As I read your posts, I was sort of thinking the same thing Christine said, that he is getting tired and the time is near. Please let me share a part of Brownie's story with you: Brownie never got to the point where it was absolutely clear that he needed to be euthanized asap. He started feeling bad, then got better, then quit eating, then ate a little bit, then felt worse, then felt better and started eating, etc (you get the picture). He went up and down, but it turned out to be a slow progression downward. I did let things go for awhile, because I would get encouraged by his feeling better. We had just started a new medication, and I figured it was making him sick, but that he would come through it if given a little time. I let it go for a few days then took him to the vet on 3/31. They did x-rays and found a tumor in his spleen, and told me that it could possibly burst and if it did, it would be incredibly painful for him. I was scared to death that would happen when I was at work and he would lie in pain for hours, so I took him home, spent the evening and next morning saying good-bye, and then helped him cross to the bridge that next afternoon (4/1). I loved him so much, I just couldn't let something bad like that happen to him. The morning of 4/1, it was a beautiful day and he felt good. We walked out in the yard, and he even ate a little bit, and I am so grateful that our last day together was like that. Had that tumor burst, our last time together would have been spent rushing him to the emergency vet while he was suffering.
I'm not really offering any advice or trying to make you see any big picture. I just remember that when I was trying to make that decision, I really wanted and needed to hear other people's stories to see how and when they made their decision and what they based it on. So I thought I would share our story in case you are wondering the same.
amazincc wrote:It's not easy for me to post this, and it won't be a "popular post", by any means - it might even lose me a few friends, but... I'm going to say it anyway:
Christine, I know this wasn't easy for you to post, but I think you are a good friend to speak up. Dee said she was looking for honesty and I believe she knows you are speaking from your heart.