German Shepherd Dog > That time is approaching (10 replies)
That time is approaching
by wanderer on 08 January 2012 - 01:24
|The old guy, one of the last sons of Rikkor Bad-Boll, his time is near. We have been giving him all the medication he can handle and just about everything has gone wrong with him. Long term spondylosis, long term meds for that. And lately ruptured anals glands, demodicosis, yeast ear infections, you name it and we keep treating him and at the vet about once a month (both natural supplements and drugs) and keep him comfortable. But today I see that his hind legs are failing. He can barely walk. My husband will not be able to see this. He is in denial about the Emmo's decline and that is going to make it so much harder. He has been and is a wonderful dog. A great watchdog, perfect with kids and old folks and such a good friend.|
by yellowrose of Texas on 08 January 2012 - 01:32
| It is hard to watch the TIME draw near.|
I have a horrible time accepting it too..BUt I laugh then and say...I wonder what my daughter says when she hears me say...
" I just can't do that any longer"
Pray for peace of mind now as time is near to make that walk.
by jdiaz1791 on 08 January 2012 - 02:07
|I'm sure he's thankful of everything you do for him,it's very difficult,hope you have the strength . Good luck|
by Nans gsd on 08 January 2012 - 02:12
|So sorry for this time; however, I try to look at it this way; I love them enough to let them go. maybe your hubs will find some comfort in this thought. Peace to you and your family and most of all to the dog. Nan|
by Beardog on 08 January 2012 - 02:30
|Losing one of my old friends (my dogs) is the only thing that will make me cry!|
You both have my deepest sympathies, it's an extremely difficult time and a more difficult decision to make and follow through with.
by Abby Normal on 08 January 2012 - 09:45
|Such a difficult time and I feel for you terribly. It may be that your husband will see more clearly than you think now and see that Emmo just can't handle any more. It's just the hardest thing, my heart goes out to you.|
by Freddy on 09 January 2012 - 17:40
|Letting go is very hard. Look back on your time with him and count your blessings.|
When I put my first male down I held him in my arms on the floor of the vet and must have looked like a water fountain. I went in to see what we could do to buy a couple more months. The vet looked at me, knowing the time I spent with him and the bond we had and said, "you have to decide if you are keeping him around for you, or for him". At that moment I realized the pain he continued to be in, and accepted the reason I was keeping him around was for me. It was one of the toughest things I've ever done but the right decision.
Losing a family member is traumatic, whether you are able to prepare for it or not. I hope the wounds heal quickly.
by sable59 on 09 January 2012 - 18:01
|i know exactly how you are felling. i lost my older friend this year. she would haVE BEEN 14 THE 23 OF NOV. 2011. she passed laying beside my bed and never woke me up.|
also i lost my youngest friend, roxie,in oct '11. they both were loyal and my best friends outside my wife. she has a hard time as i do. wade
by hunger4justice on 09 January 2012 - 18:37
|<So very sorry> I know I am of no help because I am struggling with the same question. I hope God somehow makes the way clearer and the goodbye softer. Why can they not just go peacefully on their own? Never seems to happen with mine.|
by Berniemac on 10 January 2012 - 00:16
|I am so sorry for what you are going through. When I had to put my 18 year old cat down last year, the one thing that helped me was what my husband said to me. "This will be your final act of love towards your friend." I hope it somehow helps you. Lots of love!|
by 3Shep2 on 10 January 2012 - 00:59
|I am sorry-I had to make that decision last Friday-I could have kept my boy around a few more days, but it was painful to watch his hind leg give way and his hind end collapse-this was repeated many time through the day-I argued with myself all day-even when I went into the vet's office and Doc came and spoke with me-he said it was time---may you and your husband have the strenght to make the right decision for the dog.|
My thoughts are with you.