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9/26/18 9:37 A

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Thank you so much. So far my dog Roxie is still enjoying each day. I constantly look for changes in her appetite or energy. She is still "busy" and enjoying her walks with my assistance with her harness. Thanks again for sharing and I am sorry for your loss.



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9/22/18 1:41 P

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I second ArchimedesII and UrbanRednek's sentiments, and encourage you to talk with your vet. My husband made a few similar comments to me when my last dog was toward the end, but to be fair, he didn't grow up with any pets and has never been a 'pet person'. You need to stop feeling guilty because everything you do is out of love.

My vet was wonderful, and she really got me through it. I knew when it was time, and we made it as easy for my little girl as possible. I'm so sorry you are going through this, but try to enjoy the time you have, just as she is. Our time with our fur babies is far too short.

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9/22/18 12:43 P

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It is a very tough decision and usually better for them than us.



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9/22/18 12:32 P

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Sadly, I had to make that decision two days ago. Sweet Fenway was ill, dehydrated, very thin and having extreme difficulty walking. All happened in 24 hours. With the assistance of a compassionate Vet, Fenway is with his Furry Friends in Heaven.

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9/19/18 10:14 A

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Thanks for all the wonderful comments. I think I will know when things change if it's time. My dog is still responding well and needs no prompting to go for her "assisted walks". She is eating well and body functions are still okay. She sometimes walk unassisted and scoots from room to room to keep up with me. She loves her daily love pats and back rubs. We're even going to test her in her new doggie wheel chair this weekend. So time will tell.



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9/18/18 8:45 P

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You will know. We had to do this with one of our cats ~ he was only 5 yrs.old,but had an inoperable brain tumor. We saw him get progressively worse and took him in the middle of the night to the vet. You will know when it is time.

In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS;
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The sheep of HIS pasture.
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9/18/18 7:51 P

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You will know when its time. She's your baby, and you will know.

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9/18/18 2:05 P

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so very sorry

you will KNOW without a doubt when it's time.

As long as she is still happy and you can still give her the care that she needs, just keep going.

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9/18/18 7:26 A

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When their quality of life is nothing.



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9/17/18 3:21 P

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Thank you so much.



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9/17/18 1:01 P

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The advice of my trusted vet was to think about the 3 activities that your pet loves the most, and honestly assess whether your pet can still do those things anymore (whether assisted or not). If they can no longer do their 3 favourite things, then you really need to consider whether you are delaying the end for their benefit or for yours.

My dog loved to play fetch, loved to swim, and loved to chase the squirrels in the yard --- but could no longer play fetch when he lost his sight, couldn't swim once the arthritis in his hips started seizing up in the water, and just didn't have the energy to chase squirrels (he could still hear them, even when he couldn't see them). At that point, he started losing interest in eating or drinking, and had very little energy or enthusiasm --- and after a few days it became obvious that it was time to let him go.

With your gal, if she still can get out and go with the wheelchair, then go for it! Dogs don't have the emotional issues that we have about disabilities, so will be more than happy to continue doing their favourite things with a wheelchair or after an amputation or with other injuries --- so it is NOT in any way like a human who was healthy and then has to work through emotional distress about dealing with a new disability. If you give an animal the tools to keep going, then they quite happily will do so. However, if she can't move at all without the wheelchair, and cannot be left alone with it attached and so needs more constant supervision than you can provide --- well, then it really is a situation where she can not do her favourite things anymore.

You really need to remove the "painful to watch" from the equation, and try to be objective about whether she is happy and active and still able to do what she enjoys, whether she can safely be left alone as much as normal, and whether there is pain for her or not.

You will KNOW the right thing at the right time, and you will be at peace with the decision.

Sir Terry Pratchett:

"Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."


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9/17/18 12:44 P



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Euthanizing a beloved pet is never an easy decision.

My first thought is have you talked to their vet ? What does your veterinarian say about your boxer's condition ? Does your vet think it's time ?

I would suggest asking your dog's vet to see what they think. When our family pets have needed to be euthanized because of an illness, the vet made the process as painless as possible for the pet and the family.

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9/17/18 11:56 A

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Thanks.



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9/17/18 11:44 A

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That's a very personal decision and one I'm glad I've never had to make (my baby went at home with me). That said, if she isn't in pain and you don't mind the extra work, maybe it isn't time yet? Thinking of you and your fur baby!

"Get rid of the damn beast. Let it be done, once and for all."~Paulie Pennino


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9/17/18 11:40 A

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Have to make a difficult decision. My beloved 13.5 year old boxer is having spinal issues and needs assistance in walking. Seems to be having no pain but this is painful to watch. She is still begging to go out with her harness and I have a doggie wheel chair to be set up for use. My boyfriend said I need to not be selfish and let go. I am so stressed and filled with guilt. I Don't know what to do.



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