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Its time for the rainbow bridge for the old lab.

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JaxTellerIsMyFriend Tue 05-Mar-13 11:39:13

Just it really, he came to us last July and DH, DC and I worked hard to get him fit and well, he was an ex working dog and had been poorly treated by his rehomer, left wandering streets and ended up in the pound a few times...

Gorgeous old boy, I was trying to get him to his 15th birthday in April but it sadly isnt going to happen. sad

His sight is very poor, his back end is very wobbly, he struggles to stand for any amount of time, isnt up for a walk - very very slow and his hearing is bad. Although in typical lab fashion he is still eating (anything and everything) and seems ok ish, he is pooing all over the place and has no control with bowel movements and it is making him upset. I can tell.

No need for anyone to reply, I just had to write it down.

1MitchellMum Tue 05-Mar-13 11:41:58

How lovely that he was able to spend his last few months with a super family after his poor start in life. Sorry that you couldn't have more time with this precious boy. x

SpicyPear Tue 05-Mar-13 12:33:14

Sorry to hear that. I would love to take an oldie one day - it's such a wonderful thing to give an older dog that happiness before they go. You and your family must have very big hearts and if he could I'm sure he'd thank you for taking care of him in his dotage.

bassetfeet Tue 05-Mar-13 13:14:03

Sorry to hear this Jax . You love him dearly and have been a wonderful family for him to see out his old age .
Hard hard thing to do when their quality of life and dignity is going . But the kindest act we can do for our beloved animals isnt it ?
Rainbow bridge will welcome him for sure . Take care .

JaxTellerIsMyFriend Tue 05-Mar-13 13:23:41

thank you everyone, I am a firm believer in quality of life and dignity in animals and my old man has little of either now. My other dog wont go near him much, has a sniff, licks his head and looks alarmed and goes away. Also, if old boy has an accident it freaks my other dog out. He runs upstairs if he can and wont go near the lab. sad

I have to add that old boy has never ever been given into trouble, shouted at or an accident even commented on, it is just cleared up, cleaned and we carry on as normal. But my shepherd gets very upset. He once jumped from the boot of the car to the back seat when we were out and oldie had a poo in the car, this was last summer.

JaxTellerIsMyFriend Tue 05-Mar-13 15:43:43

Just back from the vets and she noticed immediately how much he had deteriorated over the past couple of months. sad

He was gone before the injection had barely started.

Off to the rainbow bridge for my lovely old boy, to bounce around with all our other dogs who have crossed over.

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Tue 05-Mar-13 16:22:09

So sorry Jax sad But it sounds like you gave him a loving, peaceful end x

MerryMingeWhingesAgain Tue 05-Mar-13 17:00:47

I'm sorry sad

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Tue 05-Mar-13 17:03:31

Sweet dreams precious pet. sad and jax he won't ever forget how much you did for him x thanks

bassetfeet Tue 05-Mar-13 17:07:33

Thinking of you Jax and your family .......and your Shepherd who will be bewildered .

Had quiet word with my old gal Meg and she promised to meet him over the bridge and look out for your boy.thanks

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Tue 05-Mar-13 17:18:06

So sorry Jax. You did the best for him and you've done the best today.

Rest in peace, old boy. thanks

ProlificWillyBreeder Tue 05-Mar-13 17:19:35

I'm sorry for your loss sad

catwithflowers Tue 05-Mar-13 17:25:09

So sorry. What a sad day for you and your family sad

ToomuchWaternotWine Tue 05-Mar-13 17:31:05

So sorry, your loss is palpable, but you gave him a loving, secure home and a kind end. I have a 10 year old lab and they are so easy to love, as they return it ten fold. You've done the right thing, you know that. Be gentle with yourself.

maisiejoe123 Tue 05-Mar-13 17:31:47

Dogs dont carry around with them that one day they are going to die. You made a very brave decision and it was his time. They live in the moment and you holding him was the last thing he will remember.

Just be aware - all your dogs are waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge. Our rottie is 8 and full of beans but they do grow old quickly.

One always knows the right time to make the decision I think and wow 15 - what a great age.

SecretNutellaFix Tue 05-Mar-13 17:32:36

I'm sorry Jax.
It was his time, and you loved him enough to make that decision.x

kiwigirl42 Tue 05-Mar-13 17:44:58

well done for not letting him suffer. Our lab is 8 and I can't bear to think of the day that we'll have to be as brave as you.

TippiShagpile Tue 05-Mar-13 17:48:15


I'm so sorry.

It was lovely that he was able to spend his last few months in such a lovely home and that you were able to get such pleasure from his company.

Mynewmoniker Tue 05-Mar-13 17:54:54

I'm sorry for your loss. sad You sound like a perfect, sensible owner. What a lucky boy he was to have you in his old age.

JaxTellerIsMyFriend Tue 05-Mar-13 20:43:47

Thank you all so very much for your kind words.
It just doesnt get any easier, you think that you are prepared and in your heart you know you are doing the best thing for the dogs dignity and quality of life - but by god each animal you lose is another little piece of broken heart.

The shepherd has had many cuddles and tears this evening and is now snuggled on sofa with DH, looking for reassurance I think.

Will be hard being a 1 dog household for a while, we usually always have 2.

pigsDOfly Tue 05-Mar-13 21:14:33

How kind to take on an old chap who you know is going to break your heart so soon.

You sound lovely and he was lucky to have you to see him through his last days and do this last kind act for him.

Take care. Wish you well.

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