Goodbye, Good Dog

We put our dog Jett to sleep yesterday around noon. Melissa and I have always known that Jett would probably not live as long as a dog otherwise might, because he had two fairly extreme and rather inoperable hernias. It turns out that it was worse than we knew. Wednesday night, Jett developed a blockage in his small intestine that was causing him discomfort, if not pain.

Melissa took him to the vet Thursday morning. The Vet took x-rays of Jett’s chest and gut. The blockage was clearly visible in his small intestine. Unfortately, it turned out that his large intestine was located in his chest cavity, around his heart. This, in short, means that extensive surgery would have been required to have even a small hope that Jett could survive.

The surgeon was hopeful that this might be possible, but in the end, Melissa and I decided that it would not be fair to Jett to put him through all of the agony associated with the surgery and recovery, as there was no guarantee that the hernias could be fixed. As a kindness to our friend, we had him put to sleep yesterday, and buried him in the yard.

We miss our Jett.

  1. Awww…I know exactly how that feels, I’ve been there twice. It’s a choice you hate to have to make, but remember that it absolutely was the right thing to do.

  2. I’m so sorry.

  3. Sorry to hear that guys :( He was a fun dog!

  4. This makes me sad, Jett had all the essential qualities that one looks for in a dog. And I know you’re not looking for affirmation, but for what it’s worth, I think you made the right decision.

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