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Posts: 9
I had to put my little chihuahua to sleep yesterday.  He was about 14 years old, but will always be my baby.  My mother in law and I had "joint custody" :-) and it was a heartbreaking decision for us to make. 
We took him to the park yesterday morning, and fortunately, the sun was shining.  He got to take in all the wonderful smells, sights and sounds.  We made paw prints in clay and then took him to the vet.  Pulling into the vet's office was the hardest thing I ever had to do.  All I wanted to do was run screaming the other way!
It was the most peaceful way to go, and I think he had a really great last day, but I can't stop being so sad.  I just keep crying.  I feel like I have to keep my sadness a little to myself as people expect you to get over a pet quickly.  I am trying to work today, but all I want to do is curl up on the couch.
Thank you for letting me know I am not alone, and I am not crazy for being this sad about losing my dog.  

Posts: 57
Dear LLR,

My heart goes out to you! You must give yourself time to grieve and cry as much as you want to - it helps the process. My chihuahua Chloe went to the Bridge 3 months ago and the emotional pain for the first few days was almost unbearable. I still cry for her at times - we love them so much! Everyone here understands your sadness completely, losing a beloved pet is just as hard as losing a human.
The heartache eases as the days go by, I know our little ones would not want us to be sad, they would want us to think about all the happy times and all the fun we had together.
You may well get a sign or two in the next few days to let you know that your little friend is OK, I certainly did.

I've copied a couple of poems for you below.

God Bless You!

Ali xx

May I Go?

May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
May I say goodbye to pain filled days
and endless lonely nights?
I've lived my life and done my best,
an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?
I didn't want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and living light.
I want to go
I really do.
It's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day.
To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and afraid,
because I see your tears.
I'll not be far,
I promise that, and hope you'll always know
that my spirit will be close to you
wherever you may go.
Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you too,
that's why it's hard to say goodbye
and end this life with you.
So hold me now just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you'll let me go today.

Author: Susan A. Jackson

Stairway to Heaven

They say memories are golden,
Well, maybe that is true;
I never wanted memories,
I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you,
A million times I cried;
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still;
In my heart you hold a piece
No one could ever fill.

But now I know you want me
To mourn for you no more,
To remember the happy times
Life still has much in store.

Since you'll never be forgotten
I pledge to you today;
A hallowed place within my heart
Is where you'll always stay.

If tears could build a stairway
And heartache make a lane;
I'd walk the path to heaven
And bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same;
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

Lyrics by Robert Plant & Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)


Posts: 6
My heart goes out to you.  It has been a week when I had to put my beloved ferret to sleep.  I still have not clean his cage.  It was one of the hardest things I had to do.  I was shaking all over when I walked into the vet.  Remember that everyone here understands and will help you through this heartbreaking time.

Posts: 258
Dear LLR,

Oh, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear little boy!  What a loving and unselfish decision you made for him.  He knows that your love for him gave you the strength to let him go when his poor little body was tired.  But it is so very, very hard!  I understand what you are going through, I had to make the same decision for my little Max back in December.  The grief is overwhelming at times, and at first it is so raw.  Even now, after 5 months, there are times when I feel knocked down by the sadness and yearning that I feel.  Be kind to yourself.  Give yourself the time that you need.  And pay no mind to those who don't understand...they just were never blessed with such a precious love.

Please keep coming back as you feel able.  We will be here for you!

Warm hugs,
MaxsMom ~ Joanne

Posts: 199

I am so sorry that you had to put your precious baby to sleep. It is such a difficult decision to make and to carry-out but you made it because you loved him dearly.

I know that he is watching you right now from the Rainbow Bridge wanting you to know that he loves you too.

I'll keep you in my prayers.


Piggy's Mom


Posts: 11

I was just getting ready to go to bed and I decided to take one more look at my email.  I saw your post and I am so sorry for your loss.  I agree that it was the worst ride to the Vets office ever.  The Vet did the clay paw memorial for me and it gave me comfort.  I loved Bella so very much and I had to make the decision as well to end her pain.  My head understood it, but my heart hasn't caught up yet.  I hope when you think of your dog tonight you think of the great memories and joy he brought to you.  Bella must have a new friend since they passed near the same time.

Wishing you a better night than yesterday,

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