First off the idea is killing me. I love her so much. She is 11, almost 12, and she has had so many good years. She is and alwats has been a cranky little bitch but I love her for that. Here lately though she has lost vision in one eye, hearing, she is now senile as well. I found her in the fireplace trying to use the bathroom because she thought that was the door to go outside. She is growling, fussing, and tried to bite more than one person and I guess because she is just old, and like I said has always been bitchy. She only has a few teeth left, gum disease. She wont go outside anymore, I have to carry her because she cant make it down the 3 steps off the porch.
I rescued her when she was around 6 yrs old from someone who rescued her from a woman who did not take care of her. She was covered in fleas, had just had puppies and had been used as a puppy maker (shes pure bred). She sleeps with me, in fact we share a pillow. Still, I see good days, a smile on her face when she looks at me some times, and when I think it is time to put her to sleep she does something that reminds me of how she used to be.
My daughter, husband, son, and the woman who gave her to me all say it is time. That even though she is blind in one eye, deaf, senile, and otherwise healthy her quality of life is not what it once was. I know they are right. But I wouldnt want to be put to sleep just for being old? I just dont know what to do. To make it worse I rescued another dog, got her from the same woman I got this one from and I can so tell the different in personality and life now. All the things my lovely dog used to do this one does, and she does it with no problems at all, while mine just looks at me (not jealous either) and just sleeps all day.
Mama's give me advice. I feel like crap. I dont want to take my dog to the vet and say put her to sleep because she is old, or because she is not active, or whatever. I know she has medical issues, but do I wait for them to get worse?
I did it to our dog. She was 15; and we watched her deteriorate within about 6 months. I couldn't watch her suffer any more; she was blind, couldn't walk, wouldn't eat or drink. It was time to put her out of her misery. I did not want her to suffer and she was suffering. I'm sorry gemgem, it's not easy but i think it's time.
Answer by meooma at 9:31 AM on Oct. 9, 2011
Answer by Eviesmommy at 8:48 AM on Oct. 9, 2011
Answer by Bmat at 8:52 AM on Oct. 9, 2011
Bless your heart, I understand the love you have for your dog and what a difficult decision this would be to make but what quality of life does your dog have? I don't see it as giving up on her but sparing her. She can't let you know the pains she's feeling. Sorry, after reading what you said, I would want to spare her of her suffering before it gets worse. :(
Answer by anichols1 at 8:56 AM on Oct. 9, 2011
Answer by JackieGirl007 at 9:00 AM on Oct. 9, 2011
Answer by daps at 8:44 AM on Oct. 9, 2011
I think you have to step back from your emotional reaction and figure out if her quality of life is good enough to keep going or not. It's a really tough thing to decide; I'm sending you thought-hugs.
Answer by SWasson at 8:44 AM on Oct. 9, 2011
Answer by kustomkrochet at 8:53 AM on Oct. 9, 2011
Answer by Eviesmommy at 9:29 AM on Oct. 9, 2011