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Old 10-09-2017, 04:01 PM
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Default Re: 14 years and just like that she's gone

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This always gives me comfort when saying goodbye to one of my best friends. It is by Beth Norman Harris.

Treat me kindly my beloved master, for no
heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness
than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I
should lick your hand between the blows, your
patience and understanding will more quickly
teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for you voice is the world?s
sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce
wagging of my tail when your footsteps falls upon
my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside
for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer
used to bitter elements, and I ask no greater glory
than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the
hearth. Though you had no home, I would rather
follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the
softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land,
for you are my god, and I am your devoted
worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for
although I should not reproach you were it dry, I
cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean
food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do
your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready,
willing and able to protect you with my life, should
your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the Great Master
see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not
turn me away from you. Rather, hold me gently in
your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful
boon of eternal rest, and I will leave you knowing
with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest
in your hands.
I've read that every time you posted it and it choked me up. It meant just a bit more this time. Thank you.

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Iím close to needing to do this myself. Clover is almost 15 and canít see very well or hear and pees all over the house. Iím having a hard time with the peeing but question if I put her down is that selfish on my part? Sheís fairly healthy otherwise. Just sleeps a lot and slow on walks.
The selfish part is exactly what I struggled with. Eventually I got to the point where I realized I was being selfish trying to keep her with us far beyond the point where she could enjoy who she was.

I looked all over the place for answers (that I could obviously only find in myself). Once I stepped back and assessed just how Dakota was living her days - 5 pills 2x per day, we wiped her after bowel movements because she got an infection not being able to clean herself, slipping and falling constantly, etc - I was able to realize she was ready.

I read somewhere, "It's better to make the decision a week early than a day late." Not wanting my dog to hurt herself falling or become a mess internally from an infection helped me to get there.

You'll do the right thing.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:17 AM
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I read somewhere, "It's better to make the decision a week early than a day late." Not wanting my dog to hurt herself falling or become a mess internally from an infection helped me to get there.

You'll do the right thing.
Great words of wisdom.

I'm sorry for your loss.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:56 AM
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Great words of wisdom.

I'm sorry for your loss.
So very sorry for you loss. One of the toughest things to do that's for sure.
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I didn't even cry that hard when grandparents and aunts & uncle's have died.
Same here. This just sucks. Every time. The pain will eventually fade and all you'll have are the great memories...
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Sorry for your loss. Our oldest dog is 13 now, and I'm dreading that day.
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Sorry for your loss.

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