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 seizures.

I took him to the vets and held him in my arms as I let him go, to stop his pain. I never cried so hard in my life, my heart never hurt so bad.

I still miss him, he was the best dog I've ever had, the first I've had that wasn't a family pet. He was my constant companion, especially after I went into business for myself.

Even though I have another dog now, he still holds a special place in my heart.

He gave me unconditional love, no greater gift can be given.
308shooter 308shooter
56-60, M
2 Responses May 20, 2012

i am so old guy is 13 and going blind,i love him so.but so far healthy,have him on joint therapy, are a responsible pet owner or your dog would not make it to 14.i respect people with old animals as they were how about rescuing ,you need another fur baby.

In April, I rescued a 3 year old Bloodhound named Ethel. We are training to do Search and Rescue work. She is a complete doll and filling my life with love.

Thank you so much for your kind words and I hope you enjoy your dog for many years yet.

Such a nice story. I really sympathize with you. Knowing that you gave him the very best life that you could should comfort you even yet. I have had two dogs that I had to put down; both wonderful pets. I miss them too but I gave them the very best that I had and I know that they lived happy lives. I enjoyed them and I think they enjoyed me too...<br />
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We have recently gotten a puppy who might live to be 12 years old; usually not much older for his breed so I am starting now to accept that "that day" will come for him as well; until then, I will love, care for and enjoy him every moment!!!

I agree, it's part of the deal we have, knowing that they will only be with us for a short while.
They give us so much love during that time But we know we are going to suffer their loss. It's a bargain I enter willingly and with an open heart.