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Yeshanu
07-05-2006, 10:41 PM
Under reconstruction: Please be patient.


I had to have my beautiful good girl Taffy put to sleep this afternoon. She was 14 years old and the best dog in the world. But even good dogs can't fight cancer forever.

I can't believe she's gone. The house, and my heart, feels so empty without her.

Yeshanu
07-05-2006, 10:44 PM
alleycat:


Sorry about your dog. Anyone who's ever loved and lost a pet knows what you're going through. :-(

I can only remind you that time will help.

Charles

Yeshanu
07-05-2006, 10:44 PM
TemlynWriting:


Anne, I am so very sorry for your loss. It is never an easy thing to do. My thoughts, prayers, and love are with you, my dear friend. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteHug2.gif I'm here if you need to talk or anything.

Much love,
Julia

Yeshanu
07-05-2006, 10:45 PM
TheIT:


My sympathies, Anne. Every time I lose a pet it takes time for the ache to fade. I still occasionally look for my other cats, but the two cats I'm currently owned/ruled by make sure I don't get lonely.

How are your (not illegal) parrots doing?

Yeshanu
07-05-2006, 10:46 PM
Rane:


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Yeshanu
07-05-2006, 10:47 PM
Schoolmarm:


Oh, Anne . . . I'm so sorry. I've been through pet losses many times, and it never gets any easier.

Right now I've got my bloomers in a bunch because my boarder emailed me that she's tired of paying board and wants the horse euthanized. He's perfectly happy and healthy, just getting on in years. She wants to kill a healthy horse.

Can you imagine my response? I'll just bet you can. I won't repeat it here as I wouldn't want to be the one to get this board shut down.

Yeshanu
07-05-2006, 10:48 PM
Nancy:


Anne:

I'm so sorry! That is the hardest decision ever! For me, it has to be about the quality of my pet's life. My thoughts are with you and take good care.

Joanne:

For those types of folks, I think the death penalty is reasonable. I never will understand seeing animals only as property. I hope the idiot at least tries to sell her horse or have someone adopt!

Yeshanu
07-05-2006, 10:49 PM
Shwebb:


So, sorry, Anne.

I've lost a number of dogs to old age/sickness, and it's like losing a member of the family. I had my cocker spaniel put to sleep two days before Emmory was born--he'd had a stroke a few days before, and he wasn't eating or drinking, and he couldn't walk.

His vet was out of town, so I tried another--his secretary told me I would have to drop him off and pick up his "remains" later! I told her that the least I could do for an old friend was to be with him when he died. (But I know some people wouldn't be able to do that; my husband is one of them.)

I did find a vet who let me be there with him. He was so kind, and he reassured me that I was doing the right thing, even though it was so very hard. He even walked with me to my car.

I'm glad that you had 14 years' worth of good memories and love with your Taffy.

Yeshanu
07-05-2006, 10:49 PM
awatkins:


Thank you all so much for the kind words, and for understanding. I'm glad I was able to be with her--touching her and talking to her (though the vet said she wasn't cognizant at that point) when it happened. I just wanted her to know how much I loved her, and I hope on some level, she did.

The only thing that helps is time (thanks, ac) but I sure wish there was a fast-forward button.

Yeshanu
07-05-2006, 10:50 PM
TheIT:


If time had a fast-forward button, whole chunks of my life would be missing. Hang in there. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteHug2.gif

Yeshanu
07-05-2006, 10:51 PM
Schoolmarm:


Anne, you'll be especially grateful later on that you were able to be with her at that moment. I've only missed one--my favorite mare, who had to be euthanized at a clinic hours from home--and I've never quite gotten over it. That final farewell is what funeral rituals are all about. I still see my mare in pastures I drive by, but the other animals I've been with through their end are safely tucked away in memory without those recurrent fantasies to tear my heart out.

Yeshanu
07-05-2006, 10:51 PM
That's it for the reconstruction. Carry on...

(Oh, and Anne: :Hug2: Been there with my cat, and it's not an easy decision.)

awatkins
07-05-2006, 11:00 PM
Thank you so much, Ruth! This thread was very special to me, as I know you understand. I'm so sorry about your cat. :Hug2:

jdkiggins
07-06-2006, 05:41 AM
Anne,
I missed this thread the first time around. So sorry to hear about Taffy. :Hug2: :Hug2:

awatkins
07-07-2006, 06:30 PM
Aw, thanks, Jo. :Hug2: