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Had to have my dog PTS today - am beyond heartbroken - please hug me

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lovemydogs Mon 25-Feb-13 14:49:56

my gorgeous girl, Foxy, a fawn greyhound, who literally changed my life 6 years ago, had a fall yesterday and after a terrible night spent lying on the floor next to her, I had to ring the vet at 4am who said that there was no hope as she had been trying unsuccessfully to get up for 12 hours. To be fair she was 13 - so a grand age - but I am not being dramatic when I say I do not know how I will live without her. I did speak to the vet yesterday when it happened and she said to see how Foxy went overnight.
She was my best friend and she adored me too. She was my first dog that I had in my own right as an adult.
I have a greyhound boy who is bereft. It was just me and the dogs. No OH or kids.
I cannot stop crying. Or rather wailing.
I have lost my mum and my dad - my dad a year ago. My dogs are my life. This feels like a bereavement of similar magnitude to me.
thanks for reading xxxx

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Tue 26-Feb-13 14:02:48

Oh lovemydogs I feel for you. I had my Boy before I had human children and he is my adopted first child! Just because they're animal shaped doesn't mean they're not family members. Like others have said just be happy that you had her and she was loved and that she had a happy life with you. Nothing can ever take that away.

I also lost both my parents. Things like this do stir emotions up again and make it all seem worse. Go easy on yourself. You've lost a family member and you need time to grieve. Bollocks to the bf if he so much as suggests that he doesn't understand that.

doglover Tue 26-Feb-13 14:06:11

I am so, so sorry. I really feel for you and truly understand how you're feeling.

wildfig Tue 26-Feb-13 15:55:47

More sympathy from me. It's hard to explain to friends or partners who haven't had dogs what a part of your life they become - you get so used to interpreting the subtle language of their ears and tails and funny grunts that they become part of your own inner voice, even though they can't speak. You can only hear them with your heart, and you can never really tell them how much you care, and vice versa - so it's a relationship built entirely of trust and observation and little displays of affection. I wish some of my friends paid as much attention to my moods as my dogs do.

I hope you find another greyhound friend, for yourself and for your other boy. It sounds as if you gave Foxy everything a dog could wish for.

Avago Tue 26-Feb-13 16:01:10

So sorry for your loss sad

bassetfeet Tue 26-Feb-13 18:24:09

wildfig your post said it all for me about the love we have for our animals .
Thank you for that . It made me cry and my old gal died three years ago.
You defined the emotion we have for our furry companions so eloquently.

Sending a hug for lovemydogs tonight and agree with others that when you are ready another canine friend for you and the boy dog .

ReeBee Tue 26-Feb-13 18:35:42

So very sorry for your loss.

lovemydogs Tue 26-Feb-13 18:58:36

thank you all so much again it really helps. Took my boy - Robbie - out today for a ride in the car and to a new park where he met some other dogs and he was really excited and it cheered him up so that is positive. x

noddyholder Tue 26-Feb-13 20:55:23


Madondogs Tue 26-Feb-13 23:05:26

So very sorry for your loss. Big hugs for yiu and your lovely boy. Xx

Inthepotty Wed 27-Feb-13 08:48:49

I'm so sorry OP.

Please remember you gave your beloved girl the kindest final act we can do as dog owners- to ensure they are not in pain.

elliepupp Wed 27-Feb-13 16:53:57

Ellie was PTS last October after 10 years as my best friend. Didn't stop crying for weeks. I felt so stupid as anything would set me off and I kept thinking 'she was just a dog for goodness sake!'. I felt nothing could ever replace her so wouldn't even consider getting another. BUT, the house was so empty comming home at night and I missed her waggy tail and good morning smiley yawn. We went to LOOK at a litter in December and came home with TWO. I cried again for a week - demanding they be taken back.
Wouldn't be without them now, although I've not forgotten their 'big sister' these animals are not just dogs (for some of us anyway!). Lots of puppy hugs (you won't want the widdles though smile) x

lovemydogs Wed 27-Feb-13 16:58:54

ha ha elliepupp - would be getting another rescue greyhound so no puppies here and hopefully no widdles ( well maybe my pelvic floor but not the dogs ha ha)
thanks and glad your story has a happy ending xxxx

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