I was able to hold my pet in my arms and stroke her as they did what they had to do. It hurts like hell but I wouldn't trade the experiene for anything to the contrary. I have fond memories and she still lives in my heart. I thank God that we were able to share the short time together that we did.

    Choose to remember and celebrate his/her life. Give thanks for the time you've had together and for the memories that can never die. Pray that God would see you through this--I sure will be.

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    R.I.P. Duffy. I share your sentiments about dogs, and love some of them more than people. Hang in there bud.
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