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    I had to put my best friend to sleep yesterday

    I had to put my best friend to sleep yesterday. It was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make. I knew in the next few months I was going to need to do it since he was having a lot of problems walking and I would have to lift him up when he was laying on the floor. I have had to lift him up into the truck and my bed for a long time but they are both high up. Yesterday morning he started to cough and sneeze up blood. I was on the phone with my job when it started getting bad. I knew it was time. I had promised him a long time ago that I would not make him suffer due to my sadness. We have had a few close calls but he always rallied.

    I had to call around and find a vet due to not having one here in FL. Finding one to do it was a non-issue with his age and the issues we were having. She said I made the right decision because most likely he had tumors in his respiratory track. He has been panting a lot more the last couple of months but I chalked it up to the high heat we have here and same with him getting more tired.

    My life is so empty now without him being around. It is so quiet in my apartment without his snoring. He was ready to go to the bridge and meet up his with doggie friend (Missy) and all the other boxers that left before him.

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    Sad!

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    So sorry.
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    Sorry to hear that. I've had to put down three dogs in the last 40 years, and it is very difficult. The last two times I made my wife be there with me. Very difficult coming home and telling the young un's the bad news.

    Memories are forever.
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    Terribly sorry for you. My dogs have always been super close to me too....the one we have now is no exception and he's starting to get up in years too.
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    I'm sorry.

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    So sorry for your loss, know exactly how you feel.
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    I know the pain you feel. I've found it harder to lose furry family members than regular family members.

    (And yes I cried when Hooch was killed.)
    "Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever." - Shane Falco

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    I Need a Life luvmygdaughters's Avatar
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    So sorry for the loss of your 4 legged family member. Unless you've known that kind of love, its hard for people to understand. I can understand your feelings, when I had to have my girl put down after 18 years together, coming home was not the same. My husband works nights so she was the one who always greeted me after coming home from work. I hope knowing you gave your friend a good quality life and love helps to ease the pain some.

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    Very sorry for your loss. It is a hard decision to make but sounds like it was the right decision.
    Its a shame youth is wasted on young people

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