I really enjoyed reading these posts. As I'm writing this, I'm grieving for my 15 year old Lab-Sharpei mix, Jedi, who has yet to pass. But, she is deteriorating fast and soon we will have to make the decision to end her pain and suffering.
I'm a special education teacher and I took her to my class of students with severe emotional disabilities. My favorite memory of her is how she walked around the classroom, giving space to some, and nudging her nose into the arms of others. One of my toughest students cracked a rare smile as she gently rested her head in his lap.
The thought of having to put her down is devastating, but she can hardly walk, needs help getting up, and stumbles. When I come home from work, I watch her try repeatedly to get to her feet to come greet me at the door, and keeps falling down. I run over to her to reassure her that she does't need to get up, but she just keeps trying. I always knew that her spirit would outlast her physical body.
I would rather remember her being active and healthy, rather than weak and so frail.
Have you tried Chondopaw? The web site is https://chondropaw.com. My baby passed of an unrelated illness but started showing signs of arthrits at the young age of six and about a year ago, I tried Chondopaw because she was having a hard time getting up and down. Its a med you give once a week. About 10 days after the first dose, or three days after the second, she started moving around much better, wanted to ride in the car again. I am in tears writing this because I miss her so much, but try this out first ok? Even if it only gives you six more months, each and everyday is precious.
The other thing I will explain is when the time has come. Its impossible to explain with words, but you will know. When you love something that much, your mind and heart will just know its time. You love that dog so much that you are willing to hurt deep inside for months to ensure she is free of pain and suffering.
please try chondopaw, go on youtube and look at it. I was a skeptic but I wanted to know I tried everything, and this gave her about a year more of life.....let me know would you? And God bless you and your doggie friend.