The Anonymous Widower

How To Put Down A Dog

Most of our dogs have lived a long life, with one basset and a couple of setters getting to past thirteen, which is not a bad age for a dog.

But one incident of the end of a dog’s life stands out. Charlotte, our English Setter, who is pictured here, was probably about fifteen and for several days, she’d hardly touched her food or ventured outside her bed in the kitchen. Our amazing horse vet, Philip, who’d passed through in his usual hurry, a couple of days before, had told us that she didn’t have long and to call him, when we thought the time was near. So that evening I’d called him about six and he said he was busy and would turn up later.

I was writing software and eventually Philip turned up just after midnight. He ascertained that Charlotte hadn’t probably more than a few hours and then did what he had to do.

Normally, Philip didn’t have time to stop, but I asked him if he’d like a drink, suggesting tea or something stronger.

He had probably had a bad day, so asked for the latter.

Between us we finished off the greater part of a bottle of Irish whiskey!

I would like to think, that when my time is up, that I could go in the same dignified way that Charlotte did, with the pain for those present helped in an appropriate manner, by either alcohol, coffee or cake!

March 10, 2013 - Posted by | Health, World | ,


  1. A moving story of the death of an obviously much-loved pet. If only the same dignified option could be offered to people, too! If only euthanasia wasn’t a political football! I am a Christian but it is my opinion that, with the right checks and balances, euthanasia can be the wisest option to the end of physical life.

    Comment by Janice Mermikli | March 10, 2013 | Reply

  2. My son, who died of pancreatic cancer had a very quiet and dignified death, where due to the morphine he was on, wasn’t very painful. We were sitting with him and you could just here is breathing. Then I noticed it had stopped. He was controlling most f his own pain electronically, so he didn’t go through the horrific pain his mother did. But then no-one had any experience of her cancer and what death would be like.

    Comment by AnonW | March 10, 2013 | Reply

    • Very moving comment. Nobody should have to endure a painful death and a quiet and dignified end is the best we can hope for.
      Not that I believe that death is the end of everything, but that is because I am a Christian.

      Comment by Janice Mermikli | March 10, 2013 | Reply

  3. I tend to be with the Jews and the Sikhs on afterlife. I don’t believe anything is there and what you do in life is important, but if there is something afterwards, that’s a bonus!

    Comment by AnonW | March 10, 2013 | Reply

    • They have interesting and valid points of view and I find much to admire in both religions (Judaism and Sikhism). I am also drawn to Buddhism and reincarnation/transmigration of souls but have come down on the side of Christianity because of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.
      However, as you say, it is what you do in life and how you live your life that is important. A life should be well lived and useful to others, while doing as little harm as possible. No matter how much somebody may believe in an aferlife, nobody really knows, at least not this side of the grave. Perhaps it is a bonus. In the meantime, life itself is a wonderful gift.

      Comment by Janice Mermikli | March 10, 2013 | Reply

      • I once had half-an-hour with a very eminent surgeon, who was an Orthodox Jew. He believed very much in what you do matters and also used the word bonus about an afterlife.

        Comment by AnonW | March 10, 2013

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