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BartBart and Lisa

14 years ago

I am feeling kind of roughed up tonight. We had to have our 2 old puppydogs put down today. They would have been 15 years old in May.

They were littermates, and together every day of their lives, and they got sick together, but with different kinds of illness. It has been a hard time, trying to make DH understand that they were suffering, but he did finally agree. He had never had to have a dog put down, and he loved those dogs as much as he loves me, I think.

We still have Dixie, our Boxer. She is not sure what is going on, I don't think. Or maybe, she does know what is going on. She is real quiet tonight.

Let this day pass.


Here is a link that might be useful: A short blog about our dogs

Comments (11)

  • PattiOH
    14 years ago

    Janie, I'm so sorry to hear of your double loss.
    My heart goes out to you and DH and Dixie.


  • keesha2006
    14 years ago

    one of the hardest things to heart goes out to you..

  • aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada
    14 years ago

    It is about the hardest thing you have to do, my heart goes out to you, hang on to the thought you have stopped their suffering.
    Time will heal the sorrow and leave you with precious memories, their little spirits will always be with you bringing a smile to your face when suddenly you remember one of their ... antics.


  • todancewithwolves
    14 years ago

    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Two is especially difficult.



  • plantmaven
    13 years ago

    I am so sorry for your loss. My animals are like my children.
    Animals grieve too, so along with y'all, I am sure Dixie is at a loss.

  • midnightsmum (Z4, ON)
    13 years ago

    Janie - they become such members of the family. My heart is with you!!


  • proudgm_03
    13 years ago

    Sorry to hear about your loss. I had to put down one of my dogs last year. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do but I know she was suffering and I couldn't let her go on like that.

  • gldno1
    13 years ago

    What a sad time! I do think animals understand too.

    I am sorry that you had to lose, not one but two, good friends.

  • memo3
    13 years ago

    Janie, I'm so sorry for your loss. It is never easy, even with pets. We lost both of our little Jack Russels this winter, presumably to Hawks, and I miss them still, so much. The Rancher has replaced them with two more Jacks, way too soon in my opinion, and though they are nice little dogs and well behaved, my heart cries for the lost dogs every time I look at them. I wish he had waited longer. Give yourself all the time that you need to grieve.

    Hugs, MeMo

  • Redthistle
    13 years ago

    Janie, I am so sorry about your dogs. My heart goes out to you. Dogs are part of the family in my opinion and not just pets. As hard as the decision was to make, I'm glad you didn't let them suffer.

    Dogs do grieve and here is an example: My mother lived beside a neighbor with two large dogs. This neighbor would leave the dogs in the backyard, and they would bark all night long and keep my mother awake. She finally complained BIG TIME, and her neighbors put the dogs up at night. About a year later, Mom heard one of them again. This time, over a period of two weeks or so, the dog would howl in the most mournful way and she was mystified. She finally called her neighbor again to ask if one of the dogs had been hurt. He told her one of the two dogs had died. It was obvious the remaining dog was very sad/lonely.

  • little_dani
    Original Author
    13 years ago

    Thanks for the comforting thoughts. I really do appreciate it.

    Our dogs are indeed part of the family, or maybe you could say they ARE our family. We have kids, but they are grown and with families of their own, so they aren't here. The puppies are always here, always willing to set with me any time I want or always willing to play, any time I want. And they never hurt your feelings....

    These were old dogs. We picked them out of a litter of 12 that a nurse who worked with my sister had found in her pasture. Heeler/ lab cross is what we always figured. We brought them home to comfort the old boxer we had at that time who was lonesome for PJ, our doberman who had been killed in an accident. Sandy, the boxer, was not impressed.

    We named them for Bart and Lisa Simpson, of the TV show fame. It just seemed to fit. Lisa was the smart one, very reasoning and quick. Bart was laid back, absolutely the most honest dog I have ever known. He just did whatever, right in front of you. Lisa would wait until your back was turned, then climb over the fence of their little pen. LOL Having two from a litter is a challenge.

    Sandy did finally accept them, and they let her boss them around. When she died at the age of 16, they laid on her grave every day for almost a week. And now they are lying next to her.

    Memo, I am so sorry for your loss. At least I know what happened to my pups, you have the extra burden of not knowing for sure what happened to them. Are the new dogs puppies? I am sure they will grow on you- how can they not, with the personality that God gave Jack Russel Terriers? It just takes time.

    Again, thanks so much for your kind thoughts.