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Sknitter56
10-10-2009, 07:54 PM
Our Golden Retriever, Sadie, had to be put to sleep yesterday after we found out what was first thought to be a snake bite turned out to be a very aggressive form of cancer. I can't remember the name, something really long, but she got real sick, real fast. She was only 6, would have been 7 in January. The vet did an aspiration on Monday and she called Friday to let me know what it was. My husband stayed with her, but I said my goodbyes here at home. I didn't think I could handle putting my dog to sleep again. I did stay with my other Golden, Scarlett, when she was euthanized, but she was 13 and had had a stroke. That was something I always said I would do with her, but it is so traumatic...at least for me it was.
We do have our other dog, Coco, who's a real doofus and she's been a lot of help. She's also part Golden, part Chow, part Black lab that we got from the Humane Society. She's missing her bud, but I think we're going to keep just one dog for now, at least until I retire and can stay home with a new puppy. Sadie was a good girl and soon I'll have another urn on my mantle to keep Scarlett company.

Abbily
10-10-2009, 08:47 PM
I'm sorry! Losing a pet is hard, they're a member of the family!

mks22300
10-10-2009, 08:56 PM
I totally understand what you're going through, having recently lost three pets over the course of several months. :hug:

sabrinasmom
10-10-2009, 09:05 PM
Sorry to hear of your loss. :hug: Been there. They are a member of the family and we miss them when they are gone.

cacunn
10-10-2009, 09:20 PM
My prayers are with your family.

Jan in CA
10-10-2009, 09:28 PM
I'm so sorry. :( I couldn't stay with my Sierra kitty a few years ago either although I've stayed with some of the other pets. My kitty, Marshmallow, is over 18 and that is always at the back of mind. My thoughts are with you. :hug:

Knitting_Guy
10-10-2009, 09:33 PM
Very sad, I am sorry for your loss.

flea
10-11-2009, 04:05 AM
It's always heartbreaking to have to put a beloved pet to sleep. As the human caretakers of our furry loved ones it's part of our responsibility to them to ease their way in this world. That includes their path out of it.

That being said, I'm sending mental hugs your way.

catht
10-11-2009, 07:41 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my 12 year old dog last year to liver failure and know how much it hurts to say goodbye. Rest in Peace Sadie

Sknitter56
10-11-2009, 08:41 AM
Thank you all for the kind words.
Ironically, Marley and Me was on HBO last night and, even though I knew about the ending, my husband and I watched it and we both were bawling like a couple of babies at the end. Today is better than yesterday, and I'm sure tomorrow will be a little better than today. Coco, the doofus, still needs us and is still a doofus, so that helps us tremendously. You all are so kind and great virtual friends.:grphug:

thecatsmother
10-11-2009, 08:57 AM
I am so sorry for your loss,having shared my life with many cats,I know just how you feel....every day gets a little easier and soon memories of Sadie will bring you joy.
Sending hugs

Doublereeder2
10-11-2009, 11:13 AM
So sorry to hear this.

GinnyG
10-11-2009, 11:17 AM
I am so sorry for your loss.

I have an almost 14 yo English sheepdog who will soon need help "over the bridge". I cry every day thinking about it.

vaknitter
10-11-2009, 12:22 PM
So sorry you lost a furball. We just went through that in Nov. We too had another younger dog who was still in the midst of training so that helped. :grphug:

Sknitter56
10-11-2009, 02:12 PM
Well, today I took Coco out for our walk as usual and it was much easier with just her alone. Before with Coco and Sadie, I had my hands pretty full-Sadie was always so calm on the leash, no pulling, no running, just ambling along at her own pace; but Coco's just a kid and I have trouble keeping her in check. I'm 60 years old now and not quite as agile as I used to be. Maybe now, with just Coco, I can get her more "leash friendly" and get some of her rowdiness calmed down. Felt kinda funny with just the one dog, though. I miss stepping over her everywhere I go in the house. She'd always be laying down right where I was walking, seemed like. I guess there's a lot of adjusting we're going through, but we'll be OK soon. Thank you all...there's so many kind people here.
Mary

Crycket
10-12-2009, 10:05 AM
Sorry to hear it...

They really are best friends....pets....aren't they!!

Jeremy
10-12-2009, 11:09 AM
My heart hurts for your loss.

Sknitter56
10-12-2009, 02:29 PM
Thanks, Jeremy and Crycket...
I'm a little concerned about my other dog, Coco. She hasn't eaten a thing since Friday. I know she can sense something's wrong, but I'm wondering if I should call the vet? Have any of you had any experience with the other dog/cat/animal grieving over the loss of a pet? Sadie was already here when we got Coco as a puppy, so she's grown up with her. Coco's only about 3 we think, but she sure is acting like she's sad. She's one of these dogs that "smiles" all the time, but she hasn't smiled at all. I'm getting worried about her.

melmac51
10-12-2009, 05:18 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. :hug:

Coco is probably grieving in her own way for her buddy. We can't explain it to them like we can to a child, so that makes it even harder. We had a dog that howled for a night when she lost her buddy. Then after a while, she bounced back to her old self again.

Sknitter56
10-12-2009, 06:24 PM
Thanks, Melanie...I'm hoping she will get back to "normal" soon. Coco's normal isn't quite the same as most dogs...she's just so happy all the time. She really does smile when we come home from work and even when she's just boppin' around the house. That's why seeing her so mopey hurts me, too. This has been going on since Friday. She'll eat a dog treat or peanut butter, but not her food...not one bite. Sadie's been her companion forever.
I'll give it one more day and if she's not eating by tomorrow, I'll call the vet to see if she has any suggestions.
p.s. The pet cemetery just called and Sadie's going to be delivered back to our vet tomorrow. We had her cremated. Y'all must think I'm crazy going on and on about this, but it helps to write it out. Today was a holiday for us so I'll be back at work tomorrow. That should help take my mind off of this. I hate leaving Coco alone though. Hope she'll be OK.

Doodknitwit
10-12-2009, 10:47 PM
praying for your family... She understood you were giving her wings... :hug: :pray:

annikah
10-13-2009, 03:42 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss,..losing a pet hurts so much..i lost my dog 2 years ago and i still miss her so i really understand what you're going through:hug:

vaknitter
10-13-2009, 11:28 AM
When we lost our older dog our girl quit eating as well. I started bribing her to eat, I would put a treat into her food and then I would sit on the floor with her and eat or drink something. It took about 2 months before she would eat without me sitting there. I gradually moved away from her bowl, into a chair at the table, then to the couch in the same room and then started coming and going from the room once she was eating. The bribe that seemed to work best for her was cutting up chicken or hot dogs into a few tablespoons of water and microwaving for about 45sec. It gets the oils hot and makes it smell irresistable (to her anyway) when mixed with her dry food and then she would eat.
Canine behavior says not to eat without the pack leader.

ladyjessica
10-13-2009, 09:11 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss. I, too, know the pain of losing a pet. They do become our friends and family and they leave a huge hole when they go.

We had our 14 year-old boy put down in May because he was in constant pain and couldn't walk anymore. Afterwards, my Maggie wouldn't eat for about a week. She'd eat her treats and whatever handouts she could get, but she wouldn't eat her dog food. Eventually, though, she seemed to understand what was going on and started getting back into her routine.

I hope Coco starts eating soon, and I hope you're all able to grieve for Sadie in your own ways and start to move forward. :hug:

Sknitter56
10-13-2009, 10:06 PM
Coco started eating last night! When we took Sadie to the vet Friday, I took up their food bowl to clean it. Sadie and Coco always ate from the same bowl...it was one of those self-feeding things where you just put in the food and the dog/dogs eat out of it during the day. The day we got Coco, I took Sadie to the Humane Society with us with some food and a bowl just to see if either of them would be food aggressive. Well...Sadie was already over a year old at this time and Coco was just a sad little puppy in the pound, but they both shared the bowl just fine. We've never had a problem with either of them. We would let them lick our plate after supper and we'd just laugh cause they would be "swappin' spit"...both their tongues licking the plate at the same time. I guess if you're not a dog lover, you're probably thinking this is pretty gross...but we'd just joke about them kissing each other...stupid, I know...but it was nice to know they could share food and neither one be aggressive. I digress...I took up the self-dispensing bowl to clean it and we put down just a plain bowl with some food in it for Coco, and she just wouldn't eat. We thought she was grieving for Sadie. Last night, I put the old food bowl down and Coco ate like a pig! I guess she just missed her bowl:doh: Now I feel all guilty because I think I've been starving her since Friday (not really...she's had food, she just wouldn't eat it). Dogs are funny people.

Sunshine's Mom
10-14-2009, 09:42 AM
I'm so sorry. Love to your family and a pat for your "Doofus". :hug:

melmac51
10-14-2009, 09:58 AM
:cheering: ...and a big *sigh* of relief too.

dustinac
10-14-2009, 10:18 AM
:hug::heart::hug:

bambi
10-14-2009, 03:25 PM
So sorry to hear about it. I love having pets but it is so tough when they die. :pout:

jamiejeans
10-17-2009, 04:06 PM
so so so sorry on your loss of Sadie! We have a Sadie, too, (a german shepherd) and I can definitely sympathize how important these furry children are.

Luvmyrottnboy
10-19-2009, 11:03 AM
I am so sorry. I too know how hard it is. My boy had cancer too and it seemed to have come out of the blue as he had just been to the vet a few months before.

Letting them go is the final gift we give them but no matter how right it is it hurts beyind belief.

Godspeed Sadie girl, I hope my Cyrus is showing you the ropes.