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I'm writing this with tears streaming down my face. Our beloved Pug dog Bo starting having seizures a few days ago. He is 5, and up until then was the hub of much joy in our family. I just spent $3000 on him having MRI and spinal tap to see what the cause. We were hoping for epilepsy that can be controlled with phenobarbital, but I feared the worst finding out a fairly rare..(1.2% of Pugs get this) disease called Pug Dog Encephylitis..(PDE). Turns out that he had another severe seizure this morning and the vet says they is nothing that will work to save his life. He is going to be put down this evening.

I know some of you will only say he is an animal and don't be too upset but he was a huge member of our family. I'm going to miss him cuddling with us and his funny quirky little behavior........God I'm going to miss him........I haven't stopped crying since I got the news.......FML right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Sorry to hear...but I would feel the same way if something like this would happen to Manny, our chocolate lab. My condolences...
 

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I have a 10 year old Saint Brenard that has just developed some bad shoulder problems.

It's very difficult.
 

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sorry man, I never got to have dogs when I was a kid and now have three of them and its gonna kill me if anything ever happens to them
 

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Pets are members of one's family as you know. We have owned several dogs, large and small, over the years. It still hurts even years later when I remember when we had to put one down or one died suddenly. Everyone of them was special to me. I feel your loss.
 

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sorry to hear got boost. best wishes to you and your family. I had my dog for 11 years now and she's starting to really show signs of her old age. Would miss her when its her time.
 

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Thanks for the sympathy guys........I just can't stop crying.....

I just don't know how I'm going to report the news to my youngest daughter who at school right now. Bo was a present to her 5 years ago when we moved to rural property to ease the pain of moving out of a neighborhood where she had many friends. We raised him from a puppy and he slept with my daughter every night.
 

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So sorry to hear... can't imagine how I'd feel if I lost any of my dogs. Best wishes to you. You'll always have the memories to cherish.
 

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I am sorry to hear that. It is never easy to lose the companionship and unconditional love that a dog provides. They are part of the family. I have always had dogs and we currently have 3. We had 4 but lost one in September. It destroyed my wife and I. Out of the three we have left one of them is almost 12 and we found out 2 weeks ago that he has a tumor in his neck area. We are doing anything possible for him but he is too old for chemo and radiation. We don't want to put him through that. We have another tough moment to go through in the near future but I will keep getting dogs. The other 2 we have are about 4 months old. Hopefully, in time, you will have another great companion to make you smile. Take care.
 

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Oh no! So sorry to hear about this Dave....

Sucks big time to lose a four legged member of the family.
 

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so sorry to hear..... i truly understand how much love you can have for a dog

i have a 14 year old jack russell and he is without a doubt the most important thing in my life.... im not even able to comprehend how im gonna make it one day without him

i mean he literally sleeps right next to me every night...

he has had some seizures the last few years aswell on and off but he has been bouncing back so far

i hope you make it through and like others said try to focus on the time you had
 

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My heart goes out to you & your family, Dave. Our dogs can be such a loved & important part of our families... 5 is too young for a puppy. I'm so sorry...
 

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The only thing that cheered me up at the time, and maybe that may work with your kids, is that in the end, it is better than your pet passes and you're the one grieving, than you being the one passing and making your pet grieve. It's not as eloquent as how it was told to me at the time (and I can't find the source), but the thought of my dog suffering and grieving because it lost its master felt worse than my own grief, so it helped to cope a bit.
Thanks Nick.

I've been thinking about that and it is so true.

Thanks guys for all the responses............it is helping me grieve.
 

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I'm sorry, man...

I know not a lot can help comfort you. Dogs are family. Clearly, you love your animal. I hope it comforts you to know that your dog will go to sleep knowing this forever. I'm sure he knows he was loved. I think that's what matters.

To put an animal/friend down, is the most selfless affectionate act an owner can do (given the circumstances). Please take comfort that you are doing your friend a great service.

My condolences.
 

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sorry to hear Dave.. My best friend's dog just passes away at 6 years old.. he died from a heart attack..

After 4 days of his family being depressed he went and got another dog.. he did say it helped the kids and his family cheer up a little..
 
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