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Think our ddg may need to be put down this morning

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Carla Wed 25-May-05 08:02:55

What do I tell the girls? Do I tell them she may be, and risk upsetting them all day, or leave it and let them have a horrible shock when they get back from school?

starshaker Wed 25-May-05 08:04:27

sorry really dont know whats best but really sorry to hear about it anyway hugs

sassy Wed 25-May-05 08:07:36

Sorry to hear this Carla
I would let them go to school, perhaps mention that you're taking dogto vets cos she is v poorly but wait till tonight for more info. Let them enjoy the day, then sit them down when there is plenty of time etc and talk to them then.

Titania Wed 25-May-05 08:08:35

i would tell them afterwards. explain to them that she was in a lot of pain so she went to sleep forever. thats what we did with out children. they made little pictures to bury with him. Just explain to them this morning that she is very poorly and that you will have to take her to the animal doctor while they are at school. That was if she is put down, they will know that shes poorly etc.

Thinking of you x x x

GRMUM Wed 25-May-05 08:09:35

Why don't you tell them that she is/seems very ill and that you will take her to see the vet today whilst they are at school. If she does have to be put down maybe it could be tomorrow so that they can see her one last time tonight. I don't know how old your girls are so maybe this is not a suitable approach?

Carla Wed 25-May-05 08:11:06

They're 5 and 6 and judging by the look of her I don't think she'll last till tomorrow. Would they forgive us for not being able to say goodbye?

pindy Wed 25-May-05 08:15:04

In that case I think I would tell them it is a possibilty and let them say goodbye.

Thinking of you. Could you bury her in the garden or plant some floers etc to remember her by the girls could help. If you do tell them make sure you also tell their teachers.

GRMUM Wed 25-May-05 08:15:31

Have they gone to school yet? Get them to give her a hug before they leave just 'cos she's feeling so ill. It must be really sad for you too, have you had her for a long time?

Carla Wed 25-May-05 09:11:16

Got a 9.30 appt.

kid Wed 25-May-05 09:12:19

good luck xxx

Carla Wed 25-May-05 10:14:50

She's gone

swiperfox Wed 25-May-05 10:17:59

Oh Carla. You ok? You poor thing. I know when it happened to ours it broke my heart. Have you seen the rainbow poem for pets?

swiperfox Wed 25-May-05 10:22:21

rainbow bridge

karen01 Wed 25-May-05 11:04:12

Carla -so sorry to here about your dog.
Hugs to you and your family

almostanangel Wed 25-May-05 11:07:28

i hat e you swiper!!!!!!!!!!! i am sobbing!!

swiperfox Wed 25-May-05 11:09:57

Iyt's lovely though isn't it? Someone posted it for fostermum's dog the other day

almostanangel Wed 25-May-05 11:10:31

oh carla i am so sorry [[[hugs]]]

Fio2 Wed 25-May-05 11:12:27

oh carla

almostanangel Wed 25-May-05 11:12:39

oh gosh i had to have our cat put down last year and i was in a state...sweetheart have you brought him home...can i suggest something ..make him look like he is asleep and let your children say goodbye to him as this is a chance to show them that death isnt scary.

Mothernature Wed 25-May-05 11:20:46

So sorry for you and your children I posted the rainbow bridge for someone the other week, I hope it helped....

swiperfox Wed 25-May-05 11:30:34

Thought it was you MN - such a lovely poem

Carla Wed 25-May-05 12:14:56

Thank you all so much. I've kind of managed to compose myself now. Swiper, thanks so much for that. I just keep thinking how the other day I flippantly posted how I'd come down to dog sick and dog poo, without realising how ill she was. They think it was a brain haemorrige/tumour. She had no feeling left in her legs and didn't respond to light. I just can't believe how quickly she deteriorated.

We have brought her home, after a bit of a disagreement with H. I suppose he thought what he's doing at the moment would take up a large part of his morning.

AAA, I'd love to show her to the girls, but I'm not sure as I really do think they'll think it's frightening.

Our poor remaining springer looked all excited when we got back, kind of 'What's going on, then!', and now I just feel really sorry for him, with no playmate.

almostanangel Wed 25-May-05 12:24:26

[[hugs]] carla.. i understand its just that i was never allowed to see anything/anyone that had died and was terrified of death. when i was 21 my dog died at my dads house and i just touched him and thought ok thats not horrible. [and was able to hold my dads hand as hed died last year] but you know your own children and you know what you want to do. take care.x

Carla Wed 25-May-05 14:20:29

Now that H has gone, I just don't know what the best thing is for the girls. At 5 and 6, should I say she died, or should I say we had her put down? I'm sure they won't understand that.

Know loads of you, like my mum said, have had people, rather than pets, die, but I'm finding this a bit hard to cope with atm. A friend said she'd pick them up for me but I'm trying hard to understand how I can't be anything but a snivelling wreck when they arrive

swiperfox Wed 25-May-05 14:24:20

I would say that she was very poorly and the vet gave her a tablet to make her go to sleep so that she didn't feel poorly anymore and that she has gone to heaven (or a similar 'happy place') with lots of other doggies and animals and that she's really happy now.

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