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    I'm so sorry this part and time of Jelly's life is here. I had a similar situation with my beloved Ace. He was 12. He too was having the same health issues that Jelly is having, potting, heavy panting and not the type of panting because they've been out playing or it's hot (a health related panting). Ace's littler mate brother (Orion) had passed year before and he was never the same after that. I'm of a belief that one of the greatest and most unselfish things we can do for our pets is to know when the time is here. It's one of the most gut wrenching decisions one can make, to send our babies to Rainbow Bridge. But we do so with love and knowing it was the best for them. I don't believe in letting a pet suffer longer than they should for our own hearts. They love and love us and that's my love I can give them to back, making that decision. For Ace, I knew. Not only was it his health, he also had Cushions Disease and his personality had changed. Sure he was still Momma's baby, but he was not himself anymore. And I saw it in his eyes. Their eyes will tell it's time too. That December I made Ace's appointment to go to sleep in my arms in our home. I had a full week to spend with him before that sad sad day. Did I question my decision, yes and no. Yes because he would smile at me but no because I knew he was suffering. While that week was the incredibly hard for me, I was able to spend some solid quality time with him until the end. I was content when he passed. I will say that when that moment happened (the first shot that relaxes them), I had never known how much tension he had had in his poor body. He completely released the tension and I felt so relieved for him.

    If you know within your heart that it is time, then it is time. It's the hardest thing like I said that we can do, but it's the most loving thing we can do for our babies too. My heart goes out to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by love jelly View Post
    Thank you, I don't want her to suffer. You're right, it will be a very unselfish act, but oh so hard.
    I feel like if I can get her to go potty on the back deck, she will be ok for a while, it's the stairs that are so hard on her and of course she's too heavy to carry up and down the stairs.
    Reading the above responses brings tears to my eyes, they are right, you will know when it's time. I'm so sorry, I do think you could try to train her on the pads. You can also get the human pads (Assurance incontinent pads) and put them in places in the house she's already been going. Peed pads on the trash and poo down the toilet, and you can take more time to make the decision and see if it helps her pain with not having to go up and down the stairs.

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    -img_0825-jpgJelly today, she's having a good day, even though she looks a little sad! We'll take this day by day....still if anyone has any advice on how to re-train her to go on a pee pad on the back deck, that would make a huge difference for her. THANK YOU to the replies I've gotten you have no idea what that means!
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    I am so sorry you are going through this. I hope you can train Jelly so you can have a bit more time with her. I am going through this with m 12yr old lab and like Jelly she has good days and bad days. It makes it really hard to make a decision because when you see them having a good day you think ok it's not time. I guess the time will come when the answer is apparent (I hope). I will pray for you and Jelly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by love jelly View Post
    That made me cry, but thank you, I will remember that!
    I didn't mean to make you cry, i just know how hard the decision is. Sending you lots of love!

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    Quote Originally Posted by love jelly View Post
    -img_0825-jpgJelly today, she's having a good day, even though she looks a little sad! We'll take this day by day....still if anyone has any advice on how to re-train her to go on a pee pad on the back deck, that would make a huge difference for her. THANK YOU to the replies I've gotten you have no idea what that means!
    She is so pretty.... I think Lisa has a good idea.... place the pads in the house where she has been goin (if she has) and just trow away after used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeannieCO View Post
    I'm so sorry this part and time of Jelly's life is here. I had a similar situation with my beloved Ace. He was 12. He too was having the same health issues that Jelly is having, potting, heavy panting and not the type of panting because they've been out playing or it's hot (a health related panting). Ace's littler mate brother (Orion) had passed year before and he was never the same after that. I'm of a belief that one of the greatest and most unselfish things we can do for our pets is to know when the time is here. It's one of the most gut wrenching decisions one can make, to send our babies to Rainbow Bridge. But we do so with love and knowing it was the best for them. I don't believe in letting a pet suffer longer than they should for our own hearts. They love and love us and that's my love I can give them to back, making that decision. For Ace, I knew. Not only was it his health, he also had Cushions Disease and his personality had changed. Sure he was still Momma's baby, but he was not himself anymore. And I saw it in his eyes. Their eyes will tell it's time too. That December I made Ace's appointment to go to sleep in my arms in our home. I had a full week to spend with him before that sad sad day. Did I question my decision, yes and no. Yes because she would smile at me but no because I knew he was suffering. While that week was the incredibly hard for me, I was able to spend some solid quality time with him until the end. I was content when he passed. I will say that when that moment happened (the first shot that relaxes them), I had never known how much tension he had had in his poor body. He completely released the tension and I felt so relieved for him.

    If you know within your heart that it is time, then it is time. It's the hardest thing like I said that we can do, but it's the most loving thing we can do for our babies too. My heart goes out to you.
    I'm so sorry for you...I've never gone through this before, it's the hardest thing ever. Thank you for sharing your story with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brutus77 View Post
    I am so sorry you are going through this. I hope you can train Jelly so you can have a bit more time with her. I am going through this with m 12yr old lab and like Jelly she has good days and bad days. It makes it really hard to make a decision because when you see them having a good day you think ok it's not time. I guess the time will come when the answer is apparent (I hope). I will pray for you and Jelly.
    That's the hardest part...the good days, they are far and few between, but still, it makes it very hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    She is so pretty.... I think Lisa has a good idea.... place the pads in the house where she has been goin (if she has) and just trow away after used.
    Yes, I agree, I will try Lisa's idea. And yes, she has started peeing in the house, she's NEVER EVER done that! Once she was house broken she always went outside! I feel so bad for her, she looks sad when I find a place she's peed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by love jelly View Post
    Yes, I agree, I will try Lisa's idea. And yes, she has started peeing in the house, she's NEVER EVER done that! Once she was house broken she always went outside! I feel so bad for her, she looks sad when I find a place she's peed.
    She knows she shouldn't so I am sure it bothers her too..... sweet baby -- give her a big @$$ hug from me
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    @love jelly

    I have been where you are many times. @JeanneCo said it best. You will know by her eyes-she will tell you when it's time. We all will pray for you and Jelly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by love jelly View Post
    I'm so sorry for you...I've never gone through this before, it's the hardest thing ever. Thank you for sharing your story with me.
    My heart goes out to you. This is one of the most difficult decision to make and it's a painful one.
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