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I Had to Put My Dog to Sleep

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    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 26-30 1 Response Oct 9, 2015

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    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 13-15, F Oct 8, 2015

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    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

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    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

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    It Was Terrible..

    She had cancer and we didn't want her suffering, so we had to put her down.
    TheySeeMeRollin TheySeeMeRollin 16-17, F 4 Responses Sep 29, 2013

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    Ed, was my companion of 14 years.

    He was a rescue mutt, part border collie, part lab, with a bit of rotwieller. He was the coolest pup, he loved to go camping with me. He would splash in mountain streams and run up ahead of me until I called him back. Even as an old fart (literally) he enjoyed trips to the...
    ricseocan ricseocan 46-50, M Dec 18, 2013

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    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 4 Responses Jan 30, 2011

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    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 13-15 Jun 7, 2013

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    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

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    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 18-21 Jun 28, 2012

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    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 6 Responses Oct 10, 2012

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    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

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    Sparky

    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 36-40 2 Responses Aug 22, 2011

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    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 46-50, F Jun 19, 2015

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    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 16-17, F 3 Responses Nov 10, 2013

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    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 22-25, M 2 Responses Jul 17, 2013

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    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 18-21 May 12, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    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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    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

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    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

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    Advice

    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 56-60, M 1 Response May 26, 2013

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    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 1 Response Mar 20, 2012

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    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 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 29, 2012

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    Paulie

    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 46-50 1 Response Mar 24, 2011

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    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

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    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 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 26, 2012

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    2 dogs actually..17 and 10.

    ... My first 2 kids
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Sep 19, 2015

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    Marley

         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 22-25 4 Responses Apr 10, 2010

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    Duke

    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

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    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 46-50, T 11 Responses Aug 2, 2015

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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 41-45 Mar 28, 2012

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    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 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 19, 2014

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    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

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    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 26-30 1 Response Dec 12, 2015

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    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

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    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 16-17, M 9 Responses Jul 8, 2014

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    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 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 14, 2015

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    Poor guy was 14 when I had to.

    .. Inoperable brain tumor left him blind, deaf and unable to smell
    mhlifesaver mhlifesaver 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 3, 2015

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    Peanut

    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 16-17 Nov 22, 2012

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    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 11 Responses Nov 9, 2015

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    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...
    Ttilly Ttilly 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2014

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    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 26-30 4 Responses Jan 22, 2010

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