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It's Time For Clipper To Go  
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4536 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.

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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4533 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
We rescued him from the pound as an adult dog some 13 years ago. So he has had a great life

Still going to be tough to let him go  brokenheart 


User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4525 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.


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4525 times:

Poor old dog - that's sad. But I guess he's had a good life. Sympathy all round.

User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4508 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
but now for some reason he wants to spend all his time there

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.

Kieron747

[Edited 2006-09-22 17:10:23]

User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4508 times:

 Sad Always sad to lose a member of the family. You gave him a home to be in and I'm sure he was grateful.

Chris



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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4508 times:

Well I made an appointment for Monday....I think I'll go buy him a couple of Big Macs this weekend.

User currently offlineFrequentflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 736 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4492 times:

Hey DTW:

I understand, this is overwhelming. Thanks for sharing the picture with us. what a beautiful dog. It is sad to have to do what you said, however, it is also respectful of Clipper's life.

Besides, I am convinced dogs understand many things we do, at times before we do them. He knows you do what's best for him.

Be strong

Pat



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4487 times:

Sorry to hear this, it is never easy to have to do this, my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this most difficult time.


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User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4466 times:

Good looking dog there. Seems to have had a great owner, and I know you will miss him. Good luck, and my sympathies.

User currently onlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13504 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4455 times:
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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.



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User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4532 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4453 times:

Its always sad to lose a loved-one. That the loved-one has four legs instead of two doesn't make it any easier. Try to draw comfort from the thirteen or so good and happy years.

Sympathies, Robert



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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4506 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4434 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.


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User currently offlineCastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4408 times:

I know the feeling. It's hard, but you know when it's the right thing to do. Hang in there.

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4399 times:

Sorry DTW, but you are right, it's time. Trust me, I'm sure Clipper wants you to remember the fun, not his current state. Peace.

User currently offlineFemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4383 times:

DTW

Very sad time for you, and I know Monday will be a very tough day but remember you were there for Clipper at the beginning and will also be there for him at the end. Unconditional love its called.

Kind regards

Claire


User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4383 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.


User currently offlineCedars747 From Norway, joined Dec 2005, 2721 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4370 times:

I couldn't sleep my siesta thinking of Clipper.I can't find words to describe my feelings,but i am very sad
Alex!!!

[Edited 2006-09-22 19:36:38]


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User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4370 times:

Quoting Airlinelover (Reply 5):
You gave him a home to be in and I'm sure he was grateful.

 checkmark  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.  thumbsup 


User currently offlineChrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4353 times:

having been a dog owner since the age of 5, i know its never easy.

Clipper is a beautiful guy in so many ways...a true companion. Be strong. my thoughts are with you.



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User currently offlineCedars747 From Norway, joined Dec 2005, 2721 posts, RR: 19
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4348 times:

Dtwclipper,please tell Clipper that Alex love's him a lot  Sad
Alex!!!



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User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 44
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4348 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.



Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently offlineCactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2441 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4334 times:

DTW

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..  brokenheart 

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...

You'll be in my thoughts this Monday....



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User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20340 posts, RR: 62
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4324 times:

Aww, how very sad. I wish our pets could live as long as we do and never had to say good-bye.


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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4316 times:

Damn man  Sad

I hate losing a long term pet (have lost a few in my life).

RIP Clipper  Sad




Lee



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25 Falcon84 : I'm so sorry to hear that, man. I've had to put down more than one dog, and it's never easy. I've loved every dog I've had, and it's so hard to say go
26 DL021 : Dtw....I know the loss you'll feel, as I had to put three pets down (including my beloved Roxy the Boston) and it harder than most things I've done. M
27 MiCorazonAzul : I had to do the same to my dog a few months ago and I can tell you it was one of the worst moments in my life. There really isn't much to say but I do
28 Banco : I understand what you're saying, but can you imagine how devastating it would be to live with one for 70 years and then lose him? It's bad enough as
29 Searpqx : I can't really add more than has already been said. He had a great home and somebody that loved him, and even in the end, you're thinking of him. My t
30 Post contains images DavestanKSAN : DTW Clipper is a beautiful dog, who was lucky enough to have a great owner. I'm sure he knows how much you and your family love and care for him. It h
31 Leskova : You've got my sympathy as well - I know the feeling, though it wasn't a dog but a cat in my case: he, Felix, had to be put to sleep 11 months ago yest
32 Post contains images Vaporlock : Dt, I know how you feel. But remember the wonderful life you've given Clipper. If it were not for you he may never have had all the great years he's
33 NoUFO : Oh shit, I know the feeling, and you certainly have my sympathy. But I'm sure you are going to do what's best for your dog. He's a beauty by the way.
34 SlamClick : Wow. That is so tough. I am sorry. I have a wonderful 4-legged friend who was first laid on my chest as a puppy with her eyes not yet open. Does anyth
35 AndesSMF : Get a parrot. Nope, everytime I see a puppy I smell them, seriously. Some know the feeling, I had a 1 y.o. cat who had leukemia, she died on the way
36 Post contains images Allstarflyer : My dog died in December after hangin' w/us for 14 years also. My folks did most of the caregiving, though, since I went to college after we got him (
37 Fumanchewd : My symapthies to you. I have had many pets and each time one dies it is always a pain in the heart. I do believe, however, that it is helpful for chil
38 ME AVN FAN : He on this photo still looks so nice. But of course if it is over it is over. I remember the poodle of a schoolfriend who got 16 and was well at 16 b
39 ANCFlyer : Clipper has had a good life, with great care and affection . . . he couldn't have asked for better. Been there done that with my Beagle . . . Sympathi
40 Post contains images Dtwclipper : Thanks all for you thoughts! We have the weekend to play and then go to the vet on Monday. The vet agreed too that it was time. I wish we could do it
41 CastleIsland : Not to be a downer, but that drive nearly ripped my guts out. To this day, I cry thinking about it. Feburary 1, 2002. Best to you, my friend. It will
42 Post contains images Jpax : Sorry you have to do this (and make the decision.) But at least he can be in the big dog house in the sky and get all the butt-sniffing action he coul
43 Post contains links NWA742 : Damn dude, very sorry to hear that. Pets fall in love with you just as you fall in love with them - they really are members of the family. It will hur
44 United767 : At least you gave Clipper a good life by rescuing him from the pound. Im sure he could not have had a better life than with you and your family. Like
45 Clipperhawaii : From one Clipper to another, you gave Clipper many happy moments. Cherish that always.
46 Post contains images ME AVN FAN : sorry, what is a "Delmonico" ? -
47 NoUFO : It's a steak.
48 ME AVN FAN : - thanks - btw. as I love dogs, I am always almost in tears when hearing about the end of a nice dog. While at the other hand miles away from advocat
49 DL021 : I don't know if it helps, but my wife informed me that Roxy and the others will be playing together in some pasture beyond waiting for the end of thei
50 Atrude777 : So Sorry to hear that! I had to put a dog to sleep as well it wasn't fun and i was very upset. Dogs and pets in general are one of the best things to
51 NWA742 : Just checking up on you, DTW. Hopefully it was quick and painless for Clipper, and I'm sure he's in a better place right now. I know you're hurting ba
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