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I have been involved in animal rescue for about six years.  I have fostered dogs and cats and of course, adopted many of those who were unadoptable.

At four months old, there were two brothers, shepherd/collie mix.  We ended up adopting them.  Smokey and Bandit.  Although they are brothers, they looked not too much alike.  Smokey has the sleek coat and Bandit has the fluffy coat.

Before Bandit turned two, I brought him in to the vet as he was not moving around much.  Turns out he had severe hip displasia.  We put him on prescription dog food so he would lose weight and that seemed to help.  From that point on, Bandit was always going to the vets.  He had cronic ear infections.  A few months ago, he started having this drainage from his eyes....back to the vet.  The eyes appeared to be clearing up but the minute we stopped treating the eyes, the drainage would reappear.  The past couple of months, Bandit just lays outside, not doing much of anything.  I could tell when he gets up off the ground, his legs are stiff.

Well, this past week Bandit kept shaking his head constantly.  I took him to the vet.  She said his ears were really infected again and he yelped really loud when she tried to look in his left ear.  His eyes were caked with the goop from the drainage of whatever....the doctor provided me with a plan that might work for him....and I told her that Bandit is not a happy dog anymore.  I am not a happy when I see Bandit in pain.  I made the decision to have him put down.  I wanted to be with him but I just couldnt.  I am a chicken I guess.

This took place four days ago and I am just so sad.  The other two dogs are confused as to why I did not bring Bandit back home with me. 

I know time will ease the pain....but right now, I am wondering if I should have opted for the medical plan the doc suggested.....

I keep trying to think that at least he had some good years with my family....but how I miss him.


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Dear luvapetadopt

I am so sorry for your loss.  I don't think that any decision made out of love is the wrong decision.  You knew your Bandit better than anyone else, including the vet.  You knew when he was in pain and not happy anymore.  He counted on you to do what was best for him. You were there for him and gave him the final gift of a new life free from pain and sickness.

Please try to be kind to yourself.  Bandit knows how much you love him.

Kate (Gus' mom)


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Dear luvapetadopt
I am so sorry for your loss of Bandit and the sadness you are experiencing right now.    The decision you made was very difficult but was made from your heart.     Please know you did what was best for Bandit with all his health problems and now he is finally well and whole at the Bridge and the next time you see  him he will not be sick or in pain anymore.
I will keep you in  my thoughts and prayers as you work through this difficult time.
God Bless.

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Thank you for the kind messages regarding Bandit.  I am so happy I found this website as I have read so many stories of the love people have for their pets.  Thank you so much.
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