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Knowing when it's time to say goodbye...

We've all been there. Our beloved pet is getting old. He's sleeping more, moving a little slower and he doesn't seem to be hearing as well. He still likes to play ball but not as yorkie freevigorously as he used to and he tires more quickly. We start to wonder, is it time?

Having pets in our lives is a great joy. From the first introduction into our household to becoming part of the family to growing older, our pets are beside us every step of the way. We don't think about tomorrow or "what ifs". We just enjoy the time we have.

Our pets age many times faster than we do. A 10 year old dog or cat is about 56 human years and larger breed dogs age even more rapidly. So while our pets are still kittens or puppies in our hearts, they are actually quite a bit older.

What do we do when we are faced with the declining health of our pet?  What factors come into play in deciding when is the right time and how far do we go?   The decision is a very personal one and different for each pet owner.

It all comes down to quality of life. Quality of life is very subjective. It depends on your pet's disease process, his/her personality and your own personal beliefs. There are, however, some things to consider when evaluating the quality of your pet's life.

October: The Pug

pug freeHistory of the Breed
The pug is one of the oldest known breeds of dogs with its anecestory dating back to Asia 400-700BC!  Aside from the Buddhist Monks in Tibet, only Chinese royalty were allowed to own pugs.  The punishment for having one of these dogs if you weren't amongst the elite, was death. 
The pug was brought to Europe in the 16th-17th century and quickly became a favorite of European royalty.  There are many stories of intrigue scattered through European history that involve the pug. For example, William the Silent, of the House of Orange, was alerted to the presence of would-be assasins by his loyal pug.
And, when Napoleon's wife, Josephine was thrown in jail, the only visitor she was allowed was her pug, Fortune.  She sent secret messages to Napleon by hiding them in Fortune's collar.

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