Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 05:11 PM   #1
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Helen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Portland
Posts: 1,351
I had to put my dog down

on Saturday. I was so hard. Lucy was a Great Dane that my partner and I adopted from the pound five years ago. She was either 9 or 10 which is old in Dane years. She was a sweet and beautiful girl.

We lost our other Dane a little over a year ago. It's so heartbreaking to lose a pet.

We have a 6 - 8 year old spaniel mix and we aren't going to adopt any more dogs. We have six years till we retire and we want to be able to travel. It's going to be hard not to get another.
__________________

__________________
Helen is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 05:21 PM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 11,615
Re: I had to put my dog down

Helen,
Very sorry to hear about Lucy. Even when you know puting an animal to sleep is the right thing to do, it is very tough.
__________________

__________________
"Freedom begins when you tell Mrs. Grundy to go fly a kite." - R. Heinlein
samclem is online now   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 05:28 PM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
Re: I had to put my dog down

I am so sorry for your loss. Pets are family. I can't imagine life without dogs.
__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 05:33 PM   #4
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
73ss454's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: LaLa Land
Posts: 4,378
Re: I had to put my dog down

Sorry for your loss Helen. I know how painfull it is to put a pet down.

DW and I put our Shihtzu down in Nov. and DW still cry's often over the loss. I have a hard time getting another one because it is so hard to say goodbye. I think I'll wait a little while longer when I think I'll go before the pet.
__________________
Work is something you do to get enough $ so you don't have to....Me.
73ss454 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 05:40 PM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
SteveR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,803
Re: I had to put my dog down

Helen,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Our "Fur Kids" love us unconditionally and we become so attached to them. The fill a part of our lives that nothing else seems to touch.
__________________
Work? I don't have time to work....I'm retired.
SteveR is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 06:20 PM   #6
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
lazygood4nothinbum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,895
Re: I had to put my dog down

i sometimes stumble over a few words to be polite or out of a sense of obligation but inside i feel there is never quite anything i can offer in condolence. such loss is so personal. any words or deeds of mine might temporarily divert or mask the pain. but only time can bring you peace.
__________________
"off with their heads"~~dr. joseph-ignace guillotin

"life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages."~~mark twain - letter to edward kimmitt 1901
lazygood4nothinbum is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 06:47 PM   #7
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
bbbamI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Dallas 'burb
Posts: 9,039
Re: I had to put my dog down

I'm sorry. I know it hurts.
__________________
There's no need to complicate, our time is short..
bbbamI is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 06:54 PM   #8
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
Outtahere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,677
Re: I had to put my dog down

Helen, I'm so sorry about Lucy, my heart breaks for you.
__________________

Dogs aren't our whole lives, but they make our lives whole. - Roger Caras
Outtahere is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 07:09 PM   #9
Moderator Emeritus
Khan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Pine Island, Florida
Posts: 6,868
Send a message via AIM to Khan
Re: I had to put my dog down

Their lives are so short.

It's always painful.
__________________
"Knowin' no one nowhere's gonna miss us when we're gone..."
Khan is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 07:21 PM   #10
Moderator
bssc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 9,930
Re: I had to put my dog down

I am sorry to hear that but you did the best thing.
__________________
Angels danced on the day that you were born.
bssc is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 08:21 PM   #11
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 2,049
Re: I had to put my dog down

__________________
eridanus is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 09:07 PM   #12
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 92
Re: I had to put my dog down

I'm so sorry, Helen. We had to do the same for our cat and the one we have left means so much to us. It's very hard to lose them.
__________________
AlmostDone is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 09:25 PM   #13
Full time employment: Posting here.
Sandy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 855
Re: I had to put my dog down

Helen,

Sorry for you loss. There are many pet lovers here and we know how hard it is. Each one has their own personality and each one fills a unique spot in our lives and when gone is dearly missed.
__________________
I would not have anyone adopt my mode of living...but I would have each one be very careful to find out and pursue his own way, and not his father's or his mother's or his neighbor's instead. Thoreau, Walden
Sandy is online now   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-26-2007, 11:40 PM   #14
Moderator Emeritus
Rich_by_the_Bay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 8,827
Re: I had to put my dog down

You may know that we went through this 2 months ago with our dear Sophie. It aches bad.

Condolences, and don't hold back your grief - it's not "just" a dog.
__________________
Rich
San Francisco Area
ESR'd March 2010. FIRE'd January 2011.

As if you didn't know..If the above message contains medical content, it's NOT intended as advice, and may not be accurate, applicable or sufficient. Don't rely on it for any purpose. Consult your own doctor for all medical advice.
Rich_by_the_Bay is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-27-2007, 02:50 AM   #15
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Posts: 1,005
Re: I had to put my dog down

How about getting an older one from the pond - with an expected life span that matches your retirement target?
__________________
chris2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-27-2007, 05:15 AM   #16
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
ladelfina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 2,713
Re: I had to put my dog down

Helen.. so sorry for your loss. Can't imagine what will happen when Oscar leaves us--he's the first dog I've ever had and the only pet in my adult life..

I agree with Chris wholeheartedly. You could make some middle-aged pooch really happy and I'm sure giving him/her a second chance with a loving family for a few years would make the house feel less empty in the meantime.

Big hug & a kiss.. take care.
__________________
ladelfina is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-27-2007, 07:20 AM   #17
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 495
Send a message via AIM to yelnad Send a message via Yahoo to yelnad
Re: I had to put my dog down

Helen, I'm sorry. Give your other dog some extra loving today!
__________________
Yelnad --"What you're paying for is an education, not a room at the Sheraton,and sometimes that education is uncomfortable."- Jim Terhune, Dean of Student Affairs, Colgate University
yelnad is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-27-2007, 07:31 AM   #18
Full time employment: Posting here.
My Dream's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 829
Re: I had to put my dog down

I'm really sorry to hear, we have our second Terrier now and I know that one day..........
__________________
Newbie
My Dream is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-27-2007, 09:40 AM   #19
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 152
Re: I had to put my dog down

Helen, you have my sincerest condolences. I know how it feels to lose a friend like that. As Rich said, Lucy was NOT ďjustĒ a dog.

I donít believe in this rainbow bridge crap at all, but every time I read it I feel better and cry at the same time.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...

__________________
Non sequitur is offline   Reply With Quote
Re: I had to put my dog down
Old 02-27-2007, 09:47 AM   #20
Full time employment: Posting here.
bosco's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 987
Re: I had to put my dog down

very sorry for you, Helen

my dog's getting kinda old, and already I wonder how we will cope when his time has come.

Aside from the pesky decision of whether I'll need to change my username after he goes...
__________________

__________________
I have an inferiority complex, but it's not a very good one.
bosco is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anybody do Confirmation, Agility or Obedience with their dog? John Tuttle Other topics 8 03-06-2007 08:03 PM
Dog Park mickeyd Other topics 13 02-18-2007 11:07 PM
Where to put cash if you don't trust the market.... HBH FIRE and Money 46 12-19-2006 06:07 PM
Check your Diamond brand dog food cute fuzzy bunny Other topics 13 01-11-2006 08:05 AM
Dog Advice Needed cube_rat Other topics 32 01-09-2006 07:14 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:22 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.