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LoveDogs 02-03-2014 12:38 AM

Hello, I am a current GSD owner, unfortunately he will be going to rainbow bridge in a few days. He fractured a hip bone when he was a pup from a fall (long story involving both me and the puppy falling) and now that he's 14 his quality of life is going fast and I can no longer control his pain with food, medications, acupuncture, or anything else. With the medications his kidneys are starting to have issues, I just can't put him through anymore because I don't want to say goodbye. I can not even begin to express how hard this on me to have to do this. In my heart I know it's the right thing. My husband said that the best way to heal is to get another and focus on the new puppy. With that being said, he put a deposit on another GSD puppy. I'll have a few weeks to grieve the loss of my beloved Hunter.

It's been a long time since I owned a puppy and figured that in the past decade or so many things have changed. Food choices have especially changed. The choices are mind spinning.

As I try to keep my head up and choke back my tears as I write this, I want to re-educate myself on everything.

Chip18 02-03-2014 02:56 AM

Oh I'm sorry for your pain. Just lost my Boxer last Nov she made it barely to 10 yrs which is good for them!

Dog Food Adviser is good source of info and read through the Parvo threads for information on what you should do with your pup before he is fully immunized.

Sorry again and if he's been around for 14 years you did a great job and should be proud!

MaggieRoseLee 02-03-2014 10:42 AM

Welcome to the forum and sorry about your pup. We never have them for as long as we'd like :(

Make sure you take the time to look at Welcome to the GSD/FAQ's for the first time owner - German Shepherd Dog Forums with so much good current information on the breed.


Scout's Mama 02-03-2014 10:49 AM

So sorry for your loss. It was heart-wrenching when we put Shadow down, and it took two years before I was ready for another GSD. I wish you all the best of luck, and if it helps to share pictures certainly do so!

SuperG 02-03-2014 11:09 AM

So sorry to hear of your heart does go out to you.

I know saying 14 years was a good run doesn't make this part of the journey any easier but I'm glad you had each other for so long.

I agree with your husband but with the understanding that there are no replacements as each of our furry pals are truly unique in their own special ways. Your new pup will ease the hardship in my opinion and soon enough will earn it's special place in your hearts.

I believe we all can understand and respect your tears as you deal with this inevitable difficult decision.

A comment you made in your post..." I just can't put him through anymore because I don't want to say goodbye." speaks volumes of where your heart is at and I applaud you for being so selfless and thinking of your friend first and foremost.

There exists a quality in going to the bittersweet end with your dog, it's so difficult to see at first as the sadness is all too consuming but making the proper decision which only you and your husband can make, shows the tremendous love and care you had all hurts so so much to do what is right at times but it speaks so strongly of one's character.

Take care,


katdog5911 02-03-2014 11:18 AM

It is never ever long enough. But it is clear you love your boy and gave him all the love and care he needed for 14 years. And your love for him will get you through this awful decision that has to be made. Make the next few days super special for you and him. Then let him run pain free until you meet again.

LoveDogs 02-03-2014 01:25 PM

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Here are my dogs. The English Cocker Spaniel, Hailey, passed 2 years ago at the age of 13. Hunter is the German Shepherd. I keep thinking they will romp around together again.

Thank you everyone for your kind words. This is never easy, but if you do everything in the world right they still will never live forever.

I had some fantastic times with these two, I have a cat that is super attached to the German Shepherd. She sleeps on him every night. This is probably going to be harder on her than I can imagine.

DobbyDad 02-03-2014 01:50 PM

So sorry for your loss. Your boy does look really happy there.

LoveDogs 02-03-2014 01:56 PM

He sure does. My husband and I just got back from our honeymoon so it was a week without us. I will never forget how absolutely excited they both were when they saw us! We never knew he could scale a 6 foot fence until this honeymoon because the people that took care of him said he got out of the kennel and was laying by their door in the morning.

pyratemom 02-03-2014 06:01 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. It never gets any easier and the best we can do is love them while we can. From your post I can tell you loved that dog as much as possible. I know it's hard. Sometimes I still cry when I think of Pyrate. He was my heart dog and has been gone since May of 2012. I still miss him. I did get Raina a few years prior to his passing and it did help but it still hurts.

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