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Probably small consolation, but the poor dog probably died very happy to think that he had found a new owner who loved him. Upsetting for you, but the best ending he could have wished for. When you are ready, have another go. Definitely not an FML. You should feel your life is blessed.

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It was DEAD! What was a vet supposed to do? Perform a necropsy (animal autopsy)? They cost $100 where I live, and for what reason? To discover why an elderly dog that she wasn't emotionally attached to died? Unless she suspects that something unsafe in her yard caused the dog's death, there would be no benefit to her knowing. So, again, I ask, Why should she have taken it to the vet?

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I agree. That dog was probably on it's last leg for it's last few months but was just waiting for someone to take the time to care about it before drifting away peacefully. I think it's sweet..I'm sorry you lost your dog so soon, but at least you made it easier for him to move on

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I agree with #2, I am normally kind of a dick with my comments, but its hard to be when it comes to dogs. OP at least you gave the dog a home so it died happy instead of lonely in a cage

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I agree. It is sad that the dog died but because of you he died feeling wanted and loved. That is all someone, including a dog, could hope for. I think it is very sweet that you chose to adopt an old dog even though his death was inevitable in the near future, as opposed to going to a breeder and paying thousands of dollars for a puppy that would be bought by the next person to walk in. It is sad but you are a great person.

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I don't know about the adoption policies where you live, but most of the shelters around here will do a basic checkup of the animal before sending him or her home. You may want to contact them to let them know, because if the dog was sick it may be something contagious. That aside, you gave that dog a warm, loving passage across the Rainbow Bridge, and I doubt he could have asked for more. RIP, poor old pup.

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Kudos to you for adopting an elderly dog. I don't think I could. Please, don't misunderstand me. I'm WILLING to pamper and adore and love an elderly dog, AND clean up after its accidents and help it walk across our slippery kitchen floor. I'd even be willing to adopt (and pamper and love, etc) an old dog that I knew was dying, even one that I knew only had weeks or months left to live.... as long as any expensive(!$!$) medicines or treatments were paid for by someone else. The simple fact is, I don't have the money to knowingly adopt a dog that would drain my unimpressive bank account even lower. And I'm too afraid of adopting a seemingly-healthy elderly dog, and then finding out that it is sick with something serious, which leaves me with two choices: spend a ton of money on a dog I am not emotionally attached to so it can live a little longer or hate myself for ignoring one of my fundamental beliefs of pet ownership since I took the easy and cheap 'out' and either got rid of the dog or put it to sleep (because I very firmly believe that getting a pet is a serious commitment that should be followed through to the very end and not passed on to someone else when it stops being fun and easy). I can't afford to spend a ton of money on a dog I don't deeply love and consider a member of my family, because once I make that commitment, I know I absolutely WILL spend money on him. That's being said, once I am able to actually adopt pets with my own feelings and personal situation as the only consideration (since I'm still in college and living with my parents), I plan to adopt adult dogs, specifically ones not younger than 14-ish months old. I'm not sure what my upper limit for doggy age will be. Maybe four or five. But NEVER younger than a year. Because... People think getting a puppy means they're getting an animal that is a 'blank slate' that will be molded by and written on only by them, but that's not true. Puppies are really a tiny, cute, chewing-on-everything,

Probably small consolation, but the poor dog probably died very happy to think that he had found a new owner who loved him. Upsetting for you, but the best ending he could have wished for. When you are ready, have another go. Definitely not an FML. You should feel your life is blessed.

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@ # 9-I have to say: 1) You are a moron for calling the dog a "used up second-hand dog." 2) You are an idiot for thinking you can buy/adopt an animal any other way than "as is." 3) You are an asshole for thinking you know where she gets her underwear, condoms, or dogs. 4) You are a stupid shit for not being able to understand what you read. It does not say/ imply that she "bought" the dog "as is" on Craigslist. The OP tried to do something nice for a dog in need, which was a nice thing to do. Obviously, you don't understand this kind of thing. Shut up, please.

Edit- I was replying to wileypube's comment, and now it's not here. Hahah. What's funny is I was going to say the nicest thing he could do for anyone would be to just disappear! Then, POOF! he's gone! I have magical powers. Don't fuck with me.

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