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post #11 of 128 (permalink) Old 07-01-2014, 08:19 AM
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I agree, having to let them go, they don't live long enough.

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post #12 of 128 (permalink) Old 07-01-2014, 08:21 AM
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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.
In that moment the all the rest, the mess, the work, the mud and hair, the aching muscles, the spilled drinks and stolen steak, become the things you yearn for. Each and every moment is a fallen leaf, that will never be again until finally the tree is left bare with only a memory of what it was to blossom.
What wonderful and moving prose--thank you so much for so eloquently expressing how I feel about this subject.

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Sabis mom really put it eloquently, having to make that decision just tears you apart from the inside You know it's the right thing to do but that doesn't make it any easier and having to be strong and not break down while you need you in those last moments...heart wrenching.

I also worry a lot as much as I try not to. I worry about their safety, health, happiness, etc and do my best to make sure they have the best life possible

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I work full-time and struggle with guilt over that. My pup has to be crated quite a bit because he isn't trustworthy yet to stay out (we tried and spent a weekend patching drywall not long ago).

I also have a 14 1/2 year old shih tzu that has cataracts and is almost deaf. Recently, he was diagnosed with keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye syndrome). For a week or so, it was bad enough that he was completely blind and I bawled frequently over it. However, with religious application of FOUR ointments in his eyes twice a day, they are much better and he is now able to see about as well as he did (has pretty much lost all peripheral vision). It's so hard to see this tough little guy getting so old. I lost my 16 year old cat a couple of years ago and I'm not ready to go through it again.
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Obviously, they do not live long enough. Having to let a dog go is the most heartbreaking thing in the world.

But second to that would be leaving them while I work...
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The hardest part for me is that they don't live as long as I wish they could. Saying goodbye is so hard. I can deal with anything else.

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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.
In that moment the all the rest, the mess, the work, the mud and hair, the aching muscles, the spilled drinks and stolen steak, become the things you yearn for. Each and every moment is a fallen leaf, that will never be again until finally the tree is left bare with only a memory of what it was to blossom.
Okay you made me cry. You have a knack for writing.

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The hardest thing for me is when my Shepherds want to go out and I let them out and 2 minutes later they want to come in, than 2 minutes later they want to go out again, so I let them out and 2 minutes later they want to come back in, than 2 minutes later they want to go out again !

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Saying goodbye. It will be 2 years this month on the 25th that we lost Daisy. I still miss her.

Watching them get older and and trying to figure out how to make it easy for them and what might be wrong. Three seniors have really made me very aware of all the leaves falling.( to quote Sabi's mom's beautiful analogy).

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Sandal season. I hate when they step on my toes! Goodbye pedicure

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