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Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 4:49 PM


I've just made arrangements to have my faithful old friend put down tomorrow. The vet is coming to my house to do it. She's gotten so weak that she doesn't even want cuddling anymore, which is what i'd really like to give her. A friend will be here with me when they do it. Most of my friends are not pet owners and don't really understand.
I've been trying to distract myself with sploofus. Wagered the max twice while at 16.5 and won even viewing the questions through tears. Would gladly throw sploofus and the computer out the window to have her back happy and healthy. I've never had any person or animal love me as much as she has.
Sory to cry publicly, but I'm just so sad. Her photo is on my profile and you can see her smiling after she rolled around in the creek and the yard a few years ago. RIP Sarah, 1993-2008.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 5:02 PM

Sandy, I am so sorry you are losing your faithful and loving friend. People who have never had pets do not understand how we can love "just an animal" so deeply. Of course we know it is because our pets, dogs especially, love us so unconditionally. Their love is never tied to any strings, they just accept us as we are, faults and all.

If she will allow it and if it will comfort her, just lie on the floor beside her and talk to her.

I'll be thinking of you and your beautiful friend.

Papajensai  (Level: 203.2 - Posts: 1025)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 5:08 PM

I'm thinking now about the good doggies and kitties I've had to say goodbye to over the years. They give us everything they can. All they usually want from us is a little kindness and affection, and the basic comforts of life. It sounds like Sarah has reached the point where the finest thing you can do for her is give her release from her pain and sickness, despite your own pain and sorrow. Give it to her in kindness and say goodbye with love. She'll know.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 5:17 PM

Awwww crap, Sandy. That sucks. Seems like a lot of us are having to put pets down for one reason or another and its awful. We just had to put our weimaraner down in May, and I know Smoke & John just had to put one of their beloved old friends down before they came out to Idaho.

Sad for you.

Taco24  (Level: 142.1 - Posts: 589)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 5:31 PM

Again, I am so, so sorry. This is one of the most difficult issues to deal with on a rational basis. Unlike loss of friends and family, many of us are embarrassed to reveal our true feelings about our pets. Rainbow Bridge is a famous poem which deals with this issue:

There are several pet loss support sites online.

You do have some difficult questions to deal with now. Consider what is best for you. Keep on dealing with people. Allow the grief, anger, funks, whatever to occur.

When the time is right....then allow yourself to find another "bud".

Suzannec  (Level: 260.2 - Posts: 616)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 5:32 PM

So sorry for your loss. Hopefully someday soon you can take comfort in knowing that your dog had a great life, all because of you.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 5:42 PM

Sandy, you and Sarah will always be together. You've made the kindest and least selfish decision possible, and I know how difficult it is. Her days on earth will soon be over, but your deep bond will continue forever. You made each other's lives more enjoyable and filled with love. That doesn't end. It's hard to say goodbye to a loved one. You'll see her again one day, and have her memories to treasure until then. God bless!


Lucimoore  (Level: 194.0 - Posts: 1738)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 5:44 PM

Sandy, sorry you have to say goodbye to Sarah. We had to put our Great Dane, Moses, down this Spring. He was 12 years old and started losing his back legs. He weighed about 190 (230 before we put him on diet) and it became too much for me to pick his back side up. I laid down on the floor beside him that morning to tell him how much I loved him and I think he knew it was time to go. My son-in-law was kind enough to go with him to the vet's office, he loved him as much as I did. I had hoped he would just go to sleep but it wasn't to be. He had started being in pain and we really owed that kindness to him since he had been such a big part of our family and our loyal friend for so long. Still wasn't easy and I still cry when I talk about him. I will add a picture of him to my profile soon but just can't quite do it yet. I will keep you in my thoughts. Cindy

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 6:26 PM

i will be thinking of you as well.


1mks  (Level: 221.0 - Posts: 5929)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 6:37 PM

I am so very sorry...............

Seniorrita  (Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 6:37 PM

Here's a special hug ((((( )))))

Aquamar  (Level: 186.9 - Posts: 926)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 7:12 PM

Sandy please know that my heart goes out to you. A few weeks ago I had to do the same for my beloved Cleo. The family gathered together and gave support to one another. We all cried and remembered all the cute little things she did to bring joy to our lives.


Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5673)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 7:47 PM

((((((())))))) to you and your family...I'll be thinking of you all. Just know that there are those of here that know what you are going through and we are here for you if you need us!

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 4450)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 8:18 PM

You know I'm thinking of you and know how difficult a time this is. I hope you can find some comfort in all the wonderful memories you have of Sarah and also in knowing how happy you made her. That smile on her face says . My heart goes out to you and to everyone else here who has recently lost an animal companion. As we know, they're more than pets, they're members of the family.

-- Geri

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.8 - Posts: 1580)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 8:26 PM

So sorry to hear of the impending loss of your dear friend. She knows you care. Tuck her away in your heart where she will always be alive. So many of us have been in your shoes and understand your pain. You're not alone in that...

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 8:27 PM

Sandy, I'm so sorry you're going through this. I wish you comfort through this and good memories.

Crazy4games  (Level: 124.7 - Posts: 1019)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 8:51 PM

Sandy, my heart goes out to you for your loss. As has been said above, this is a very unselfish act, and Sarah knows you love her.
I will be thinking of you during this difficult time.

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 279)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 9:39 PM

She looks like such a sweetie. So sorry you have to lose her.
My old boy weathered another illness a month ago. When I took him to the vet, I was sure he would say it was time.
When he put Rocky on the path to feeling better, I broke down with sobs of relief.
I am grateful for every day I have left with him and I am so sorry it is time for your friend to go. My prayers are with you on a sad sad day.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.8 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 10:47 PM

Darn, Cathy, it was our Cleo's turn 6 wweeks ago as well.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 10:50 PM

Oh no, not Cleo too!

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 10:55 PM

My cat Rufus was diagnosed with feline AIDS but is hanging in there. I really feel for you.

She is sitting alone in the house right now because we evacuated and she hates to travel. Tons of food, toilets up, tons of water, probably lonely.

I am SO sorry about your dog, sweetie.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 11:00 PM

I hope your kitty will be okay, hope to god you will be home soon. Sarah is lying under my nightstand as usual, thanks for all the kind words from everyone. They make the site even more special to me than it was before. Love to all. Sandy

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Tue, 2nd Sep '08 11:11 PM

Sandy.. so sorry to read of your beloved pet, Sarah.. I grumble and mumble about the 2 cats we have (1 of which is just as affectionate as a loyal dog) but, I love them to bits and would dearly miss them..

Wow BBear.. feline AIDS?.. never heard of it.. is it caused by a similar virus as HIV? and transmitted in the same manner?

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 1:35 AM

I'm so sorry Sandy, and everyone who has lost a pet. Didn't know there
had been so many recently....
I lost my 13 year old Lab about 18 months ago. He had a stroke just as
I was waking up one morning. The vet came to the house, gave him a
shot to make sure he wasn't in pain, and I asked him to come back later.
Spent the day with Bo's head in my lap, stroking and talking about all the
special times we'd had together. Reminded him of all his doggy friends who
passed on before him, and told him he'd see them all in Doggie Heaven.Said
he would be in my heart forever. And through the day he kept looking at me,
just as I'm sure your dog is taking in her last looks at you Sandy - her loving
friend and protector.
After Bo died, I couldn't bear the empty space where he always used to lie,
so I put a large picture on the table - so that every time I looked over to where
he should have been, I could see him....young and having fun,because that's
how I wanted to remember him.
Hope some of this has been helpful Sandy....Love to you and Sarah.

Bleepy  (Level: 148.9 - Posts: 626)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 1:49 AM

Sorry for your loss..............

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1935)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 3:21 AM

So sorry, Sandy My 11 yr old Dalmatian is starting to show to signs of his age & I fear he is soon going to follow your beloved pet. They never last long enough.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 4:40 AM

Losing one of your furry, four-legged kids is horrible. Their lives are so short compared to ours, but they are part of the family nonetheless.
I still miss so many furry-family members I've lost.
I just hope that when the time comes for us to leave this life, that they are all waiting for us.

Hugs for you.....

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7719)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 6:18 AM

We have had a house full of pets too. Kitties; dogs and guinea pigs.
We've experienced the loss of one of our "family members" many times over the past 20 years.
It's heartbreaking to make a decision and difficult to accept, but it is the right thing when the time comes.
Our sympathy for you. Sarah has been loved.

Al and Joyce

Nelly  (Level: 181.0 - Posts: 1167)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 8:35 AM

So sorry, I've been through it many times and it never gets any easier. Reading this at work with tears streaming down my face.
Thinking of you.

Flcyclist  (Level: 132.4 - Posts: 691)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:28 AM

I understand your feelings completely, Sandy, having had to put down several cats. Most of my friends are dog lovers as you appear to be, but a pet is a pet - or rather a pet is one of your children - and they are irreplaceable. The dog will always be in your loving memory, but you may one day find a puppy to help alleve the empty spot in your heart.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 1:27 PM

I know you are going to miss that beautiful dog - she looks like she is going to jump off the page - just looks like she has so much personality. I'm just so sorry for your loss. Animals definitely become family and I know she will leave a void in yours. Lots of animal lovers here on Sploofus - reach out whenever you are missing her!

Take care,

Jeannette  (Level: 115.1 - Posts: 1734)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 5:12 PM

so sorry sandy i had to the same a year and half ago ,the give there love whole heartedly al they ask is to be fed loved and take us for a walk ,hugs for you and know your doing the right thing for her . x j

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 5:38 PM

Have been thinking about you all day,and how heavy your heart must be....
The only blessing is that they go so peacefully, like falling asleep....
Please write and let us know how you're doing, as soon as you're able to.
We all share your grief

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 6:12 PM

I had no idea so many of us had lost pets recently. My condolences to all. Sarah went to the big unknown peacefully at home in her dog bed. It really couldn't have gone any smoother. All your kind words have been a big help. Thank you so much. I have a dorky word puzzle coming out which I put together some time ago. Don't want anyone to think I've been dinking around with crap like that in the last few days A good friend was here and helped me take her to the animal shelter for cremation. She was a good dog and taught me a lot. I realize that other folks have even more pressing problems, so thanks for letting me cry about my own. Sandy

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 8:12 PM

((((((HUGS)))))) It's always hard loosing a pet. Some people just don't understand that they are just like family members. We had to have my daughters hamster, Sammy, put down about a month ago. It totally devastated the kids. They both sobbed and cried for hours. I must admit I cried as well and I miss the little thing too. He was an escape artist and when he would get out in the middle of the night he would come find me and wake me up....probably because he knew I would give him special treats (grapes, carrots, apples, berries) when I put him back into his tank. My son's hamster, Snorunt, isn't looking too well either. I fear we may need to put him down soon as well. I know it will break the kids hearts once again because they dearly love their hamsters and they have been a member of the family for a little over 3 years now. Which is a long time for a hamster.

Once again ((((((((((((((((((BIG HUGS))))))))))))))))) and I am so sorry for your loss.

Tazmaniac72  (Level: 196.2 - Posts: 213)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:26 PM

My mom had a cat that was born around the time I was a Jr. or Sr. in high school. At that time, she had a siamese cat that was around 8 years old. Shortly after it was born, her beloved cat developed an inoperable condition that resulted in us having to put her down. We were of course saddened and upset. A few months after her cat died, this other cat (who was born to a different cat, and not siamese) took on almost the same identical appearance as her beloved cat. This cat became her new best friend. Two years later, after my mom suffered a stroke, this cat became her true only companion that was there no matter what.

About two years ago, her cat was still around, but now she was around 16-17 years old. She was having more problems, and was not getting around so well. One day, she got outside (which she never did), and ran away, probably to not worry my mom with having to watch her die, as we never saw her again. She has a new cat now, and even though it's somewhat more aggressive at times, he has become her new watchguard, and never lets her out of his sight.

I said all that to just show how much animals can take care of us as much as we take care of them. My mom would not have made it 16 years (and counting) after her stroke without her cat being there for her. I've had special pets in my life, as I'm sure most of you have. Someone stole my dog two years ago, and I still miss him. We had him for almost 7 years.

I'm truly sorry for your loss, and hopefully all of your great memories of the times will help you get through the rough times your having now.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 3rd Sep '08 11:38 PM

Yes Mike/Taz...
I had noticed that phenomenom with certain
dogs I have known over the years.
The more aggressive the dog, the more likely
it is that the owner is disabled in some way.
The worst was the TINY little Poodle owned by
a deaf friend of mine
And the last Lab I had, certainly let me know
all about that....the more upset I was - the more
he would bark at other people and dogs.
They know more about us than we do....

Jeannette  (Level: 115.1 - Posts: 1734)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 3:20 AM

rowlanda i agree they know when we are ill ,if only we took more notice of them when they get over protective . my trixie started resting her head on my husbands lap and nudgeing him in the stomach and growling ,he had cancer which we didnt know tilll too late .and our old lab started the barking and following his youngest daughter around which frightened her ,her cancer had come back the doctors had said she was fine but six months later she passed away so if your animal starts acting up around you and your not on top form ,get checked out ,im saying this because the doctor asked if we had a dog and had she started treating him different and when we thought about she had for about two years .he said most pets seem to sense or smell it long befor we realise theres anything wrong . on a lighter note i miss being taken for walk

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 9:44 AM

Cuddles for you hun xx

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 12:57 PM

I'm so sorry Jeanette - not once but twice....
Hope you are over the pain now and able to
look back at the good memories.

Dogs are a lot of work and resposibility but
they sure do make it worthwhile - keeps our
blood pressure low, and walking them creates
endorfins. Apart from the Love so freely given

Jeannette  (Level: 115.1 - Posts: 1734)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 1:16 PM

thanks i do have a lot of good memories as sandy will have . where would we be without our pets as you said they even keep us healthy

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 7:20 PM

Yes, Dogs can sense things about people. There was one man that lived up the road from me when I was growing up. He was mentally retarded and would walk up and down the road all the time. Our Irish Setter, Mac, never liked him from the time he was a pup. He would see the man coming and walk him all the way along the fence, growling at the man if he got too close to the fence or tried to come through it at the driveway. We never understood why Mac seemed to hate the man so much until stories of him walking into other peoples houses and molesting the females at home started surfacing. People would always say, "Well he's not in his right mind, he doesn't know any better," when the man would do something. I seriously doubt that, especially after seeing him so often growing up. He would look for the dogs every time he would walk by. We lived in the country and fence was simply decorative, the dogs had free roam of anywhere they wanted to go and often went off hunting. If the man didn't see them he would come into the yard and onto the porch looking through windows and trying to get them and the doors opened. The entire time Mac was alive it was the same ritual whenever he saw the man. I think the biggest shock for the man was when he walked into the house one Sunday morning, apparently thinking that Mac was off hunting, only to be intercepted by Mac and my seriously pissed off father in the living room.

Mac's son, Jake, also picked up the same habit. I was thankful for it one day when I was sitting out in the yard leaning up against a tree with Jake stretched out across my lap, 110 pounds of pure muscle (he was a Irish Setter/Lab mix and about 3 years old at the time). I wasn't paying attention to anything other than petting him and just enjoying the quiet. Suddenly Jake jumped up with his hackles raised, teeth bared and his head dropped growling. I got up to see the man from up the road about 15 feet behind me. As I started for the house the man made a dash for me, only to intercepted by Jake, with a fierce growl and snap at him. Jake held the man off until I got safely into the house and then escorted him off the property and walked him completely down the road and then sat at the end of the fence watching the road for another 20 minutes before returning to the house seemingly assured that the man had moved on and wasn't going to be coming back that day.

Jake was a massive dog and intimidating to most people but he was a gentle giant really. I'll never forget sitting in the vets office with him one day. A little girl no more than a year old was unsteadily walking around. When suddenly Jake jerked the leash out of my hands and shot off towards her. I started to freak until I realized that Jake had shot forward because the baby had lost her balance and was falling backwards. The little girl safely hit Jake's chest and slid down it to the floor instead of falling back and hitting her head on the chairs or hard concrete floor. Jake just looked down at her as she sat between his legs, licked her across the top of the head and then sat back down beside me. He adored kids. He's greatly missed, he had a happy 15 years with our family before cancer took him from us, just like his father who had to be put down when he was 13, due to cancer that just kept coming back no matter how many tumors the vet removed. I'll have to look for pictures to post this weekend.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 7:32 PM're all making me cry. That's a pretty tough job. (Mostly because my own damn dog is way too stupid)...JK

My thoughts are with you...losing a dog is incredibly hard. I don't wish that on anyone. Even my affectionately named Fatass (her real name is Ariel)


Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Thu, 4th Sep '08 7:41 PM

Yes, Mac and Jake sound awesome.. Wish I'd have known them..

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 5th Sep '08 2:04 AM

There's so many "city" people here who have no appreciation for dogs and their loving spirits.
Their dogs are status symbols who must be instantly obedient or else....

I used to have another Black Lab in the 60's. He was a hefty 140 lbs, and ran to everyone for
the requisite cuddle - everyone was his friend. But he scared some people with his energy and joy.
One day my Ex's Uncle was approaching us. He had just had a Heart Operation and was still
unsteady on his feet. We were alarmed and shocked to see the dog bound towards him, and both
of us started to run to head him off.
To our astonishment....Kim stopped just as he got to Uncle Jack, and sat quietly waiting to be patted.

Poor dog was stolen from the yard - we think - by some people who had stopped in the day before,
offering to buy him. I always hoped he had a good life.

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