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Posted on 08/03/2011 6:56:46 AM PDT by Immerito
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I’ve got a Border/Lab mix and it will be very hard when she’s gone. It’s so hard knowing any dog you get will outlive you.
We had to put our rescue English Shepherd to sleep on May 19th. She fought liver disease for 22 months, but she finally got too tired to fight anymore.
We still cry over our loss, she was the most wonderful dog, but our new dogs help us to smile and laugh. Every time you rescue a dog, you really rescue two, the one you adopt, and the space you open for another dog to be rescued.
“Its so hard knowing any dog you get will outlive you.”
I agree with you, however I do believe that it is God’s desire for us to learn from wonderful dogs. Their short life spans, filled with dedication and unconditional love for us is a great lesson in humility and emotional growth. The more dogs we get to learn that from, the more that we can grow in God’s image!
“I have a pit/border mix. She is so smart, she herds our other golden/lab mix around plus the cats, its funny to watch she is very affectionate with our daughters new babies.”
Our border collie ‘Mindy’ was dropped from doggie school when she was 6 months old. She wanted to herd all of the other ‘students’ all the time instead of concentrating on her school work.:)
Anyway she is sitting next to me this morning. She will still get up and head to her food bowl and take care of her business outside with some help from me by holding her harness to steady her.
She is unsteady on her feet which for a dog approaching 16 years-old in two months is normal. The problem though is that she over the past three years has had an attack of canine vestibular disease each year each lasting a couple of weeks, but with cortisone and dizziness pills she always bounced back to herself. However this time her head tilt is permanent, so imagine yourself trying to navigate the world looking ahead with your head tilted and on a set of weak legs.
We had scheduled a day to have the vet put her down a month ago, but she must have heard us talking through our tears and she got up on her feet and walked over to her water bowl. So we cancelled the appointment.
Anyway we are giving her a lot of personal attention. We are retired so we can help her a lot, but we don’t know how long she will be able to continue to get up on her feet. I know that it will be time to say goodbye when she can no longer do that.:(
I've prayed often asking God where our pets go. Do they just die and that's the end of them? Or do they go to heaven? After asking Him and contemplating about it, knowing who God is, I'm convinced they go to heaven. My reason being is, they were created by God for his pleasure as well as ours. Why wouldn't He bring them back to Himself? And He also know's our hearts and what's important to us, is important to Him. He is after all our loving merciful Father, He loves us more than we can ever comprehend and He loves His creation more than we can comprehend.
We had to put our girl Mindy down today. She would have been 16 in Oct. :(
We had to put our girl Mindy down today. She was a wonderful dog and would have been 16 in Oct. Not a good day today. :(
Oh Dear.. I just saw this post now.. My eyes are filling up with tears. I am so sorry for your loss.. Mindy lived a happy long life thanks to you.. *Big Hug*
Why dogs don’t live as long as people
by Robin Downing, DVM
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owner, his wife, and their little boy were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, the owners told me they thought it would be good for the four-year-old boy to observe the procedure. They felt he could learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. The little boy seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.
Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion.
We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
The little boy, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. He said, “Everybody is born so that they can learn how to live a good life - like loving everybody and being nice, right?” The four-year- old continued, “Well, animals already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
Thank you Devine.
I’m still teary eyed now. Our house feels empty.
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