When it is time to put your animal down…

This post isn’t about the 70s, it is about country life vs city life. I had overheard “someone” talking the other day, and they were making fun of a individual who said they had to shoot their dog. That “someone” thought it was a barbaric country hick act.

We have always put our own animals down. That is just the way it was. My dad grew up on a farm and they put their animals down, so I am sure that is why we did it too.

I guess I am actually kind of upset at this nonchalant attitude that it’s a barbaric thing to do. Do you really think it’s that easy to pull the trigger on a dog that you have played and grown up with for the last 14 years? Then dig a grave and bury them?

Know what I think is barbaric? People who leave their pets at the vets to be put to sleep and they don’t even take the time to be with them as they pass away. I know people like that. Sorry if you fit that category, but when your pet has given you years of enjoyment I think you should at least be there to comfort them as they go.

At least I comforted my pet and said my goodbyes before I pulled the trigger.


You are so right. It’s ignorance. People criticize others for their actions when they don’t even understand the concept behind them. And I agree with you about people leaving their pets at the vet to be put down. I have two cats that I cherish. When their time comes, I will be holding them as they pass on. It’ll be hard and I’ll be crying like a baby, for sure, but I will be there to comfort them, and help them make a peaceful transition.


I completely agree with you. One thing I can never understand are people who take their pet to be put down and then leave their body to be disposed of by the vet…. !! If they have loved that pet (as they claim) how could you just leave them there – to basically be thrown away? It boggles the brain and breaks my heart. I have always buried my pets myself. When I put down our cat of 19 years, I stayed with her through the entire procedure and then brought her back home. It may sound morbid to some, but I put down a blanket on my bed and laid her out on it for a few hours. Later she was buried in the backyard.


No way could I do that to my pet. Malice is the first cat that is “mine”. By saying mine I mean most of our cats have always taken to the Mrs. But Malice for whatever reason has taken to me. It will absouletly kill me that day comes to pass that she will have to be put down. But I will be there.


Also, I believe it is good for children to honor their pets by having a ceremony and burying them when they pass – even hamsters 🙂

jodie hays

i silently vow to each of my beloved dogs that i will be there with them to the end…and i have done so twice. it’s hard as hell – but you do it for them…an you don’t cry and carry on and make them upset. you soothe them and say calm, sweet words to them until the end comes. then you go cry your head off…but you DON’T leave them on their own to face it by themselves.


Hi Jodie and thanks for stopping by! I have been away for awhile so I am really sorry for the late reply. It is hard as hell. I don’t have kids so our pets are pretty much our children. I think it is just horrid to leave them there.

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