May 14th, 2007, 02:25 PM
I had a 13 year old toy poodle. Yesterday, I returned home after being gone 2 and a half days. I had put our dog in the backyard in her walking pen. I put her in the shade with plenty of water and she had shelter. We left Friday morning, a family member checked on her Saturday. We came home Sunday around 3:00. She normally is an inside dog, but the weather was nice, I thought she would be more comfortable outside rather than inside having to hold her bladder. When we arrived home she was dead. Did I mess up by putting her outside? I am really upset thinking she suffered. Could she have had a heat stroke even though it wasn't hot? I feel so guilty.
May 14th, 2007, 02:55 PM
OMG. There is no way to sugar-coat this: you made a terrible mistake leaving an old dog outside alone for three days and you have learned a painful lesson. It's impossible to know what killed him without an autopsy by a vet: something he picked up from the ground and choked on or that got stuck in his digestive system; an insect bite; a heart attack brought on by anxiety; even poison, if he was accessible to passers-by.
He must've been terribly lonely out there. This was your baby! used to your presence and the safe confines of your house. I hope that his death was swift and painless.
I don't know what else to say. Even with shelter and food, things can go wrong and if you are not there to intervene tragedy can strike.
May 14th, 2007, 03:46 PM
I think you should put your flame-suit on for this one...
...FFS...what were you thinking!? (and please don't ask me to expand "FFS", you wouldn't like it).
I hope you spent those few dollars you saved from NOT putting your furbaby in a boarding place wisely, because you just messed up royally. I also noticed that you failed to mention that you left any food (only water) for the little guy also. But nevermind that because even if you did, I doubt it would've made much difference. I don't care how many times you've done this in the past without incident, but all it takes is once.
As badger said, I hope she died quickly and painlessly because that is no way to live the last few days of your life. I hope you learn from your mistakes if you ever decide to get another pet.
May 14th, 2007, 04:01 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of your little dog,:sad: and understand how devastated you must feel... even more so under the circumstances. I just cant imagine how horrible this would be.:sick:
I'm sure you realize now that leaving your senior house dog outside and alone for a weekend was a VERY unwise decision... and I am truly sorry that it ended on such a tragic note.:sorry:
As Badger has mentioned, the only way you could know what caused your dog's death is to have an autopsy done. The anxiety of seperation may have brought on a heart attack, At 13, there may have had an underlying condition present that was set to claim his life, and this was simply horrible timing that you were away when it did. He may have knocked his water over and become deydrated,.. there are so many possibilities.
Leaving any animal unattended for an extended time is an absolute minefield of dangers.:sad:... and that applies to indoors or out.
Too much can happen.
We all make mistakes in life. This one had heartbreaking consequences, for you and for your little dog.:rip: :sad:
It's always devastating to lose a cherised pet.
I'm sure you are suffering greatly from this loss, and the uncertainty and guilt only adds to the pain.
A it cannot be "taken back" can only try to accept it as terrible lapse in judgement, and come to terms with the fact that you didnt mean to put your dear dog in harms way. You believed you were making him more comfortable and that this arrangement was workable.
All I can suggest now is that rather than dwell on the sad circumstances of his death, try to focus on the big picture... the 13 happy years you had together.
Dogs are all-forgiving, with pure hearts. If we have let them down, sometimes the hardest part is trying to forgive ourselves.
May 14th, 2007, 04:02 PM
Sorry but I second the 2 first posts. And to come here and ask why did your dog died...only an autopsy by a vet could answer this question !!! We are not psychics !
May 14th, 2007, 04:04 PM
This thread has run its course and will now be closed.