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    Default Deep Impact.....

    Its not often in life that you see another living being take its last breath...

    ... which is what I had to do on Tuesday evening this week...

    My mums labrador 'Beth' had become so ill she had to be put to sleep on Tuesday night...

    Been in the family nine years and best friends with 'Sam' my other mums labrador...

    Very sad to see.... heartbreaking

    RIP

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    Well done for staying with her until the end. I've done it for two cats before, and it breaks you up inside. I felt I owed it to them, so the last thing they heard was me, and the last thing they felt was a friendly touch.
    I managed both times to pay at the desk, then went out and bawled my eyes out in the car!

    Phil

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    Sorry to hear that mate, cat's and dog's become so much more than just pets. They become part of the family !

    Sadly I couldn't stay when we lost one of our cats a couple of years ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by simac View Post

    Sadly I couldn't stay when we lost one of our cats a couple of years ago
    Nobody could criticize you for not hanging around. It's a traumatic experince. my cats were 15 and 18 when I was 'em off, and I still remember them both. I've now got two more cats and a dog, so the experience hasn't put me off pets.

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    Thats one reason why i couldn't own a pet, i'm allergic and have asthma,don't get me wrong love cats and dogs just can't own one,sad time to hear your bad news Steve.....

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    we had to have our retrever put to sleep 3 years ago now the wife stayed with her right to the end i couldnt i was in pieces and we have not had the heart to get another dog since it's a horrible thing to have to go through and i thought i would be strong enough to see it through to the end you know how it goes we are big brave men but i certainly wasnt

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    Quote Originally Posted by neverlandandy View Post
    we had to have our retrever put to sleep 3 years ago now the wife stayed with her right to the end i couldnt i was in pieces and we have not had the heart to get another dog since it's a horrible thing to have to go through and i thought i would be strong enough to see it through to the end you know how it goes we are big brave men but i certainly wasnt
    I know how you feel.
    However, we just got a dog for the first time (we had dogs when I was a kid, but this is the first one with SWMBO), and I haven't laughed so much or had so much exercise for many a long year!

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    Checked in with my mum today and she told me that Sam wont go for his walk now... and isnt eating properly.

    He was sat outside in the rain the other day, until he was called in...

    Must be terrible for him, but how do you explain ?

    They were inseperable when they are together, if one left the room, the other would follow...

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    to here your news spoons, dogs are definately part of the family and it is heart breaking when anything happens to them.
    I hope sam come round soon .sounds like he is just missing beth a lot and is probably just a bit down.

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    I've had to do it a couple of times.......

    A Living Love
    by Martin Scot Kosins

    If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will always remember....The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your young new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed. You may have asked numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in finding a breeder. Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just chosen that silly looking "stranger" in a shelter -- simply because something in his eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home, and watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front room -- and when you feel it brush against you for the first time -- it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the many years to come.

    The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a day like any other: routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see slow, deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will see sleep when you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your friend's diet -- and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until the third day finally arrives.

    And on this day -- if your friend and God have not decided for you, then you will be faced with making a decision of your own -- on behalf of your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest Spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you, you will feel as alone as a single star in the dark night.If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as they must.

    And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you.But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul -- a bit smaller in size than your own -- seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come.And at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your leg -- very, very lightly.And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend used to lay -- you will remember those three significant days.

    The memory will most likely to be painful, and leave an ache in your heart... As time passes the ache will come and go as if it has a life of its own.

    You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still be an ache.

    But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when -- along with the memory of your pet -- and piercing through the heaviness in your heart -- there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost.

    This realization takes the form of a Living Love. Like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this Love will remain and grow -- and be there for us to remember. It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live.It is a Love which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave -- perhaps to join our Beloved Pets -- it is a Love we will always possess.

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