Lady.......my wife's baby!!

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Home Inspector with Square One Home Inspection

My wife and I have been together for 10 years now. This spring we will have been married for two of those years. And she still loves me! Through all of our time together, her(our) dog, Lady, has been there for everything. Lady is almost 17 years old and time is starting to catch up with her.I realize her days are numbered and think about it a lot, how to handle it, how to console my wife, those sorts of things.

We have two other dogs, but Lady has been there for over half of my wife's life. Most importantly she is loyal. She doesn't care about how we screwed up that day, or that money gets tight once in a while. All she wants is a pat on the head and a belly rub every now and then. I take her fishing on my boat in the summer, you should see that, she just sits on the bow taking in the sun and the wind in her face. She loves it.

About 6 years ago, Lady had some growths on her belly that turned out to be cancerous. My wife had them tested by a lab and the vet told us she probably wouldn't make it another year, even with surgery. Well, my wife had the surgery done, and Lady is still with us to this day.

But time is catching up with her. With the weather being colder here this time of year, she isn't as active and has a hard time getting around some days. The other day I had to carry her into the house from outside because her hind legs weren't working for her. I brought her in and wrapped her up. She fell asleep until my wife arrived home. Then she struggled to the door for a rub.

My wife scooped her up and just held her tight. They snuggled on the couch that night and my wife slept with her that night after giving her some joint medicine. Amazingly she was all better the next day. But......my wife was not. She was distraught, crying, worried about Lady. I tried to tell her it was alright, but she realized that it is not. Right now we are struggling with what to do about it.

I can't force my wife to put her Lady down. But, I don't want to watch either one suffer any more either. It will be a sad day in my household when the old WOOF isn't there anymore. I just hope she goes on our terms and doesn't have to suffer. Hard decision to make, but one we'll have to make shortly. Thanks for listening.

Miss Lady Sound Asleep

 

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Ian A Niquette

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 Square One Home Inspection proudly serves Green Lake, Fond du Lac, Dodge, Marquette, Columbia, Winnebago, and Waushara Counties. Complete home inspections and Radon testing available.

 

 

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Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Sad Ian and I know (from personal experience) how you feel.  Believe me if I had any magic way of easing the pain I would share.  We have 2 dogs now, everyone knows Izzy, and a terrier of sorts that we rescued from a Taco Bell in Arizona.  Dusty has had a couple of small strokes and it is time to make that decision, but very hard to actually make it happen.  Good Luck

Jan 27, 2009 03:18 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

Sorry Ian, we've been through it twice now over the past 3 years. It never gets any easier. Like Jack, if I had a magical answer to make it easier I'd offer it up to you in a heart beat. Hang in there and good luck.
Sue

 

Jan 27, 2009 11:46 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA
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Ian,

It is always a tough decision....one not to made lightly......we had to out two dogs down in our married life......one very pr-mature due to cancer and one when Beau was so long in the tooth that he no longer could do anything for himself ...and just didn't know it.

Jan 27, 2009 11:55 PM #3
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