I had to take my dog, Oscar, to be euthanized today. When you commit to a pet, you know there will be this day at some point but it’s still hard to deal with. Oscar had gone blind lately and also seemed to have a neurological disorder of some sort. He also was dealing with hypothyroidism. We decided yesterday, on Easter.
Being blind, he didn’t like getting touched much as it was often startling to him. One of my other dogs had bumped into him twice. The first time, Oscar growled and barked. I was getting ready to separate them when it happened again. I assume Oscar bit him and Gypsy bit him back. When I looked, she had her teeth locked into his side. I broke her bite by throwing a pair of shoes at her and yelling. Since Oscar couldn’t see, he wasn’t sure how to defend himself. Being Lab/Pit, maybe that was a good thing, for Gypsy at least. At that point, I knew I couldn’t trust the situation.
There were 3 dangers I was concerned about. The first was with his blindness and control problems, there was a danger of his having an accident. He had gotten stuck on the stairs a few times already and needed help. Eventually he could have fallen down the stairs and gotten hurt. The second is the danger that he could bite someone. He used to cling to people but with with his blindness, he didn’t like getting touched suddenly. Since I have small kids, I was afraid he could get startled and bite one of the kids. The third was that he could get attacked by the other dogs and be helpless against them. With these conditions, the time had come to make the hard choice.
I ended up taking him to the DuPage County Animal Control as their fees were lower than the vet. Since I am out of the county, it cost me $100 but that still beat the $140 at the vet. For county residents the amount is $50. One difference is that at the county, you can’t be present with the dog at the time they actually euthanize him. The staff were very professional. It was a lot harder for me than I thought it would be. When I walked in, I couldn’t talk. They must have seen the that look in my face a hundred times before. The woman asked for my drivers license and started with the forms. She gave me time to get my head together before asking me questions. Saying goodbye was very hard and I could only whisper to Oscar that everything was going to be ok. I’m glad that he is at peace but he will be missed. He was a good dog who loved people. Rest in peace, Oscar.