We had to let her go !!

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:24
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Well after just under the ten year old mark my wife and I had to make the decision on the spot, let her suffer and live in pain or let her go so we gave the go ahead. Our family Rottie of just under ten years old had to be put down due to cancer on her spine. After spending $2500 to try and get her to good health in the last few months and endless visits to the vet it just wasnt working and she was in pain. Ended up she couldnt hold her front legs up so was collapsing, (this happened with in two days cancer was obviously savage). Needles after needles and tablets enough was enough.
Still got the shepard/collie who is 12 but she's missing her mate. Regards Steve M

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Reply By: Mark & Jo, S/side, Bris - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:36

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:36
Yep, know how you feel, we had to do the same with our doberman and rotti cross staffy last year, within one month of each other. It was definately one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make.

Cheers
Jo
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Reply By: dedabato (SA) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:51

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:51
Be strong mate..... It's not easy to loose a friend you had for so long. But you did all you can to help her and at the end of the day ---- she's better off that way. Regards - dedabato
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Reply By: stefan P (Penrith NSW) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:52

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 18:52
My thoughts go out to you, your wife and the lonley shepard/collie..

Hardest decision to make BUT the right one, but gee whiz it still hurts hey mate.

Stefan
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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 19:03

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 19:03
She looks a very friendly & kind old girl & I'll bet she provided you with many happy memories. & I'm pretty sure that given a little time the good memories & fun that she brought you will well & truly outweigh the sad ones. Cheers
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Reply By: obee - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 19:36

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 19:36
I cry so much every time I lose a dog but I wouldnt let a vet talk me into donating to his bank account just to prolong the inevitable. we all got a life and a time to die.

Friend had a vet who talked him into getting another old dog to keep the first dog in company. It was blind already. So when the first died the second kept the vet in comfort for another year or so. It was a lot of money and coming home wondering if the old mate had expired every day.

Owen
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Reply By: Mogul - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 19:46

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 19:46
We had to put our Rottie cross down the day after Australia Day this year, one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make, but is was the right one to make.

Allow yourself to grieve and remember all the good times you had with her.

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Follow Up By: Mogul - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 19:48

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 19:48
Where's Mike with his words of wisdom, the things he posted in my thread were spot on and couldn't have been said any better.
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Reply By: madfisher - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 20:32

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 20:32
They become part of the family Steve, but you done the right thing. Sorry for your loss Pete
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Reply By: The Geriatric Gypsies - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 21:23

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 21:23
goodday stephen
you have our very sincere condolences we know exactly what you are going thru we have lost 2 this year within a month of each other

steve
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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 23:05

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 23:05
Stephen M, so sorry to hear of your loss, we had to have our girl put down on Monday and it has taken me all this time to pull myself together, so we know just how you feel. We don't have another dog and won't be getting one in the future, we get too attached to our furry friends and it is so hard to see them go.

We do feel for you and your family but I'm sure you have some wonderful memories as we do. We had time to take our girl on a holiday before she got too bad.

Cheers

D


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Reply By: Member - Borgy.. (SA) - Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 23:06

Saturday, Apr 05, 2008 at 23:06
G'day Stephen

Sorry to hear about your loss mate, my thoughts are with you.

Cheers.....Dave
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Reply By: Stephen M (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 00:22

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 00:22
My wife and I would like to thankyou all for your thoughts. Much appreciated. Thanks again Regards Steve
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Follow Up By: Ray - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 07:38

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 07:38
You will all meet again at Rainbow Bridge
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 19:13

Sunday, Apr 06, 2008 at 19:13
Stephen,
Sorry to hear of your loss.
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Reply By: Member - Richard K (NSW) - Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 09:00

Monday, Apr 07, 2008 at 09:00
Mate, like everyone else has said, you did the right thing. Doesn't make anything easier though, hey? I'm sure she was a happy thing for all of her ten years, even when she was getting sick..

Rich
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 16:34

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 16:34
Hi Stephen,
A mate gave me this, when I had to say farewell to a good friend..I just found it again, and thought it may be some comfort for you.

A Pet’s Prayer

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep
Then you must do what must be done
For this, the last battle, can’t be won.

You will be sad, I understand
Don’t let your grief then stay your hand
For this day more than the rest
Your love and friendship stand the test.

We’ve had so many happy years
What is to come can hold no fears
You’d not want me to suffer, so
When the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my needs they’ll tend
Only- stay with me to the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time, you will see
It is a kindness you do to me
Although my tail it’s last has waved
From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.

Don’t grieve it should be you,
Who decides this thing to do.
We’ve been so close, we two these years
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

Smile, for we walked together
For a little while.



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Follow Up By: Stephen M (NSW) - Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 21:37

Wednesday, Apr 09, 2008 at 21:37
Thanks mate. My wife was in tears after reading that she said that was beautiful. Yes its hard having to make the call which way to go, but to be fair to her it wouldnt be fair to keep her going just so we could still have her around while she was in pain althou not obvious to us but vet said she was suffering. We tried what we could but to have further ops and tablets etc probing and prodding was cruel. Had she been 5 years younger money would have been no object and I would have paid the $$$ if it meant she could have a few more good years but at 10 years old (which is above average life for a rotti) we thought no enough is enough. Sounds like Im talking about a child or some thing but to my wife and I our dogs are our kids as we dont have any so for her I think was a lot harder plus she has had the rotti since six weeks old and bought her when we bought our first house.Thanks again for your thoughts and the poem. Regards Steve M
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