Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5169 times:
So after 14 years of a happy life, I think we have reached the point where I have to put Clipper down. Clipper is of course my 80 Lbs. pup.
He can no longer control himself (doggie depends are out of the question) and I think that he is somehow uncomfertable.
We have always had a kennel for him in the basement, for use when we had parties and such, but now for some reason he wants to spend all his time there. I think he feels safe in his kennel, but it is very strange. He has panic attacks and whines until I take him down to his "house".
We rescued him from the pound as an adult dog some 13 years ago. So he has had a great life. 3/4 of an acre to crap in, and a bed in everyroom, but I think it's time that we let him go.
FutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2614 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5158 times:
Hey, I'm real sorry to hear about your loss. I had to put my 14yr old German Shepherd down this summer too. It is tough, but he had the same issues as you described Clipper having. I hated letting my dog go, but even now I know that he is no longer in pain and struggling through day to day life. Know that it is best for him and you had 13 great years with him...remember those. My dog still makes me smile every day, and Im sure Clipper will do the same for you.
Sorry to hear that. My dog, Peggy lived to around about 13 years, and as she grew ill with cancer, she would just stay in her basket or under the kitchen table.
It was a tragic thing to see, as before she was such an animated dog. Near the end she seemed to lose all will to move about and went off her food. It may sound odd, but she seemed to become very forgetful and after a while she stopped recognising us.
We had her put down at the vets the next day, as it seemed really cruel to have her still alive, yet 'not there' in all mental respects. I think it was the best thing to do by her.
Of course for me and my family, it was a terrible time. I had grown up with Peggy, and missed her so much afterwards. I wished she'd had puppies in order to keep part of her alive, however that didn't happen.
I still think of her a lot.
Well, I hope all goes well for your family, it'll be a sad time.
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 14300 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5088 times:
Clipper has lived to the ripe old age of 14 under your loving care, and in the end that's a testament to the love you've shown him - and will continue to show him by this final act of love for him on Monday.
Heartbreaking nonetheless though. You have my sincere condolences on your impending loss.
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan
AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4525 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5067 times:
I'm sorry to hear that DTWClipper. He seems a lovely dog and you can take pride in the fact that you've given him a loving home to live in for the last 13 years. There's nothing like the companion of a dog.
AndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5016 times:
What a heartbreak! But he has lived long enough as a dog, and seems that it is his time to go.
Our sweetie Maya (80 lbs. Australian Shepherd) will turn 10 next year. We dont expect her to go past 14. She has been such a useful and loving dog for us that we are already preparing for her passing, by planning on getting a puppy for her!
The way we figured, the puppy will keep her good company, she will somewhat train the puppy, and might give her a few more years of a happy life.
I told my wife that my fervent desire is to have her still be healthy for her age, wake up one morning, and find that she has quietly passed away in the night.
Can't be stated much better than that. It is my belief that animals know when they've caught a break in life. Clip likely is no exception. But there comes a time when the pain and suffering gets too great. Fourteen years is a damned good run.
I dread the day I'll lose my girl. She, too, was adopted from a shelter and I see it in her behavior that she knows she's loved. Take a while to grieve. Then head back to the shelter and find another companion.
Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 41
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4981 times:
All pet owners will surely agree that they really do become part of the family and are loved as such, it's heartbraking when the sad day comes and they can no longer be there. Many of us can relate to the sadness you are feeling.
As others have already said, you are showing love and respect to Clipper right to the very end, you should take comfort in knowing you are doing what is kindest for him even if it is heartbreaking for you.
Cactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2457 posts, RR: 29
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4967 times:
I'm so sorry to hear about this.... dogs and cats are special critters that touch our hearts in so many ways. You gave him a warm and loving home for 13 years...so much more than many unfortunate animals receive..
I remember when my childhood dog, Moose, died. I was a junio in high school...she'd been with us for 13 years (coincidentally).....dad met me in the driveway when I got home from school and told me the sad news...