Loosing A Friend

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by paintsplat, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. paintsplat

    paintsplat New Member

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    We just found out our dog, my companion for eleven years, has lung cancer, and given just days to live.
    Its not easy to loose a companion that's been with you so long, being disabled having her around has been a blessing. As a pup she was all teeth and energy hence she was named Taz after the cartoon tazmanian devil, she has mellowed alot, but don't try to get in the house on her watch.

    TAZ you will be missed
    Im going to miss you so much
     
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  2. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    It's always sad when a great dog dies. They truly are man's best friend. You have by condolences. :(
     

  3. gladesbassin

    gladesbassin New Member

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    I'm with you buddy, I have a 16 y/o black lab that is my best friend. Times are rough for him and it's gonna be rough to see/let him go but Thats the worst part about having a companion everything else is the greatest thing ever. Your post made me go check on him and give him a cookie. It's a crappy situation but as long as you gave him/her the best possible life you can't regret nothing...they live this long because they don't want to leave. Atleast that's what my vet told me  I know we don't know eachother but if you need someone to talk to I'll be willing to help out.
     
  4. 75370

    75370 New Member

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    I know what you mean, we just lost ours as well.
    I took him in because he was limping and looked weak. It turned out he had an enlarged heart and tumors.
    It's a big loss when they are part of your life so long, then suddenly taken away.
     
  5. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I'm so sorry, Paintsplat. Know that you gave her a great life and that she has been your faithful companion for so long. You owe it to her to let her go out easy. You are in my thoughts.
     
  6. kaikalino

    kaikalino New Member

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    I'm going through the same thing with my companion.
    I live alone with him and all we have are each other.
    He's 17 and on 5 different meds.
    You have my condolences.
    Peace
     
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  7. paintsplat

    paintsplat New Member

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    we have one hope, that it might be a fungal infection in her lungs, going to try to get the test tomorrow (Monday). I don't think shes in pain no whimpering, she just breaths heavy and cant get comfortable, she come she still comes to check on me, And I cant do anything for her, this was dropped on us with no warning one day shes playing with me, the next she has trouble breathing don't mind the ranting, I'm taking this very hard, just dont know what to do
     
  8. Zombiegirl

    Zombiegirl New Member

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    Sending positive thoughts to you. Pets are family.
     
  9. TimKS

    TimKS Member Lifetime Supporter

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    My daughter lost her service dog which she had for 12 years. It's like losing a spouse. I know what you are going through and you have my sympathy & prayers.
     
  10. TWMIM

    TWMIM New Member

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    I don't want to give you false hope.

    My guy is now 513 days past when the vet wanted to put him down.

    We were torn on what to do, but decided it would be obvious to us when it was time. He's still greeting us at the door, tail wagging.

    He's had bad days in that 513, but also good ones. I'm frankly pi$$ed that the vet suggested it, and then I find I would have robbed him of a year and a half of fun and beef jerky.

    I know it will come, and likely soon. But I've lost faith in people doctors, and vets are worse to me.

    I refuse to give up on him until he let's me know it's time.

    I pray that this works out for you.
     
  11. Badshot320

    Badshot320 New Member

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    Theres no word or words that can describe how we feel and apreciate how we feel about our pets. They do their job staying on watch 24/7. Big or small in stature they all feel they did their best to apply what they had to work with to the job at hand. Respect their dedication and be damn glad they picked you.

    Badshot
     
  12. paintsplat

    paintsplat New Member

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    I thank all of you here, this has to be one of the best forums around. But Im going to be gone for awhile, until I can deal with this, thank you for your support and god bless
     
  13. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I feel your pain and dilema. I just lost my Neopolitan Mastiff on father's day. He was diagnosed with heart failure last September and not expected lo live to the end of 2011. He outlived the prediction by 7 months. He was never in pain, just lost his pep. He came in the office to check on me. I scratched his head for a minute. He walked into the kitchen, layed down and died. Never once considered "putting him down". He deserved better since he was not in pain. Yes it was an expensive proposition. Between the specialists and 10 months of meds @$180/month it put a dent in the budget, but that is what we do for our loved ones.
     
  14. WebleyFosbery38

    WebleyFosbery38 New Member

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    Sorry PS, I had to put down our little 17 YO Mongrel Terrier about 6 months ago, a week before losing my Mom. She was truly mans best friend 24/7. My hearts still not in the game completely yet. I will put your pup in my prayers! God bless her and you.
     
  15. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    Sorry to hear. Dogs are the best! Even the lowliest mongrel is 1000 times better than a human of the highest pedigreed.
     
  16. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    That kind of news always sucks. I lost my black lab/boxer mix a couple years ago. He was a 115lb smart groundhog killing machine, could run 28mph for 300 yards. Then I had a kid, she wandered of when she was 2, I came into the living room and she had her finger underline his eyelid, wiggling it and laughing. That dog didn't even growl, he just looked at me with his other eye as if to say "make it stop, man, make it stop". How many dogs would put up with that?

    Remember the good times.
     
  17. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    PS, I know how you feel. My wife and I have had to put 2 dogs down in the last year. It never gets any easier. My prayers and thought go to you and Taz. Remember the good times, and enjoy the time you have left with her. If you need someone to talk to, let me know.
     
  18. paintsplat

    paintsplat New Member

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    We decided to put her down on Monday the 27, she couldn't hardly walk, layed around, wouldn't eat, not drink much, when I could get her out side she would find a nice place to lay down, and just watch everything going on around her, no barking, just watching I would sit by her and just pet and talk to her. The day me put her down we had to lift her into the car, all my girls came by and said their good buys, that hurt, they knew her for half of there lives me my wife and the youngest daughter (26yo) went to the vet. We let Taz out and walk in to the shade and lay down where me and my daughter fussed over her, the wife went in to let them know we were there, they told us any time we were ready, we took Taz in and into the room, The staff was real compassionate told us what to expect, and asked if we wanted to stay for the procedure, We stayed, the staff provided me and the wife with chairs, daughter didn't want one, the staff positioned us so we could be close to comfort Taz and pet her, they than gave her the shot and Taz passed away surrounded by every body that loved her and those she loved, the staff then stepped out and told us to take as much time we needed to say goodbye. I had a hard time letting go, and with other medical problems I have it has hit me extremely hard I have a great support group helping me, my family, friends, my doctors have told me, if I wanted to talk, to call them at home if need be and at any time my family have taken vacation my friends have taken time of to be with me when family cant, and all you guys and gals with your support Im hoping the worst will be over before to long, and then gradual get back to life where I can talk about Taz and the way she made me fee,l and the crazy stuff she would do, I cant do that yet without breaking down. I am so glad of the support on here and at home/friends again THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart
     
  19. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The day I decided to put my dog that I previously mentioned he fell in the driveway and was too weak to get up. He gained enough strength to walk in to the vet, sniffed around, laid down in the room and died. It was like it was his last spite to those effin vets: I'll die on my own! Strange thing is, when my parents took their dog in and it did the same thing, except outside the vets door.

    Also, when my grandpa died, we got back from the hospital and this dog was sitting at the patio door looking towards their house. He looked at us and howled one long sad howl as soon as we walked in the room.

    My grandma told me a story about when my great uncle's ship was sunk his dog went nuts (hundreds of miles away). He survived, but the dog knew he was in trouble. Us humans definitely lost something as we evolved.
     
  20. griffin81

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    So sorry for your loss! I've been there and dread that day with ever dog I have. The last one I lost I had 18 years and 1 month to the day. It was really hard to deal with. I took it hard but my other dog took it really hard. He wouldn't get up or eat for 3 days. So we decided to go to the pound and get a dog that was on the put down list and brought her home it was ruff for a day but they became fast friends. Knowing I lost my friend was hard but knowing I saved another dog and am giving another dog a new lease on life really has helped me deal with my loss. I still miss him daily but when I look at my other dogs face makes it easer to deal with. I hope the void fills in your heart and you find peace knowing you gave Taz the best life she could of had. You should be proud to of been her best friend.
    Griffin