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  1. SwampDonkey

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    I had my beautiful Douglas PTS yesterday. He had became ill at around 3.30 and had a what I though could been a TIA, I was aware something changed in him. Midge(his life long friend) was upset and worried. He then went on to have a large stroke latter in the day(around 1pm). At 2.30 my vet came quickly, we talked, I phoned some medic friends and consulted with my husband(as balance and brain specialist), then we talked as dougies friends. We agreed it was unfair for our precious dog to continue living. I had already made my desicion when he had seen me after having the large stroke. He wagged his tail and looked at me and said " help me please".

    He still recognised me and I lay with him until the vet arrived, trying to keep him calm. He was so frightened and all I could do was be with him.

    I held him in my arms as we PTS. He went peacefully.

    He was a very fine dog, wonderful, I was lucky to have had him in my life and although I'm sad in a strange way I feel happy and at peace because I didn't fail him when he needed me the most. He went through so much and always wanted to do more, his body failed but his mind was still wickedly charming and even as an old boy he could be devilish. I will always miss him and his sense of humor kindness and loyalty. We did so many things together and went to so many places and where ever he went he was loved.

    Douglas 13/01/02 to 29/03/16 a life well lived
     
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  2. JulieT

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    :(So sorry. It sounds like you have some wonderful memories of a lovely dog.
     
  3. kateincornwall

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    I am so very sorry to hear your sad news . The kindest but hardest decision to make .
     
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    So sorry. You obviously have some lovely memories of many happy years with Douglas.
     
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    its the final thing the only thing that I could do for him. I feel... not fine but ok. Midge is upset and i'm watching her Rory is stressed but glad he's finally got the sofa to himself. I had to smile at him he's just silly
     
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    @sdegg Your words , A life well lived , so few words but saying so much .
     
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    :( :(

    Beautiful words. He was a fine boy indeed and will leave a big hole in your life. I know you'll remember him with joy and laughter. He must have felt so loved, right to the end.

    Sleep well, sweet boy.
     
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    He was just that kind of dog
     
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    I'm very, very sorry :(

    Here's to a life well lived indeed.
     
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    So sorry, I'm sure Douglas had a wonderful life with you.
     
  11. bbrown

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    I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye to Douglas. He sounds a wonderful and charismatic boy x
     
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    So sad to hear your news. Sometimes the hardest decisions are the the kindest.
     
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    So very sorry for the loss of your wonderful friend, but you did the best thing for him, the right thing. You have happy memories of the time you spent together to keep in your heart.
     
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    Oh I'm so sorry to hear xx
     
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    So very sorry to hear this, but so very glad that you helped him slip away sweetly. Run free, Dougie.
     
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    Douglas sounded a very fine dog indeed and lived a long life. I am glad you feel at peace because you were brave enough to give him peace. I am so sory that it was his time to leave this life xxx
     
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    Terribly sorry to read your news .I can tell he was a very loved dog .You are handling this very bravely ,I know you have been mentally preparing for this for a while but you will still miss him terribly.
    Big hug ,it's nice to read that Rory is helping you smile x
     
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    I'm very sorry to hear that Douglas has gone. It's so upsetting when we lose our dear old friends, though it sounds as if you have good memories to treasure.
     
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    What a wonderful tribute you have written about your wonderful Douglas, it made me cry, as you summed up my own feelings and thoughts when I've had to make the same decision. So many emotions to go through. The kindest loving and often most difficult is letting them go. Your Douglas is at peace and you had the greatest honour of being with him when he passed with dignity, respect and love. Bless you and your precious boy, who lived a life well lived. X
     
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    A DOG’S PRAYER


    If it should be that I grow weak

    And pain should keep me from my sleep

    Then you must do what must be done

    For this last battle cannot be won


    You will be sad, I understand

    Don’t let your grief then stay your hand

    For this day more than all the rest

    Your love for me must stand the test


    We have had so many happy years

    What is to come can hold no tears

    You would not want me to suffer so

    The time has come, please let me go


    Take me where my need they’ll tend

    And please stay with me till the end

    Hold me firm and speak to me

    Until my eyes no longer see


    I know in time that you will see

    The kindness that you did for me

    Although my tail its last has waved

    From pain and suffering, I’ve been saved


    Please do not grieve, it must be you

    Who has this painful thing to do.

    We’ve been so close, we two, these years,

    Don’t let your heart hold back its tears
     

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