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Dudley, we had a good, long time together

When I took my sixteen year old dachshund to the vet today, he agreed that the most humane option for him was to help him go easily today. He had weighed just under 10 lbs in August, and today he was only 6.5 pounds. He wasn't able to digest his food, so he was wasting away.

He was nearly blind, but that had happened slowly and he had adjusted to that quite well. However, he started to become senile during the spring and summer, and then, starting in about August, he started to loose weight quickly. In July we were still saying that he would outlive us all because he was still so healthy, but he deteriorated very quickly. The vet theorized that he may have been experiencing renal failure, which was making it impossible for him to digest anything, but he said it could have been from another reason. At any rate, because he was so senile, even if we could have improved the digestive issue, he didn't even know where he was much of the time. It seemed the most humane option to let him go.

I don't think I have any pictures I could share. If I find some, I will post them later.

I like to remember funny things about him. He was - well - "slow". I have had two other dachshunds, and they were both as intelligent as your average dog, but not poor Dudley. Once he walked under the back side of a reclining chair while my son Paul was sitting in the chair with the leg part only half way up. He bumped his head on the half raised section, but couldn't walk under it because it was too low. Instead of turning around, he just kept backing up and then going forward again and hitting his head. He repeated this at least 20 times before Paul realized what was happening and lifted the foot rest the remainder of the way up so he could walk out. In 16 years of life, he never figured out that the dog in the mirror was him. At least he probably wasn't too upset when he became senile because he wouldn't have had much of a mind to loose. He was, however, a very obedient and sweet dog. Once he realized what you wanted him to do, he never disobeyed.


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I'm so sorry about Dudley, Nanay. He is now free from suffering. You have gave him a good life. Rest in peace Dudley.

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Sorry for your loss. He lived a good long life though. You did the right thing.
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Im really sorry Nanay I know how hard it is

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So sorry... you gave him a great life and when the quality of that life was gone you gave him the greatest gift you could... the gift of peace and tranquility, free of all pain and suffering.
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So sorry, Donna. It's what's best, but it doesn't make it any easier Dudley



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So sorry for your loss! He had quite a long run. They are sweet little dogs, my mom used to breed them when I was little.

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I'm so sorry to hear this. I know it can be such a heartwrenching decision to make...and that even when you're being an angel for letting them go, it can feel like a failure. You and Dudley are both in my thoughts. You did what you could for him, the best thing any pet parent can do. You didn't let your needs come before his. He knows that, and he loves you. He always will.
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I grew up with Them. Lovely dogs.

So sorry for your loss.
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I'm sorry Nanay, rest in peace little one

I'm glad to know that you remember him for how he was! He lived a long life!

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Thank you all for your kind words.
Jamal, my standard poodle who is ten, almost eleven, is having a hard time. Dudley was, without a doubt, the least intelligent dog I ever had, and Jamal is, without a doubt, the most intelligent dog I've ever had. It was funny that they lived together. Jamal is a huge care taker. He served as my seizure alert dog for years, going with me to work and everything, until I got such good control over my seizures that I didn't need him with me all the time. I think, though I can't be certain, that he can't rest because he doesn't know where Dudley is. I think I should have taken Jamal with me and let him know that Dudley passed. I think he would have been less worried if I had. I feel like a jerk!
The same thing happened when I put my old grandmother llama down three years ago. Her daughter made herself sick worrying over her for a few weeks, and I told myself then I should have taken her daughter with me so she would have known that her mother was not suffering somewhere without her. Then I didn't even think about it when I took Dudley.
Strangely, Jamal and the daughter llama, Lou Ann, seem to understand English. (I know they can't, but you would be hard pressed to remember it at times.) I talked to her, and it seemed to help her, and I'll keep talking to Jamal.
I'm really mad at myself for not thinking about this!


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I'm SOOO sorry. Dogs can be as close to you as a best friend. (hence the saying) He had a long happy life!


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My friends dog died and their b&g macaw called for him for 3 days. They'd been together for 12 years.
It was heart breaking. They showed her the empty collar and she turned her back. Then she wanted a cuddle. She eventually went to sleep in the dogs bed.
Some 'experts' say they dont realise. Well us owners know different. I hope you all feel better soon.
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Birds probably aren't as stupid as people think. Dumb "experts".

And nanay, so sorry for your loss....
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Jamal seems somewhat better now, but he still doesn't want to leave my side.


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Awww...I'm so sorry...
This makes me really sad reading through this. I hope you're doing alright.




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I'm fine, Abby. I had a good cry, but we had all come to the conclusion that we couldn't stand to watch him suffer any longer. He shivered all the time, and then he would sometimes get lost and not know where he was. He was really healthy until August, so he didn't suffer long. He went down fast and steady, which is actually probably the easiest way for the survivors.
Jamal is the only one I really worry about, but he seems to be putting all of his care into Ermine and Teddy, so I think he's getting along ok now. (Ermine is another dachshund who looks almost exactly like Dudley. We got him at the very beginning of the summer, before Dudley even started to go downhill. He had infantile seizures, and I have seizures, so I wanted to provide him with a home. Jamal used to stay with me all the time and watch after me when I had my seizures. Now he has Ermine to watch, because I seldom have seizures any longer. Teddy is a miniature poodle we got from a rescue. He is - strange. That's about all I can say for him, lol. I think he must have been locked in a crate for long periods of time or something, because he will just run in circles and bark unless you give him some direction about something else to do. Jamal will distract him and get him doing something else.)


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