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Old August 2nd, 2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Had to put our 14 yr. old Border Collie down today. He has been having issues for about a year with not knowing really where he was, and going potty in the house. Well the last couple weeks he developed a hacking problem he would just hack like crazy but never bring anything up. He was getting very lethargic and just wasn't himself not even wanting to play wrestle. Yesterday we noticed how much color he had lost in his gums and I told my wife that meant something serious was wrong. Well this morning vet confirmed what I suspected he was suffering from congestive heart failure. They also told us his nerve functions were out of whack which would explain the loss of control of his bladder and stools. They said they could maybe buy him about 3-6 months with a bunch of meds but we said no he is suffering and it's not a good quality of life situation for him. Rest in Peace Rascal you will be sorely missed, Love Pa. Click image for larger version

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Old August 2nd, 2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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sorry to hear. border collies are great dogs.
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rip. Its always hard to lose a friend.
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Sorry to hear that....worst part of having pets, but well worth it for all the love and happiness they give us in their too short of lives.
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Sorry about your loss My parents breed Border Collies, I am always amazed at how smart that breed is.
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Very sorry to hear that, my thoughts are with your family in this time of sadness.
Losing a family member the furry ones included is always hard!

R.I.P pup!
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Thanks all for the kind words. These dogs are very intelligent and quite frankly the best dogs I have ever owned. I still have a 5 yr. old 4 generation championship bloodline short haired version Border here . He is missing his brother I can tell . We made sure to take him in to the vets office today and let him smell Rascal's body to give him closure. He sniffed him and jumped back and ran towards the door and started whining like crazy. He is moping around the house now. They were great playmates for each other.
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sorry to hear, it's always a hard decision to let them go.
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Very sorry for your family loss.
RIP Rascal
It sounds like you made the tough although correct decision.

So many worry about themselves losing a friend/pet, not understanding that it should be about the animals quality of life not our own fears of loss.
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That's a rough one for sure. Remember the fun.......... I'm sure there was lots of it.
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That's a rough one for sure. Remember the fun.......... I'm sure there was lots of it.
Oh the stories I could tell LOL. He went camping with us everywhere in our 5th wheel . Maine , Vermont, New Hampshire, all over the U.P. He was such a good dog. He used to amuse himself swimming by chasing his own splash off his front paws. He would get so focused (like Border Collies do) that he would just take off swimming and some times I wondered if he would ever make it back. A lot of the times this was in Lake Huron.
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Sorry to hear about the loss of your pet. We lost our 14 year old Border Collie/mix Monday this week. He was my first dog and it has been hard since we lost him.
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sorry for your loss!
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Sorry to hear about the loss of your pet. We lost our 14 year old Border Collie/mix Monday this week. He was my first dog and it has been hard since we lost him.
Sorry to hear of the loss of yours' also. I'm almost 53 so I have had my share of dogs in my life and it never gets any easier to have to make that final step. Just look at pics of the good times and remember them and the unconditional love dogs share with us.
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RIP to a faithful friend!!
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Never had dogs, always cats. My one is 13/14. I am getting worried about her old age. She still gets around fine but still makes you wonder.

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. My parents lost their corgi last year. Died in my moms arms. Sad to see.

I have never heard of bringing in the other animals to have closure.
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I cried like a little bitch both times when I had to put my last dogs down. No shame.
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Never had dogs, always cats. My one is 13/14. I am getting worried about her old age. She still gets around fine but still makes you wonder.

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. My parents lost their corgi last year. Died in my moms arms. Sad to see.

I have never heard of bringing in the other animals to have closure.
Yeah when an animal dies in the wild the others smell it and it lets them know they are gone and they can move on. Some vets recommend this as closure for the other pets in the home. We had a dog and cat quite a few years back and the dog developed bone cancer and we had to put him down. We didn't know about the smelling issue then so it was not done, and soon after the cat just went into what seemed like deep depression and his health went down hill fast. They played together all the time it was so funny to watch what are supposed to be mortal enemies play like they did and actually kiss (lick) each others face often. They cuddled up together and slept that way often. The cat was just not the same after he lost his big buddy.
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