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Old 03-03-2019, 08:13 PM
 
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My sister lives on small ranch north of San Antonio TX
She and the woman who own it run some sheep and have several dogs—two Border collies and a German Shepard are my sister’s
She had to put down her older dog —a BC—last week—-he was 13 I think—just got down in his legs
She shot him herself vs taking to vet for euthanasia like she has other dogs that had to be put down
She said she thought it was better—
He didn’t suffer...and they just buried him in the pet cemetery they have on the property
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Old 03-06-2019, 09:04 AM
 
Location: SWFL
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I have NEVER left ANY of my pets alone when the deed needed to be done. Even my parakeet. I would never even think about leaving them alone! How could someone do that? My heart is ripped to pieces every time but think about your baby! Scared. Nope, my heart will survive but having your baby scared as a last emotion? Shame on them.
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Old 05-19-2019, 02:07 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I have heard a vet say, a pet will look around the room for a familiar face when being put down. How could you let them go out alone. Thats just sad.
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Old 05-19-2019, 03:02 PM
 
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Would never leave any pet alone. What they know is they are ...well, at the vet. AND not feeling great. And you're there with them or you're not there. That's pretty much it.

I'm thinking of some of my cats and dogs I held and laid down on a towel on the vet's table and they just looked back up at me to be sure they knew where I was. Then they were ok. They figured they'd be there for some type of thing and leave. They did get 'a thing' and then fell asleep easily.

I do my best not to cry while I'm with them as they get that last shot. They should just know I'm ok so their world will be ok too.

I save the grief and tears that would just upset them for afterwards. Coming up on a one year anniversary of the most recent one at the moment. No regrets on how we handled it but wish they lived forever.
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Old 05-19-2019, 04:41 PM
 
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My kitty knew. I told her in advance. I held her in my arms while waiting. I went early on purpose just to be alone with her in the room, no distractions.

When the tech walked in, she climbed up of her own will on the table. She was ready to go and was aware of it happening. She wanted it to happen.
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Old 05-20-2019, 01:32 PM
 
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Our whole family has been present when weve had to say goodbye to our pets, myself, my husband and our kids. The kids were given the option and they chose to be there. Its sad no matter what. Being there for them in their final moments is important to me.
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Old 05-22-2019, 12:24 AM
 
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An alternative is,of course, having the vet come to the house.

Would that make those people who don't want to be present be more amenable to being present I wonder?
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:05 PM
 
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I am thankful for this thread, as I spent last few weeks thinking heavily on this.


My Husky is just 2.5 years, but then again, you never really know when the day comes, regardless how safe you try to keep them.




I will not put her through pain of long-term health issues for perhaps few more months of life that is just full of pain.
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Old 06-03-2019, 08:40 AM
 
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We just put our dog to sleep yesterday. It was the first time I've ever had to make that decision. My husband and I were there for her in her last moments.
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Old 06-03-2019, 12:10 PM
 
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Whoever messaged me...thank you. It's still pretty raw now. And I miss her.
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