I Had to Put My Dog to Sleep

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    My Heart Is Aching

    Tonight I had to say good bye to my dear sweet beautiful boy Duff. I was lucky to have him with me for 12 years. He was the sweetest boy. Smart, funny, goofy handsome boy. I will carry you in my heart always Wolfie. I love you my boy.
    Pcad Pcad
    Mar 28, 2012

    My Furchild Friend

    It's been 5 long lonely days since we had to say goodbye. I hate the quiet in our home. I hate coming home and not having him greet me. Twelve years ago, I made the decision to make him ours, to love him and give him a happy life. I never thought about having to decide to end...
    Furchildfriend Furchildfriend
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Jun 26, 2013

    Poor guy was 14 when I had to.

    .. Inoperable brain tumor left him blind, deaf and unable to smell
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 3, 2015

    It Was Terrible..

    She had cancer and we didn't want her suffering, so we had to put her down.
    TheySeeMeRollin TheySeeMeRollin
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Sep 29, 2013

    I have a 13 year old dog

    that is really starting to show his age. He has thyroid problems, arthritis, he can't see or hear well. My mom keeps saying he probably doesn't have long to live. The vets still don't seem to concerned, but I'm really worried about him. I don't wanna lose him. Here's a song...
    thornedrose thornedrose
    18-21, F
    Oct 27, 2015

    A very For sad day today my family

    and I.He was suffering It had to be done.We almost called it off. he rallied a few times today like nothing was wrong then the incontinence returned. he looked week , in pain and tired It had to be done but if we could just put it off for a while longer.It could still be called...
    lisaree13 lisaree13
    51-55, T
    9 Responses Aug 2, 2015

    I had to put my yorkie to sleep 3 years ago,

    we had her for 10 years, she had breast cancer. It was so heartbreaking and I miss her and think of her every day. It was such a tearing decision to make... But she seemed so at peace one the ride. She actually looked happy that we were doing it because she was suffering so...
    JerseyRoyaltyx0 JerseyRoyaltyx0
    22-25, F
    Mar 1, 2014

    Missing My Unconditional Loving Friend

    On August 18 2012 I had to put my Boxer to sleep. He had been a part of my life for nearly a decade. It seemed like only yesterday that my then boyfriend brought him home to me as a gift. He was just 8 weeks old when he arrived. I named him Roy after the professional Boxer Roy...
    wisdom77 wisdom77
    31-35, F
    1 Response Aug 22, 2012

    2 dogs actually..17 and 10.

    ... My first 2 kids
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    2 Responses Sep 19, 2015


    Peanut, I miss you. I'm sorry we put you down. You were my favorite dog ever. White, fluffy, and happy. I remember when we first got you. I remember raising you and growing up with me. After you died I had nothing else. I love you Peanut Butter
    StarsandSpikes StarsandSpikes
    1 Response Nov 22, 2012

    It Was One Month Ago Yesterday

    I wanted to add my story here yesterday because that was the one month mark for me. I couldnt actually sit here and write it out..it was to painful... My dear old dog Rocky had turned 13 on July 20th...7 short days later he was gone....Its incredibly hard still..he was there...
    stolenangel69 stolenangel69
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Aug 28, 2013

    Baby Face Toby

    my baby face toby had to go to sleep on 3 june 2013 my toby was ok up till about 5 weeks ago ,then i had a feeling he wasnt to well as he was keeping a lot to himeself.I called the vet around and they said they think toby is aneimic so they said to me they will take him to clinic...
    tobyjazz tobyjazz
    Jun 7, 2013

    So we had to put one of the family dogs to

    sleep today :'-( he remained with my parents when I moved out but after they both passed him and his little chihuahua buddy fully became ours <3 Yesterday when I was in the bathroom he started crying in a way I've never heard a dog cry and I ran out to find him half on the...
    cicisays13 cicisays13
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Feb 14, 2015

    It's awful. I know I did the right thing.

    It's been a month and I still sit and cry. I don't know how to move on.
    Badina Badina
    46-50, F
    Sep 17, 2015

    well, technically he died

    before we could. but he still meant alot to me and i loved him very much.....he was my best friend and now hes gone. i dont have anyone to cry to anymore.
    memegyu memegyu
    16-17, F
    Oct 8, 2015

    I am writing this story again,

    because I accidentally deleted it recently. Because my furry baby is too special to me, I feel I must write his story again, though please bear with me because I've been healing since his being put to peace (as I like to say, rather than just 'sleep'). His passing was on...
    Ceeceeexperiences Ceeceeexperiences
    51-55, F
    1 Response Jun 19, 2015

    He Was My Boy.

    I adopted Napoleon off of a family that was going to put him down if no-one took him. When I went to pick him up and meet him for the first time, he + i bonded almost instantly and from that onwards we did everything together. After a few months I started to notice the tremors...
    jaydemissesnapoleon jaydemissesnapoleon
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 18, 2009

    I had to my dog to sleep a couple of days ago.

    So sad, I know it was his time. He was suffering. I have had great support from my friends. But my husband is so emotionally dysfunctional, not even a hug from him. I am coping well, with no thanks to him. But I don't know why I am disappointed in or hopeful to expect a better...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Aug 9, 2014

    I may be facing this

    and I'm in utter turmoil! We rescued our dog 6 months ago. He's been easy to train, very affectionate and we love him like a child. However the other day, he tried to attack me for no reason. We have a baby, he needs to go. But I'm so sad about it. He's been kept away from me...
    MommysGotTats420 MommysGotTats420
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 13, 2015

    Today is a sad day we had to put our dog of 12

    years down:'( she just wasn't eating she was a big Labrador and only weighed 52 pounds when we took her in today she always cheered me up I'm glad she isn't suffering but it's hard to say goodbye to one of your best friends.
    ashley254 ashley254
    18-21, F
    Oct 23, 2015


    I just had to put my best friend down, Paulie.  He was a three time loser from a county pound.  My kids fell in love with him after we met him at a local pet store.  On my youngest girl's birthday, we beat out three families to adopt him.  On the way home he slept on the...
    dotnchas dotnchas
    1 Response Mar 24, 2011

    We had that with a dog we had.

    I always thought people who cried for their pets were sentimental but I admit my husband and I were in floods of tears when we finally had to make the decision to have our old dog put down. Like losing a family member. Still remember her brown eyes looking at me as she made her...
    deleted deleted
    Oct 9, 2015

    My heart is broken, the day I knew would

    eventually come happened yesterday. I had to put my sweet baby Samantha to sleep. I had the honor of of sharing her life for the past 11 years. She was my baby, my best friend, my reason for living. I was with her to the end, and now I can't seem to stop crying. The crazy thing...
    UllTam UllTam
    56-60, F
    2 Responses Jan 21, 2014

    I've had my dog since

    before I can remember and just two weeks ago I had to put her down. She was my bestfriend and only person I trusted in my house hold. Now that she's gone I feel like I'm missing a part of me.
    deleted deleted
    Oct 17, 2015

    My Boo Boo

    I had to put my dog of 14 years down yesterday. I didn't realize how much I would truly miss him and his presence in general until that moment. He was immobile, deaf, blind and had artheritis. I knew his quality of life wasn't good, but the thought of choosing his fate erred me...
    re4409 re4409
    May 12, 2013

    I Never Cried So Much In My Entire Life Xx

    This is for my little dog, B - up in heaven above. I will always love you. Miss you loads, but you're in a better place now. Safe in heaven but you're still my little babe. RIP boy xx He was sick for a long time, my dear B. I was so lucky to spend literally my entire life with...
    LittleMissDimples LittleMissDimples
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 29, 2012

    Not Looking For Sympathy

    Really, I'm not. I just need to get it out. I put a pic of the old girl up on FB and got a ton of "sorry for your loss" es.....I get it, I do, and I appreciate that everyone cares. I didn't post it for they sympathy vote. I did it more as a way to get the story out. Just as...
    pilotjess pilotjess
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Jan 30, 2011

    Today was the worst day of my life.

    We had to put Ginger down. My wonderful dog Ginger. 14 years old. She would've been 15 on the 31st. I know I posted an experience earlier about her being sick. We'll, we made the choice to put her down. Honestly, I don't know if I really wanted to or not. I didn't want her to be...
    TheMonsterCookie TheMonsterCookie
    18-21, M
    9 Responses Jul 8, 2014

    Today had possibly been the worst day of my

    life. My eldest Border Collie (approx 12 years, rescue dog) was diagnosed with a bladder tumour two weeks ago, having been unable to urinate for 12 hours he had to have his bladder drained and go on a course of metacam for the rest of his (short) life. Last night he got blocked...
    Lavender1145 Lavender1145
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Feb 19, 2014

    Ming The Merciless, King Of The Yukon

    The love of my life has flown away. I miss you everyday. We had 17 wonderful years together… you are the only man in my life, the only man I can trust… you are my best friend. but now that you're gone…. I dream of you running in the fields. You are now running free with the...
    EmpressofLoveandWar EmpressofLoveandWar
    46-50, F
    1 Response Dec 17, 2012

    Loyalty At Its Finest

    On January the 3rd, we had to put my 12 year old baby to sleep, because he has a tumor the size of a cantaloupe on his side. His name was Ollie, and he was the most handsome mutt I've ever seen. I had the honor of being raised and protected by this dog the majority of my life...
    Lilacrose77 Lilacrose77
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Apr 14, 2013

    The Hardest Thing I Ever Had To Do.

    The day I knew would eventually come, came upon me 2 years ago. I came to realize my best friend in the whole world was suffering and it was up to me to end that for him. We had 14 1/2 wonderful years together, but he began to have these episodes that I soon came to realize were...
    308shooter 308shooter
    56-60, M
    2 Responses May 20, 2012

    Three Days To Love

    On Monday, December 10th 2012 I will have to put down my 11 year old Pomeranian that I've had since he was a puppy. He has a tumor on the muscle that controls his urge to poo. This tumor is not cancerous and we know it is not hurting him. However, if we were to have the surgery...
    Iziink Iziink
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Dec 8, 2012

    You Never Forget.

    This happened when I was considerably younger but I remember it clearly. We had a cocker spaniel and his name was Trip. He was so full of energy and life, a handful to put it lightly. But he was beautiful. I remember taking him to the lake when I was younger. We would go to the...
    illy90 illy90
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Jul 17, 2013

    When I was 19 I suffered a broken leg due to an

    accident during cheerleading practice. I was devastated over having to leave my first University but I wanted to go home to recuperate. It was the day before christmas and I heard a yelping sound coming from one of the bedrooms. It was a tiny poodle 1 lb 4 ounces. He was...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Dec 12, 2015

    Love Lost

    Max left me on 3/16/12...he had lymph node cancer....I got him when he was 8 weeks old and we were togeter all his life....this is the first time I have had to go through this and the pain is so great. It was a tough choice to make for him, but one that had to be made. He was to...
    smitty3886 smitty3886
    56-60, M
    Mar 20, 2012

    The Loss Of A Dear Friend.

    Today i lost my dearly beloved companian Oscar. He was such a wonderful and magical creature, the best friend i could ever have hoped for and i feel blessed to have had such a wonderful soul share his life with me for the past 11 years. He had been slowing down for quite some...
    Godslonelyman Godslonelyman
    16 Responses Feb 1, 2011


         I know this forum has to do with pets that have already been put down, but I feel like I need to get this off my chest. Marley is a 6 year old border collie / sheppard and 3 months ago he was diagnosed with what the vet said is a type of terminal cancer...
    mikeyy81 mikeyy81
    4 Responses Apr 10, 2010

    After reading other posts,

    I realized that it is the details that help others reading it. I got Zeke 9 years ago, he was 3 months old. He was a Christmas gift of my step brother, Adam. On new years day, Adam died during a seizure. The family put Zeke in a room and neglected him. In their grief they could...
    Badina Badina
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Sep 18, 2015


    This is such a tough decision but I think it might be time for Sparky, our beloved 11 1/2 Golden Retriever. He is a great dog but he's been having some rough days for awhile. Now he's not eating, and hardly drinking. His back legs don't seem to want to move. He takes a few...
    lisaholland73 lisaholland73
    2 Responses Aug 22, 2011


    Yesterday was the absolute worst day of my life..I had to put my Australian shepard/lab to sleep He was only 5 years old. I guess I should start at the beginning...I got him when he was 3 months old the people that had him didn't want him because they had his sister and the two...
    me118110 me118110
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Aug 27, 2010

    Saying Goodbye To My Best Friend

    The Hardest Thing I Ever Had To Do. The day I knew that would eventually come, came upon me 2 1/2 years ago. I came to realize my best friend in the whole world was suffering and it was up to me to end that for him. We had 14 1/2 wonderful years together, but he began to...
    1sabre 1sabre
    61-65, M
    5 Responses Oct 10, 2012

    Troubled Teenage Years, Loneliness, And Depression Made Easy By My Beloved Doggie, Lucky.

    Lucky was my very first and only dog I've ever had the pleasure of sharing my life with. For awhile I had longed to have a dog for company as I was a lonely child. One time I found a lost chihuahua and took care of her for a few days. I didn't know who she belonged to so I...
    TommyS93 TommyS93
    18-21, M
    1 Response Feb 23, 2013

    I Feel Like I Let My Best Friend Down. I Killed Her, I Put Her Down.

    Tuesday Nov. 13 was the worst day of my life. I let my best friend down, I feel like I killed her. I made the appointment, I deside to go throw with it. Doctor told me it would not hurt her she would just go to sleep. As they put the shot in her. She screamed, she was looking...
    mackemp mackemp
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Nov 15, 2012

    Holding My Best Friends Hand While He Was Put Down :(

    I am 21 years old and I rescued Petey when he was just a puppy. He was a great Dane / Dalmatian mix and he was my best friend. He was the only one who was always there for me when I was sick or sad or going through a breakup with a boy, he always knew when I needed to bury my...
    Morgan2718 Morgan2718
    Jun 28, 2012


    I need to put my 16+ year old yellow lab to sleep, should I bring his best buddy, also a 3 year old lab, to the vet with us to be apart of putting him down so he is aware of what's happening, and so he knows why we didn't bring the old one home? or will he understand? Any...
    scotty26 scotty26
    61-65, M
    1 Response May 26, 2013

    I first met him when he was two weeks old.

    He came to live with us when he was 6 weeks old and barely a pound and a half. Every day for the past 14 years he has been there to greet me every time I came home & has slept in my room. The past three years have been rough for him as he had nerve damage in his hind end...
    Creamsicle Creamsicle
    41-45, F
    9 Responses Nov 9, 2015

    So Heartbreaking :'(

    Last week, my dog went completely off his legs and he couldn't get up at all so we had no choice but to put him down. My nan booked the appointment and it was just too heartbreaking, I couldn't stop crying. The day we had to take him to the vets, we had to wash him because he had...
    BeautyOfSuffering BeautyOfSuffering
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Dec 26, 2012

    Hardest Decision I've Ever Had To Make:

    His name was Samson. He was 15 years old and was the sweetest dog who got along with everyone, but one day he wasn't himself. At the time, I worked in the next city 30 miles away but he still was very sick. Since, I've worked at 2 different veterinary clinics; I knew the drill...
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Jan 22, 2010

    I Had To Put My Dog Down

    I had to put my best friend down a few months ago. I rescued him from the streets. I met him while I was walking and he followed me all the way back home. He was a black German Shepard. I decided to keep him. He was truly the best dog ever. But sAdely I had to put him down...
    Shelbyss Shelbyss
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Nov 10, 2013

    Today was the saddest day of my life.

    I cried all day, harder than I've ever cried for anyone before. We had to put down our 13 year old black lab Rosie. We got her when she was 10 weeks old and i was 8. I am 20 now. I grew up my whole life with her. Wen we first got her, we heard that labradors were prone to hip...
    carissarissa93 carissarissa93
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 1, 2014
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