@love jelly Personally, if she were my dog, and she can still walk to her food bowl,and outside to potty, shows happiness when someone goes to her, and she is still eating, I would not let her go yet.
“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough,all the components of my heart will be dog,and I will become as generous and loving as they are"
Thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences with end of life issues. I truly appreciate it.
I'm just now seeing this post...
Hoping my experience with Willa will help..
The last few months of Willa's life, I'd hoped she would pass in her sleep, but in true bulldog fashion, she was just too darned stubborn.
I had a vet come to my house and put Willa down peacefully in one of her favorite spots... She'd stopped walking around, and wouldn't eat unless she was bribed with salmon or bacon. I made a promise to her when she was younger that she wouldn't suffer. The last time I took her to her regular vet, he said she was starting to suffer. I made her final appointment the next day, and spoiled her rotten with her favorite foods for the last week of her life. Kept her comfortable with medicine until her humans all had a chance to say goodbye. It was a tough decision to make, but I don't regret it because she had that look in her eyes. She wanted me to stop the pain, so I did. It's hell to go through for us, but a blessing for our furkids. You'll know when your pup has had enough....
Willa was 2 1/2 weeks shy of her 12th birthday. I still miss her terribly, but I am eternally grateful I had her with me for as long as I did.
As long as your Jelly has that spark, keep going. Spoil her rotten. She deserves it.