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01-05-2017 11:06 AM
Originally Posted by Sabis mom View Post
Saying goodbye. Watching that light in their eyes go out forever, hearing that last exhale, feeling that unstoppable heart flutter to a stop. It's a deal we make when we bring them home, and it looms in the distance like some great void until that final moment when it reaches out and pulls us in.
My thoughts exactly... We have always felt emotionally 'wrecked' for months afterwards.
10-04-2016 08:27 PM
CarrieJo I think the hardest thing is when you have to let them go. Even if they die on their own or you have to put them to sleep so they are not in pain any more.

I have never killed anyone before but if I would have caught whomever kicked or took a bat to my dog and completely crushed his jaw and teeth and he couldn't even stand up (don't know what was done to his spine) but he still wagged his tail glad to see us. Never would hurt a soul kind of dog. And who ever did this did it in the center of my yard... Having to put him down when he did not get to grow old and did nothing wrong, loved everyone.

The other hard one was our illegitimate child (the dog my husband and I got before we where married). She was so old and hung on not only for my husband to get through his chemo but long enough for him to be barely well enough to bury her. She was an awesome dog.
07-01-2016 09:35 AM
InControlK9 I've never had a dog that has died before... my last GSD I had to rehome due to military reasons and not having anyone to keep her while away.. that was pretty hard but... I would say the hardest part is the puppy stage... constantly having to taker the pup out every 2 hrs though out an entire day and even at night... having to keep cleaning the kennel tray after she pees in it... over and over and over... having to keep getting our carpets cleaned.. trying to get rid of the odor of urine... the list goes on but you get the point
07-01-2016 05:30 AM
Thecowboysgirl Losing them, no doubt. I say all the time the only thing I don't love about dogs is that they just don't live long enough. Devastating to have one pass. But a puppy in the house does seem to take the edge off because you can't mope too much with a flumpy kid who wants to play and you can see the hope for the future...

Second worst would be sick or injured. But the day you wake up to a happy face who is all better make me think of someone else's post. Anything I find mildly annoying....I would give anything to have that instead of a sick dog so when they are pestering me and I wish they weren't I am grateful for a healthy, happy dog.
07-01-2016 04:49 AM
echo's dad The only thing that sucks about owning a dog is when they pass away.
06-30-2016 08:46 PM
Michael W Leaving for work in the morning, when all you really want to do is spend the day walking in the woods with the dogs.
04-13-2016 09:46 PM
Momo For me, saying goodbye was tough but tougher still, is watching your wife and kids say their goodbyes.
04-11-2016 09:35 PM
Daisy&Lucky's Mom Saying goodbye. hands down it sucks.
04-11-2016 05:36 PM
Jayfeather Trying to teach the rest of my family how to handle the dog! Seriously, I sometimes find my parents teaching him the exact opposite of what I expect him to be doing! Ehem, you can't make a dog and cat friends by shoving the cat in the dog's face! (Dog looks at me apologetically). Yeah, I think that's probably the worst, but as everyone learns over time it gets better. Basically, learning to be patient, with the family as well as the dog!
04-11-2016 04:48 PM
alpha. I'd have to agree with saying goodbye. I get all homesick sometimes thinking about my dog.
It's weird but yeah she gives me like "don't go" look.
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