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Well, I didn't know where to put this......but I just kind of had to vent about it. A friend of mine had to PTS a rottie puppy tonight. His name was Ivan. She couldnt do it, so I held him while he took his last breaths. He had severe hip problems. He was only 9 months old. I have never seen or been through that before, and even though he wasn't my dog it was very very sad to feel him just go limp in my arms. I dread the day that I ever have to go through this with one of my own dogs. Although it was hard, he went very peacefullyand I do feel like they made the right decision.

Sleep Softly Ivan.
 

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I am sorry BIB. It is never easy if it is yours or a friends if you love animals. They are all beautiful creatures and hard to see leave. He is in a better place comfortably.

Rest peacefully Ivan.
 

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Man, it is so hard, but they deserve to be held by their loved ones till the very end.

That stinks about the hips - poor baby.
 

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You are a good friend. I know that was so heartbreaking for you but to know you helped him off comfortably to a better place where his hips will never hurt and he'll run forever like a puppy should.
 

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Awe poor guy. Something so easily preventable with proper breeding.
I've had to put a few cats to sleep. The only thing I regret is not knowing at the time that it was okay to hold my babies while they went to the bridge. It always seemed the vet would rather take them to the back administer the meds and then bring them back to you. (it's been 5 years since I had to go thru that) I'm sure I will be faced with that decision again in my life and the next time I am.....I will be holding them. I'm glad you were there for that pup and your friend. So sad and so hard.
 

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Poor puppy! I am dreading the day when I might have to make this decision, as humane as it may be for my Java.

I wish BYBs could read this thread and get it through their thick skulls why breeding shouldn't be left to amateurs who don't take health histories into consideration.
 

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It was pretty awful, he was such a sweet puppy. (Arent they all) It made it even worse that he was licking my face and my arms the whole time I was holding him. (He was no little guy...)

Just so you know....this dog was not from a BYB. He was from titled, health tested parents. It was just a fluke thing that can happen. His hips never fully developed.

I agree though, I dread the day that I have to make this decision. Although, I have to honestly say that I didnt know how peacefully they go....and I think that knowing that now will help me come to terms with it a little better. We buried the little guy last night also...so, he is in a better place...but it sure doesnt make it any easier.
 

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So sorry - open mouth and insert foot....

No, No.........it's okay. You just didn't know. I'm sure alot of the time it is from a BYB, I just wanted everyone to know that even though you get a dog from a good breeder.....things like this CAN happen.

It's okay JM, No apology needed.
 

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Did your friend breed the dog or did she buy it from a breeder? I hope the breeder is aware so they can maybe figure out of it is a fluke or something else that could have caused this.

My mother bought a himi from a reputable breeder 11 years ago. The poor girl has never been what anybody would consider healthy by most standards. Surviving, but not a happy cat and very small. In this case it truely was just a fluke. The breeder offered to replace the kitten and take in her cat if that is what she wanted but my mother was already in love. It took a little while to realize that this kitten was not "normal". So the breeder refunded the cost of the kitten to make up for it. She also ended up having the cat fixed just in case it was not a fluke thing even though she had never had anything wrong with any of the other kittens in the litter. This was the cats third litter and she probably wouldn't have had much more anyway.

I'm so sorry for your friend. It would have been so much more horrible though to see the puppy go through so much pain before making a decision down the road.
 

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CAN happen, but much less likely. BYB much more likely to happen.
Thanks for informing us.

RIP little guy.
 

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Good on you Amanda for doing that for your friend, i have had do that to Dobes i have loved for a long time and it is the hardest thing i have ever had to do.
 

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Did your friend breed the dog or did she buy it from a breeder? I hope the breeder is aware so they can maybe figure out of it is a fluke or something else that could have caused this.

My mother bought a himi from a reputable breeder 11 years ago. The poor girl has never been what anybody would consider healthy by most standards. Surviving, but not a happy cat and very small. In this case it truely was just a fluke. The breeder offered to replace the kitten and take in her cat if that is what she wanted but my mother was already in love. It took a little while to realize that this kitten was not "normal". So the breeder refunded the cost of the kitten to make up for it. She also ended up having the cat fixed just in case it was not a fluke thing even though she had never had anything wrong with any of the other kittens in the litter. This was the cats third litter and she probably wouldn't have had much more anyway.

I'm so sorry for your friend. It would have been so much more horrible though to see the puppy go through so much pain before making a decision down the road.
The puppy came from a breeder. The breeder offered a replacement puppy from the next litter. The breeder was just as torn up about it as the owners I think. It was actually the breeder who I held the dog for. She arranged to have the puppy come back to her to be put to sleep so that (1) The owners didnt have to go through it (2) She could have the dog buried on her property. I thought that was very respectable of her. I think alot of people would not go to that trouble.
 

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I imagine that must be a horrible feeling for the breeder too. It does sound like a good breeder to be so caring to want the dog on her property. I hope the owners are willing to give their love to another puppy in due time.
 

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We all want the end of our best friend's life to be a quiet and peaceful moment for them. It sound's like that's what this puppy got...hope you feel better soon.
 
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