Today my family and I took the most difficult decision we have ever had to take- to put our 16 month old dog down. He is an inbred dalmatian and has shown signs of aggression because of that since the day we brought him home. He has been in pain due to his genetic issues for a long time now- he has high uric acid, bad liver and kidney function, and congenital hip dysplasia, and although he is seemingly healthy now, his pain gets worse every single day, and it is only a matter of time before his symptoms get completely out of hand.
We have had a long time to come to terms with his condition, but it certainly doesn’t make the decision any easier, or the pain any less. I love my dog more than anyone or anything else in the world, and I know that my family and I have done absolutely everything we can to help him.
The first person I told is my oldest and best friend in the whole world. She does not support this decision. She believes we have not used all our resources and done absolutely everything in our power to help him. She has a dog too, and she cannot imagine putting hers down for any reason at all. She has decided that this decision is enough for her to want to end the 17 year old friendship that she has had with me. It does make the decision all the more harder for me because now my best friend thinks I am a horrible person and she no longer wants me around in her life. I comfort myself knowing that if she really wanted to be there for me, she would not be putting me through this at the worst moment of my life. I know how much I love my dog. He is my baby. I would never want to wrong him in any way, and I do not believe that I am.
I am overwhelmed and in shock right now. I’m not sure how I will get through the next phase of my life, but I am determined to do what I believe is best for my baby.
I think you did a right thing since your dog was in such a pain. Make her understand that this was not even an easy decision for you as you treated him like a baby and family member. She might take some time, but you feel strong!
And take care of you and your family :)