Daily Diary: I’m So Scared For My Puppies


I guess they aren’t my puppies. Jack and Jill are 10+ years old at this point. But they are so small and furry and adorable. I just love them to pieces! I can’t help but think of them as babies.

Anyway, I’ve mentioned before that they are getting a little sick. It’s now to the point where one of them is choking, gasping for air etc – every other hour. I can’t pet them around the neck anymore! It causes them to FREAK OUT and start snorting and shaking. It’s horrible!

So, I just stick to their bellies and their backs. I know they will eventually go – it’s part of life. But I can’t imagine how quiet (and clean) my house will be without them.

Have you had an animal pass? How did the kids take it?

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  1. serene wrote:

    ya ive had 2 put my puppy to sleep because he suffered way too much and its not much different to losing a family member. all the same feelings of loss and numbness are there, even more so because ur so used to hearing it bark and his toys laying around ouch its painful to think back. as for the kids, i think the ‘they went to live in a farm’ story is best because now i know i lost a rabbit to ‘the farm’ and i remember feeling happy for him go back then. dont put ur kids thru that, its not easy. i hope ur puppies will keep ur house a loud mess for many more yrs to come 🙂

    Posted 5.24.12
  2. Holly Caudle wrote:

    It is always hard. I have been through it too many times recently. However, it is worth it for all the love that I have given and received from my pets. My daughters were full grown when my first dog Hunter passed away. He was 14, almost 15 yrs old. It was really difficult for my family because we had him since he was 1. A few years later, I went through it again with the other dog my girls grew up with Bandit. He was 17 yrs old when he had passed. It was hard, but not as hard as it was the first time and we knew he had lived a long and good life. It was just time for him to go. My granddaughter was 4 yrs old and she didn’t really understand and had a hard time with it. We told her the truth because it was obvious the dog was getting old and sick. He couldn’t even stand up hardly because his back legs just got too weak. After, my first dog Hunter passed, we waited about 6 months and we got another dog. He was a great addition to our family and everyone loved him. Sadly, he ended up having cancer and we only had him for 5 yrs before he passed away. I know I will be going through this again soon because I found a stray shortly after my dog Bandit had passed and she was already probably 10 yrs old. We took her to the vet and found that she had heart worms and lyme disease. We did everything we could for her and she is still going strong at about 14 yrs old. However, I know she won’t be with us forever. It is very difficult and it is hard for young children to understand, but it is a part of life. I wouldn’t trade any of the years I had with my pets. They all came from the SPCA and I believe that they had a much better life with my family. I will always have dogs as long as I can take care of them. I have not been without a dog since my children were young. I think it is better to wait until they are at least old enough to be kind to the animals. I hear too many stories of people getting rid of animals because they nipped at their young children.

    Posted 5.24.12
  3. lizzys wrote:

    it’s a heart breaker….my mom kept hearing the id tags running up and down the stairs and i’d find my ex-husband crying at the kitchen table….then along came penny 🙂

    Posted 5.24.12
  4. kelbel wrote:

    My dog died right in front of me from old age 19 months ago in my kitchen both of my boys were home and knew she was getting old – was very heartbreaking but like everything in life there is a time when things die and your kids need to learn this lesson too unfortunately so no need to lie to them about it, best thing to do is talk to them about how your puppies are getting old and that may mean that they will no longer be around. Good luck Vera maybe you need to take your dogs to a vet now to make sure they are not suffering does not sound to pleasant for them at all..

    Posted 5.25.12
  5. carol wrote:

    We did in January. Our oldest, 26, really loved that boy Jack. He held him and hugged him but knew it was time for him to go. He couldn’t walk that morning-one side of his body his legs couldn’t hold him. He was a sweet standard poodle of 12. He had been going downhill for awhile and had trouble getting up, and he coughed quite a bit also. It was horrible.
    We have another standard we got a few months ago. That helps. It is very hard though to see them start to go down and knowing what is coming. Ugh.
    Hoping maybe the vet can help.

    Posted 5.25.12
  6. Julie wrote:

    Yes, we had a Basset we put down a few years ago. Now we have a Chihuahua. He too has the choking that is sounds like yours has. Our vet says that he has an enlarged heart and that it puts pressure on the esophagus, which causes himt to feel like he needs to caugh. They said there is nothing they can do. Other than the occasional choking and not being able to go for very long walks, he is happy and healthy. Good luck to you with Jack and Jill, it is always hard, they are just like your babies.

    Posted 5.25.12
  7. Yugga wrote:

    try a vet that uses homeopathy/accupuncture.I had a case years ago, one f my dogs got very sick and i took him to several vets and they said there was nothing to be done and hes die within a few months, i tried a vet with homeopathy/accupuncture and he improved within weeks and died at 15 y/o!since then ive treated them with alternative medicine with excelent results

    Posted 6.19.12

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