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Posted: 12/23/2011 4:02:54 PM EDT
<––––- I rescued Jasper 4 years ago at approximately age two. He has had seizures for a few years, but 72 hours ago he started showing lethargy, didn't want to eat (NEVER saw that before). I took him to the vet's office and found out that he had autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Basically, his immune system was attacking his red blood cells and his kidneys couldn't take it. Today, his urine was brick red with blood.

I have to admit, I have been a total mess, but I couldn't let Jasper continue to suffer. This isn't what I wanted for Christmas.


earlier this year:


Today, before leaving for the vet (me trying to keep a poker face)


before being put down:
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Link Posted: 12/23/2011 4:04:53 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss.

Silver lining is now you have room to rescue another poor doggy who badly needs a home and someone to love.
Link Posted: 12/23/2011 4:07:13 PM EDT
Sorry about your friend.

Link Posted: 12/23/2011 4:18:26 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss. there is no finer a man then the dog
Link Posted: 12/23/2011 4:25:34 PM EDT
Prayers out to you and Jasper. Stay Strong.
Link Posted: 12/23/2011 4:28:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/23/2011 4:34:41 PM EDT
So sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 12/23/2011 4:36:33 PM EDT
I'm sorry you had to do that; especially over the holidays. You'll feel better. Hang tough.

-JC
Link Posted: 12/23/2011 5:07:24 PM EDT
i put my dog down a month ago, I feel your pain. sorry.
Link Posted: 12/23/2011 5:12:53 PM EDT
Sorry to hear the news
Link Posted: 12/23/2011 6:08:16 PM EDT
My thoughts are with you I had to put my 14yr old lab and hunting partner down two months ago its not an easy thing to do.
Link Posted: 12/23/2011 6:08:46 PM EDT
I know the pain. So sorry to hear..
Link Posted: 12/23/2011 6:19:14 PM EDT
sorry to hear. I lost both my dogs last year. But now you have room to adopt another dog in need like another poster said.
Link Posted: 12/23/2011 6:29:08 PM EDT
Thanks for the support, everyone. I'm going to be interviewing for a job next month that requires lots of travel. The job I find will determine whether or not I get a dog. Of course, I would like to get another dog asap.
Link Posted: 12/23/2011 9:32:21 PM EDT
Very sorry for the loss of your sidekick Jasper. I'll be keeping him, yourself and his family and friends in my prayers.

May that handsome fella rest in peace, and again, very sorry for the loss, many of us here can certainly relate to what you're going through, and it makes you question finding another four legged friend, give it some time.
Link Posted: 12/25/2011 9:16:34 AM EDT
Very sorry for your loss.



Link Posted: 12/25/2011 8:12:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MT_Max:
Very sorry for your loss.



http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t124/arforever83/Rainbow_Bridge_Poem61.jpg

Thank you for that. I like it.
Link Posted: 12/26/2011 6:59:42 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss. Our vet gave us that Rainbow Bridge when we had to put our beagle, Mabel, down last Christmas. I still get teary eyed if I read it
Link Posted: 12/27/2011 2:27:00 PM EDT
Sorry man.
Link Posted: 12/27/2011 3:04:34 PM EDT
Been where you are - I understand your pain. Sorry. I for one firmly believe in the Rainbow Bridge.
Link Posted: 12/27/2011 8:16:27 PM EDT
Once again, thanks for the support, and for being civil. When I posted this thread, I was thinking "please don't let this be like GD" (though I think the mods would lockout anyone wanting to trample on my pain). I've heard the best way to get over the loss of a dog is to rescue another one, but right now I'm waiting to see what job I get. In the meantime, I'm playing with my friend's dogs



Testing my modified avatar.
Link Posted: 12/29/2011 2:58:50 PM EDT
So sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 12/29/2011 3:19:35 PM EDT
I am sorry for your loss. I know the pain all to well. This summer I lost my buddy when she got hit by a car. She was the best coon hound ever. It hurts
for a while, but gets better with time. I now have a new dog and it helped ease the pain a bit. Sad part is my new dog acts just like the old hound and
reminds me of her every day in a good way though.
Link Posted: 12/29/2011 3:23:30 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss OP.
Link Posted: 12/29/2011 4:24:40 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss
Link Posted: 12/29/2011 4:35:20 PM EDT
Man, I really need to stop clicking on these threads when I am at work.....

I had to put one of my dogs down about a month ago, I know what you're going through.

It helps to remember the good times, what made them special. What helped a b little bit for me is I also had a second dog that I have become even closer with than I previously thought possible.
Link Posted: 12/29/2011 4:39:38 PM EDT
Sorry for your loss.....we had to do the same thing with our little friend earlier this year. I know what you are going through.
Link Posted: 12/31/2011 4:57:49 AM EDT
Sorry for your loss . These thread make be cower in fear. Because as a human I have a longer life span then my puppy and one day it will be my turn. And that scares the hell out of me. But I'm so sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 1/1/2012 6:44:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/1/2012 6:46:44 PM EDT by Db8sGr8]
What a cute face. He was your best friend and you were a good friend and a responsible person to not let him suffer. Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 1/1/2012 6:57:20 PM EDT
Sorry to hear about your buddy. It's always hard.
Link Posted: 1/3/2012 6:20:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By aklferris:
Once again, thanks for the support, and for being civil. When I posted this thread, I was thinking "please don't let this be like GD" (though I think the mods would lockout anyone wanting to trample on my pain). I've heard the best way to get over the loss of a dog is to rescue another one, but right now I'm waiting to see what job I get. In the meantime, I'm playing with my friend's dogs

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-6q5AeB6bZjQ/Tvqld904-YI/AAAAAAAADoc/GZY1NZa22S8/s800/IMG_1459%252520modified-001.JPG

Testing my modified avatar.

This isn't GD friend. We've all been through it and know how badly it sucks. I'm sorry for the loss of your buddy.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 12:19:47 AM EDT
Once again, I truly appreciate the support here on Arfcom. I hope to get a job soon, so I know whether or not I can adopt a new four-legged friend.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 9:07:00 AM EDT
It never gets any easier. I still miss my last dog every single day and while my new puppy patches my heart to some extent, no two are ever the "same".
Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 1/4/2012 4:50:56 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/5/2012 7:26:42 AM EDT
Sorry for your loss.
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