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#1 truman

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 04:22 AM

My beloved Truman got suddenly sick this past week. His vet prescribed medicine, but he began to refuse it and stopped eating and drinking the last two days. The vet came last night to give him an injection of antibiotic and steroids. I noticed when he went out, he didn't relieve himself, but began eating snow. I brought in bowl after bowl of snow as he kept eating it. I was elated he was getting some sort of liquid into himself. He began to vomit the liquid and just slept through the night. This morning they took him to the office to hook him up to an IV, but the vet feels his kidneys are shutting down.

I thought I was strong, but I'm just sitting here sobbing. There is nothing like the love of a pet. He has brought me so much joy the last 12 years, I couldn't even hope to give him in return what he has given me.

Just keep my True Blue in your thoughts today. I only want what is best for him, and if it means letting go, than that's what I'll have to do.
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#2 LisaBulman

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:29 AM

Oh Tru,
I am so sorry! I will keep your True Blue in my thoughts and cry all you want. You have every right to.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 07:34 AM

YOu and your precious Truman are in my thoughts. I, too am a pet lover and I lost my bassett hound 4 years ago, but it seems like yesterday. I have two "babies" now and I don't know how I'm gonna handle it when their time comes. Hold and love your baby. Give him lots of kisses and hugs for me and my two babies.
Peace :)
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 08:17 AM

True Blue is exactly what pets are. Loving and loyal and they ask nothing from us in return. My heart aches for you and your precious. He is a lucky dog who knows he is loved.

Take Care,
You are in my thoughts
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 08:35 AM

Oh Tru this brings tears to my eyes. I'm sorry to hear about Truman and I hope he put's thru this. I know the love of a pet can be so strong. After all they are your "Fur Babies" and having to let go is one of the hardest things in life to go thru. Kiss and hold your baby as long as you can. May your wonderful memories bring you thru this difficult time. My thought are with you and Tru Blue.


Lots of hugs to you! :(
Take care and stay warm,

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 08:46 AM

Oh Tru,

I'm so sorry! My heart goes out to you. My animals are like my kids. When my Sheltie had to be put to rest, I had to take a week off of work. I will hope for the best here..... you keep us posted.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 10:11 AM

I am so sorry. It just makes me want to cry. In fact, I am. I know how attached you can get to your pet - I sure am with ours. Your little love sounds like he has had so much love from you. I will keep you both in my thoughts.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 10:14 AM

Hi Tru ,

You can count me in along with the others as understanding your pain from sick pets. I had to put my 12 1/2 years old Newfie to sleep last Oct. I took him in for more pain pills (his hips were shot) and the vet said to me, very caringly, "Who are you doing this for....T-Rex or yourself?" I cried like a child, sitting on the floor with his head in my lap, and held him while he put him to his final sleep. In the end, though, they know you cared for them and loved them.

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 10:35 AM

Hi Truman

I'm sorry to hear that too. I'll be thinking of you!
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 02:11 PM

Tru,

I know exactly how you are feeling! Over the past 40 years we've had to "let go" of several pets. It hurts as bad as if it were a human family member. Just know that we are here for you and that you are in our hearts and thoughts.

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 02:58 PM

Thank you all for your wonderful thoughts and responses. I just got off the phone with the vet and she said Truman is resting comfortably and is finishing a bag of fluids. She's setting him up with a new bag before she leaves. I wanted to stop and visit him today, but I felt it would be upsetting for him to have me there and then to leave. It would be too confusing for him. I don't like having him away from me, and alone this evening, but to bring him home would only hurt him at this point. The vet assures me he'll be fine through the evening.

Again, thank you all for your thoughts.
Tru

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 03:06 PM

Tru, my heart is really aching for you... each and every one of my pets have a very special place in my heart that will always be theirs only. I have no doubt that any here, who have had pets, share the same feeling.

I will keep you and Truman in my thoughts..

Soft Hugs for you both.
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Posted 23 February 2008 - 10:03 PM

Tru,
I'm so sorry. My pets are my family, too and it is so hard when they are sick. I am thinking of you both.

Mary in Texas

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 03:47 AM

Oh Tru! I just read this post. I am sooo sad. I hope your little one gets through this. He sure is young, ya know?
how is he today? You know if you need to talk you can always call me. I am so attached to Sadie and Max (and anyone else's animal) that I feel your pain. please please please, let me know how he is. I think it was actually a good idea that you didn't stop in, because he'd only want to go with you and maybe at this point it's best for him to rest.
Poor thing, you must be so upset.
Love,
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 09:13 AM

Tru,

I'm glad he's feeling better today. I understand exactly where you are and have been there and my heart aches for you. The attachment between pets & humans is just as real & strong as human to human and don't ever let anyone tell you different - it just seems that our pets are there for us all the time unconditionally! I hope you found something to smile about today!
Soft hugs your way,

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 10:05 AM

Truman passed away about an hour ago. The vet called and said he was doing very badly. My friend and I went to see him and there was no other decision than to put him down. As the vet was getting ready, I leaned down and caressed Tru's head, and at that time, he took his last breath and passed. It's as if he waited for me to get there.

I'm so glad I did not have to make the decision to put him down, rather that he made the decision to hold on until I got there to pass away on his own.

I love you Tru........
Tru

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Posted 24 February 2008 - 10:12 AM

Tru, I am so sorry you have lost such a good friend. Sounds like you were just as good a friend to him and I am glad he was able to wait for you to say goodbye.



Hugs to you, sweetie.
Warm wishes,
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 10:18 AM

Tru,
You have my heartfelt condolences. You were a brave person to be there with him at the end. That's something I couldn't have done. My son held our bassett when they had to put him down, I just couldn't do it. I applaud your bravery and devotion to Truman, I'm sure he passed in peace with his "pet human" with him.
Again, I am so sorry for your loss.
Peace :)
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 02:09 PM

Tru, I sure am glad things worked out for the best. Having you and your dog together those last moments of his life was good for you. Sorry, it happened as it did but we all need to learn the process of letting go. Sometimes it is easier if it is an animal rather than a loved one. I don't have animals because I don't want the pain you are going through at the moment. I enjoy my friends pets. I like to go to much to be a good mate to any pets. I marvel at what people do for them. I feel sorry you are having pain over Truman. Your friend Sheryl
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 02:14 PM

Tru,

I am so sorry. Animals have a very special place in our lives and help us through a lot of things people can't. They are always there just as you were there when he needed you. I am so glad you got to be with him at the end. I know there are no words that can make anything better. Just know you are in a lot of people's thoughts. I send you my sincere condolences and lots of hugs.

Cheri