pet lovers

Posted By: waldensouth

pet lovers - 04/08/09 02:50 PM

We love our pets. I had to have my little dog, Puppet, put to sleep this morning. He's been my constant companion for 13.5 years. He was failing so much that he couldn't even stand up to eat or relieve himself. It seemed to happen so fast - but my vet said that is typical. Our doggies compensate for their failing health until they can no longer. We've all lost pets and I know you know how I feel. But he had a good long life and was well loved. RIP Puppet.
Posted By: kitten

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 02:53 PM

cry

bye puppet!!!

{{{{hugs for waldensouth}}}}

frown frown
Posted By: Quadspapa

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 02:54 PM

Yes, it hurts a bunch......my thoughts are with you. Just glad that we can enjoy them as long as we can.
Posted By: Sing A Little

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 02:58 PM

I'm so sorry waldensouth, many of us know what you're going through. At least Puppet didn't suffer and you have many years of memories to look back on.
Posted By: Skittles

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 03:00 PM

I'm so sorry, Waldensouth. Puppet will be greatly missed, I know.

Yes, we love our pets - you know I do. How is Kid Wonder handling this?
Posted By: MadisonCali

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 03:02 PM

Having to make that decision is the worst...my thoughts go out to you and Puppet....
Posted By: hmdagal

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 03:24 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose such a good friend.
Posted By: Mrs. Rizzo

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 03:25 PM

Walden, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mine are getting older and Im already dreading the end. I won't know what to do without them. I admire your strength in making your decision. Big hugs for you!!!
Posted By: Ops

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 03:29 PM

Walden, I'm so glad you did what was best for Puppet, but I'm so sorry for your loss.
Posted By: ApacheBelle72

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 03:32 PM

I feel your pain too! We lost our beloved Chelsee (cocker spaniel) last September. She was with us 16 years. Great memories and such a good buddy. I understand and will think of you! Blessings
Posted By: TB 12

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 03:41 PM

Walden-thoughts and prayers to you.
Posted By: MichelleDawn

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 04:42 PM

I've been through this and definitely feel your pain. May time ease the pain and make the memories of puppet clear in your memory.
Posted By: Bagweaver

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 04:46 PM

So sorry that you've lost a member of your family. Bless Puppet's heart along with yours and Kid Wonder's.
Posted By: QCL

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 04:54 PM

I ditto the sentiments above.
I too went through this last August, losing our 6 year old Shepherd to cancer.
I feel your pain and will keep you in my thoughts.
Posted By: P*Q

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 05:20 PM

WS, soooo sad. I'm sorry. Thinking about you.
Posted By: DeeQ

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 05:33 PM

Sorry to hear it, walden. frown
Posted By: Suzie

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 07:10 PM

So sorry for you. To lose a pet is very difficult, I know. You and your loss are in my thoughts.
Posted By: edAudit

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 07:40 PM

So sorry for your loss.
Posted By: bOaty

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 08:53 PM

WS, so sorry about Puppet. Big hugs for you.

I often think about how our family would feel if we lost our dog, we know it's going to hurt.

I hope that you're feeling better soon and maybe eventually you'll be ready for a new companion. smile
Posted By: Dip

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 09:33 PM

Walden, hope you are doing ok. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose Puka.
Posted By: Tigg

Re: pet lovers - 04/08/09 11:55 PM

Waldensouth - I've also been there. My thoughts are with you. Our animals are definitely a hugh part of our families.

{{{hugs}}} for you. smile
Posted By: waldensouth

Re: pet lovers - 04/09/09 01:07 PM

Thanks all for your kind thoughts.
Posted By: RR Becca

Re: pet lovers - 04/09/09 02:13 PM

I'm sorry, WS. I don't know how I missed this yesterday, but I'll offer my belated condolences. Unfortunately I'll be right there with you soon for my 9 year old, tumor-riddled ferret. frown
Posted By: doodles

Re: pet lovers - 04/09/09 02:56 PM

Been there and know how difficult it is. Thinking of you and your daughter. It will be tough when you go home tonight and Puppet isnt there to greet you. You'll be missing a family member.
Posted By: RR Joker

Re: pet lovers - 04/09/09 06:39 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss, Lu...I dread the day I have to face the same with any of my "kids". :-(
Posted By: Countess Kiwi

Re: pet lovers - 04/09/09 07:27 PM

So sorry, Waldensouth. We lost our dogs at that age too, they are part of the family and I still miss them a lot.
Posted By: Mocha's Mom

Re: pet lovers - 04/09/09 08:15 PM

So sorry for your loss. I have a friend who recently found out that her boxer has cancer and the mass is growing too fast to do anything about. I feel so bad for her as, like all of us the pet is a member of the family.

I can't even imagine the pain as I have only had my very first dog for three years. But every day I give her a hug and thank her for being part of my life. I tell her that I don't know what I would do without her and she just looks at me with those lovely puppydog eyes and I melt.

So sorry, Waldensouth...
Posted By: corkygirl

Re: pet lovers - 04/09/09 10:02 PM

WS, I'll add my condolences to the one's here already. We have had to do that twice now and it is so hard. (((hugs)))
Posted By: BowlingQueen

Re: pet lovers - 04/10/09 04:50 PM

You have my condolences also. I can definitely relate to the pain you are feeling. frown

When I lost my English Cocker, her name was Chevy, I was devastated. She was only 6 years old. At just 10 months old, she developed epilepsy. The first time I saw her "seize" I totally freaked out. I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it has been almost 10 years ago now, and occurred on Mother's Day. The vet put her on phenobarbitol and as she got older the dosage had to be increased. We even had to watch out for the "full moon" because she seemed more susceptible to having seizures then.

Anyway, less than a week before she died, she was having very frequent seizures even with the increased dosage of medication. We took her to the vet and discovered she also had an enlarged heart. Both the epilepsy and the enlarged heart were feeding each other. Within a couple of days, and less than two weeks before Christmas, my son came home from school to find that she had "passed".

I had actually taken a couple of days off from work to stay with her, hoping she would improve. Since I had not done ANY Christmas shopping at all by that time, I decided I would leave for a couple of hours to shop for the boys. I wasn't even gone for two hours! I felt so guilty that she died alone. After talking with some friends of mine, it was a small consolation when they said that she was probably waiting for me to leave so that she could pass by herself. Still, I was deeply depressed (I'm even tearing up now thinking about it).

My husband, even the jerk that his is sometimes, was really worried about me. Even though we said when we lost her that we wouldn't get another dog right away, someone had suggested that we do just that. So even though my husband "seemed" really against it, I found a Beagle breeder fairly close to us, and I went by myself to go see a litter they just had. My husband was quite surprised that I came home empty-handed, and confided that he thought for sure that I would have a new puppy with me. I said, "She isn't ready yet silly!" wink

I went back up less than two weeks later, and the day before Christmas Eve, brought home our Beagle pup, Shelbi. Oh boy, was she a feisty little pup, but it was what the doctor ordered for me 'cuz I needed to be able to divert my attention off of my Chevy. Shelbi was supposed to be MY dog, but now, of course, is HIS best buddy. Go figure. smirk

She got sick about six months ago and, without sending her to a specialist, couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. Our vet thought that she possibly had a cervial spine disease and put her on pain medication and steroids. Come to find out she had bladder stones, had surgery, and, thank God, she's back to her perky little Beagle self. smile

Since my husband and I have been separated, she lives in our house with him. But when I go to see my son, she greets me with her tail a-waggin.

Just thought I'd share that. smile
Posted By: Rocky P

Re: pet lovers - 04/10/09 05:15 PM

WS, our GSP died in my arms at 17 years old. I can understand and empathize with you. Misty is now on our mantle in a ceramic doggie house still looking after us.

While it's hard not to think of Puppet, think only of the best thoughts and what a great mutual admiration society you shared. You did the best thing, taking the pain away from him. As a recommendation, in a few months, travel to your animal shelter and have another dog celebrate life with you.

We did and our new dog is just as obnoxious as Misty was at 1 year! We love it.
Posted By: Bagweaver

Re: pet lovers - 04/10/09 05:28 PM

BQ,

We had a beagle when my ex and I separated. He had temporary custody for about two months after the separation, then I moved her to my new home in south GA. She was the best dog (except when she chewed up lamp cords and my shoes!).
Posted By: BowlingQueen

Re: pet lovers - 04/10/09 07:48 PM

The only thing Shelbi ever got into was the bathroom garbage. Otherwise, she wasn't much of a chewer. wink
Posted By: swjw519

Re: pet lovers - 04/10/09 08:13 PM

i am so sorry to hear about Puppet!!! just remember that you provided the best companionship, care and home for that sweet dog for many years. i totally understand what you are going through, i have two doggies of my own and they are family, my babies. take care and remember the good times. frown
Posted By: KTMiteComply

Re: pet lovers - 04/14/09 08:32 PM

so sorry WS....my heart aches for you........ {{{{hugs}}}}}