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LolaLove

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I just wanted to share my story because we feel so alone.

We got Lola 6 years ago and she was an amazing dog. She grew up with our other family dog and she was great. Once we moved out she came with us a started getting some lead aggression. That continued to escalate over the years and we consulted trainers and behaviorists. We had her is dog social rehabilitation and we worked our butts off for her. She was our baby! We even had to re home our other 2 year old dog we got for company for her as we were told they would need to be seperated all the time (that would have been so hard on all of us!)
When she was good she was lovely, such a beautiful dog.

The end game was when she went for my husband- the training was not helping and she was getting worse and worse.
We were constantly on edge on walks, when people came over. I couldn't trust her around children. It consumed us.

I know she did not have any quality of life at the end- she was always on edge. Even a bird would set her off.

But I can't shake the memories of her lunging and snapping, when I see someone sitting next to a dog I get stressed encase the dog might snap. When I see kids around dogs it sends my heart racing. I care too much that people will judge us for our decision- I don't know anyone that has put a dog down for aggression.

Will it get easier? Will I be able to seperated Lola's story from all dogs? Will I be able to focus on the good times? did we do all we could have? My heart is so broken.
nancywoods

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I recently took in a stray dog and he and he my dog Grady ( my 4 year old precious boy), have killed 2 outdoor cats that I feed and today I found my cat dying in the kitchen floor. I am numb and I feel like I am going to die too. I am going to take them to be put down. I don't know any other choice. My heart is broken on so many levels so I can appreciate how yo are feeling today.
Ghatten

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You gave your baby a safe place and you loved him - and you gave him a lifetime of love and care in his time with you then allowed him a dignified good-bye allowing him to leave with dignity surrounded by love. You gave him chances where many would not. Please know you did try and in the end had no real choice - what were your baby's options? Life in a cage? Intervention 'on the spot' by the authorities when things got too out of control? Someone scarred and their death happening at the hands of someone trying to stop him? An end that likely would not have been with ones who love your baby or care if he is frightened? You gave your baby a wonderful life where elsewhere he may have known abuse, and gave him every chance you could and you tried to give him a home where he would be safe. When your baby passed to the hands of the angels it was be from love to love, they carried your baby to a place where he is free of the demons that made him aggressive and at that instant your baby understood that you acted out of love and compassion. Your baby is free and happy. Please know all you are feeling right now is normal and no matter what the circumstances is what we have all felt. i am so very sorry for your loss.

Know we are here for you and your family. Sadly, we have seen this tale before and we do understand and we know sometimes there is no choice.

When you can please share a photo. I feel certain there are so many wonderful memories in 5 years with your baby, and sharing those sometimes helps. And if you just need someone to sit by your side - well you now belong to a family that circles the globe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It seemed the day was even grayer than even the greyest of days. The pup found she was suddenly at the edge of the most beautiful place she had ever seen. She could still feel Mom and Dad's tears, hear their sobs. "I'm so sorry Mom and Dad, I really did try but the demons are too strong and sometimes they pushed through." She lowered her head and began to walk away, to be sure she did not deserve to be someplace so lovely.

A radiant being in white suddenly stood in her path, surrounded by many other pups of all sizes and breeds. "Please," she implored, "I don't want to, but if you stay near me sooner or later the demons will win and I may hurt one of you. I don't want to hurt anyone, its best if I just go."

The radiant being just smiled at her - a soft compassionate smile, at that moment they reminded her of her Mom and Dad. "I let them down so many times, I didn't want the demons to win but sometimes they do. And I left them no choice, I let them down and hurt them yet again."

Hero, Seabreeze, Heather, Charlie, Molly, John, Stashie, Hershey, Samson, Morgan, Niko, Jordan, Timber, Dixie, Buddy, Tina, Snickers, Dizzy, Harley, Jack, Kimmi, Sammy, Fender, Tosca, Bruno, tried to gather around the newcomer but she backed away. Seabreeze stepped forward, "We won't hurt you little one." She looked to the radiant being and whimpered, "Please make them leave. I don't want to hurt anyone else."

Now the radiant being smiled and actually seemed amused. "Little One, reach within. Can you feel that? Can you feel the demons are gone?" The little one got quiet and after a moment looked up in amazement, "They ARE gone!!" Then she looked at the others around her, "But I've done so many bad things, I don't deserve nice friends. I don't deserve to be in such a wonderful place." Now the others all looked amused. Dizzy spoke up first, "We all felt that way at first." Slowly Dizzy's words filtered in. "You mean . . . ., I am not the only one?" she asked quietly.

Tina pushed to the front, "Of course not, all our humans had to make that same choice as yours. But now you're free - the demons are gone." The Little one thought on Tina's words. "What about Mom and Dad? Can I let them know I am free, that I'm sorry?"

At that moment all the others grew quiet, the Little One looked to the radiant being and realized they were gone. She looked to the rest afraid their silence meant no. Just then a large silver wolf walked up to her, she knew she should fear a wolf, yet, somehow knew she could trust The Silver One. "Have you all finished monopolizing her time yet? If you are done she still needs to be shown the reflection pond, to be shown . . "

Just then the Little One heard a familiar sound, her Mom and Dad. "They are here?" she asked, and she followed the sound. She found herself by the clearest crystal pond, and when she looked into the pond she saw her Mom and Dad." Concentrate on them, Little One. Send your love and thanks to them - from your heart to theirs - and they will feel your love." the Silver One said gently. As she watched her Mom and Dad seemed to calm even thought they were still crying, and her Mom looked up at her Dad, "She is at peace now wrapped in our love."

The Little One looked at the Silver One and the others, "Thank You." The Silver One looked at the others and back at her, "You can see them anytime you wish from here. The others will show you how to send them your love, Little One."

(c) Candace 11/13/09

All too often people do not want to discuss this type loss, so those who experience making the decision due to aggression issues feel they are alone.

All the names of the other ones are real – Fur angels we have seen at PetLoss because their parents had to make that sad decision due to aggression issues. i am sure there are other names also - newer names and names I have accidentally left out.

We understand - know that you had no choice and we understand that you are in pain. But your fur child is with the other fur angels - free of the demons she fought against so hard.

 




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