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Hi. my name is Charlotte. I really don't want to ask this. I have had a small poodle for 16 years. I got him when he was 5 weeks old. He has been my constant companion and has gotten me through many dark painful nights, including a long bout with shingles and the sudden dearh of my husband in the miiddle of the night. He is the sweetest, most humble little creature I've ever seen. My problem? He is both deaf and blind. However, Vet says that his heart is excellent and he seems to be healthy. He can find me anywhere in the house and he starts barking when he hears my car pull up. Strange that he hears that but nothing elsee. He wakes np in the middle of the night for water or to go outside. Now. I have had several people tell me that I should let him go, put him down. They say I am being selfish by forcing him to live in a dark lonely world. Am I? Is he miserable? He doesn't seem to be but how do I know?
Please I need advice from some one was exoerienced this.
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He sounds like he's still happy and what a beautiful example of how our dogs intertwine with our lives and support us!

He likely knows the reverberations of your car's engine, the smell of its exhaust, and he's so in tune with his surroundings that he knows "mama is home!" Animals have perception we can't fathom, and if he's healthy, eating, and still seems happy and is following his sniffer...give him the best twilight years ever. Those people saying to let him go are crossing a boundary that's not theirs to step over.

Here is a positive takeaway from all that people are saying - maybe you take that as a head's up to start thanking him daily for all he's given you and to start tracking his daily quality of life. It could help tremendously in terms of grieving later on and in terms of making decisions when he does tell you it's time.
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