ROG wrote:THE POOR THING MUST HAVE THOUGHT THAT SHE WAS BEING PUNISHED--i CAN ONLY ADVISE BE WITH YOUR DOG AT HOME IF YOU HAVE TO HAVE HER PUT DOWN,
Happily I don't think dogs are that clever, she might have been a bit confused or missing her pack at the time, but she wouldn't have thought she was being punished. That is your guilt talking and you have no need to feel guilty, and it will detract from your happy memories.
Bill McCarthy wrote: I made a fool of myself and broke down rather badly.
It is an odd thing isn't it, the hold that dogs have over our emotions? I have in the course of my working life seen more distressing things than is healthy for anybody, and it would be untrue to say that I wasn't on occasion affected, but the last time I shed a physical tear was over the death of my dog.
We have lost three A flat coat retriever at 3 yrs all at home all buried in the garden They were the 3 worst days of my life I wish you well with the decisions Timothy
When God had made the earth and sky, The flowers and the trees. He then made all the animals, The fish, the birds and bees. And when at last He'd finished, Not one was quite the same. He said, "I'll walk this world of mine, And give each one a name." And so He traveled far and wide And everywhere He went, A little creature followed Him Until its strength was spent. When all were named upon the earth And in the sky and sea, The little creature said, "Dear Lord, There's not one left for me." Kindly the Father said to him, "I've left you to the end. 've turned my own name back to front And called you dog, my friend."
Timothy wrote:In case anyone who knows Porgy wants an update, the acupuncture and toothbrush acupressure is being remarkably effective and he is pretty much reliable again.
Amazing, when you saw where he was. This vet knows a thing or two!
Timothy, I have to thank you for the suggestion of acupuncture. Our 14.5 year old border collie was suddenly taken very ill recently - unable to walk, vomiting, incontinence, etc. Although she rallied slightly from this acute disorientation, after a week we were at the point of calling the vet out to have her put to sleep when, as a last resort, I tried acupuncture treatment as a result of your suggestion on another thread. The improvement was incredible, such that the next morning she was hassling to go for a walk! She had spent the previous several days just lying down and barely eating.
Four weeks later (I held off posting earlier until her continued progress was assured) Flo is almost back to her former self, and certainly enjoying life. Turns out it was idiopathic vestibular syndrome, and the acupuncture seemed to restore her balance literally overnight. I wouldn't have believed such a rapid improvement was possible unless I had seen it myself. Thanks most sincerely once again - you can credit yourself with saving one dog's life, and I hope to get the chance to thank you in person one day.
We had our dog put down this morning. Very sad. He was a rescue dog of a few years old when we got him 17 (yep, seventeen) years ago. I was very upset earlier but feel relieved and calm now. We've done the right thing at the right time.
“I am somehow less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops.” Stephen Jay Gould