SHould I put my dog down? please advise

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  1. sophiethebulldog

    sophiethebulldog New Member

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    well, I have an 8,5 yr old English Bulldog. Over the past two years he has become aggresive with some people. I no longer take him to parks, and no one is allowed to pet him except me. He does have some arthritis, but doesn't seem in pain. He can play some, but not everyday. He doesn't want to be messed with, hye's old. He has bit several time ( my son friend who he doesn't like 19 yr old) and believe me he has wanted to attack and bite other strangers. I watch him and he stays in the fenced yard. The telephone repair man was outside today and Mac went for him almost right through the screened door. I am afraid of a lawsuit or anyone hurt. He sleeps alot, but like I said doesn't display signs of pain. I don't believe in letting him live forever, his days of enjoying squirrles and bird watching are over, I know. Do I put him down peacefully "before" he hurts someone? Please help me make a decision, I trust all of your opinions as great dog lovers. I love hi so much, but hate to see this behavior and I can't watch him when I* am at work and my son's friends are here. You may write your opinion to me directly at macthebulldog@hotmail.com
    thanks so much...

    Bully Slobbers,
    Krissy
    Michigan
     
  2. bubbatd

    bubbatd Moderator

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    This is sad.............. I know you love him, but he really isn't having the quality of life a dog deserves. Neither are you. I'd let him move on peacefully before it's a must by animal control and you are left with guilt if he mauls someone.
     
  3. Bella's Mom

    Bella's Mom New Member

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    I feel your pain, I had to make that choice last Nov. when I let my 8 1/2 year old rottie go to the Rainbow Bridge. She wasnt mean, she was in alot of pain and had no life because of it. I decided to think of her first and me second. Your heart will break but you will know in your heart you did the right thing for him. I now have another rottie I just rescued 6 weeks ago. I wish you well.
    Christine
     
  4. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    I agree with the others. it is very sad but you want to do whats best for him. He might not look like he is in physical pain but maybe physical pain is what is causing his aggression. I'm sorry that you have to make a decision like this and I wish you and your baby the best.
     
  5. MyDogsLoveMe

    MyDogsLoveMe My pets love me they do

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    We also have to make that decision this spring. I have had my brothers English Boxes Dakota now for 3 yrs since my brother died, and Dakota was in pain dialy. He was 13 yr which is unheard of for his breed, but his quality of life wasnt what I would want for myself. I couldnt keep him around just because I missed my brother and that was the last link. I couldnt see him suffer anymore, so we were all together when he drifted off to sleep and was painfree. Good luck in what ever decision you choose, just remember the quality of life of your pet and what would make your pet more comfy
     
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    aurorab New Member

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    It is very sad and you both will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Have you talked this over w/ his vet? Is it medical or just age? He could be in pain w/o even showing signs. The vet may be able to make his life and quality of life better. He also could tell if his quality of life is not so good right now and might be able to help you w/ you decision.
    Sometimes it is very hard to make a decision like this but it truely means that you love him that you can make his life more comfortable or not make him suffer. It's not an easy decision so try to get as much information as you can. Most vets will try to do as much as they can to make life better and they will tell you the truth about the situation.
     
  7. EliNHunter

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    My heart goes out to you. Do what you think is right (which deep down I think you do). He's obviously not enjoying life anymore and is probably in pain. Some dogs are just so strong they can't tell us when they're in pain. Let us know what happens. (((HUGS)))
     
  8. Renee750il

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    Consult with your vet and have him look at your Bully-boy carefully. It could be that he is in pain and doesn't show it - some dogs do that. You are faced with a hard, heart rending decision, so do get the best advice you can from someone who can give you personal, knowledgeable guidance. Whatever you decide for your boy, you're going to have to live with it, and it will be easier to look back and know you've made the best decision possible and be able to think about him without regrets if you'll talk with your vet.
     
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    bridey_01 Kelpiefied

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    I agree with above, only you can make such a decision. I remember when my dearest dog Jaffa was put down when she was fifteen. She had been there when I was born and throught my whole life and I couldn't face life without my "second mother" as I called her. The decision was not in my hands, and I'm glad it wasnt because I would never have been able to make it.
     
  10. sophiethebulldog

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    Mac is over the rainbow...thanks to all of you

    thank you for your letters. I know I did the right thing, but it sure hurts. I can't eat or sleep. That was my little hairy friend. I loved him so much. I stayed while he drufted into a world of no pian. There he can chase squirrels again and run. I told him I'd see him again someday when I cross over.

    Thanks for your letters, they really helped me.

    Bless you all

    Bully Slobbers,
    Krissy

    P.S. I got Sophie the Bulldog over a year ago, knowing I would need her after Mac went. He helped train her, she'll comfort me and I'll comfort her. She's wonderful too.
     
  11. EliNHunter

    EliNHunter New Member

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    Krissy -- I am lighting a candle right now for your Bully friend. I am so sorry it had to end this way. Please post in the Rainbow Bride thread, too. God Bless...
     
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    Krissy --- I just read your post to someone else on Rainbow Bridge. Your baby had already passed. I have my candle lit and am crying. Our fur babies are so special and my heart goes out to you. They "say" in time your heart will heal. But it never really does. You will always have a special place in your heart and it does come back time and time again. (((HUGS)))
     
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    So sorry for your loss. You did the right thing. Take care of yourself.
     
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    Renee750il Felurian

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    It's a great comfort to have continuance, isn't it? The old dog teaches the young dog, and the line continues on in spirit. As time goes by you'll see Sophie do things and you'll realize it's something Mac taught her, just with her own personal stamp on it, and you'll be able to smile and think of your Mac.
     
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    Bless you for doing the right thing and hug Sophie ..... You'll never forget Max, memories last.
     
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    nicco Wolfpack

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    Guuuys you made me cry...I wasn't in a great mood anyway....so I had to read this to start crying... :(
    So right now I'm cryiiing....It's so sad...
    I'm in one of those sad moods....sigh
    Kisses and Hugs everyone
     
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    Barb04 Love my pets Staff Member

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    I'm so sorry to hear about Mac. Please know that you did what you felt was the right thing to do in your heart. Always remember the good times you had with Mac. He loved you as much as you loved him.
     

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