Poor doggie :(

October 4, 2009 at 11:03 pm (Uncategorized)

LabGirl and her brother have recently decided that the time has come to put down their family dog of the last 12+ years.

She’s having a bit of a rough time with it, and I’m actually very saddened by it myself, and I honestly barely know the dog as well as they do.

He’s a large huskie, who still likes to play with you when he can muster up the energy, has a unique personality and will actually “converse” with you sometimes by giving little howls in response to your asking him questions, he’s soft & fuzzie, and just overall seems like a great dog.

LabGirl actually took on the responsibility of caring for him back around Spring, when her brother (who’s dog it really is) and his wife had just gotten incredibly frustrated at his issues and were thinking of putting him down at that time.
At the time he had been having incontinence issues, and would just let his bowels loose randomly throughout the house. As a result the dog ended up being locked up in the basement there nearly 24/7 and had become pretty miserable.

After LabGirl offered to take on the challenge of taking care of him he seemed to make marked improvement – he seemed, frankly, much happier.
He did still have some incontinence problems but they weren’t constant or anything, and LabGirl tried to help as much as possible by making sure he spent a good deal of time outdoors and by using urine-catcher wraps whenever he was indoors – as she doesn’t have carpet in her house most accidents weren’t a big deal.

Unfortunately though things have deteriorated over the last few weeks. The incontinence has gotten much worse, to the point where urine flows pretty much constantly, like a leaky faucet, and any time she leaves the house she prepares herself to have to deal with a “present” on the floor when she comes back.

She had been seriously considering making him a purely outside-kept dog, to the point where we had started piecing together plans to make a large shelter for him.
But – this was thought over, and the conclusion was come to that although this may allow him to stay around a bit longer – he’d almost certainly be miserable.

He’s always been a very indoors, pampered dog. Yeah, he’s a huskie, but he’s a huskie that’s never really had to deal with the cold except for short trips outside to take care of his business.
And to go from that to having to stay outside during the winter here, even if he does have shelter?
Plus he’s got a pretty bad case of arthritis in his hind legs, which he doesn’t whine about or anything but that you can tell is hurting him – whenever he stands up his hind legs shake from lack of strength, he has a very hard time simply standing up or sitting down, and as a result spends most of his time just laying on the ground not wanting to move any more than he has to.
I can only imagine the winter air would just horribly aggravate it.

So, it was decided that it was time – better to have him put to sleep while he still feels somewhat loved by those in the home rather than after months of feeling miserable and rejected after being banished to the back yard.

She and her brother have made an appointment to take him in on Thursday.

I saw this tonight on PostSecret and it brought a few tears to my eyes:

He’s really a lovable dog, and considering I’ve gotten misty-eyed and I barely even know him, I can hardly even imagine what it’ll be like for her.

We’ve both got the week off of work this week, but I’m pretty much assigning the last few days of the week to knowing I may need to be around for her.

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1 Comment

  1. Graumagus said,

    I’ve never met the dog and I got a bit misty eyed reading this.

    I think they’re making the right decision, as hard as it is.

    I still miss Shadow and he’s been gone for over 15 years….

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