This afternoon we had to take the family dog to be put to sleep. He was really old, and had been with us for about twelve years after being abandoned by his previous owners. He was a lovely wee character - very gentle and loving. We're all going to miss him very much, especially my parents who he was living with. :cry:
The staff at the vet surgery were very kind, and my mum was able to go in and sit with him.
I'll post up a pic of him later.
I'm sorry, that's so sad. :cry:
Thanks iamntbatman, I'm really going to miss the old man.
I know the feeling Kate. A few years ago I had to do the same with my black lab, By-Tor, BT for short. He was a pound puppy that was absolutely the best dog I have ever owned. That statement may not be fair to tall of the other dogs in my life, but he was truly special. He lived to the ripe old age of 17, that 102 in dog years. But time caught up with him.
We had a good long last full day together, even stopping at McDonalds for his favorite plain double cheeseburger and large french fry. I stayed in the room with him while the doctor gave him the meds, just to make sure he didn't suffer. I kept petting him and reassuring him that all was well. I think he knew he and I would never be together in the park again. He licked my hand just before closing his eyes for the last time. A few minutes passed and he took his last breath. A great dog roams Heaven now.
Thanks folks. We really spoiled him before taking him to the vet, and when we got there gave him some of his favourite dog biscuits. At least we know he had a good life, and was very much loved.
I also have had to put a dog down before. I have also put down a cat. The dog was dieing a slow painfull death because of a tumor. The cat just decided to stop eating and the doctors didnt know what to do or what it was. The dog was a Yellow Lab named Goldie and was an awsome dog. The cat was a blue russian and wasnt that freindly but was one of the best looking cats i had ever seen. I miss them both.
I'm sorry Kate...losing an animal (especially a family pet) is so sad :(
Thanks Flashygrrl. Here's a picture of him taken with my niece last year
Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal passes that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.Ther are meadowsand hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of water and food and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor;those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, exceptfor one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stopsand looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers.Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then together you cross Rainbow Bridge. :D
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