Sunday, June 1, 2008

SIMBA... a wonderful dog... a wonderful life

I originally was going to do a super fun post on a  raw food detox im doing... but i dont feel much up to it right now...

as a family, we decided that we need to put down my 15 year old collie Simba. He is really having a tough time. Upon other things (hes got diabetis, one leg has such bad arthritis that he just drags it, hes blind, and deaf, we have to hand feed him, he goes to the bathroom on himself...)He's got so much hair that flies actually layed eggs on him, and were eating at him. He has a big open wound, is in a lot of pain, but it still trouping. 

When is the point where you have to let them go? I know it's never easy, but how do you hold their lives in your hands? when do you have the right to say its over? Its such a hard decision for us. We LOVE our animals, and provide them with the most wonderful lives. (for example, for the past 2 years simba gets to eat london broil! not vegan but its ok hhe)
Im having a really hard time dealing with this. We dont want him to die alone, and scared. We don't want me to be the only one home and have to deal with it on my own. And Im not sure how many more times we can walk to see him and make sure he's still breathing.

I love my dog.. I will always love him....But I think its time for him to be comfortable and sleep :(



20 comments:

veganforone said...

Oh Synthia, I am so sorry to hear this news. When a dog is there for the better part of your life, it's so hard to see what life would be like without them, but watching them suffer is even worse.

When I was 5, our dog died, he had the same problems, he was blind and deaf, it was so painful to see him like that, so we had to put him down. And now my dog who is only 11 is suffering from arthritis (from being hit by a car many years ago) and has a tumor on his foot. I know that the day will come when we must choose to put him to sleep, and I know it will be for the best.

I send you and your family all my love. Be strong, for Simba. Remember the best, not the worst.

talieworld said...

aww synthia i'm so sorry to hear about simba. He will be greatly missed :(

CeciLiA said...

Hi there, I just discovered your blog. So sorry to hear about Simba ... we had to give up our little dog because it was too naughty a few years ago, I cried so much on that day :0( Hope you feel better, stay strong :0)

healthyceliac said...

Synthia...
I'm so sorry to hear about your doggy! We had ours for 18 years, and when he passed away, it was really tough for our entire family. I still miss him and get sad about it from time to time.
Remember that although it's tough for you, you have to think about all the wonderful times you've had with Simba. Putting him down is probably the best for him, and you'll have all these fantastic memories throughout the rest of your life. I'm sending you lots and lots of hugs!
Oh a much happier note, I made your version of the Banana Coffee Cake, and it was well loved (and eaten!) by everyone who came near it's wonderful aroma. I love the additions/subs you made. Thanks for passing that along to us! :)

VeggieGirl said...

Synthia, I can't express enough how terribly sorry I am for your loss - my sheltland sheepdog (mini collie) is very ill right now, and is actually in the veterinary hospital, hooked to IV's and getting ultrasounds :0( I'm praying for the best, since I can't imagine life without her. Please stay strong through this tough time, as I am trying to do so as well.

flvegan said...

Synthia,
You and your family are in my thoughts & prayers as you go through this difficult time.
My family went through the same thing a few years ago with Copper, our 11-year-old golden retriever.
You can rest assured that Simba & Copper are more than likely sharing a doggy biscuit in heaven right now. ;)

Your actor friend,
Erin

Paulina said...

It must be so hard to let go of a pet...I don't know if I'm ever going to be able to let go of my dogs. I'm so sorry :(

Vegan_Noodle said...

Synthia... so sorry to hear about Simba's current condition. It can be so hard to let go. YOu will certainly be in my thoughts during this tough time.

Jenny said...

Hi Synthia, thank you for commenting on my blog, as it led me to yours! I am so sorry to hear about Simba. That is one of the hardest decisions when you are a pet owner. I know you love Simba and will make the right choice for him. Take care!

lighterportions said...

Aw I'm so sorry, that would be such an incredibly hard decision. It sounds like you and your family gave him the best possible life a dog could ask for and I'm sure it'll be so difficult not to have him around anymore. I hope for all the best for you and that you are able to get through it okay.

Sarah said...

i just found your blog through ruby red. I will say i am so sorry to hear about your dog.

I recently went through the same with my 12 year old boxer who had degenerative mylapathy. I think it is so hard to have to think you hold the power in your hand and are playing God with their lives. But I think your dog knows when it is time too, there is a point where they dont want to live with the pain anymore. I know that Maggie had given us all signs that she was hurting too much. She would just sit and cry at look at us and snap at my other dog that she was extremely close to.

I know its tough, but if you feel that she no longer wants to live and can not even be himself. It is for the better. I do think that it not good for you to do this on your own. It is something that you'll want your family to be there to send him off with familiar hands and faces, making it easier for him (especially if he is not fond of the vet).

Stay strong and keep remembering the good times and memories. Take care!

healthyceliac said...

And, Syn, when you do get around to feeling up to posting, I'm really interested in your raw detox. It's definitely the right time of year for it!

Hang in there, and if you need anything, feel free to e-mail me: healthyceliac at gmail dot com.

Becca said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. I used to work at a veterinary hospital and I know it is a difficult decision, but it is one of the things we can do for our animals when they are in pain and suffering. He will be in a better place.

Bianca said...

Sorry to hear about Simba!!! Deciding to put a pet to sleep is one of the hardest decisions you can ever make, but it's also one that you can't avoid.

My kitty Alexius had feline leukemia back in 2005 and after weeks of watching her suffer, we decided to have her put to sleep. It was an awful feeling...but in the end, I knew it was right decision.

Even though they've provided an amazing companionship, you don't your baby to feel pain...even if it even means losing them. Stay strong...and know that you've done what's best for him.

Amy said...

Awww...I totally know how you feel. My family recently had to put our dog who was 16 years old asleep too. He had epilepsy and was also nearly blind and deaf...It's hard for sure, but remind yourself that Simba will move forward into a life filled with all the other animals whose lives have ended. That's what I tell myself anyways. Perhaps Simba and my dog, McDuff will end up becoming friends! Who knows?!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

God, I remember when my family had to put down my first dog, Harris. I'd grown up with him, for 14 years.. I cried for DAYS and didn't even want to think about ever getting another dog. So my heart goes out to you and your family right now.

Vegan On Stage said...

Thank you all sooo much for your kindness... this is a really difficult thing for me and it helps to much to have these comforting words to read...

so. thank you...

Maryann said...

I'm sorry to hear this. I can understand as my dog had to be put down this month.
Really, I am so sorry. Hugs.

Vivacious Vegan said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It is so painful to let a loved one go. I hope your memories of Simba will carry you through this difficult time.

Jen said...

This is my first time visiting your blog, but I just wanted to say I'm sorry for what you're going through. Peace and compassion to you...

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