As i'm sitting here thinking of the top question i'm always asked"when is is time to let them go?'You know the day when sheba came to me i thought that would be the day as everyone knew she came to me in such poor shape actually i was afraid to hold her.This poor ole girl was so neglected my god she had sores that were just awful most of her hair gone and she couldn't really stand too well but,in my heart i knew i could save her even though i heard those words she's not going to make it"well for me there is no such word.Yes my life was changed as each day it was a special bath that i made ,it was supplements i gave,it was me who carried her outside and held her up to pee,it was the diaper changes throughout the day and night.As each day came and went i would have people say maybe it's time"as i would use some words which most who know me i'm good at,i knew she wasn't suffering not in that way,she was suffering from not be cared about,not being loved enough.Those days turned into months and sheba god bless her got well and became moms little spitfire,with alot of love that little girl got better,she grew hair back,all the sores were gone and she began to walk around on her own even chased her siblings down.Many don't know how i did it as i also had Noah who needed special attention and all i can say is if you've got love,determination,and a will just as strong as theirs you can beat it all.And as time goes on and you formed this bond,a bond like no  other you've ever had you'll know when it's that time',and not just because their old or maybe their losing their way.Believe me they will let you know as i know most of us don't want to see it we'll know that time'.And i will say to everyone i will do this all over again and again,for every gray face i see a soul needing to be saved,a soul who just needs a chance and as long as i know in my heart their not suffering i will fight to make each day just as special as the last.I can still see my baby's eyes when i was holding her and i looked in her eyes i knew it was the time"but,as i've been lucky they passed peacefully in my arms and the only reason my vet was there was to comfort me and help me let go oh yes it hurts,it's such a painful thing but,will do it over again,and again.RIP My Sweet Sheba Girl,My Sweet Noah Babe!

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You've got this grown man balling like a baby, our seniors have always been close to my heart as we have fostered several and have one now. The picture is Yukie(fawn) and his older brother Nahbey (Nubbie).We drove over 200 miles in a snow storm on the day after New Years of 2011 to pick these guys up from their surrender home. When we got there these old gents were in rough shape and you could tell they were hurting both physically and emotionally, We nursed and loved them back to health but unfortunately Nubbie had some untreated heart problems and even with all the medicine and love we gave him he passed 6/27/11 in my wife's arms. So you could say I have a BIG soft spot for the older ones. Yukie is alive and kicking, he's deaf now, only has a few teeth, can't climb stairs or jump on the chair and you can tell the years are catching up to him. I feel his time is short, but for now we do what we have to do to make him comfortable. Now i'm balling again, we have lost so many in last several years, but like you say I will do it again and again.

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Julie, you brought me to tears.  Just thinking of Sheba brings tears to my eyes.  She was so amazing and she knew love because of you.  My heart goes out to you!

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