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 sorry.my old guy is 13 and going blind,i love him so.but so far healthy,have him on joint therapy,arthritis.you are a responsible pet owner or your dog would not make it to 14.i respect people with old animals as they were commited.now 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.