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A very sad day

Most of the time looking after dogs is a fun and rewarding experience, however this was not the case a few days ago, although I hope that I did help someone through the day that all dog owners dread....
I recieved an urgent call from a local groomers who I provide transport for, as a 11 year old alsation collie cross had been taken suddenly very ill.
I collected "Lucky" who was adorable but clearly had a serious problem as she had could not stand at all on her back legs. However she had a lovely nature and was very calm as I carried her to my van.
We then went to collect Lucky's owner, and then on to the vet, who was very professional and caring and undertook a full examination. Very fairly she also advised Lucky's owner that there was little point spending money on further expensive examinations, which was refreshing when you see some of the stories on Watchdog about high charges and potentially uneccessary treatment.
Sadly the advice was that the kindest thing would be to put Lucky to sleep, and Lucky's owner agreed with this advice.
As I had only just met Lucky and her owner, I asked if she wanted me to leave them, but she asked me to stay with her and support her during this heartbreaking time. Of course I agreed, and did what I could to help them both, when Lucky very peacefully slipped away.
I then took Lucky's owner home and offered to spend some time with her, but she understandbly wanted to be on her own.
Having lost my own best friend, Banjo, nearly 5 years ago now, at the age of 12, and under similar circumstances, I do know how this feels and was there with my wife, Sian when we had to make the same decision, and stroked his head as he was put to sleep.
I know how long it will take before you open the front door and get used to there not being a wet nose to meet you, and the gut wrenching feeling of walking into an empty home. Also of not having a snoring (and occassionally farting) dog watching telly with you every evening, and all the other, countless, life enhancing moments that having a dog in your life gives you.
However painful that seperation is, it confirms how special the relationship is and how much we treasure it whilst it lasts.
I only knew Lucky and her owner for a few, short, sad hours, but I am sure that they were both very lucky to have had many happy years together.
Thankfully not many days are like this, but when they are, it is a reminder of how much we should enjoy our best friends whilst we have them.

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Sam Thompson on 06 May 2013 17:17
Good Afternoon I am looking for someone to look after my 2 Labradors between the dates of 14th May & 24th May. My girls are very well behaved, lovable and love their cuddles. I desperately don't want to put them into Kennels as Jessie (black Lab) came from a dogs home so I would worry that she wouldn't get on well in Kennels. I know its short notice but if you could let me know if you have any availability and what the cost would be that would be much appreciated. Kind Regards Sam Thompson
Reply to comment on 28 June 2018 05:08
It is always a painful moment to lose your dear best friend. Your blog actually reminds me of a particular scene of a movie. It was a film called "Marley and Me", it is about a relationship of a misbehaved dog and his family. I cried every time I watched it because in the end, they also have to put Marley to sleep because he was too old for surgery. It was so heartbreaking and I really cannot watch it by myself.

grademiners reddit on 15 January 2019 12:29
I can still remember the day that I lost my best friend, Ashley. She was the sweetest little girl, who loves to cuddle with me at night and wave her tail every single time she hears the doorbell, expecting it to be me always. She was so pure and intelligent, it still pains me that she's no longer with me. I know a lot of dog lovers can relate to us. Losing our best buddies is like losing a piece of your broken heart.

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Reply to comment on 05 May 2018 22:31
These types of things are pretty common to be happening in the life and we are supposed to face them with courage. There is nothing we can do about it and it is the time that we should be getting reserved.
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I remember a post that I had previously seen on Tumblr... It says "What is the hardest thing about having a dog? The good bye." Just like you and the client, I experienced the same heartbreak when my Pomeranian dog died. I barely could eat the whole day because I was really devastated. I didn't just lose a pet, but I also lose a best friend. But I didn't close the opportunity of owning a new dog. My new Pomeranian is helping me to move on from the pain I have experienced from the past, and allowed me to see the light in my way. Thank you for sharing it to us!
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They say that is is painful to lose someone you love. But is is more painful to lose your best friend. Especially when you see your best friend go permanently. Dogs are called man's best friend for a reason. They are very loyal animals and they will love you for the rest of their lives. Even if sometimes humans mistreat them of treat them with cruelty, they will always love them no matter what. It is just right to reciprocate their love because they reciprocate ours ten times more.
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