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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Made Euthanasia Appointment

    Today I made the appointment to have Stan euthanized on May 3.

    He's only 13 years old, but he has arthritis in his coffin joint and he has really gone downhill this spring. He always looks better when it's cold out, but this year he's already in pain even when it's only in the 40's. I don't want to see how bad he'd look when the temps hit the 80's.

    He's still eating, still drinking, still moving around the pasture, but he's obviously lame even at the walk, no longer wants to come down for grain, and sometimes when he's standing in the pasture, he keeps shifting his weight like he just can't get comfortable. Bute's keeping him reasonably comfortable until his appointment, but I'm not going to bute him indefinitely. I know it's time.

    I'm not really asking a question, I just needed to get it off my chest.

    Thanks.
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
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    Wayside, my heart goes out to you as you have had to make this difficult (but kindest) decision for your horse.

    Try to cherish the time you have left, and don't second-guess your decision, your heart has told you that this is the right thing to do.

    Bless you for caring enough about Stan to not want his life to be an long stretch of pain filled days.
    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams



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    Thanks MunchkinsMom
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
    -Edward Hoagland



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    Hugs from VA
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    Been there, done that. You have put HIS needs and comfort above your own and are showing him the ultimate sacrifice of love.

    May his last days be filled with lotsa yummy things to eat, belly scritches and sweet nuthins' whispered in his ear.

    (((( Many Hugs )))))
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- "When they try to tell you these are your Golden years, don't believe 'em.... It's rust."



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    so sorry, I know this day is coming soon for me as well, give him so spoiling and his favorite treats and know he will be at peace.



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    Jingles and hugs to you. It's never an easy decision but at least you have made it and know in your heart it is his time. Kudos to you. ((Hugs))



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    Thanks for all the hugs and comforting thoughts.

    You have my sympathy as well, Burbank, and everyone else who has gone through or is going through this. I know it's not easy, but it's *right*.

    And I bought a whole bunch of Carrots and Peeps and Bute so Stan can enjoy the little bit of time he has left

    And although most of my fellow Wisconsinite are lamenting this cold snap, I'm really grateful for it.
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
    -Edward Hoagland



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    Lots of hugs to you, Wayside. It's such a tough decision. Spoil the daylights out of him...make him feel like a king for the last few weeks.

    And please know that in your heart of hearts that you're doing the right thing by him. You truly are. Blessings!!!



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    Wayside, true horsemen and horsewomen do this for their equine friends. I applaud you for putting your horse first. And I am so sorry that you have to do it.
    EDDIE WOULD GO



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    Exactly as Coreene said it: You are putting his comfort and well being first.



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    Bless you for being Stan's stand-up friend, and putting his needs over your wants. I'm sorry it's come to this.



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    (((((Hugs to you and Stan))))) you are making the best decision for him and putting your own needs second. I commend you on your bravery.

    Groom up your Sweet Stan, spend some extra time with him, give him extra carrots and cookies from all his uncles and aunties on CoTH.



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    Wayside, you're doing right by him even at your own expense. You're a horsewoman.

    Hugs to you.



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    More thanks and hugs for all my CotH friends. I really appreciate all your kind thoughts and support. <hugs>
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coreene View Post
    Wayside, true horsemen and horsewomen do this for their equine friends. I applaud you for putting your horse first. And I am so sorry that you have to do it.
    Well said. Sending you hugs, Wayside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MunchkinsMom View Post
    Wayside, my heart goes out to you as you have had to make this difficult (but kindest) decision for your horse.

    Try to cherish the time you have left, and don't second-guess your decision, your heart has told you that this is the right thing to do.

    Bless you for caring enough about Stan to not want his life to be an long stretch of pain filled days.
    I could not have said it so eloquently, but I echo this.
    Jeanie
    RIP Sasha, best dog ever, pictured shortly before she died, Death either by euthanasia or natural causes is only the end of the animal inhabiting its body; I believe the spirit lives on.



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    More hugs. It sucks, but you are doing the right, best thing for your good friend. You'll be in our thoughts.
    "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

    Spay and neuter. Please.



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    So sorry to hear your bad news. I lost two last year, and know how painful the process is. I miss my two guys every day. My vet said it's the last, best kindness we can show our faithful friends. I hold onto that thought.



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