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    Originally posted by No Bother View Post
    Number 4, 6 months old now and an absolute belter
    "The remote looks tasty"

    Beautiful dog

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    "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe

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      Rather a schmaltzy bit of Facebookery but touched me none the less:

      WHY DOGS LIVE LESS THAN HUMAN

      Here's the surprising answer of a 6 year old child.

      Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

      I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

      As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

      The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

      The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that dogs' lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

      Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

      He said, ”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued,

      ”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay for as long as we do.”

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        Looks like I'm going to have to let my old Frankie go very soon. Her kidneys have been declining for some time and her most recent 2-weekly blood test showed a very dramatic change in the measures. And her back legs starting to go. I know at 16 + she's had a very good innings but it's hard. And with Covid the vet can't come to the house to do it, also we may not be allowed in to be with her. I keep debating with myself whether to delay but it's not going to get any better really....

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          Very tough. Always hard to know where the line is

          Older of my two still seems happy, likes her walks , loves her food so don't want to be pushing her before she's ready despite a few issues

          ​​​​​​Very tough decision . Probably left it too long last time
          "Some people don't know their easy lives... I wouldn't be so ungrateful" - Fiacre Ryan - #AutismAndMe

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            Ah I'm sorry to hear that, she's a big old softy. Been a long time now since I had a dog but my understanding was always that if they got to the stage where they were ignoring their food, they had just reached the end of their road. My dad had his previous dog for 19 years - she was a lovely old thing as well, and had the same sort of issues with hind legs and later kidneys failing, but she lasted a while like that all the same - and it wasn't a case of refusing to do the right thing for her, she was still keen to go on short walks and still eating until the last few days. She just got too tired then. You'll know yourself how Frankie is.

            If you've been isolating for two weeks or more, maybe the vet might consider being a bit more flexible in terms of allowing you to be with her should the day come very soon. Also, I don't want to give you false hope but a lot of restrictions are set to be eased on the 29th of this month - if you think Frankie will manage until then, that *might* allow you to at least be with her if that's how quickly her time comes. But that of course will depend on whether vets are included in the lifting of restrictions. None of it is easy but at least you can be glad you've given her such a good life. I hope you can still enjoy the time you still have with her.
            Tis but a scratch.

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              Sorry to hear that Acskerries, it's always very emotional having to say goodbye to a dog that you've cherished so much. However for her sake I'd encourage you to do the humane thing sooner rather than later....

              I still think of 2 family dogs we had to put down over the years.... terrible experiences for us tbh, particularly as one who was riddled with cancer was the ' star' of the waiting room while awaiting to be put to sleep, but it was probably better for the dogs overall at that stage tbh...
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                Originally posted by Hugged Rugger View Post
                Very tough. Always hard to know where the line is

                Older of my two still seems happy, likes her walks , loves her food so don't want to be pushing her before she's ready despite a few issues

                ​​​​​​Very tough decision . Probably left it too long last time
                yes, I left it too long the last time and swore I wouldn't make the same mistake again. In trying to give the previous dog as long a life as possible, I lost sight of the quality of that life. The throes of acute renal failure is not a pleasant thing to subject Frankie to, and her heart is so strong that she would fight to the last.

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                  Originally posted by Daithi View Post
                  Sorry to hear that Acskerries, it's always very emotional having to say goodbye to a dog that you've cherished so much. However for her sake I'd encourage you to do the humane thing sooner rather than later....

                  I still think of 2 family dogs we had to put down over the years.... terrible experiences for us tbh, particularly as one who was riddled with cancer was the ' star' of the waiting room while awaiting to be put to sleep, but it was probably better for the dogs overall at that stage tbh...
                  Yes, the vet who has been giving her acupuncture for the past two years tells me it's the last big favour I can do for her.

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                    Originally posted by mr chips View Post
                    Ah I'm sorry to hear that, she's a big old softy. Been a long time now since I had a dog but my understanding was always that if they got to the stage where they were ignoring their food, they had just reached the end of their road. My dad had his previous dog for 19 years - she was a lovely old thing as well, and had the same sort of issues with hind legs and later kidneys failing, but she lasted a while like that all the same - and it wasn't a case of refusing to do the right thing for her, she was still keen to go on short walks and still eating until the last few days. She just got too tired then. You'll know yourself how Frankie is.

                    If you've been isolating for two weeks or more, maybe the vet might consider being a bit more flexible in terms of allowing you to be with her should the day come very soon. Also, I don't want to give you false hope but a lot of restrictions are set to be eased on the 29th of this month - if you think Frankie will manage until then, that *might* allow you to at least be with her if that's how quickly her time comes. But that of course will depend on whether vets are included in the lifting of restrictions. None of it is easy but at least you can be glad you've given her such a good life. I hope you can still enjoy the time you still have with her.
                    yes she's a lovely oul lady. She's finding it very hard to get out of bed this past while, and eating very little. And she doesn't understand why she keeps falling down, looks to me to fix it for her. I'll miss her a lot, the house will feel very empty. First time we'll have been without a dog for decades.

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                      Its a tough one.... sorry buddy...
                      He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

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                        Originally posted by i_like_cake View Post
                        Its a tough one.... sorry buddy...
                        Thanks. Having a quiet night spoiling her with all the things she's not normally allowed. And all the treats are getting used up. My son and I dug a nice wee grave this afternoon and he'll come with me in the morning to carry her.

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                          Sorry to read this, best wishes from a fellow dog lover.

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                            Yeah - thoughts are with you AC. It's a sad difficult time
                            "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                            Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                            Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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