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I feel just awful. She died today, the morning I was supposed to pick her up, couldn’t make it one more day. She has been there a number of times but I don’t think ever this long. I just feel like she thought we abondoned her and died all alone after years of loving care. Yes she was old. I still feel terrible and guilty.
 

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How sad. Concentrate on all the great and loving years you gave her. Those are the memories of her you want to focus on.
 

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I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure she knew you loved her and if you were so sick they had to keep you in the hospital that long even in these days of managed care, I'm also pretty sure that she knew you weren't well.

Dogs can smell much better than people can, even old ones. There's been many studies showing they can smell illnesses and I've seen it myself with my own animals. And if you had her for years you must have had a bond and she knew you couldn't be there.

Lacos right, try to focus on all the happy times you had with her. It's easy to think of all the what ifs when we lose a loved one. But you couldn't prevent it.
 

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I had the same thing happen to me. I left my little Shih Tzu x Maltese at my niece's which I have done numerous times if I have had to be away. She was only 6 years old. When my niece got up in the morning, she was dead. Never been sick or anything. Sometimes, it just happens. I know that does not help much, sorry for your loss.
 

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I'm sorry for your lost too. That's awful.
My last dog died alone in the hospital after a surgery I knew he was too weak to survive. They wouldn't let me stay with him even though I knew he wasn't going to make it. Sure enough I'd barely gotten home when they called. I'd tried to refuse the surgery and just treat with medication but the vet basically forced me to either euthanize or do the surgery. The surgery found nothing so I still think I made the right choice and they forced me to basically kill him.

But I knew he was done suffering and wanted to go he had an incurable disease. I just wanted to be with him and make the choice. But we don't always get that option. I believe they know we do our best and we take the best care of them we can while we have them. That's what counts.

Your dogs were both in familiar places that had cared for them before. I'm sure they were treated well.
 

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I am super sorry about your dog. I personally think losing a pet (esp a dog) is one of the hardest things in life. They are our family, our friend, our companion, and many times our soul mates in a special way. So incredibly hard when they are not with us anymore.
It sounds to me like you truly loved your dog and I am sure she always knew that and felt your love. A few weeks away cannot not break a true bond, right?

I bet she was lucky to have you for so long! I feel our dogs are with us for a reason.

My best to you, thank you for giving her a great life, and please know that a whole bunch of us here understand your sadness and pain right now. Hugs!
 
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