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Brian Miller
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Posted: 12 September 2018 at 10:40am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

So I made the call this morning to take our dog of the last 16 years in this afternoon and he put down. Shes had some pretty bad arthritis for the past year or so and her ability to control when she pees has gotten worse. Actually, she can control when she pees, her body is just so bent up she has to go all the time and she no longer cares where she goes. About a week ago we started noticing bloody stool around the house which we attributed to one of the other dogs. However, when I got home last night, I realized it was her. She had probably gone 8 times yesterday with varying degrees of blood in it. She had gone numerous times thru the night. Shes already gone 5-6 times this morning and its almost all bright red blood. 

We knew we were going to have to make the decision for the past while, and I guess weve been putting it off hoping shed go in her sleep. But with whats going on now and shes also not eating today, we haveour  no choice. I know in the end were really helping her but it still feels really shitty. I feel like were giving her the ultimate punishment for something she cant help. 

I cant describe the joy she has brought to our household over the years. Weve had her longer than our oldest child. Shes very much been like a child to us. Ive called her the Grande Dame of the House for the past few years and shes been exactly that. Not afraid to exhibit her place at the top of the chain here but still has plenty of kisses for anyone that wants them. Its so hard to believe that in five hours, she wont be part of our family any more. Our oldest is going with me to take her. I know Im supposed to be the strong one for her but Ive already lost it many times since last night. Im having a hard time even typing this. I completely lost it when our youngest said bye to her when leaving for school this morning. I dont know how Im going to get thru this. 
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 12 September 2018 at 10:47am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Brian, as you stated, you are helping her. Your motivations come from a good place in your heart.

Take care of yourself!
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 12 September 2018 at 11:04am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Here are some pics of her:



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Peter Martin
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Posted: 12 September 2018 at 1:35pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

There's few things as sad as losing a pet that's been a long-time member of the family. If a dog is suffering from old age to the extent that they don't want to eat and they've having continuous trouble going to the toilet, putting them down is the kindest thing. You did the right thing, Brian.

16 years is a good age for a dog, but even so, they go so fast. A difference between owning a dog as an adult and having one as a child, I'm finding, is that awareness, almost dread, of the years flying by.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 12 September 2018 at 4:00pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Thats the worst thing Ive ever had to do. I was holding her when they gave her the injections and it was exactly like when shed fall asleep against my chest when she was a brand new puppy. I was working third shift and I would lay on the couch and fall asleep watching TV and shed be right there. Every night when our oldest was a baby and was up with illness, Little Bit was right at my side. She was always right there and now shes not. I still cant believe shes gone. I just keep thinking of everything thats happened in our life since we got her and now shes not around for any more of it. This hurts so bad.
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 12 September 2018 at 4:01pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Sorry for rambling so much. 

Edited by Brian Miller on 12 September 2018 at 4:01pm
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Larry Gil
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Posted: 12 September 2018 at 6:06pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

What a beautiful dog Brian . You did the right thing even though it was heartbreaking . Here's to hoping that someway , somehow we get to reunite with these beloved family members .
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 12 September 2018 at 6:10pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Thanks, Larry. Thanks, Peter. Thanks, Robbie. 
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Posted: 12 September 2018 at 6:20pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Sorry to hear. Our house has had to put down two pets, one cat and one dog, in the 25+ years we've lived here.
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Posted: 12 September 2018 at 7:52pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Sorry about that Brian. A beautiful friend.

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Posted: 12 September 2018 at 8:48pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Hey Brian, 
Little Bit looks like a great dog. Very sorry. 
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Brian Miller
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Posted: 13 September 2018 at 5:19am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Thanks guys. 
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John Mariani
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Posted: 13 September 2018 at 6:53am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

This is the one major drawback in having a pet.

Just remember the good times and you will surely decide the pros outweigh the cons.

Sorry for your loss.
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Posted: 13 September 2018 at 9:19am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

So sorry for your loss Brian, it is
the hardest decision to make.
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Brian Miller
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Thanks John and Bill. 
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Posted: 13 September 2018 at 9:04pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

My condolences.
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