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I very much appreciated being referred to this thread. I wish that everyone who faces the difficult choice that we have to make concerning when and how to bring an end to their furry companion's life would read it.
Please consider my belief that many of us put our friend through too much just because we want him or her with us for a longer period of time. Regardless of when the time comes, it will be terribly sad...so very, very sad.
My wife and I were heart broken when we were given Willie's terminal cancer diagnosis. I talked with my vet whom I have known for 25 years. He's is a "real dog guy" with a very tender heart. When I told him that we would like to euthanize Willie before he experienced another seizure, he agreed wholeheartedly saying that it was the right decision and that's what he would do if Willie was his dog. He also said that in all reality Willie would not have that much longer to live and could possible suffer quite a bit at the end.
We made our decision in as rational manner as possible considering our emotional state. We believe it was simply the right thing to do for both Willie and us. I only hope that when our other golden's time has come we will have the wisdom and courage do the same.