Scooby Doo, I Miss You

We had to put our ol’ Scoob dog down before Christmas.

Putting your dog down is the hardest thing you'll have to do

it.was.the.hardest.thing.ever.to.do

Scooby Doo

Nothing ‘pinpointedly’ wrong with him, he was just old and starting to show many signs of being just that, old.

I fought so hard to see all the reasons to keep him and not to have to make the decision to put The Scoob down.  However, it was inevitable that it was time to make the appointment.  It was the hardest decision to make because it was me doing it.  Not him.  Me.

Pet Photography by Farrah Jobling

I cried for 2 weeks before as I knew it was going to be the end soon.  So, I’d cry thinking that it would be the ‘last time he’d do this or that’, last time I’d take him for a walk, last time he’d eat out of his dish, last time he’d take off on his own for a tour of the neighbourhood {he loved to do that}

So, all of these lasts … BUT, I did make sure to hold him and pet him, and give him amazing treats, and just love him.  Be calm with him.  Lay with him on the floor.  Smile at him and tell him how much I loved him. I told him so many times of all the reasons why he was such a good dog.  I could still be telling him now because there were so many wonderful characteristics he had that made him such a wonderful pet, a family member.  I made sure to get some really great photos of him with us by my good friend, Farrah Jobling.

 Pet Photography by Farrah Jobling Photography

I did a bunch of things that I had always thought to do, but didn’t do as often.  Professional portraits with Scooby was never something I had wanted to do, I always thought it was corny … not what I think now.

Until you go through having to put a pet down, you will never understand the pain or just the emotional ties that are brought to the surface.  It was the worst experience to go through.  Our vet was wonderful and the staff at the clinic were great.  I sat outside the clinic waiting for G to get there so we could both be there for Scooby.  I sat in my vehicle crying my eyes out until he arrived.  Then I watched him and Scooby go for their ‘last walk’ together, cried some more.  We walked him in to the clinic and they put us right in a room.  I couldn’t talk, my eyes were red, well, my whole face was red and puffy, tears wouldn’t stop.

Goodness, just writing this and reliving it makes me cry all over.

We had to sign some papers, then our vet came in.  We talked with her for a bit, I think just for myself to be reassured it was the right decision.  She explained what would happen.  For those, like myself, that think that they’ll have time after the medication is given, not true.  It happens within seconds.  She gave us more time to say whatever we needed to say to him and hold him some more.  She came back, gave him the medicine to stop his heart, and that was it.  It happens soooooo fast.  I understand why and I’m glad it’s quick, but I guess in my mind it was going to be longer.  We had some time to be with him afterwards.

It was sooooooo hard to know that I walked in with Scooby and wouldn’t be leaving with him.  It tore me apart.  I had so many great friends lending support and helping me through that I can’t even say thank you enough to.  I hadn’t written about it on here because it was so hard to even put words to it.  Now, it’s still a bit hard.  I thought I was ready to where I could ‘relive’ it and write about it without crying, but not so much.

He was a part of our family for 8 years.  He was 5 when we adopted him and 13 when when he left.  I really truly believe that rescue dogs are the best dogs to ever have.  They love you for taking them in to a loving home and you love them for being there at the right place and right time to bring you together.  Things happen for a reason and it shows time and time again.  Scooby was meant to be with us for so many reasons.

Scooby Doo I miss you

And that was our wonderful life experience with The Scoob.

Comments

  1. Oh your post just made me cry! My dog has not been well, she is older, too. I’m beginning to toy with the idea of what is best for her. What is best for her is not really what feels right for me. :( I feel ya…
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    • Thanks, Lisa. It is such a hard decision to make. Like I said, I wanted to see him as healthy and not old and slowing down, I tried hard to not see all the things that were telling me that I needed to do something, make the appointment. But, I finally got the courage and did it. Once he was gone, it wasn’t as hard because I knew that it was the right thing to do for him. but up until then, it was so difficult. Good luck and if you need to talk to someone, don’t hesitate to contact me. hugs, Tara

  2. So sweet Tara. Your words made me tear up, but the photos made me smile. xo
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  3. Samm Schmuki says:

    Tara,
    I am so sorry for your loss :(
    My baby passed away April 16th 2013 at the age of 17. Even though it has been almost 7 months I cry everyday about him.
    My babies name was SCOOBY and he was fawn exactly like your baby. I was googling just scooby doo and found your article and just started crying my eyes out.
    I was in such denial when it was time, why cant they be forever? But I feel his spirit is so strong with me. I know one day you will meet your baby at rainbow bridge just like I will meet my baby. I am sorry for this random comment but I just had to reach out to you. Your baby was so beautiful and once again I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Thanks so much, Samm. I’m so sorry for your loss. It is so stinking hard. I still tear up when I think of him. We all miss Scooby so much! But, we made the right decision for him. It doesn’t make it any easier though, does it? Pets are such a huge part of our lives, aren’t they. oy…

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