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20-03-2017, 08:23 AM
My dog died yesterday...
I feel like I need to tell the story. Please don't read this if it hurts too much to read about the death of a loved pet. I know I'd have had a hard time reading something like this even before.

Yesterday was a really tough day. Our older dog Luke, a jack russel, died yesterday morning. He got sick on Saturday- some puking, diarrhea, lethargy. He was getting old, but we've had our dogs get sick before. And usually the advice we've gotten from vets is to keep an eye on them for a day and see if they improve. If not, take them in. We'd just switched up his food, and this wasn't the first time he'd gotten sick and recovered. And we'd just, a couple weeks ago, taken him in to the vet and had his blood work run so we could find out if keeping him on his prescription for ibuprofen was going to be okay. His blood work came back normal, so we were confident that we could give it a day on Saturday to see if he improves. We spent some good quality time with him that day. I gave him cuddles, had him on the couch with me, with his head in my lap while I played video games. Layed with him in his extra-large bed for a little while. He'd been eating and drinking through the day, and had been moving around on his own so we thought he'd be alright.

Unfortunately, we were wrong. I'd checked on him when I woke up, before I took a shower. I could tell he'd puked again, but he was awake and seemed like he'd just come in from outside because his paws were wet. So I gave him some kisses and some pets, and started getting ready for our day. After my shower, I checked in on him again and he'd shifted his position a bit, but still seemed alright. We decided to pick up the food in case the new chow was causing him to have a bad reaction.

I did my makeup, and checked in on him once more before we left. This time he seemed off. His hair was standing oddly on his back, and his lips were slack. My wife checked his gums and they were almost white. We began to rush to get him to the vet. But as I pulled him out of the crate, his favorite safest place in the house, he was completely slack. He offered no help and no resistance in me picking him up. I knew immediately something was very very wrong, and took only a couple of steps before collapsing on the floor, knowing he had passed. My wife helped me put him on the floor to check him. No breathing, no pulse.

After grieving for a while, we moved him to one of his many dog beds around the house, and grieved some more as his body grew cold. Later, we took him to the vet to be cremated. We decided that once we get his ashes back, we will spread them under his favorite tree in the back yard. And I think I will carve his name into the tree or something. That was his favorite place to sit in the shade and watch, listen to, and smell the world around him.

We loved him dearly. He had a good and happy 12 year life. He was comfortable and cared for. We kept him up to date on his shots. We had him micro-chipped. We saved him from cancer. We gave him lots and lots of toys, and treats, and cuddles, and love. He could run and play in his yard. We would throw his ball for him. Play tug-of-war with him and let him win. He would chase and bark at the neighbors mowing their lawns.

Yesterday was a hard day. And I'm still really really sad. My mission through his life was to give him a good and happy life, not like my dad did with our dogs growing up. He would be loved, and cared for, and part of the family. And he was.

We loved you, Luke. And will miss you forever.
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20-03-2017, 08:26 AM
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Oh no Sad so very sorry for your loss.

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20-03-2017, 08:31 AM
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The loss of a much loved pet is a great sadness.

Remember the good times you had and the unconditional love he gave you. Those are things to treasure.

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20-03-2017, 08:34 AM
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Sad I am so sorry, Emma. Pets love us unconditionally. Many hugs to you.

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20-03-2017, 08:36 AM
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I read the first sentence and then stopped. I couldn't read anymore.

I'm so sorry your doggie died. You gave him a wonderful life, filled with love. That's the best part of having a dog or cat.

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20-03-2017, 08:41 AM
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My condolences. It's so difficult when a beloved member of your family passes.

If he hasn't been cremated yet, a memorial suggestion: Our vet made a plaster imprint of our dog's paw and gave that to us in a holder with a pocket on the other side for a picture. It's on the fireplace mantel and a nice remembrance of him. Maybe your vet could provide something similar before the cremation occurs?
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20-03-2017, 08:42 AM (This post was last modified: 20-03-2017 08:50 AM by OakTree500.)
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I'm a dog owner myself, (my doggo is 10), and have had dog's as part of the family my entire life, so I know the feeling of losing one.

It's never a good thing, so hoping you're alright.

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20-03-2017, 08:47 AM
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20-03-2017, 08:54 AM
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It's tough losing a family member. The good news is you now have the chance to give another pup a forever home.
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20-03-2017, 09:12 AM
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I know how you feel having lost mine in January, all we can do is remember how much love was shared and hold on to those memories.
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