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What is the hardest thing about being a pet owner?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by jeandecker76, Sep 27, 2020.


  1. jeandecker76

    jeandecker76 PetForums Junior

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    For me, it's when I have to leave for work. It breaks my heart because they are very clingy to me. How do you guys deal with separation anxiety when you leave home?
     
  2. rona

    rona Still missing my boys

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    When you lose them :(

    Separation anxiety is awful, I did as little work as possible when my old dog got it at about 11, lived on almost fresh air for the next 3 years and spent any savings I had, which wasn't much anyway
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    I can honestly say that nothing about having Jack is hard.

    Facing the reality that one day pets could fall seriously ill or need to be pts is always the hard part ime.
     
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    Agree with @rona owning two boxers on my own is hard work but I love them. Losing Lily was truly heartbreaking.
     
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    tabelmabel Banned

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    Totally agree with @rona - they never, ever live long enough:(
     
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    tabelmabel Banned

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    Im lucky in being at home all the time. But if they are ever left in the house alone, they are fine. Probs both glad to see the back of me for an hour or two, truth be told
     
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    I am home or the dogs are in the car with me most of the time but when they are left there is no problem. They are left for several hours sometimes. This morning I gave them their morning run in the field and noticed a heifer was out of their field and within yards of the main road. Chucked the dogs in the house, retrieved my husband and went to get her back in the field. The dogs were a bit shocked as I normally go in with them and feed them but there was not a murmur.

    There is not really a hard part in owning them except when the decision comes to put to sleep.
     
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    The hardest thing for me is walking him enough especially since covid lock down ,meaning I lost my walker .
    And the thought that one day I will have to make that decision and lose him and there is nothing I can do about it.
     
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    tabelmabel Banned

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    They were probably stunned in to silence to see your husband respond to his retrieve cue:D:D:p


    Sorry, @Blitz - i couldnt resist that one:p
     
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    mrs phas karma is a funny old thing

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    Making that last trip
    Even puppy blues and landshark times, pass and you forget
    But the pain ( to us, they feel no pain, hopefully) of that last trip is something that lasts forever and is the hardest to live with
    Even when you 100% know, you're doing the last good thing, a great owner, can do
     
  11. LittleMow

    LittleMow PetForums Senior

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    Yep, losing them and knowing that you will one day lose them definitely the hardest. Never forget losing my beautiful boxer from my teenage years, I chose him from rescue and took him everywhere I could.

    Bodmin doesn't like being left, I leave him with a stuffed kong (a tip I got from pf) and block his window access, so he doesn't get wound up by passing people, cats, dogs etc. Since doing this he's a lot calmer about it.
     
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    Blackadder PetForums VIP

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    Nailed in one small sentence!

    Whatever they do that annoys, their misbehaviours, their infuriating little habits are nothing compared to the day when your pet is suffering & the Vet says "I'm sorry, there's nothing more we can do" & you have to make that decision!

    @mrs phas & others have got it spot on.... nothing comes close :(
     
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    As Rona said losing them, it's just heartbreaking, 18 months on and we still are grieving for our beautiful boy.
     
  14. jeandecker76

    jeandecker76 PetForums Junior

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    This is very heart breaking! I don't think I could ever forget something like this if it happens. :(
     
  15. jeandecker76

    jeandecker76 PetForums Junior

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    I'm so sorry. I'm sure he is running free in the rainbow bridge.
     
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    The worst thing is watching them get old and struggle to deal with the fact their bodies can no longer keep up with their brains. And then of course we have to let them go.
     
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    Same as Rona - the last goodbye.
     
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    For me, it's not so much that last trip as them not being there any more afterwards. But the hardest thing for sure is when they die.
     
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    Definitely the last goodbye I still miss Rusty who I lost on May 10th 2018 and Pepe 6 months later on November 8th 2018 terribly even though I have now got 7 month old Teddy who is related to them both.
     
  20. Sarnoah Dalmatians

    Sarnoah Dalmatians PetForums Newbie

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    The last car ride, before saying goodbye forever. :(
     
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