Hardest days of my life. Please wish me the courage to do right by Lucie. Our seeet beasle, (long hair miniature dauchsand) is getting so much worse in the last few weeks. A trusted friend said,” are you prolonging her life or prolonging her death?” I feel like I’m on death watch. So that was one benchmark I was conscious of. The hardest question for me was, “is this what she would want? A neighbor asked…” Do you stil use our veterinarian, Doc Terri. It is a terrible responsibility we have with our little ones. On the other hand, I know Zelda well and I know where she is happy and doing well, and right now she is not. So I’m pretty attached and her impending death is gut wrenching. I don’t want to put him down because I’m being inconvenienced. I wish I could turn the clock back and change my mind but of course I can’t. I’m glad I found your site and your YT video you had posted, as Cooper was in the exact same boat. Instead she finally died on her own. But her pacing is all the more difficult by her inability to see. So I am going to skip ahead, over our wonderful years together, and go to the end. Hugs. I’m so sorry for your loss. I had her blood work done and everything was normal except for a liver enzyme reading. When he came in the room, he had already read the list given to him from his assistant, he greeted Sprout, then leaned back on the wall and broke the news to us. Senior dementia is a common problem seen in older dogs just like it is in older humans. Three weeks ago his confusion worsened. I hope you can get your vet to weigh in on this, if you haven’t already. I’m constantly begging his forgiveness in my mind. I just put to sleep my beloved 14 year old beagle 9 weeks ago. My heart is broken but deep down I know this final step was the correct one for us to take together today. For a couple years, vets and family members kept telling me she could be put down at any time, that she was suffering simply because she had arthritis! I’m so sorry, Debbie. We’ve been blessed with many healthy, happy years with her. And within the last year she has been diagnosed with cognitive dementia. She was still eating great. But again, thank you for your kind, helpful words. Dear Melissa, Sophies mom, I feel selfish because she has outlived all the chihuahuas we have had in my family by several years and she still gets excited about food, so putting her to sleep sounds so mean. I can’t bear to let her go and feel myself falling in to the trap of thinking she’ll tell me or I’ll know when it’s time. Eileen’s line, ““A week too early is better than a day too late” really struck me, and I am now questioning if he’s happy and if it’s maybe time to go. I do understand the second-guessing. I am so happy to have found your site. I feel so guilty for this decision both ways either that I waited too long or too soon. I wont let him suffer. by the Bridge with all of our beloved best friends!. You will see your darling Zooey again someday; in the meantime know you gave her a very happy life. The DoggySaurus website is run by Marc Aaron. He was suffering while looking healthy and acting relatively normal. Talking with my son tonight, he lives in California and we are in NC, he has never felt so far away as he did tonight! objective. Thanks. & I rescued each other after I lost my Corgette, and Sophie needed a home. Then after graduating, I lived on my own. The vet told me that it was not his time yet. Through my tears, I thank-you Eileen for sharing. I don’t think her dementia had much effect on the household. Allways in our hearts, memories alive ,our beloveds will be everlasting. Thank you for sharing about Daisy on this hardest of days. I know that bothers her a lot. Her back end weakness has gotten so bad that she often can’t stand up long enough to eat or potty. She is completely incontinent and deaf. Like your fur baby, she still love her food and treats though drinking water can be a challenge. It made sense and the day I read your article, I made the decision to take a week to be with her and create memories and then let her go. And what you say about her makes me very fond of her too; she does sound like Cricket. He was almost 16 and our whole lives had revolved around him since he was a puppy. I took him everywhere with me today and he did great. She peacefully passed on the evening of Thursday 11/12 after we made a unanimous family decision. Through observation, I determined that she wasn’t bothered by her decline. You’ll always be my “Good girl”! 17 months ago she went over the Roberta. I may have waited too long for both the reasons stated and i was holding out hope the Seleginine would help. I have been tortured over the past 3 weeks, trying to decide what to do. Our Buddy let us know. It all started about 3 months ago, small things at first, face planting into the steps, not able to gage a distance for a jump, falling out the door, or stopping to pee where ever…then about 4-5 weeks ago, bigger things – afraid to go out in the dark, peed in garage instead, and all of sudden, he was always under foot. We decided to take his pain away. Our Sammy who never had an accident in the house began doing just that. The first 3-4 months after the hospital she did well, however the last few months has been a decline. I hope our Tessa meets up with her over the Rainbow Bridge. I’m so sorry about your Sophie. Our babies are romping in He has episodes of dementia but on some parts of the day he recognizes me. Bella had lots of health issue, Cushing disease (well controlled thru medications and regular tests), food/seasonal allergies and chronic UTI. “Bacon” was my best buddy and I will miss him terribly. I hope you still have some good times, and that you have peace in your heart if you do have to let him go. I used to tell her if she has the chance to come back, to come back as a hawk. Is he miserable or just circling? Monday will be the worst day off my life. My heart goes out to you. “. I’m so confused what to do. Everything you said about feeling shame, fear, and guilt is my experience. we could not let her sleep in our bed anymore but still in our room on a large cushion. I can’t even imagine how agonizing it was for you when Cricket “did not go gently into that good night”. What we do know is that it often occurs when dogs reach a senior age, and that research has also suggested that a genetic history of CCD (ie. Roy Orbisson’s song…”Crying Over You” fits.” And yep, I’d been in regular contact with the vets for some time, reviewing how she was and her quality of life ☹️ This was the first time either of her regular, wonderful vets had felt that she was “starting to fade” and that it was either time, or close to time, to let her go xx. He went to my Wife and did the same thing.We called our vet and made the appointment then had a good cry. On average, most senior dogs with dementia are euthanised around the 15-16 year mark. He said he was physically fine. I decided not to count on that. Thanks so much Eileen, friends are telling me the same thing but I’m so “in my head” at the moment, I go over and over things and worry they’re just trying to make me feel better ☹️ It really helps to read your post and to receive this reassurance from someone “outside” ☹️ For what it’s worth I think you did the best thing for your little fur baby too ☹️ xxx. I feel devastated at that thought. 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