Mu-43 Top Veteran
- Nov 19, 2014
Very sorry for your loss, from someone else who has had to make that agonizing choice for my own beloved furry companion.
Real talk. Glad he had you while he did.The whole family was there. As he was going to sleep I asked out loud why we keep putting ourselves through these painful separations. My son answered "Because the only thing worse than this would be the last 10 years without him." I think he's right.
All my sympathy. I work with dogs so this is up my ally. Having a new dog around will help, just so your loss isn't on your mind all of the time because you have a new challenge and responsibility. I always recommend a whole different type of dog, not one that resembles the one lost. And then, any dog will be better in a home than in cold, the dirt and the stress of a shelter or pound. I would suggest choosing one there, and preferably a smaller one since you say you are getting on a bit. As you say : "Because the only thing worse than this would be the last 10 years without him." That is not only valid for TEK, but for most any dog out there. Take care !It's too soon at this point to be thinking about another, and as I get older I am weighing the pros and cons.
A difficult time for you too, it seems. Sorry to hear that. Spreading blankets for some "grip" between his "bed" and his water bowl might help him to get up and go there. Have a big syringe to administer water if he can't lap it up. The time has come when he doesn't swallow any more. Better avoid having to make that call when the vet is closed for the weekend. All my sympathy to you.@Brownie My condolences mate. I've gone through it several times and always said, "never again" but I'm meaning it this time. My old mate is 15 and just in the space of a week his legs have gone when he always seemed to be as fit as a 4yr old. He doesn't appear to be in any pain, eats well, but can't get up off a tiled floor without help and his legs seem to slide from under him unless he's on a carpet. Only a week ago he could jump on the bed or sofa but now he can't. Like I say, he seems alright in himself except for a sad look of frustration when he can't get up, and he even asks to go for a walk, but the dilemma is just when do I make that call?