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    My good 11 yr. old friend, Rocky, was diagnosed with Masticatory Myositis a couple of weeks ago and it's been a bad time. He's very weak, has a hard time eating and swallowing, and just not the dog he was a couple of months ago. He was such a big, powerful dog back in his day, and to see him at this stage is pretty upsetting. I have to really make his food for a geriatric, all mushed-up and soft... this is the dog that could tear apart Kongs.

    A week ago, his head shrank and he basically looked like a skull (part of this condition). The vet put him on prednisone, and one morning I woke up to find blood everywhere from a horrible nose bleed, which is due to the prednisone attacking his liver. So then, I had to put him on antibiotics and a liver supplement. It's been over $800 just to be at this stage. Before the prednisone, his kidneys and liver were just fine.

    I am hoping he will recover since it's only been a few weeks and he is old. His head has become somewhat back to normal, but he is super weak and can't open his mouth wide enough for a tennis ball. I sometimes have to feed him by hand.

    He's an old dog and a medium-large breed. Don't know how much time the old guy has, so I'm keeping him on his medication and making him as comfortable as possible.

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    I hope your old pup makes it.

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    It's hard to grow old. It sounds like you are doing everything possible to help

    I have a 16 year old Jack Russell Terrier named Rocky as well. He's arthritic and stumbles on the stairs at home, he's deaf and his eye sight is poor... his nose works fine. I have so many cool stories about him and I wish I could do more for him.

    I can empathize with your story and I think that you are caring for your older pup through this tough time is awesome
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    Bummer man!
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    Aw man, why'd you have to go and post a pic?

    My pal Jack looks at me the exact same way, and is 11 as well, fortunately, no issues currently.

    I feel for you, and don't look forward to getting into this stage. But, it's part of the pact we make with them when we bring them home that first day.

    Hug him, spend time laying around on the floor with him, feeding him whatever food gold he likes (maybe some slices of hot dog), and get so close he can smell your breath, they seem comforted by that.

    Great,my morning is shot, I am such a mess when it comes to this, even when it's not mine....

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    **** Dion, these threads really get me feelin sad for these loyal and great champions n best friends in the world, i wish i could say somthing that would make you feel abit better mate but i cant, i know old Rocky will be getting heaps more hugs n kisses n will be enjoying every second with you mate.
    There was another thread about poor Junior tonight as well that bought tears to my eyes as well, i just cant help it with dogs, what a special creature that we have the priviledge to spend time with..
    keep your chin up mate n give him a cuddle for me, cheers mate

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    Very best wishes to Rocky! What a face

    I just took mine for a walk and gave him a hug

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    Thanks everybody.

    He isn't improved today. I'm taking him in to a specialist vet; had to cancel my morning meeting. My local vet didn't really do much in terms of a prognosis, they just basically gave me meds to "wait and see". I'm over it - my friend is suffering too much.

    They either give him a wonder drug to cure his ailments or give him the peace he needs.

    This is the way he looked in his day. Such a big, powerful, impressive dog and super loyal. Now, he's just a skeleton of his former self - I can't keep him like this if there's no hope.


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    Wow, this truly is sad. He was quit the great looking dog.

    I hope he pulls through, but if not he need not suffer any longer.

    Prayers my friend.

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    Hoping for the best for Rocky.

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    Sorry Dion. I don't really know you but it seems you're ready willing and able to make the best decision for your friend in his time of need. Rocky is lucky.
    For me, I'd have to do anything that may help, just so I could live with myself after, but wouldn't want to be too selfish about that decision cause quality of his life is such an important factor too. I try to let my brain make all decisions, but when it comes to matters like this, I let my heart decide what's right, then my brain just has to figure out how to make that decision work. Money means little to me and I'd gladly work harder or longer, or go without to help my friends and loved ones at times like these, but have learned the hard way that the vet/medicine, route doesn't sit to well over time if that decision is a selfish one because you're gonna miss him or whatever. No vet, or bank account, or anyone knows Rocky better than you, pay attention, he will let you know when he's ready.
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    is he in pain? the worst thing you can do is prolong the pain, its hard but in the end its better to just let them go. its tough, my cat had some type of feline heart failure, the vet said he could probably stick around another month or so but he was in obvious pain and his breathing was ragged so we made the call to put him down.

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    I feel your pain, Just lost my dog yesterday. Gotta tell you its tough..
    Way harder than i thought it would be.
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    Man Dude, as everyone else said, it's truly hard when our best friends get sick, hard to see them suffer, hard to let them go, but I think you'll make the right decision when the time is right. Know that you gave him 11 years of goodness and he you. Hope you've got a zillion pics and memories in your heart to always remember him by. If it's possible I wish him a good recovery, but if not, may he pass on swiftly in your warm embrace.
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    Hope your pooch gets better soon. lost one myself a few months back.
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    All my best to Rocky AND Dion. Hang in there man. This kind of stuff is sad as hell.

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    Thanks everybody.

    Well, I wanted to let you know how the vet visit went. This taught me something about vets - it's a lot of guess work, and sometimes going to a specialist vet, although double the price for a visit, is worth it.

    My wife hounded me (pun) on this, but I wanted to save some money with my regular vet. After really not trusting what they diagnosed, I went with an expensive specialist.

    My dog is on prednisone, and due to the nose bleed, my regular vet prescribed that I ween him off. It was a sudden ween (from 2 a day to one every other day) and on those days that Rocky isn't on the steroid, it's awful. So the specialist advised that I do a much slower taper, starting with 1 1/2 a day, to 1 a day, to half a day...

    My regular vet really didn't help me. In fact, they prescribed a medication that wasn't even needed. We ruled out rat poison, which is a good thing.

    She wanted to do some x-rays and such, but I just don't have the money to pay the gigantic estimate they presented. He's an old dog, and after all the tests and x-rays - then what? Extend his life with medications, radiation (which I can't afford) and a sedentary life, just for him to pass away in 6 months?

    No. I won't do that to him.

    So, the prednisone is working. He's not the same dog and still very elderly, but he's walking around with his head up, eating and drinking and going to the bathroom fine. Most of the time, he lays there, but if a squirrel cross the fence, he tries his best. He has an appetite, and I was able to walk him around the vet's grassy area without issue. In fact, he was even pulling slightly and marking territory, which to me, is a good sign.

    My old friend may not have much time, but this steroid with a liver supplement will help get him through. I'll need to revisit this issue after his treatment is complete - but I just don't see the sense in all these tests and x-rays and such, just for them to tell me there's no hope for the old dog in the end.

    After seeing him at his worst and weeping over it, I can't allow that to happen if liver damaging medications is his only hope. So, I have a month of this... we'll see how it all comes through.

    I will not allow my friend to suffer as much as it breaks my heart.

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    Good luck Dion. I hope for the best for you and for Rocky.
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    Glad to here it.
    My pooch once ate some rat poison, I'm glad my vet figured it out in time, and HOLY [email protected] is vitamin K expensive.
    Not to get into a lecture on dog food but I have to say it was a WOW for me. I always fed Science Diet or Iams thinking it was good stuff. I switched from Iams to SD because my vet showed me how much more Iams expanded when wet. Once I switched, no more stomach problems. Next dog, on SD since day one. At 5yo started having knee problems, switched to better foods like Inova, Wellness, and Royal Canine, and within a few months he was more fit, healthier and no more knee problem. Not bragging but I here almost daily about how good he looks/is for his age. He's 11 now and still no knee problem, (knocking on wood) Think it so helpful, got look at ingredients, and changing between a couple or three quality foods like mentioned every 3-4 months or so, by acclimating him onto the next food over 2-3 weeks is IMO key. This way what one food lacks or has alot of, another food will not. Can't tell you how much I notice that 1 food will make his coat shinier, or smell better, while another keeps his teeth cleaner, etc. And that's just what I can notice. Don't forget to acclimate, especially an older dog.
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    My 8 year old Golden, Daisy, waiting for me to get unpacked from mountain biking today Has some hot spots and bumps on her neck (well, some fatty/some cancer bumps all over her body), so she's been wearing the "cone" for the last couple days.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    My 8 year old Golden, Daisy, waiting for me to get unpacked from mountain biking today Has some hot spots and bumps on her neck (well, some fatty/some cancer bumps all over her body), so she's been wearing the "cone" for the last couple days.

    Good looking dog! They get those things with age. Vet never said anything about them... but both my Dalmatian and Rocky have them.

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    A lot of hers are just lipoma bumps, but she has had a couple cancerous tumors removed in the past couple years. She is the last of her litter that is still alive, she has been the best dog I have ever seen.

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    Glad to hear things are looking up a bit Dion, sometimes as you say, the extra $$ is worth it. Once he's eating properly with an appetite, able to walk about and having no troubles doing his business I think you're not doing him a dis-service with whatever treatments he's getting. When the treatment is over in the month, if all's well except he is a bit slow/stiff walking try giving a 1/2 Panadol morning and evening or some such medication, my bro's dog is on this for the exact reason and she's doing just fine now - think she's about 9 years old. Check with vert first, that's what we use down here, doesn't seem to do damage to liver.
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    Hi Friends,

    Rocky took a very bad turn for the worse, not only his myositis condition, but he developed some kind of pneumonia. His arthritis was crippling him. I took him for his final walk last night. Although it was very slow, he got to smell the best he could through his clogged nose and tried his best to mark territory. I let him lead and he took me in a direction he never been before - instead of going the normal left, he took me right.

    He refused his food this morning, but I cut up some sausage, which he enjoyed the best he could. Unfortunately, all I had was vegan Italian sausage, but I don't think he mind.

    This morning at 8:07am, he breathed his last breath. It was very gentle, and I stayed with him for some time afterward.

    My old friend, my right hand man - a large pitbull with mange and duclaws and I still adopted him... I don't think he stood a chance for being adopted. We survived three different residences, a divorce and a re-marry. He was the most impressive, powerful dog a man could ever want. He was incredibly game'y, and even survived a match with a gigantic raccoon (raccoon ran away - victory, ROCKY). He had a number of tricks under his sleeve, including spin, roll over and he'd play dead when I formed a gun-shape with my index finger and thumb and said, "BANG!".

    No toy was good enough for him, even those that said "indestructible", because even those he would obliterate. He loved chasing tennis balls, and crushing them until them popped. He went with me to motorcycle track days, dirt bike parks, camping, and even went with me to work when I didn't have any other way.

    He had a great life with many adventures.

    I love you, old pal. See you when I get there... wait for me...


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    So sorry to hear.....

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    Dion, mate im really sorry to hear that bro, your stories of rocky have touched my heart mate, you guys where lucky to have each other n you gave him a great life so you both take a little of each others hearts n carry it forever mate, keep your chin up bro, Rocky is now an infinite part of the universe again and long live Rocky in it, the next time you notice a beautiful part of nature know that rocky is a part of it mate, cheers bro............

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    Dion,

    Really sorry that your time with Rocky has come to an end. Thanks for sharing his life with us.

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    I am so saddened that your Rocky has passed.
    Your story and posts really touched my heart
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    Sorry for your loss man.
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    I'm so sorry to hear this Dion. RIP Rocky.
    I'm enjoying my childhood way too much to ever give it up.

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    Wait, there is something in my eye....

    I had 3 loyal dogs all go within 1 year of each other. It was a very tough time. When we finally brought a new dog into our lives we vowed never to have similar age dogs again, so we are waiting until our current dog is middle aged before introducing a new dog. That way we will always have one dog to comfort us when the other dog leaves us.
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    RIP Rocky. The picture you have painted of your dog was wonderful, I can only imagine how lucky he felt to have an owner like you.

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    I'm sorry for your loss Dion. Just know that Rocky is no longer in pain and he will always be with you through his memory.

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    RIP Rocky

    Sorry for your loss Dion, I can't understand how you must feel, I can only relate from my experience of 2 deaths about a year apart of my four-legged family members and best friends. Hope you feel better soon.

    The next few weeks would be weird because your routine would change and it would hurt everytime you have absentmindedly do something like you always do when Rocky still alive but it would be good memories that one day you'd laugh about it, I did. Thanks for the VID.

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    Dion, my thoughts are with you. There is no better friend than a dog.

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    Sorry to hear about this. Dog, cats and all pets are family members. When you lose one, a part of you also leaves. But in the end we are all reunited.

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    When i saw that your picture changed and said rip Rocky, i had to go and look what happened...
    I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend !
    I went through a similar situation myself a bit over a year ago.
    After he passed away i had him cremated and took a bit of his ashes to have it mixed upwith some ink and had a friend tattoo a banner with the date of birth and death under his pawprint on my wrist.
    I figured this way he would be with me forever.

    Now, go and dry your tears and take a ride.

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    Had to put down the family cat this morning She lived with my mom, but we grew up with her. she was 17 and stopped eating and (mostly) drinking 2 weeks ago. Vets just didnt know why, they said she may have cancer, but either way, she was skin and bones. we even tried force feeding her. Pretty awful but what are you going to do with a 17 year old cat? I know all cats are "unique" but some pets just really stand out. This cat was hilarious and made the most bizarre noises. There will never be another like it. RIP Snookums!!!
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    I'm sorry for your loss.

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    i currently have an 8 year old dog, and 11 year old cat. I"m obsessed with them and the idea that making these terrible decisions could be 5 years or less in the future, is terrifying me. nightmarish!
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    I have 3 great dogs and 2 cats that are buried on my land. I have a 4 year old cat that is my dear friend. It does not get any easier the older you get. I would like to get a puppy but I don't know if I could go through the end of life cycle again. Good luck and enjoy your time with them now.

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    I am so sorry for your loss, Nichole

    A pet's life is way too short

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    A belated sorry to Dion for his loss, and one to you Nicole for yours. It's amazing how much of a family member a pet becomes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    Had to put down the family cat this morning She lived with my mom, but we grew up with her. she was 17 and stopped eating and (mostly) drinking 2 weeks ago. Vets just didnt know why, they said she may have cancer, but either way, she was skin and bones. we even tried force feeding her. Pretty awful but what are you going to do with a 17 year old cat? I know all cats are "unique" but some pets just really stand out. This cat was hilarious and made the most bizarre noises. There will never be another like it. RIP Snookums!!!
    Sadness.

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    Dion,
    Sorry your old buddy Rocky didn't make it. You did everything in your power to help but it wasn't to be. It sounds like he had a full adventurous life. I too have an old buddy named Bandit who is half Doberman and half Border Collie. He is 12 years old and showing signs of slowing down. I fear going through what you have gone through. He is a great friend and is up for any adventure at any time. I have no way of posting a photo but if interested my profile has a shot of him. In that photo he is 11 years old and had just ran 7 miles along side of me on the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    Had to put down the family cat this morning She lived with my mom, but we grew up with her. she was 17 and stopped eating and (mostly) drinking 2 weeks ago. Vets just didnt know why, they said she may have cancer, but either way, she was skin and bones. we even tried force feeding her. Pretty awful but what are you going to do with a 17 year old cat? I know all cats are "unique" but some pets just really stand out. This cat was hilarious and made the most bizarre noises. There will never be another like it. RIP Snookums!!!
    Sad news, sorry for your loss of Snookums, Nicole...

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    its tough. Snookums (dumb name, nobody even called her that, she only had nicknames) was acquired as a kitten because my brother's friend knew a family that had kittens. The scumbags were going to dump the kittens in the river or dumpster or something. There were only two kittens left. One was a beautiful orange tabby, and the other was a homely, runty mishmash colored kittie. My bro figured nobody would want it, so he took it home, much to the dismay of the family.
    seriously, this was an ugly odd looking cat! and she screeched so piercingly all the time, and looked like a bat or a gargoyle. But us kids thought she was hilarious. This little screeching bat.
    Thats what's tough. This homely LOUD cat could easily bug anybody (and she bugged my mom quite a bit, but she still loved her) but i thought it was totally hysterical.

    you cant truely"replace" a pet, but some are just too unique that you cant even get close.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    you cant truely"replace" a pet, but some are just too unique that you cant even get close.
    So true....

    Sorry to read about your loss.

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    Sorry to hear about old Snookums Nic, she will be up havin a ball with the tomcats in ***** heaven, im sure she had a great life, its real sad when our lil furry mates leave though thats for sure, but their love n loyalty stays in our hearts n ours stays in their spirits......
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    When I read this thread a few days ago I had no idea that in short time I would be a contributor. 2 nights ago my dad called me to tell me that our family dog, Emma, wouldn't eat and seemed ill. Emma is a rotty over 8 years old who has had a few litters of puppies in her life. We got her when she just turned four from the breeder of our old dog Zoe who passed away from cancer at 7 years old. Emma is trained to listen to commands in German and is the sweetest animal I have ever come in contact with. Not only was she a champion show dog before we got her but she birthed several champions who followed her legacy. She treats her toys, we call them babies, like they are puppies. Wrangles them up and cleans them constantly. She comes to stay with me and my wife when my parents go out of town. Well today I got a call from my dad.. "Bryan, Emma is ver sick and bleeding internally, we have to put her down." I couldn't even hold it together as I was leaving the office. Work can wait. So here I am now laying on the tile floor with her getting ready to take her back to the vet in a few hours. I'm a mess. I have a strong bond with dogs, especially my own. Even when I see a dog in a car next to me on the road I some how can say hi to it just by looking at it a certain way. My wife thinks I'm crazy/funny but I know it's true. Emma always cries when I walk in the door but today she could only wag her little stubby wannabe tail. I know it's her time because she doesn't have that sparkle in her eye. Gosh I love her and will miss her so bad.

    Goodbye, Emma girl!

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    Sorry....

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    That's a beautiful tribute to Emma
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    8 years old, eh? seems young, or is that old for a rottie? very sorry
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    I moved from Michigan to Arizona 4 years ago, our Samoyed was 10 years old. She was always allowed to roam free on our property. When we moved, I felt that AZ was no place for the coat that Sam had, I knew that she wouldn't be happy being leashed and having to walk on concrete all of the time, so my brother took her over for us. He also has property, she could still roam, and he spoiled her even more than we did. He called last night, he had to put her down, she was very sick, 14 years old
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    i had to put down a few dogs to ease suffering. i always held the dog in my arms. was a very hard thing to do. though i do try to rescue dogs also.

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    To Trail monkeys Emma and to Optimous beautiful dog, may the road rise up to meet your to dogs on the way to doggie city, n im sorry to hear about your losses....
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    Thanks everyone.. here she is yesterday, trying to be happy until the end:
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    Quote Originally Posted by OCtrailMonkey View Post
    Thanks everyone.. here she is yesterday, trying to be happy until the end:
    Brings a tear to my eye, what a beautiful girl, keep your chin up monkey, all great things must come to an end bro............
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    I've got an f'd up story for you. About 5ish years ago, my favorite dog of all time, a big ole Newfoundland, was really, really sick. Plus, she was about 11 1/2 years, quite old for a 177 lb Newf. The vet couldn't come out to do the deed, she was in a real bad state and was too yucky too try to put in my truck and take her to the vet, so I did it myself. To this day, even though it was the right thing to do, I feel terrible. Between the heart break of Newf, and the guilt of leaving Sam behind, I don't know if I'll ever have another dog. When my awesome cat Taz is gone, I think that will be it for me and pets.
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    Sorry to all you guys who've recently had to part ways with your 4 legged pals, take some respite in knowing that you gave them a good life while they were with you I haven't had to do it yet, my oldest is only 4.5 years, but did have to make the decision for my bro who was away and it was the most painful thing I've had to do, my 40th birthday was the following day and hasn't been the same since.
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    Had to put mine down last weekend. It was the shittiest thing I've ever had to do. I'm still sad, and even tear up a bit from time to time.

    I'm waiting to get his ashes back, some of which I've decided to drop into my seat tube so that he'll be with me again on every ride...
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    After the death of a dear pet, I've always found coming home from a days work, and not having them there to greet you one of the hardest parts about losing a pet. I still think about my patches and its almost been a year. 11-11-11 He was #1

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    The simple sound of a dogs feet/nails pounding on the floor when they run to greet you is something that can be taken for granted. It's so much more noticeable when they are gone. Dammit.. I'm tearing up again just writing this.

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    Bump, because this was/is a good thread to have around for those who lose pets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimus View Post
    I've got an f'd up story for you. About 5ish years ago, my favorite dog of all time, a big ole Newfoundland, was really, really sick. Plus, she was about 11 1/2 years, quite old for a 177 lb Newf. The vet couldn't come out to do the deed, she was in a real bad state and was too yucky too try to put in my truck and take her to the vet, so I did it myself. To this day, even though it was the right thing to do, I feel terrible. Between the heart break of Newf, and the guilt of leaving Sam behind, I don't know if I'll ever have another dog. When my awesome cat Taz is gone, I think that will be it for me and pets.
    Awww, sorry about that. It takes a big heart to do what you did. I hope another animal is eventually lucky enough to have you take care of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Awww, sorry about that. It takes a big heart to do what you did. I hope another animal is eventually lucky enough to have you take care of them.
    Thanks, GOB. My baby, now. He's about 6, got him a year or so before the Newf passed.

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    Two months gone, and I still can't go a day without someone stopping by the shop, and wondering "didn't you have two dogs?"

    Yep, sure did, have to tell the story again. Makes it easier to do, but I still tear up any time I think about him for more than a minute or two.

    I try to think of this pic, him, just blasting off for another round of "come" and "go!".....
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    Gosh, I'm sorry that I missed this thread here entirely until just now. My condolences to all of you who have lost their animal friends.

    I always have had a hard time letting go of the animals in my life, and I've gotta say, it does not seem to be getting easier as I get older. If anything, it seems to be getting harder.

    I always kind of hoped it would be the other way around. Oh well.....

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    I'm expanding this to include fish. My beloved fish, Lucifer passed away today. He was a Wartskin Frogfish and they are known for eating anything that will fit into their large mouths. Well, yesterday, he swallowed a small hermit crab and it didn't agree with him. He was trying to regurgitate the shell all day. I could feel the pointy shell in his belly after he passed. Really bummed...

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    I miss Rocky's presence, and the routines that were my routines too. My in-laws dog (also a JRT) who was present when Rocky died, is also grieving... he keeps going back to the spot where Rocky passed, he sniffs the ground and whimpers.

    I think pets grieve in their own way too
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