My dog, Fatty McTavish, a 16yr old Westie-Jack Russel cross has literally been with me since I helped him into this world on Valentines day 1992. (I owned his mum also). He's been a loving & faithful little chap, but of late his health has sadly began to fade. Started last summer when a succession of ear infections gradually lost him his hearing, his eyesight has also got worse, he's lucky if he can see me from 20m now. Also seems to have a few problems in his back legs & has to be helped up the step sometimes. Vet says its just old age catching up with him. I'm pretty sure the little chap is not enjoying life as much these days, walks are out as he can barely get around the block with his back legs failing. (Had to carry him home after Boxing day walk). He's also taken to constantly barking which is difficult to manage as he obviously cant hear you to tell him to stop. I can only imagine it might be annoying the neighbors also as we are out all day.
I always imagined I'd just come downstairs one morning & find he'd slipped away, but I guess it doesn't work that way.
So, & you've probably guessed whats coming next, I think it might be time to look at the kindest option to him. I always thought it would be an easy decision to make, but by god is my conscience turning in knots over this. I've kind of decided to take him tomorrow while the Mrs & kids are out. Having to say goodbyes will upset her, probably not so much the little ones (eldest is only 3), but all the same I kind of figure that it might be the best way of going about it. She knows I'm coming to terms with it & it wont surprise her if he's not here when she gets back from swimming.
Not quite sure what I'm looking for really, a few words of inspiration perhaps. I just don't want to go down the road of pumping him full of drugs to keep him alive. Doesn't seem right, he's always been such an active little fellow, never quite a mtb trail dog (legs too short...!!!) but a solid reliable little pal for a over a 1/4 of my life. Always imagined I'd rather remember him at his best, not the poor lethargic little chap he is now. I know its been on the cards for a while & I think I'm about ready to let him go now.
If anyones still reading at this point then thanks.
Its kind of got some difficult thoughts off my mind & seeing them written before me has helped somewhat.