Tomorrow…July 2, 2020…
My doggie, Oscar, is getting euthanized.
Let us just say that, for his breed he’s well past his prime (a pug), and as a result…
- is 94% blind, 96% deaf
- can’t walk or stand very well
- bumps into everything, lack of spatial awareness
- has issues with breathing and eating (the former an issue his whole life but is worse now)
- jumps at the slightest thing
- is obviously miserable
- can’t really be bothered to do much more than sleep
“How old is he?”
Had him since early 2005. He was a teeny little furball back then.
It’s alright; at least he’s in somewhat better health than Max was back when he had to be euthanized back in 2016. You’re gonna ask, so…
Max was my other pug; got him mid 2003 and he was slightly more mature. His health declined quickly after 2011. He got to a point where he was completely blind and his eyes had turned blue, was completely deaf with a very shrill bark, and barely could move, eat or drink. I remember still, the last time I carried him down the stairs to go outside, and about two hours later, he had a seizure he never fully recovered from. Yeah.
I’m glad Max is gone; he no longer suffers at least. I will feel the same way about Oscar’s euthanization, but, the catch is that even though I know he suffers, it’s far less obvious, at least until you observe him walking over things and bumping into walls…
So…losing Oscar is going to hit me harder. I loved giving him rubs and scritches, and when he could keep up with my rhythm, walking him (I stopped walking him because he just cannot keep up anymore so I have someone else aiding me there since I have autism-related issues with my rhythm being upset like that).
Likely, I won’t be getting another pet. Actually, it might be good to just not have one at all for a while. However, my depression is only going to be worsened by this…
Anyway, just wanted to say something about this, in case something comes up down the line as a result of the tragedy…
May the Divines guide us all… (and can we have some tags for pets and pet-lovers!?)