View Full Version : This is a hard one...

01-14-2008, 10:58 AM
Our Sheltie, Anna MacKay, has renal failure, pancreatitis, can't keep anything down or in, and has extreme protein levels in her urine. And she is blind in her right eye, with marginal vision in her left eye, due to detached retinas from all this plus high blood pressure.

At some point you have to take responsibility for the quality of life of these creatures who feel us to be their pack. She has had 13 good years. Our boys have grown up with her.

The killer is, she is still perky and has that puppy face and heart. She follows us all around the house despite what must feel like massive crapola all through her body.

We have an appointment at 5PM with the vet. :(

Uncle Ben
01-14-2008, 11:09 AM
Bill, I am so very sorry! As her friend you are doing the right thing as she doesn't deserve the painful outcome if you choose to let it ride. My heart goes out to you as I have had to make the same choice and do the same deed and it's truly heart wrenching! Good luck amigo and enjoy her today as despite her pain she will continue to do her best to please you! Reciprocate that favor by petting her to a peacefull sleep one last time! :(

01-14-2008, 11:10 AM
It's tough to have to make those decisions. I know what it's like. Pets are really a part of your family and they never complain. I'm sorry to hear about this, Bill.

01-14-2008, 11:10 AM
Sorry to hear that Bill :(

We have had to put 3 labs and a sheltie down for similar reasons - knowing that to relieve the misery is really the best thing to do. It's really hard, 9 months ago we had to go through the same thing and it's still really hard to think about it. It sounds like she had a good life though, and that brings some comfort.

01-14-2008, 11:14 AM
Just sitting here thinking this reminds me about the times we've had a loved pet pass and it's making me sad. But I still grin thinking about the good years before that. I hope knowing that your family and little Anna MacKay will be in our thoughts helps a little.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

01-14-2008, 12:11 PM
I've gone through this twice now and sympathize with you're dilemma. It doesn't get any easier but you'll know you've made the right choice.

01-14-2008, 12:23 PM
Bill, I know your pain. Raxchel came when we had to put Max down who was the best damn dog we ever had. Rachel was real close with Max. We had the Vet make a plaster impression of her paw and then we (Rachel and I) held Max while they gave her the shot.
We took the plaster imprint of her paw and Rachel made a nice frame with some pictures of Max and still has it on her wall 5 years later.

01-14-2008, 12:42 PM
Indeed a tough one. My wife and I keep thinking the same thing is imminent for our Lab, but he's a stubborn old boy. I've gone through my mind what that day will actually be like (his last), and it's never good. My sympathies go out to you.

01-14-2008, 01:37 PM
this too shall pass :(

01-14-2008, 01:43 PM
Been there before and will be there again at some point. It's never an easy decision. My sympathies as well.

01-14-2008, 07:21 PM
Anna MacKay
5/31/1995 - 1/14/2008


Best dog I have ever owned. Tough as nails. Sweet as honey. Brave heart. Sharp as a tack.

Thanks for your support, all.

01-14-2008, 07:38 PM
Sounds like she had a great lifea dn you had lots of great moments to remember.

01-14-2008, 08:45 PM
As long as the pictures and memories are alive so too will be your dog. Very sorry for the sad day though Bill, our thoughts are with you.

01-14-2008, 08:58 PM
I feel so lucky that I got the chance to met her the other day. She was such a sweetie and will be missed.

01-14-2008, 09:02 PM
So sorry Bill. Sharon and I both feel your pain. I don't know what I will when that day comes, hopefully not for a long time still.

01-14-2008, 09:28 PM
Best dog I have ever owned. Tough as nails. Sweet as honey. Brave heart. Sharp as a tack.

Hard not to choke up a little. My condolences

01-14-2008, 10:15 PM
Bill, sorry to hear of your loss. Take solace in the knowledge that you gave a pup a great, happy life, and Anna Mackay felt that love for many years.

01-14-2008, 10:50 PM
I'm sorry to hear. I'm sure all the Morgans made the best choice albeit a tough one. Hang in there.

01-14-2008, 11:10 PM
Sorry to hear about your loss.

01-15-2008, 12:45 AM
Well that just sucks, plain and simple :(

I lost my dog over 4 years ago now and only time eases the passing. Dogs are such great companions and I can only imagine the grief you all are going through. Remember the good times, they'll always bring a smile to your face, and your heart...

01-15-2008, 09:04 AM
Sorry to hear about your loss Bill, you guys did the right thing..

01-15-2008, 11:56 PM
Sorry to hear this, man.


01-16-2008, 10:18 AM
Well, I can't leave anything alone. Got grief? Well then, do something about it boy!

Hot on the trail of a tricolor Shetland Sheepdog puppy... in Oklahoma, championship lineage... stay tuned, prayers appreciated.

That's gonna be one spoiled dog... I'm gonna hafta figger out doing performance trials and agility and stuff (though I am a few sheep shy of some of the needed resources). I've always admired that stuff, brings a tear to my eye for some reason. I like cutting horses too, in the same way and for the same reasons.

High IQ animals. There is a spirit in there. I don't know if I am up to all that, but this would be a great time to find out.

And a fitting tribute to how Anna gave to our lives.

01-16-2008, 01:06 PM
I am first in line for a small Tricolor Sheltie, 5 weeks old, eyebrow and cheek sable patches with a white splash around his nose like he stuck it in snow, and white feet, with a white star behind his head cascading down his mane.

She says he will be ideal for agility trials.

Now I gotta learn what that means for MY workload! :lmao:
Three weeks... road trip...

01-16-2008, 02:36 PM
Awesome Bill :thumb:

01-16-2008, 02:54 PM
Great news, you will really enjoy the performance and agility trials.:cheers: