Im sorry for your loss but could someone else not have handled him? Like someone living in the country with no other pets? You said he was healthy. I guess I just don't understand. because Ive never had a dog loose it's mind though so I don't know how they act. Im not questioning your decision at all. Im just asking a question.
It wouldn't have been a good idea because the path he was going down, he would have been a liability if he bit someone. Not to mention the fact, if you'd seen him slowly losing himself, it was kinder to let him go before there was nothing left. Its a hard decision to make but some dogs, its one that needs to be made. He got 7.5 spoiled years with us. Thats more than a lot of dogs in his mental state get in most cases. I don't think its truly something one can understand unless they've had to make that decision between quality of life and quantity. His quality of life had dimished greatly. You could see it in his eyes when he was more himself than usual. He used to love bones and running and playing and he just stopped all that. He wasn't Riley anymore. I've had to make the decision for shelter dogs as well but it doesn't even compare when it's one of your own. Especially one you've had for so long. Riley joined our family as we were beginning a family. He was my husband's and my first dog together so letting him go for HIS peace of mind was very hard because you want nothing more than to be selfish and keep them with you as long as you possibly can but in the end, his quality of life wasnt anywhere near what it used to be. We could have managed him longer but we'd already watched him slip further and further and he wasn't getting better.
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