Here a a few more pictures of the reclusive Ms. Trouble
Forgot to add that my cousin's class had 95 graduates, 17 men...and 78 women!
Really struggling with the decision to have my dog put down. He's 13/14 for a breed with a 10 year life expectancy. More often than not he can't get up on his own, uses the kitty litter box rather than go 2 stairs to outside, doesn't thump his tail or lift his head when I get home, often goes days without moving from a prone position on the floor, half deaf and blind... but has spells of good health like right now, when he seems just fine... just less and less in the last year. I called the vet to find out the basic info, called my daughter to see if she wants to come home for the event (she does), but I just burst into tears when I think about actually going through with it. Any kind advice would be greatly appreciated.
Oh Gutmutter I am so sorry.I am hopeless at this kind of advice. Your post had me near to tears. If he doesn't want to go outside, and no tail thumping when you come home. Maybe he's trying to tell you, what we cannot.
Thank you Fanny Mare... one of the things I read on the vet's website is that often they mask how much pain they're actually in as a survival instinct. I hate to think of him being in more pain that he actually appears to be on his bad days. I tried to give him a bath last weekend and he moaned and struggled which is not his usual behavior at all. Then, instead of wriggling all over the carpet or lawn, he just laid in a wet heap. I can't stand it! He also has a hard time breathing in hot weather normally, so I don't know how this summer would affect him. I don't want him to suffer, but it is hard to make a life/death decision for a beloved soul.
My dear sweet Gutmutter. Ask yourself this one question and then make the most selfless decision you can. Does he have QUALITY of life? Does he do what he has always done, but slower? From what you posted it does not seem like it. My heart goes out to you as I fully know the position you are in.
Gut, I'm so sorry you're going through this. :grouphug Letting go and knowing when it's time to let go are the hardest things about having pets. We all know it's one of the things we're signing up for when we bring that little baby home, but it doesn't make it any easier.
Perhaps a little soul searching will help you to decide when it's time. You know there are so many of us here who know what this feels like and we're here for you. I'm glad that your daughter will be there with you when the time comes.
Gutmutter, I am sad for you. It is a terrible feeling to know that your pet has lost his quality of life. My thoughts are with you.
Oh Gutmutter, I am so sorry that you are having to make this decision.
I think you have listened to your heart and know what you have to do, but your memories of better times and the question... is it time, is getting in your way.
It is never easy to let them go but it is the most compassionate choice that we can make for them.
I'm glad your daughter is going to be with you. I'll keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. :grouphug