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sometimes life just sucks

And this is one of those times. Because over the weekend I did what is probably the hardest thing I've ever had to do - I made the decision to end my beloved dog's life.

Bella was nearly 15, & we've had her since she was an 8-week-old puppy. She grew up with our kids (& our cats - she adored kittens, but would try to make friends with just about any cat she met) - but sadly, pets age so much faster than people. So in recent months our long walks became shorter strolls, & often I'd go alone. And she no longer wanted to spend hours excavating holes resembling bomb craters, when we went to the beach. She was going deaf, & had cataracts, & her joints were giving her trouble (the last pay rise went on Rimidil for her arthritis!) - but she still loved her food & her family & her toddle round the park. But when faecal incontinence added itself to her list of problems, it was time to make that hardest of decisions.

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Bella worked out ages ago that when she went to the vet (once a year, until the last 18 months of her life, when they became more frequent), the visit always involved sharp pointy things, & thermometers placed where the sun does not shine. In fact, she'd become understandably unenthusiastic about going to the clinic. Our wonderful vet, Dave, knew this & made sure I knew that when the time came, he'd come to our home so that Bella wouldn't be stressed or worried. So I phoned him this morning, & this afternoon he did just that. And lying in the sun Bella slid quickly & peacefully into her final sleep; no fear, no worry, no more pain.

And I will miss her more than I can ever say.

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Condolences, never an easy decision but quality of life considerations for our loved ones should trump our selfish need to keep them with us.

Would that these choices didn't need to be made.

I know - she was going to lose any quality of life she had left, & that was what precipitated things. But as you say, it's never easy - & perhaps that's as it should be - if it was an easy thing to do then maybe we would come to value life less.

I know how you feel. Went through exactly the same thing with my cat a year ago. Had her since a tiny kitten and she was a constant companion, especially after I started working from a home office.

On a brighter note, I have to say that's an impressive size hole!

That hole was par for the course, until she got old & creaky. There was one time when we went to the Mount, & Bella dug a trench from the base of the dunes all the way down to the water :-) Kept her quiet for hours & amused the passers-by no end.

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