A few weeks ago, me and my family had to put down our 14.5 year old Shetland Sheepdog, Tanner. Tanner was the second dog we lost within a year. Last August we put down our 9 year old Scottie, Raven when we found out that she had cancer.
Those were two of the hardest days of my life.
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I'm devastated and it breaks my heart to tell y'all that today we put Tanner down. Tanner is the second dog we've lost within a year, as we put our 9 year old Scottie, Raven down last August. Tanner has been with us for 14.5 years, and I can't remember a point in my life where I didn't know and love him. He was the best friend and best boy that we could've ever asked for. I can begin to describe how much happiness this dog brought me and my family in the 14.5 we've had him. After all this time, and after all this love I don't think home will ever feel like home again without him. As he's gotten older we've known this has been coming, but no matter how much time I had to prepare for this day, Tanner was my first dog and I still really don't know how to say goodbye to him. So I guess I'll thank him instead. Thank you Tanner, thank you for the endless joy, kisses and love you've brought into our lives, thank you for teaching all of us patience, grace, compassion and intelligence. Thank you for an amazing 14.5 years. You've touched our lives in ways we couldn't have imagined. I don't think you ever met a single person who didn't love you. I can't tell you how much I miss you already. And I can't imagine ever being more sad than I am right now. But I know we made the right decision and I know that you truly lived your best life. I hope Raven is taking it easy on you. Thank you for being such a good boy, we love you tan 💕
In my experience, losing a pet can be like losing a family member. Especially when it comes down to making a decision. Vet care can be expensive, and results are never guaranteed. Nobody wants to see their pet suffer.
Losing a pet hurts, and can be devastating. Regular symptoms of grief can be expected and are totally normal! Losing a pet is the same as losing a family member, or close loved one.
Pets are so good to us, and bring us so much joy that often times saying goodbye to them can be heartbreaking.Time does help heal eventually. But, it’s important to be supportive of everyone during hard times such as this.
Pet’s enrich our lives. We grow with them, we learn from them, and we love them. Tell me about your favorite pet in the comments!!!