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Pampered Chef: We had to make the decision for our dog

  1. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

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    Our lovely big lab mix dog, Spencer, had to be put down today. I know others have discussed how hard it is with having to make the decision when our animals cannot talk for themselves. Poor Spencer could no longer get up on his back legs and had tumors throughout his body. It was very sad, but no he no longer feels any pain. It really hurts me, time will heal but memories will remain.:(
     
    Jun 29, 2009
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  2. baychef

    baychef Senior Member Silver Member

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    Oh my, Gail...{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} to you and your family. Spencer sounds like most of our faithful pets. He sounds like he was a super dog. You are going through a tough time and I am glad that you know you did the right thing by your beautiful Spencer. So hard for us not to feel guilty even though we know it is the best thing for their comfort. Lots of hugs.
     
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  3. chefsteph07

    chefsteph07 Legacy Member

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    I am SO SORRY. Losing a pet is one of the worst things to go through in life!
    I feel for you!
     
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  4. PampChefJoy

    PampChefJoy Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I am so sorry for your loss. This is the hardest decision any pet owner can make, and you need to know that you are doing the right and best thing for your pet. I've been through this twice now in the last 2 years and am looking at the 3rd sometime in the next few months. I think you know in your heart when your beloved pet is ready to say goodbye because it becomes to painful to carry on normally. Many big hugs to you today!
     
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  5. Ginger428

    Ginger428 Legacy Member Gold Member

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    We just had to do that to ours in April. No matter how much you think you're prepared its never enough. My DH says NEVER AGAIN!! I look at it as what about the 12-15 years of fun & happiness they bring, but so far its a NO. Hang in there it does get somewhat better...:)
     
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  6. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

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    Yes, I know it will get better. We had lost Babe 12 years before Spencer, after having her about 12 years, as well. I thought it would be easier this time, but it sure isn't. I know time will help and know that he can no longer feel the pain. The years of unconditional love they give make it more bearable. Our other dog, Sophie, doesn't yet realize he's gone. She is 13 and they've been together for 12 years as well. Thank you all for sharing in this with me.
     
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  7. rennea

    rennea Legacy Member Gold Member

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    {{HUGS}} I know your pain!
     
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  8. baychef

    baychef Senior Member Silver Member

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    I am sure you are going to see Sophie go through some changes and that too is heartbreaking to watch.

    Ginger, I think your husband watched Ole Yeller when he was a boy. I know when I watched Marly and me, I knew how it was going to end and I know I don't cry as easily with the medications I am on. Well, I was crying so hard I couldn't hold back the sobbing (my boyfriend was next to me and I was trying to be brave). I had dogs growing up and each of their deaths was literally like losing a family member and I took it hard.

    I know have a cat but he is my bud too!
    Sign me...
    A sucker for pets!!
     
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  9. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    I'm so sorry. It was a difficult but loving decision.
     
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  10. Ann F

    Ann F Advanced Member Gold Member

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    I'm sorry!
     
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  11. pcsharon1

    pcsharon1 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    So sorry for your loss. Treasure you memories. My husband said it best when we had to make this decision ourselves last year. He wanted another dog - mainly for our son who is just a toddler now - and I said I was done, it had been too hard. And he said "would you give up the past 12 years to take away this week?" Of course, the answer is no. Your pain will ease but your memories will last a lifetime.
     
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  12. Chef Endora

    Chef Endora Advanced Member Gold Member

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    I am so sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories bring you peace. I too have been there and know your pain. {{{{Lots of hugs to you}}}}
     
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  13. pampchefrhondab

    pampchefrhondab Senior Member

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    I am also so sorry for your loss. I'm facing the same thing with my dog. He has tumors on his inside hips and is having a hard time getting up. I dread the day I have to make the decision. I've already had to do that for my cat a few years ago. I can't believe how fast it has come to my dog now.

    You will never get over the loss, but I pray time will ease the pain and memories will bring smiles for you in the future.

    Take Care,
     
  14. cewcooks

    cewcooks Advanced Member

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    I am so so sorry for your loss, we had to put our Misty down in March we got her in 1993 when she was a puppy. I read a book called remember the 10 things about charlie, to help my daughter (she's 12) it helped me too, to remember the good things. As time passes you will feel better. Prayers to you and your family.
     
    Jun 30, 2009
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  15. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

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    Thank you all so much for your encouragement and kind words. Isn't it amazing how much our pets turn into part of the family.
     
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