Sundaycrepes, I felt the same way about the kids getting to understand compassion and consideration for our dog who also acted the same way, wanting to go out only with us in the yard and just enjoying being near us instead of running with the other dogs.
Now that Emma can walk on her own sometimes (the rug is a great idea, Max always slid on the kitchen floor), it would be good to encourage her to walk more to build muscle strength. Max was going outside on a walk on his leash up to the day before he died, even though by the end it was only a block, it was important to him because he loved walks so much.
This is what our vet gave us to consider.
* Activity level – Does your pet still enjoys previously loved activities or is he/she able to be active at all?
* Response to care and affection – Does your pet still interact and respond to love and care in the usual ways?
* Amount of pain and suffering – Is your pet experiencing pain and suffering which outweigh any pleasure and enjoyment in life?
* Terminal illness or critical injury – Have illness or injury prohibited your pet from enjoying life? Is your pet facing certain death from the injury or illness?
Max always fit those criteria right until the last day which is the reason I didn't consider euthanasia. I would have if he hadn't died that day. He always came out when I went out and especially liked hanging out the laundry, lol. The day he died, he tried to come and couldn't make it and his eyes were so sad. The last few hours he was not able to move, we needed to carry him and I knew then it was going to be that day, I just didn't want to believe it.
Crazy thoughts ran through my mind like taking him to the hospital to get IV fluids and see if it brought it back to himself, etc...I even called the vet to ask. He said he could do that but to remember the list and what would truly be best for him and I knew he was right.
If he hadn't died on his own, I knew he would be suffering terribly mentally as well as physically and would not have let him live that way.
Even though he had needed arthritis medication and later some pain medication, he always was actively enjoying life, I made the decision on the pain meds based on his movement, he never cried or anything.
NoraC, my dog was a Golden too. It's so hard, he was so special.
Caneel, you are absolutely right, we made that decision for our cat at that time also.
I just got back from the printer the memorial card I made for Max. I cried when I saw it but it also helped. I gave copies to people who knew him and everyone really liked it. It had a collage of pictures on the front, a poem inside and his dates of birth/death.
It still seems like he died last week even though it was 2 months ago. I miss him so much but I know it is better for his spirit to have been released from pain.
Thinking of all of you facing this decision,