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Putting a dog down
Anonymous
I've had this conversation with many coworkers, friends and neighbors.

How would you put your dog down? A vet or.......you know, one last day in the woods? Surprisingly a lot of people I talked to put their own dog down. Some have done it for money reasons. Others did it because they couldn't bare to watch them pass at the vet. Some felt their dog would have wanted one last awesome day running, playing catch, swimming whatever. Either one would be hard to do. Everybody agreed on one thing. Whether at the vet or in the woods, the dog knew it was coming.

Posted on: 2017/3/30 5:24
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Re: Putting a dog down
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From North Central MN
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I hate the though of any of my pets being shot. Our vet comes right to our house. Not fun either way but at least our pet is at home when it happens.

Posted on: 2017/3/30 5:51
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Re: Putting a dog down
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I agree with Kato...I couldn't do it I don't think

Posted on: 2017/3/30 7:42
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Re: Putting a dog down
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Yup no way I could do it myself. I am not a huge hunter but I have lab and occasionally look for birds. I have gone the vet route before and yes it was tough but seemed painless. This is the wife's first lab and when the time comes their will be tears flowing. Ugg don't even like to think about it.

Posted on: 2017/3/30 9:58
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Re: Putting a dog down
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best way is through the vet...what dog wants to be shot? no way i could do it myself...your no less of man putting him down with the vet...the right way...wouldn't we all like to go painlessly in our sleep?? I think so...

Posted on: 2017/3/30 10:06
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Re: Putting a dog down
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I can't even imagine pulling the trigger with my dog at the other end of my gun. I also couldn't live with myself if some how the shot did not kill him instantly and left him in pain even if only for a few seconds.

I'd much rather take my dog for a long walk, let him chase balls as long as he wants, let him have one last long run on the trails, and let him have one last meal of his favorite foods that he only gets when I wasn't looking. Then as he's exhausted from the best day ever I'd have the vet come in and let him have his final rest. I'd want to end the day with a painless and peaceful end.

Posted on: 2017/3/30 11:00
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Re: Putting a dog down
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From Bemidji mn
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I've had gun dogs all of my life, I'm 62 and I have always taken them to a vet to be put down. One last walk through the woods,one last picture. I'd hold the dog while they put them to sleep and I'll admit I cried like a baby every time but like my vet told me,bigger men have cried.It's not easy but any faithful pet deserves anything better than a bullet.I told one dog Auggie don't get all the birds I'll be with you later.

Posted on: 2017/3/30 12:37
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Re: Putting a dog down
Anonymous
I'm not trying to say that I would or could. I think I could do it but at the moment you have to, I don't know. I thought it would be a interesting discussion. I fully expect no one who has done it to respond. It comes up several times a year on job sites and listening to some people's stories is interesting and thought that I would ask here.

Been out with Argus running errands all morning. Just shared my lengua (tongue) quesadilla with him. Our favorite! Hoping to have many more years with this little sh!t!

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Posted on: 2017/3/30 12:39
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Re: Putting a dog down
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11/19/2004
From S.E. MN
Posts: 1857
This was a great conversation!!
I have always said it is that unconditional love and respect.
Pets are great and I could never have someone shoot my pet or shoot my pet myself.
My last dog that we had put down was 16 years old.
The $110 dollar fee is worth a million in respect IMO.
Cherished memories forever in your heart.

Trick

Posted on: 2017/3/30 13:52
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Re: Putting a dog down
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Well,for one last run through woods,playing fetch etc,sorry but its not time for your pup to go,after 50years of retrievers its never easy making that dicision but never let your pup suffer,I was lucky with my last (4) retrievers as I could'nt make the trip to the vet,had a great ole lady that was strong enough to do it,then we had our pups creamated,they sit in my gun cabinet today and watch over our shotguns and such,pics are fond memories as well for everyone,sadley I had to bury my ole lady not long ago so not sure how I'll handle my current pup,@4yrs I'm already dreding the thought.

Natep,great looking pup there! intense eyes.

Posted on: 2017/3/30 14:31
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