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.
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