Had to put my dog to sleep

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   Posted 3/9/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Last Thursday we had to put my dog to sleep.  He was 15 and in pain.  I was devastated.  He followed me around constantly so everywhere I went in the house and every chore I would do he would be right there beside me.  I just cried and cried.
2 days later I was so depressed that we went to the Humane Society in town to look for a new pet.  We didn't find anything there then we were looking on the web and a SPCA 40 min away had some puppies that looked promising.  we drove all the way out there.
My 13 yr old daughter fell in love with a 2 month old Shih tzu/ Rottweiller mix.  We found a very high strung 4 month old black lab/shar pei mix that we loved.  Sh we filled out the paperwork and I guess we just assumed we'd get them.  We took pictures of the puppies to show to family and friends.
Yesterday I called about our application.  Ayla got the puppy she wanted (we pick her up next Tue) but someone had put an application in for the dog we wanted before us.  It was sad.  I mean, I wasn't devastated I thought.  Today though I'm back into my depression.  I know we might be able to find one when we pick up my daughter's but still, the house is so empty and I'm so lonely.
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   Posted 3/9/2010 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Storm,

I recently had to put my german shepherd to sleep too. In November. I was devistated and still cry about it. But I too got a new puppy and she really fills that hole. She is another german shepherd, she is so cute and her name is Jazmine. I just love her, but she is a hand full.

It takes time to get over losing a pet especially one that has been with you for so long. I have a 14 year old Australian Cattledog and I know it wont be long before I have to have her put to sleep. I am hoping that she dies naturally at home. I am dreading that day though.

Be kind to yourself during this time of grief. It is hard I know, I cried so hard over my Dharma that it hurt. But crying is cleansing and you will get over this in time. Like I say, be good to yourself and allow the tears to flow.

Thinking of you.

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   Posted 3/9/2010 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
So very sorry Storm , to here about your beloved doggie , that can be so painful .I had to put my kitty to sleep several years ago , she slept with me each night and was my sweet friend , I was lonely and sad .But fear not Storm there aremany , many furry friends that need a good home and lotsa love and you'll willl have one soon I know it .In the mean time cherish your memories with your friend Storm and please try to stay calm and think of how great it will be to have your new puppy soon  ! Good Luck Storm , all the best friend
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   Posted 3/9/2010 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry to hear of your loss.  Putting a pet to sleep is very hard, but think of it as putting them out of pain.  I've had to put 4 pets to sleep over the past 40yrs and it is not something you get over quickly.  A few months ago I had to put my cat down because he had feline aids and was losing weight very quickly and the only thing I could do for him is put him at rest, he is no longer in pain, he is running around perfectly fine and loving every minute of it.
It hurts us more then them, it will take time for the pain to ease, but till then just remember your time with them and that you did what was right for them.
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   Posted 3/9/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
hi i am sorry i know how hard it is. when i was a teen i had taken in a poodle from a friend who were moving but couldnt take her. i had two other dogs in the house. one was my grandmas and one was my uncles but this one was mine. she was a old dog but was very good dog. i remember she would get on her hind legs and dance for her treats. well needless to say a year later we had to have her put down because of heart failure. i was devastated. i remember i wouldnt let them take care of her i insisted her being buried with the other family pets in the back yard and i held her in the backseat the whole way home crying.

but i think this saying works well with animals and not just humans. people never die, neither do animals, because they have loved and because they have loved they live on in the hearts of the lives they have touched therefore they live on in their hearts. i kind of say it different then in my signature lol but it means the same thing.
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"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.

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   Posted 3/10/2010 4:19 AM (GMT -6)   
my compassionate thoughts to all who have lost there very loved companions. jamie. animal lover.

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