"Sheep dogs are not good pets," a friend said. Turns out he was wrong. The best dog I ever had, Ally the Australian Shepherd, was put to rest today at 5:30. Old age had got to her and she was nearly completely blind, had diabetes and terrible arthritis in her hips. For two days, she was not able to get up on her own and I had told myself that when she was unable to move about on her own that it was time to let her go. I held her close as she went to sleep, peacefully, quietly. I whispered good-night to her as she drifted away and the last breath came. I know that I did the right thing, but now there is this empty collar hanging on my door, an empty spot on the rug by the front door, and a huge empty loneliness inside me right now. I will get her ashes back next Friday and a co-worker is going to let me spread them over her farm so she will finally get to be on the farm where she was supposed to be her whole life.
Well... Sheep dogs are not usually supposed to make good pets. You had a rare exception. (We're pretty much batting .500, at our place.) But, invariably, they find a way to wiggle straight into your heart and your home. Thanks for posting her pic. I don't think I've ever seen her.
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Posts: 2648 From: Elk Grove, CA USA Registered: Jan 2000
Had to do that to my Aussie back in 04. He had me for 15 years and there could never be a better dog that he was. I held him as you did when he was put down. I still miss that him. He was epileptic his whole life, had to take a pill for that everyday, the last 3 years he had to take a daily pill for his arthritis. I had to help him up the steps to the back porch cause his hips couldn't make it. But everytime I stood up he was ready to go with me where ever I was going. They are a great dog.
My deepest sympathies are with you.
Posts: 29950 From: farmington, maine usa Registered: Oct 2004
I'm very sorry, Cooter. I still tear up thinking about having to put my first dog, Sonny the Australian Cattle Dog, to sleep. That was something like 12 years ago, when he was 18 and I miss him to this day.
Thanks everyone for all the kindness you have shared. When I left the house this morning, I had no idea my day would end like this. I figured on coming home, letting my dogs out for a bit, giving an insulin shot to Ally and eyedrops to the wife's mutt and everything would be normal. I guess normal will never be the same again.
Feb 4th, 2011
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Posts: 11597 From: ~ Kansas City, USA Registered: Apr 2002
Its always sad having to put a dog down I'm very sorry for your loss. I remember growing up i had a big black Newfoundland. He was a big clumsy old guy but growing up in a small neighborhood where the only kids my age my parents dident get along with there parents so naturley we dident get along, That dog was my best friend , his name was Murphy everyone who would come over thought he was a big scary dog and tried to stay away from him but in reality he had the heart of a pug and all he wanted was to be loved. He was friendly and very well natured animal. My most funny memory was i taught him to steal shoes so me and my friends were walking up from the creek one time and i was walking with my dog.. i look at him and say "Murphy, get the shoes". next thing you know he tackels my friend pulls off one of his brand new rebocks and completely rips it to shreds. or the time we were out on our paddel boats and he swap up to the boat and jumped on it causing it to almost sink. He was a great dog and all he wanted out of life was to be loved. Unfortunately old age got to him as well. We had him groomed one day at Pet Co and they had him standing to long. we got him home and he litterley fell out of the car and couldn't get up. so we brought him out to the deck hoping he just needed some rest but the next morning he was still there, My mom called in the vet and the vet came and said there's nothing he can do for the dog and that he would have to be put down.... I was really young at the time (about 8 or 9) and my parents wouldent let me out to go see what was going on. I never got to say good by to my big buddy but to this day that dog has a special place in my heart. no one in my family really understood him or had a connection with him like I did. I miss my buddy.
Now years later he have an all black German Shepperd named Amy which we were told was not a dog that made a great household pet. Man were they wrong. This dog is treated as a member of the family and we all love her very much. Shes 7 now and they live to be about 12-14. i hope she goes to 14. this dog is an absolute blessing.
I remember that pain well, heck it's still with me and it's been years now. I had to put my Lab down the same way, held him the whole time while whispering in his ear how much I loved him. Bawling like a baby now.... It was so bad, I never wanted a dog again, then my daughter couldn't take care of her Boxer and he came into our lives. Two totally different personalities they were but I love him just as much. Now we grandsit my other daughters minature Australian Shepard, so my life with dogs is pretty full. Remember the good times and they aren't far away.
So sorry for your loss, it just isn't easy at all.
Oh no. I too am crying my eyes out. This is still to come for us with Zwerver and Chevy. Sometimes I almost hope I go first, or at least we all go together. They will all be waiting at the Rainbow bridge for us. I am so sad for you. Nick
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When we had Cookie, she was usually free to roam the house, but when we went out in the evening we would occasionally put her in her crate in the dining room, right next to the stairs. When we returned and were coming up the stairs, we could always hear her tail thumping in the crate, as she was wagging it for our arrival. After we lost her, the silence was just deafening. I still miss that thumping.
Posts: 2070 From: Barrie Ontario Canada Registered: May 2000
My son and I stopped by the vet today and brought Ally home in a small decorative urn. Its hard to believe that what was once a 70 pound dog fits into such a little vase. Hopefully, the weather will be good on her birthday (April 1) and we will take her ashes out to the farm.
Posts: 40999 From: Southern MN Registered: May 2007
Cooter you have my sympathy. Every one i lose a part of me goes too. Animals are not pets they are family loved ones. So much happines they bring in our lives. Just so happy to see us when we get home.I too have a tear at your lost. http://www.youtube.com/watc...re=player_detailpage this video sums it up.
Posts: 25576 From: Deplorableland Registered: Feb 2007
Its already been a month and the memories are fading. My room no longer smells like an old wet dog and I have a pretty urn on my desk. But the nightmares are rough. I keep waking up from the same dream where I am holding her and her hazy eyes are looking up at me as they slowly close while the vet does the deed. Part of me died that day. I just did not realize how big that part was.
Posts: 4251 From: Sacramento, CA / Reno, NV Registered: Aug 2005
There is nothing the can be said that will make it any easier. You loved your buddy and now they are gone. But remember they are in a better place. And your dog was so lucky to have you. You clearly cared for it so much. So many great dogs never get a forever home like yours.
I lost a dog almost 5 years ago. My life has never been the same. I don't morn his passing anymore, but I miss his company. The love a dog gives is so pure and they expect nothing in return.
I feel for you my friend.
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Posts: 4268 From: Terra Sancta, TX Registered: Oct 2001