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Old 10-29-2016, 04:38 PM
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My big ol' dog is at peace

I haven't been around in quite a while, but wanted to share that last week my oldest dog, Archie, was helped across the Rainbow bridge. It was time. He'd been battling arthritis for quite some time, and though he was still eating, he was in tremendous pain and simply seemed tired. He was a big boy, over 100 lbs. most of his adult life, and still clocked in at 92 lbs. when they weighed him last week (he was noticeably thinner to me).

I had never been with one when having him put to sleep. I was an absolute wreck with my last dog and had to leave before it was done. I stayed with Archie though, and I'm so glad that I did. He was always a little wary of strangers (especially the vet), and though he was too weak to stand up and protest at all, he kept his eyes on me all the while, making sure I was nearby. That was enough for me to know that he needed me to stay, and so while one assistant hovered over him and kept him steady where he was lying, and the vet carefully administered the shot, I was hugging his big, ol' head, rubbing his ears (his favorite), kissing the top of his head and telling him I loved him and that he was the best. He simply fell asleep in my arms, got heavier and heavier and then was gone. It was honestly so gentle and peaceful that I was greatly reassured about the decision.

I'll miss my "Big One" as I called him. He was always a loyal friend and fierce guardian. He slayed many possums in his day, but would babysit litters of kittens and tolerate rambunctious puppies. He was an imposing presence, and on more than one occasion he convinced strangers who drove onto my property it's probably best to stay in the car, LOL. But he was so gentle and loving with "his" people.

I hope he, and my dearly departed Zack are reunited in heaven, romping around like youngsters again, tongues lolling and tails wagging.
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Old 10-29-2016, 05:16 PM
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I'm so sorry
I had to put a beloved dog to sleep this summer because of arthritis pain. It was a very hard decision to make
I'm glad you were able to be there with him until the end
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So sorry you lost him. Its so difficult to lose our beloved pets, truly a close family member.
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I'm sorry for your loss. He sounds like a very special companion. Sending light and happiness your way.
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I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember your talking about Archie in different post, he sounded like such a great dog.
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So sorry, it's always so sad. I'm sure he had many happy times with you, and you will remember forever.
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So sorry for your loss but is sounds like his last moments were good one, passing in the arms of someone he loved and trusted.
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I appreciate that we are all somewhat different but I am respectful and glad that you took Archie all the way to the end on this earth in your loving arms providing the comfort I'm sure he had grown accustomed to and deserved. I know it's tough but it seems fitting to do as such and I wouldn't do it any other way. The "Big One" served you so wonderfully it sounds like and in turn he helped you experience what you chose not to do previously. Your thoughts regarding " It was honestly so gentle and peaceful that I was greatly reassured about the decision. " is a wonderful last gift the Big One brought to you. I'm sorry you had to say "goodbye" but with honor, dignity and love to the end will never make you wonder if you did the proper and best thing for Archie.
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This makes me cry. I've never been able to stay but my husband does. You were very brave to be with your baby, letting your face be the last thing he saw. Hurts my heart as we lost one in June due to the same thing.
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Good for you for staying. We have had to help a number of our beloved Pugs over the Bridge and would never think of letting them be alone at the time. As painful as it is, I don't think that I could live with myself if I was not there with them to comfort them at the end.
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