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My poochie is gone

Thursday, November 27, 2014

We had to put George down today. It is really miserable that this happened the day before Thanksgiving, which is probably my most favorite holiday. His health has been deteriorating for about 2 1/2 years (slowly, of course). He has had difficulty walking, but as long as he could walk at all, I was fine with it.

But on Saturday he reached a point where he could not walk any more. I had him out in the late afternoon, but by night time I could not even stand him up, let alone have him walk.

The past few days have been a whirlwind. DH was out of town when this all happened and was not supposed to return until Tuesday. He cut his trip short and came home on Monday. My daughter and her boyfriend came up on Sunday to see him and try to help me. They ended up saying their goodbyes that day. I was supposed to host Thanksgiving dinner, and I guess the unspoken message was that he might not be around by then.

My next door neighbors are both vets in a joint practice. She came over on Monday and did not offer much hope for him. We almost wanted to just let him lie peacefully and die at home, in part because we knew that getting him into the car would be a huge challenge. This morning, our vet encouraged us to euthanize him today, mainly because of the holiday tomorrow. He was actually eating and drinking, and the vet (this time the husband) felt that he probably would have lived another week or two or perhaps even a little longer. However, it was a terrible quality of life, including bouts of howling. So we ended up trekking out in several inches of premature snow to get this done.

I am beyond sad, especially since I love Thanksgiving. As it turns out, my daughter has agreed to host it, and man is she taking it seriously!!! I was really hoping he would make it until Christmas, when my son will probably be home. But alas, it was not meant to be.

But now that it is done, there is a sense of relief as well. I will always be thankful for having this time together, which many people are not lucky enough to have. I am also thankful for my two wonderfully kind children.

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  • -THINQ-
    I'm so very sorry for the loss of your George. He sounds like you had a wonderful and fulfilling life together.
    We recently lost our own beloved boy in late summer, and a day before this christmas adopted another furry member of our family.. whose name we did not choose ourselves.
    he's nine or so and is very used to his name... we weren't sure of it at first, but he's taken over our hearts so quickly that we can't even consider changing it now. his name is also George.. although we've changed the spelling, he's still Just 'Jorge'.

    I hope you'll feel free to come over and see my page, i've 'friend'-ed you for our Round 27 SSs... i try to keep my page cheerful, for myself as well as for others!

    2398 days ago
    What a blessing George was, and all the wonderful memories you have of him. My heart goes out to you for your loss.
    2435 days ago
    We had to put our dog down right before Christmas last year. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you have a peaceful day with your family.
    2438 days ago
    RIP George

    emoticon to you and your family.
    2438 days ago
    I am so sorry you are having to deal with the loss of your beloved pet....particularly right before Thanksgiving. How sweet of your daughter to host Thanksgiving this year. She may really be enjoying having the chance to host it.
    2438 days ago
    emoticon so sorry for your loss, our pets are family.
    2438 days ago
  • HICIM705
    I'm so sorry for your loss, but - it sounds like you really did do the right thing. We lost our 'Meeko' the day before Christmas Eve several years ago (and we always host Christmas Eve) . . .the timing, for us - well, it stinks. . .but - for our pets, our friends - I'm sure that you did all that you could.

    I'll be thinking about you ... Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as well, so I do understand. . .
    2439 days ago
    Our pets are more than just pets, they are our family and friends. I know how hard this must have been and I am very sorry for your lost. May your holiday be filled with good memories and not too much sorrow.
    2439 days ago
    This is one of the hardest decisions to make.
    Sorry for your family's loss.
    2439 days ago
    So sorry to read of your loss. You are in my thoughts & prayers. Bright blessings to you my friend. Happy Thanksgiving.
    2439 days ago
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