When should you say Goodbye?

Here is our sweet dog Buddy! Yesterday I took him to the vet because he was in so much pain he could barely move. I thought he had re injured his hip(it was broken as a puppy). The vet did x-rays and found that Buddy has some pretty bad back problems. Something that can't be fixed with surgery, but can be helped with steroids and pain meds but it will be a problem for the rest of his life. They also found that he needs a left knee replacement. Since his right hip was broken as a puppy he has been using the left leg to protect the right hip and now his knee is in terrible shape. So, the big question we now face is how much work do we put into this dog to patch him together and what quality of life will he have from here on out. It was a hard day yesterday. Dogs like Buddy are rare, patient with the kids,calm and loving. I would hate to say goodbye.


Beth said...

And Mike's gone! Oh, no poor Buddy! At least you don't have to decide today. I'd say just remember how sad it is to see a pet you love in pain. That can be worse than the loss you feel at choosing to put them to sleep. We are their caretakers and have to choose what is best. So many pain meds for awhile, maybe he'll start feeling better soon. You don't know until you try. Besides what would (mom's) neighbors say ;)

teamstowell said...

the girls are praying for Buddy! Tell Ethan we hope he had a nice birthday, and thanks for sharing your daddy with us! We love you guys!!

PS who's the gal who makes all J's cute hair bows??

The Bruton Bunch said...

Hopefully the Budster will be able to have a many more happy years with the Taylor bunch. Why don't you have Mike bring him at Chrsitmas and do the surgery here? I'll bet it's much less expensive in Idaho.