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Old 07-14-2014, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:16 PM
 
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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Oh man.... What a tear jerker.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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But haven't most of us been there? It's the hardest thing to do but at least we can know we are helping our dear friends end their suffering or at least not have to live their final days in suffering.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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I sobbed and sobbed while reading this.

I sobbed because I HAVE been there, and I know how very, very hard it is to make the decision and to say goodbye.

I sobbed because it made me think that I didn't make my boy's last day as fun and love-filled as the day Dukey had, and that made me feel guilty.

I sobbed because I have my best friend here next to me, and I know that when her time comes, I want to make it a special day like Dukey had.

I sobbed for so many more reasons...
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Old 07-14-2014, 06:26 PM
 
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I sobbed because it made me think that I didn't make my boy's last day as fun and love-filled as the day Dukey had, and that made me feel guilty.
Please, please don't feel guilty. You know - it's great that Dukey got to enjoy some of his favorite activities on his last day. But I tried to do a similar thing for my girl, who died in my arms at the end of April, and I wasn't nearly as successful. I had this big day planned - we got up at 4AM and woke up the deer at our favorite park, which was fun, and then I gave her chicken and duck and peanut butter (hey, she liked it!), and then I tried to take her to a different park, but the EPA was there doing some controlled brush fires, so we couldn't explore there, and then I tried to take her to yet another park, but it was overgrown and we couldn't get past all the thorns and brush, and then I tried to give her McDonald's (I got her chicken nuggets, a burger, and a chicken sandwich), but she wasn't at all interested in eating any of it. (What dog doesn't want McDonald's?!?!?) Then I made her some bison and she didn't want that either.

Luckily I had enough time before the vet arrived to roast up some chicken and I fed her, God, it must've been 1.5 to 2 lb - I fed her chicken 'til she wouldn't eat any more.

But my point is - not all "last days" unfold as planned, even when you have advance notice and you have time to pre-grieve and think semi-rationally and plan and "prepare," like I did. Especially when a dog doesn't feel well, hasn't been sleeping well, is in pain, etc - it's hard to have that picture-perfect last day. What really matters is all the other wonderful days you got to share with your dog. Focus on those memories, not on your boy's last day. That's not how he'd want to be remembered. And he sure wouldn't want you beating yourself up because you feel, somehow, that you didn't make his last day "as fun and love-filled as the day Dukey had."

Hugs!!
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:07 PM
 
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Thanks.
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:05 PM
 
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A very sad story but nice thing for the owner to do.

It made me tear up a bit because it reminded me of an old friend's black lab, much like the one in the picture, that had to be put to sleep. The dog, which I was very attached to, was very lethargic the last few days when my friend was on a week's vacation. When my friend came back, the dog deteriorated very quickly and he took the lab to the vet to put her to sleep.
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:52 AM
 
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How emotional this is. So happy and sad at the same time. I will think about this when I go home to hug my new puppy.
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