He Was Heartbroken When He Had to Have His Beloved Dog Put Down, but His Aunt Was More Concerned That She Hadn’t Been Invited to Say Goodbye

A man recently wrote to an online forum to ask if he was right to put down his beloved German Shepherd without telling his family. He and the dog lived alone, but his aunt felt he should have prolonged the pain so she could say goodbye.

Treasured pet

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The man wrote, “For the past 14 years, I have owned an absolute angel of a German Shepherd. Everybody and anybody who met her always fell in love with her.”

Difficult decision

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“This is especially true for my autistic cousin, who loved to hug and play fetch with her. Unfortunately, as pets age, their health declines and reaches a point where difficult decisions have to be made,” he said. “A month ago, after seeing how much she was suffering from her arthritis, I made the decision to put her down.”

Last moments

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The man booked an appointment with the vet. But first, he wanted to enjoy some final one-on-one moments with his beloved dog.

Keeping it quiet

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He was devastated to say goodbye to his best friend. He held off telling his friends and family while he adjusted to life without his German Shepherd.

Unexpected visitors

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Sadly, his plan went out the window when his parents, aunt, and nephew dropped by unannounced one day as they returned from a trip away.

Tough moment

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When his family saw the urn, it hit them hard. They loved the dog dearly. However, his 12-year-old autistic cousin took it the worst.

Difficulty processing

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His cousin loved playing with the dog. He had trouble processing what had happened and had something of an emotional breakdown as he dealt with the sad news.

Parental approval

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The man’s parents understood why he kept the news of his dog’s passing to himself. However, his aunt was less impressed.

Furious response

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She shouted at the man and said that he should have waited until they could be there before having the dog put down. She told him that she had a right to be there because her son loved the dog so much.

Frank reply

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The man told his aunt some hard truths. First, he stated that the whole world did not revolve around her son. Secondly, he informed her that they would not have been invited because the situation was between the dog and his owner.

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His sister was livid. She stormed off and has not spoken to him since.

Was he in the right?

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The man felt bad that his sister was upset. He wrote to an online forum and asked for advice about whether he was out of line.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “Your aunt is angry to the point of cussing you out and giving you the silent treatment because your dog died? Has no one told her about showing compassion for people who are grieving?”

While another commenter replied, “I am not putting my dog down any second sooner than I have to, but when that day comes, I am not going to wait for anyone who is out of town to return. My first responsibility is to the dog.”

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