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  •  The dog may tell you (4+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53, Ahianne, roadbear, lightarty

    My mother said that one day my childhood dog just stared at her and said without words "I can't take this any more. Make it stop."

    With our late cat we kept pointedly asking the vet what her quality of life was like and whether we were being selfish by keeping her alive.

    Something you can do to manage your own feelings is to sit down with the dog and explain that she's been wonderful for you and you want to keep her, but not a day past when she needs to leave. She won't understand but you will.

    Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

    by Dogs are fuzzy on Sun May 05, 2013 at 10:57:27 AM PDT

    •  My Gracie did that to me this winter. (0+ / 0-)

      "It's time." just a look, and her voice in my head, exactly like she told me her name when she first came to me.
      Not all are so tuned to their pets, though. I feel lucky to have heard her. I work at being able to hear my beasts.

      Only thing more infuriating than an ignorant man is one who tries to make others ignorant for his own gain. Crashing Vor

      by emmasnacker on Sun May 05, 2013 at 06:51:28 PM PDT

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