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I Had to Put My Dog to Sleep

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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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    My Little Otis

    As the one year anniversary of Otis' death approaches, I remember the time that he died and the time that we got him. It hurts but I will, I will not forget him. When Otis first came into our lives, nothing more than a ball of white fluff. He stole our lives and our hearts. We...
    Patronusmagic Patronusmagic 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 15, 2012

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    My Old Friend

    It had been two months seen I had to have my old dog put to sleep. He was over 12 year old. He was fighting cancer and he couldn't go anymore. He was part of the family and we miss he so much, He was our weather dog, he would start barking when the rain storm was a good hour away...
    Fred3000 Fred3000 51-55, M 3 Responses Jun 29, 2013

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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 56-60, M 6 Responses Oct 10, 2012

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    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 36-40 16 Responses Feb 1, 2011

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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 2 Responses Aug 9

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    Love Knows Not It's Own Depth Until The Hour Of Separation

    I hurt and you are there to comfort me. I whine and you are there to hold me. I don’t like when you are gone, but you always come home for me. You can find me in the same spot I was when you left, waiting. Waiting for you to come home to be with me. Your voice I...
    savanarain savanarain 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 30, 2011

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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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    Cujo:

    I put my 16 year old Shih Tzu, Cujo, to sleep Saturday morning, July 16, 2011. It was the most painful decision I've ever had to make. He was the perfect little dog; my little man. I brought him home at 6 weeks, and for 16 years, we only spent 2 nights apart. He meant the world...
    Cujo1995 Cujo1995 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 11, 2011

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 1

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    Sherbet

    Sherbet has been gone for three months now and it is getting easier to get through the day. I still miss her but I wont get another dog because I dont want to go through this emotional rollercoaster again. I think it is ok for others to replace their lost pets but some of us are...
    bettyimrie bettyimrie 66-70, F 2 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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    Is It Time? It Is So Hard.....

    My best friend is 16. He has survived much. Recently, he gets lost in the yard and in the house; ,I have to get the leash on him to lead him "back"....and his arthritis hurts him....he has medication for that.... but it does not get rid of all the pain/discomfort. He is nearly...
    1 Response Jan 7, 2013

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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 1 Response Dec 8, 2012

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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 5 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 41-45, M Dec 18, 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 1 Response May 12, 2013

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    I don't believe I will ever get over it He was

    a 6 years old husky and my best friend. I bought him when he was 2 months old from a guy who lived in my city. I still remember walking into that yard and being greeted by his mom. She jumped up on me. She was friendly but when I looked in those icy blue eyes of hers I knew that...
    Danna2 Danna2 26-30, F 4 Responses Dec 13, 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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    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 18-21, F Mar 1

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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

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    I Wish I Can Be With You In Doggy Heaven

    Dec 10 2012,,in less then 2 weeks my dog Lana will have 2 month gone...I had to put her to sleep because she had kidney failure at the age of 4&1/2 ...she lost weight and stopped being herself she didn't eat,play,couldn't even jump on the bed...one oct 22 I woke up to her...
    lana0458 lana0458 26-30 2 Responses Dec 10, 2012

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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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    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'M Scared

    I'm terribly scared and upset. My miniature schnauzer is 11 year old (12 this year), and was recently diagnosed with pancreatitis and tick fever. He was in so much pain 2 weeks ago, and I rushed him to a 24 hour animal emergency clinic. He was subsequently warded in an animal...
    Jan 31, 2013

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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 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 26, 2013

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    My Dog, Protector, Best Friend Needed Me To Be Strong Enough To Decide.

    My wonderful Malaki. He was a majestic Rottweiller that was with me 13 years until he got bone cancer. He was in such pain. One of his back legs was being eaten up by the cancer. He would yelp each time it touched the ground. It was so very hard to do but when I realized just how...
    veiledsadness veiledsadness 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 26, 2011

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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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    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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    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 4 Responses Feb 19

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    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

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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 5 Responses Jan 30, 2011

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    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 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 14, 2013

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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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    Bindi

    Tomorrow will be the worst day of my life. My parents have decided to put my 2 year old pit bull to sleep. They have 2 reasons. One because she bit me 11 days ago. I was never angry with her for that. However she did a lot of damage to my lip and it required 6 stitches to fix...
    Dragonmadi Dragonmadi 16-17 1 Response Dec 7, 2012

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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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    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

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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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    On The Eve Of The One Week Anniversary

    It was one week ago tonight when things went horribly bad for my beloved 15 year old blue tic beagle. I knew she was sick, diagnosed with kidney failure in January of this year. Initially I w so scared having had my Betsy die in 5 days from end stage kidney disease. I began...
    Amala82962 Amala82962 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 1, 2012

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    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

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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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    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 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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    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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    My Wee Sherbet Is Gone And I Miss Her

    Sherbet, a Lhasa Apso, was nearly eleven and a sweet natured dog.I decided to have her put to sleep nearly three weeks ago. At 9 and a half she started to develop signs of ageing, like tripping, falling down stairs, walking very slowly. A few months before her death she started...
    bettyimrie bettyimrie 66-70, F 3 Responses Dec 13, 2012

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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 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 10, 2013

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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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    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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    Jessi Girl

    Had to out my baby girl to sleep this morning. She had lymphoma and was suffering. Such a funny dog. I'll miss her so much and today is just so hard. I can't leave my room because the house is so empty now. My heart is broken. Jessi girl you were a good dog and ill never forget...
    ska95 ska95 18-21 2 Responses Apr 5, 2013

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    Trucker

    Mine was named Trucker. Had him for years. Was my best friend for a long time. I get sad every time I think of him because I miss him sooooo much. He was about as close as I have ever seen to an animal that could be classified a "stoner". All he wanted to do was chill on the...
    OhDaddyMmm OhDaddyMmm 36-40, M Jan 25, 2013

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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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