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Elsieb 06-04-2014 02:23 PM

RIP Deacon
june 4 2014

the last appointment

our beloved loyal beautiful dog, Deacon.

he hasn't had the joy he loved of walking the neighborhood for over six month. it started slowly, just couldn't go for rides. We could see one hind leg was spastic and irregular in movement and there was the scraping of his nails when we walked.

then the day he so wanted to walk with us but only got as far as just past the fire barn and he just collapsed and was dragging his back legs. I ran home to get the car but by the time I was coming out the driveway, he was limping along toward home. Tom said he got frantic when he saw me leave and was determined to follow me home.

Then there was the night he fell by the back steps and couldn't get up until I found him. Since then I have had to be there to give him sometimes just a little boost, but sometimes a full body pick up. He is heavy and I am not strong so it was never graceful.

A few days ago while trying to poop his rear muscles just lost it and he was going to sit in his mess. I caught him in time.

For both of us the decision to call for the appointment was the hardest part.

Last night after tom made the appointment we went to Liuzzis and got him a delmonico steak which he really enjoyed. Except the last part and he fell down while trying to eat.

Later when I was in the shower, he tried and struggled to get up and over to Tom and then was sneezing blood from his nose. Don't know why.

I think we have made the right decision but it is so HEARTBREAKING.

We have loved him for 11 3/4 years.

Shade 06-04-2014 02:25 PM

I'm very sorry for your loss :hugs: RIP Deacon :( He sounds like he was a wonderful dog

Apoolutz 06-04-2014 02:28 PM

So sorry :(

Daisy&Lucky's Mom 06-04-2014 02:30 PM

I am so sorry for your loss of Deacon. It is the hardest deceision to make knowing the the grief we will feel after they are gone .However is it done to save them more pain. My thoughts are w/ you. Take care.

Elsieb 06-04-2014 02:40 PM

Thank you both for your kind words. I don't know why but I feel like GSDs are dif and only GSD owners really understand the loss. He was such a person. I have had lots of other wonderful dogs but losing Deke is the hardest pain I have known from losing a pet:(:(:(

wolfstraum 06-04-2014 02:49 PM

so sorry for your loss.....sounds like DM and it was progressing fast.....doing the kindest thing for them is heartbreaking for us....they are never with us long enough...


Mister C 06-04-2014 03:01 PM

So sorry for your loss. You did the right thing by doing him that last "favor".

It is so hard losing a GSD. I'm still not over losing Maddie even though a new pup has brightened my life of late.

:doggieplayball: Run free at the bridge Deacon.

Questforfire 06-04-2014 03:48 PM

I am so sorry for your loss :( They take a piece of our heart with them when they go x

NancyJ 06-04-2014 03:49 PM

So sorry for your loss. It never gets easy.

duenorth 06-04-2014 04:42 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss of Deacon and the pain that you're going through. I know how you're feeling - our 10-year-old male died this past Sunday and it's a horrific kind of agony. The loss is unimaginable but know that you're not alone in your feelings. :hug:

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