Decision to put Bates the dog to sleep was a tough one |

Decision to put Bates the dog to sleep was a tough one

To the Editor:

Thank you for the wonderful article on the passing away of our dog, Bates. Bates held a special place in many people’s lives.

I would like to clarify the difficult decision in having to put Bates to sleep. Bates had been suffering with arthritis for years and we were treating him for that. He still had a good quality of life despite the pain.

Bates suddenly went lame over a period of three days. We took Bates to Dr. Brooks, hopeful something could be done. Bates seemed to be fine except for his lameness.

There did not seem to be anything specific to treat Bates for. We took Bates home to see if he would improve ” he did not.

Since Bates was lame, we had to carry him outside and hold him up to do his business. Bates already had had one accident on his bedding. We know this was extremely embarrassing for such a well-trained dog.

The decision to end an animal’s life is never easy. It was very difficult for us to make that decision. We miss Bates very much.

William (Willie) Wharton

Grand Lake

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