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Our dear old dog is nearly 15 and showing every bit of his age. He’s always been a wonderful dog. Loyal, protective and he loves our kids with a passion. He used to be so active, always out and about. Now, it’s an effort to just get on or off his bed. His back legs are very wobbley, he’s going deaf and his eyesight isn’t what it used to be. He’s still eating and drinking fine, no worries there. And by the number of poos I shovel up, he’s having no issues there, although he’s just had a bout of diarrhea. It can be very frustrating with an old dog. I’ve read of stories where owners take their old dog to the pound and pick up a younger one. I could never do that, not even think of that. I am sad that his final day is drawing closer, but it still is difficult to live with an aging dog, I will miss him like crazy when he decides to leave us


Posted anonymously, 31st May 2016


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  • Old dogs that have given a lifetime of love deserve to be loved and cared for in their old age. I cannot even imagine anyone taking their old dog to the pound in exchange for a younger one – speechless!

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  • Are you able to take you dog to the vet or have you already done that. I am thinking he may have arthritis. He may have a back problem. Our dog had arthritis in her back and her legs went wobbly. Your dog has a very loving family who love him dearly. If he starts to ignore you or gets snappy that may be a sign that he is really suffering and needs your tearful decision.

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  • Good luck in these last few months.

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  • I know the feeling and it’s not easy when your pet that you love so much is near the end. Wishing you happiness with him while he is still here.

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  • Its never an easy time when your pet ages. sounds like he is lucky to have you. You will know when the time is right

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  • I’m glad you have so many nice memories with your dog. And he surely has wonderful memories of his time with you and your family. I can understand that life with an old dog is different and at moments quite tiring. But with age this happens. I wish you all the best in the upcoming times. Pets are part of the family. It will be so sad to have to let him go.

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  • It’s very sad when our beloved furry friends reach old age.
    My childhood dog passed away when I was 16. It broke my heart.
    Mum vowed to never get another dog, but we went to the RSPCA and adopted a little Jack Russell. What better way to honour your friend’s memory than to give another dog the warm, loving home they left behind.
    I don’t understand how people can give away their elderly pets, they truly are a gift.

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  • Our 2 dogs are like members of the family, so I can totally relate to your feelings here. I too cannot comprehend how some people can trade their old dog for a younger one. I’ve read stories how some drop their old dog at the shelter and pick up their new one at the same time. The poor old dog has no idea what’s going on and sadly watches his family walk out with their new dog, leaving him behind. Must be very hard on an old dog. Those people simply have no compassion sadly

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