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I'm losing a piece of my heart

Discussion in 'Emotional Support' started by Sitstay, Jun 5, 2014.

  1. Sitstay

    Sitstay Puppy

    I know I'm new here, but I feel that this community will understand my pain, my tears, and my absolute heartbreak.
    I don't have a Pit Bull yet, my dog, Missy, is a Shiloh Shepherd. She has always been a really mushy girl, cuddly, great with everyone, and especially with children. Over the last year, I've noticed subtle changes to her personality, more and more aggressiveness, which is not to be expected from a Shiloh. Last summer, something happened that I believe may have something to do with her attitude change.

    While camping upstate, at the Irish festival in East Durham (we go every year, take the dog, who has a fantastic time playing with all the children and socializing with everyone) we were eating dinner at the site, and had Missy on a tie out. Two drunk men came out of the woods, right into our site, staggering, and laughing, with bottles in their hands. Missy didn't even hesitate. She went for them, silently, and bit one of them on the arm. Not hard, but he knew she got him. They ran away, we were all rather shocked, and since I have 4 children and several other kids at the site at the time, I was rather glad she chased the drunks away.

    She was fine after that, and we went home the next day, when the festival was over. Over the past year, however, she seems to be very protective and twice, has grabbed my daughters friends hands (two different people) in an aggressive manner. Well, I took her to the vet and had her thoroughly checked-bloodwork, X-rays, and physicals. It's been to the point where she hides when I take out the leash and tell her to get in the car.

    A month ago, she bit my daughters boyfriend on the wrist, a deep puncture. He laughed it off, but I was horrified and knew what had to be done. I put it off a bit, just keeping her gated in the den, and locking her in the bathroom when anyone came over.

    Last week, I took her to another vet, and explained what was going on. He told me she had to be PTS, but wanted to check her out anyway, and he found that she has severe H/D, bone on bone. I was heartbroken and upset on so many levels. How could the other vet not find this? My dog is in pain, and I didn't even know. (Honestly, she's walking fine!) he gave her a cortisone shot, and I made an appointment for this morning (had to give my kids a chance to understand and say goodbye) I've been sobbing on and off all last night and this morning, and now I'm getting ready to take her in.

    I know you all don't really know me, but I really appreciate you reading this.
  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I'm so sorry.
  3. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    I'm sorry you're going through this, it's really a blessing you found out about her issues. I hope it gives you comfort knowing she is no longer going to suffer and be in pain. You're doing the right thing for her. My sincerest condolences.
  4. ohiopitmom

    ohiopitmom Puppy

    I'm so sorry. You're doing what you have to do , it's the last gift you can give her, to end the suffering . Be strong!
  5. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    I'm very sorry for your loss. But at least you know she won't be suffering anymore and it's not that she was just an aggressive dog, but maybe rather in pain. I respect you for being selfless and doing the very difficult, but right thing to do. I think you would be a great addition to the pit bull community as you are obviously a very smart and responsible pet owner. Thoughts to you and your family.
  6. need help 73

    need help 73 Puppy

    im very sorry for your loss i know its the hardest thing to do. whenever i have to put one of my dogs down i always promise them i will help another dog and i do. it helps get me through it. God bless
  7. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    My sincerest sympathies to you and your family. It is the hardest thing to lose a pet, but you did what was best so she didn't suffer. I know that doesn't help with the grief you're feeling, but you did right by her and that's what counts. Again, my sympathy to you and yours.
  8. Sitstay

    Sitstay Puppy

    Thank you all for your kind words. I finally stopped crying and now just feel really lonely. She was my shadow. Always had to have a paw or butt on my foot or her head on my lap. I could always count on her physical contact with me. Now it's just gone.

    It's just so sad, but I guess that's the thing with our fur babies. They never live long enough.

    My husband brought up getting another dog, probably a rescue, soon. I know he's right. He works some nights, (Fire Department) and both he and I would feel better with a dog (even a young one) in the house. My kids cried a little yesterday, but this morning was bad when they woke up and she wasn't here. It brought it home for them. (They switch off feeding and walking in the mornings-my 15 year old son woke up at 5 like always and then sat and cried like a baby with Missy's leash in his lap.)

    Thanks again. I'm glad I found this community.
  9. maintainers

    maintainers Puppy

    I'm so sorry for the loss of your loved one . I too had lost many, the recent one being my son's pit bull of 13 years, it is devastating, it almost helps to get pictures together of him and make an album and put a picture up on the wall, as a dear remembered family member, and talk about the God times with him, and put his bone or leash with picture, as in a shadow box. It helps everyone to grieve properly,and still hold him as very important,,take care and may God bless you and your family.

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