reply to post by FriedrichNeecher
As long as he is not in pain.
When he is in pain ask the vet for some heavy duty pain killers.
I can only offer my own experiences in this matter.
When the pain killers no longer work, and he is in pain, the kindest thing to do, is to take him to a quallified vet - someone who really knows how to
"put them asleep" correctly. DO NOT DO IT YOURSELF. A screwed up euthanasia can be quite painful.
Specify to the vet to float him down gently - get him good and high, then have him give your beloved the final shot. Stay with him, hold his head in
your lap, talk to him, tell him you love him and he's always been a good dog. Ask him to please not forget you and your wish is to meet up with his
soul again. Tell him in just a few seconds he will feel no pain and be free.
Sounds corny, but with Sinbad, that is what we did. All three of us were with him. I watched the vet and made sure he did it correctly. Sinbad had
a peaceful death. He was a shepherd husky that has hip dysplasia. We had him for 7 years, he was 12-13 when his back legs totally gave out and he
had a stroke.
Odie was 18-20 years old. We had him for 15 years. My husband was with him. Although we had talked about it for a while, Odie was at the point
where he was past saving, he had cancer and in pain. My husband was with him and didn't tell me until afterwards.
If it will make you feel any better. I have four dogs total, all lived to a good old age. That are in sealed boxes with a urn inside) with their
ashes. It costs more, but I was not going to let my companions, (hate the term pet) be put in a garbage bag and thrown in a landfill or worse.
All four of my dogs are in my bottom drawer and will be buried with my husband and I. We have a fifth that is buried in our back yard where he use to
love to lay about.
Again, my sympathy goes out to you at ths difficult time. I know how heart breaking it is. Odie has been dead now for (tomorrow on the 12th) eight
months and my heart still physically aches.
Those 15 years went by so quickly.
We are still waiting on gettin Lucy from Maine to Illinois - any pilots or truckers please contact www.pointerrescue.org...
One last thing. In order to give meaning and honor to Odie's death we are again adopting / rescuing another deathrow doggy.
I hope this post eases your burden. Death is a bitch. I lost my mother at 9 so I guess I got acquainted with the Grim Reaper rather early.
It's never easy to say good bye, but dogs (unlike most people) I believe not only have a soul, but go to a better place.
By spending the extra bucks, if you can and having your companion cremated or to take the body and bury it in his favorite place might make you feel
better in the long run.
A botched "putting down" would only traumatize you further, I witnessed two dogs we have had being "put asleep' and a good vet really makes it very
peaceful. Don't do it yourself.
You can do without the beer for a couple months, eating out, Starbuck Coffees, buying a newspaper, a thousand and one ways to save up - but have this
situation completed in a "humane" manner.
The picture below is a dog that was 2-1/2 and at a kill shelter. He was euthanized yesterday morning because there weren't enough good
homes.............we do this to eight million dogs and cats each year.
I believe he was in a kill shelter in Arkansas.
edit on 11-3-2011 by ofhumandescent because: (no reason given)