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Heya all,

I appreciate everyone on this board, reading some of your posts tonight has helped me a lot.

I put my Labrador down today, Dante. He was 14, struggling to breathe and in pain. I feel so guilty, maybe I could have waited longer or maybe I already waited to long as it was but my house is so quite tonight without him, my heart hurts. I had him since he was a sick shelter pup, nursed him to health and kept him by my side for 12 more years. It’s my first evening without him, I miss him looking to me to see what we’re going to do next but I am glad he’s no longer grumbling, licking his paws and struggling to find a comfortable position of lay in.

I hope all of those suffering loss just know you’re not alone. Somewhere over the rainbow bridge our fur babes are chasing all the squirrels and basking in warm sunlight.

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I am sorry your Dante has passed.  It is a difficult process.  There are many of us here for you.  

Finding this message board has helped me more than I could have ever imagined.  I think seeing how normal my feelings are was helpful.  

I still haven't posted it on social media.  My husband told my parents and siblings. I told a couple of friends.  I promised myself that today would be the day but it is so hard.  

Sending you hugs.  Dante and Jasmine are fine.  They're enjoying the bridge without pain.  

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Hello Victoria, I am so sorry for your loss. Same here, but I only got to spend 7 months with her. She was already 13 years old. What you did for your loved Dante is a big deal and he was always grateful to you for that. Unfortunately they get old and we have to part ways. But it still feels so unnatural. Taking the decision to put our pet to sleep I guess never comes easy. No matter how much we see them suffering. It was the first time for me. Don't know if I will be brave enough to do it again if needed. Her last moments will haunt me forever. It will take some time for us to feel normal and whole again, but since I have lost one before, I know in time we will remember the good times and appreciate the time we had together without the pain of grief in our souls. I am wishing strength and courage for the days coming for you, we will get through this. Take care.

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Gina: Thank you, I'm so glad for this board and all the supportive people like you. It made me cry to see that someone even read my post, let alone responded. We're all in this pain together and I deeply hope our fur babes indeed are over in a sunny warm place, frolicking around and just waiting for us to join them.

Windsong: I'm so sorry for your loss as well. Wether 7 months or 7 years, when we love something so much, the duration doesn't matter when their absence is felt. You took in a pet that was already in their golden years - many people dont, so the face your darling got to spend her days in a loving home makes all the difference. 

The pain is cutting but you are so right, eventually the sorrow turns to fondness as we accept the situation. Our pain has begun because theirs has ended.

I'm sending love to you both, hoping for brighter days filled with joy and happiness. <3
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