Thank you, Victor

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Tonight I want to leave you with a personal note: That great teachers are found sometimes in the most unlikely of places.

It was right after 9/11 that I received my first death threat. It was from a Muslim extremist that said he would kill me and my whole family if I didn’t stop talking. It was the first time I ever had any professional interaction with the FBI and we were told to go home. We didn’t even have curtains on the windows of our house at that time. I went home and I explained as calmly as I could to my wife as that we had to take sheets and blankets and put them on our window as soon as we could. That night we had a serious discussion with men who carried guns outside our bedroom door and in our property and we had a discussion about buying a gun. And my wife and I having not grown up around guns decided the answer was ‘No’. Laughably we thought we weren’t responsible enough to have one. So we were instructed to leave town for a month.

I was living in Florida at the time and I took my family to Los Angeles and we couldn’t tell anybody that we were in LA for a month. We knew we needed something in the house to protect us.

Great teachers are everywhere. And they’re found in unlikely places but they’ll teach us great lessons. Victor has taught our family great lessons in duty an devotion. I have been able to be away from my family on road trips with comfort because he has been a part of our life. And he is teaching me now a very difficult lesson in dignity.

He has been on watch every since we met him. He’s a service dog and he has become a much loved and loving part of our family. In addition to his job as protector his unwavering affection has been a lesson for our whole family. He came into our lives to protect us. And he has done that and much more. He’s an amazing dog and he has taught me and my family about protection, devotion, dependence, caring and he is now teaching us the hardest lesson: learning when to let go.

We have depended on him for years and now his body is failing him. And now he depends on us to protect him and to care for him and to ultimately to decide what’s best for him. Not for us. For him. The Victor decision is one I think we both know about. I know and he knows and I can see it in his eyes and we both know the other one knows that it doesn’t make it easier.

Victor’s lessons are ingrained in us forever. Protection, devotion and dignity.

I don’t know what this holiday is going to bring us, but it may be a very tough decision. I would ask you for your prayers for Victor and our family and the difficult decisions that we face. Thank you, Victor.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Make the right choice Glenn, and may Victor find peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027925791 Jeannie Thibault

    Prayers to you and your family on your very difficult decision…My heart goes out to you :(

  • Anonymous

    Read “The Rainbow Bridge.” Victor will be there waiting for you. God bless you all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=570046556 Craig Rathman

    Not much worse than having to loose a great companion… especially your dog.

  • Anonymous

    This is a man of true feelings it showed for his beloved friend Victor what a beautiful shepherd, GOD BLESS the Beck family

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564107399 Janet Blanck

    may you, Victor and all of your family find peace and strength.. in helping Victor. God Bless you all.

  • American Citizen, Wife & Mom

    We understand how difficult this situation can be – especially at Christmas.  We send out prayers of peace and comfort to Victor and your family.  We hope you can still have a Merry Christmas!

  • Anonymous

    Victor will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge when it is your turn.  Be sure to be there right at Victor’s side when he takes his last breath.  Let you and your family members be the last people he sees before he goes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1693345056 Wayne Brandt

    I know your sorrow, my friend.

    God summoned the beast from the field and He said
    “Behold, man is created in my image. Therefore adore him.
    You shall protect him in the wilderness,
    shepherd his flocks, watch over his children,
    accompany him wherever he may go…
    even into civilization.
    You shall be his companion, his ally, his slave.”

    “To do these things,” God said, “I endow you with the
    instincts uncommon to other beasts:
    Faithfulness, Devotion and Understanding
    surpassing those of man himself.
    Lest it impair your courage,
    you shall never foresee your death.
    Lest it impair your loyalty,
    you shall be blind to the faults of man.
    Lest it impair your understanding,
    you are denied the power of words.
    Speak to your master only with your mind
    and through your honest eyes.”

    “Walk by his side; sleep in his doorway;
    ward off his enemies; carry his burden;
    share his afflictions; love and comfort him.
    And in return for this,
    Man will fulfill your needs and wants…
    which shall be only food, shelter and affection.”

    “So be silent and be a friend to man.
    Guide him through the perils along the way
    to this land I have promised him.
    This shall be your destiny and your immortality.”

    So spoke the Lord.
    And the dog heard, and was content.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1445358809 Sophie Dyer Metz

    Glenn, All dog’s go to heaven… 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000527371971 Vicki Van Leuven Walton

    Putting my “buddy” to sleep was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. It felt like I was killing one of my children. But he was in so much pain. I held him as he took his last breath. and I cried. I am crying now as I remember him. Just like a human loved one they live on in our hearts and we never forget them

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1040735845 Ann Allen McDonough

    My prayers to you, your beloved Victor, and your family. May peace be with all of you.

  • Sarandipity44

    Your family is in my prayers, it’s one of the hardest things a family can do…let go of a pet that has become a member of the family.  They never leave you.  God Bless.

  • Anonymous

    So sorry Glenn:  They just don’t last long enough.  We’ve had some wonderful dogs and miss them terribly.  Woody was an 81 pound shepherd.  He loved us so and took excellent care of us when it was needed.  We now have another and he continues where Woody left off.  Not the same, but still loves us and protects us.  Take good care of yourselves and enjoy this time with him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.t.casper Debbie Tuttle Casper

    Very good read.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KVW2YDMYKSL6XOXAUVYSE5PKE K Revello

    Lost my dog to cancer 2 years ago, know what you’re going through and how hard it is. Praying for you and your family Glenn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sara.ulrich.37 Sara Ulrich

    Peace be with you and your family.  

  • Mimi Antonetti

    My prayers go out to you and your family during this trying time.  Victor is a member of your family and deserves your love and care as any other member would.  If you make the choice to give him peace please stay with him until his last breath.

  • Anonymous

    This is a decision no one wants to make.  My prayers are that Victor will make his departure in peace and comfort in his bed at your home at his chosen time, saving you from having to strugle with the decision.  A loving friend until the end just knows, and hopefully Victor, after keeping you safe and sharing his love with you, will give his last gift to you and your family.  Peace to All of you> 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001920189012 Gina Freeman Lackey

    We had a German Shepard from the time i was one year old, until I was 15, we had to put him down. It was a hard choice. Those are the most wonderful dogs. I totally understand. so sad for you. 

  • Karla Dent

    The animals in our lives are part of us and our hearts.  They ‘serve and protect us’, but bring so much more into our families.  It is very very difficult to make these decisions, but when they can no longer walk, live a comfortable life as they have known it and they are suffering, then we have no other choice.  We have had to say “Good Bye” to many over the years and it never is easy to do this.  We had a Collie, Tammie Satin Midnight, who was a beautiful friend and guardian of our children, but when she could no longer get up and go outside and she cried through the night, we had to do what ‘we’ didn’t want, but knew it was best for her.  Our Lab, Elvis, was bleeding through his nose when he got excited.  We knew it was cancer.  We couldn’t let him suffer.  My last connection to my sister who died on Thanksgiving, 2003, was her cat, Tuffy.  He had to be put to sleep on Thanksgiving last year, 2011.  We hate to leave our loyal companions, but we sometimes have no other choice.  God Bless you and Your Family.  Know it isn’t maybe the right time, but DO get another ‘guardian’ as soon as you can.  They never fill the void of those lost, but they create their own part of our hearts and homes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Lea-French/1074581220 Donna Lea French

    We grow to love our animals so very much, as they become a loving part of our family:) Our last dog has left beautiful memories! He disappeared on a cold windy day 35 years ago and I haven’t had another dog since! I would like one but my husband doesn’t!! I keep a picture of a Wire Haired Terrier on my counter in case he wants to give me one for Christmas:) Your family has a big decision to make about Victor(:  God Bless you all Through this Christmas Season:) Wish you were my neighbor so I could bring you some Christmas cookies:)
    Merry Christmas

  • Anonymous

    My heart goes out to you….

  • Anonymous

    Rainbow Bridge

  • http://twitter.com/Blairolina Blairolina

    Rainbow Bridge is a great one especially for your kids:)  The Fall of Freddie the Leaf is another that is helpful.  So hard to lose someone so close.  I have a wonderful sweet Lab named Bunny who is quite old.  She is the best dog I have ever had.  No dog I have ever had has loved me like she does.  I truly dread the day I have to let her go.  I think about it often.  Oh, I feel so bad for you Glenn.  Praying for you and your family.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GCRWUGLHZ5DC2J7YH4A2ZNSY54 Jayne

    Blessings to you and yours with the very difficult decisions that you face.  Your heart is already your guide and the connection that you have with him will not lead you astray.  He will never stop protecting your family, even from the other side. He is very noble and very proud of his life on earth, and he has the bearing of a soldier who knows he has performed well.  If you don’t have one already, a nice portrait or painting of him hung proudly would honor him.  I’m close to someone who raises shepherds for this purpose, and I’m glad you were able to experience how much they add to your lives.  Thanks for sharing him with us. 

  • http://twitter.com/Tweetiebelle Susan Murphy

    Praying for you all through my tears….God Bless You Glenn, Tania and Victor….
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Caldwell-Moore/1342973314 Donna Caldwell Moore

    This is one time when there are no “good” choices. I have faced this decision, as many of us have who have invited a beloved pet into our hearts and homes. Lessons we learn are always about love, loyalty, devotion, kindness and just being there. Oh if we could be more like them. I am so sorry for you and your family having to face one of life’s toughest lessons, the lesson of love and letting go. Blessings to you and to Victor for providing you with all he was able to give. He will await you in a lovely place where he will lovingly show you around; for I believe God treasures “our” Victors as much as we do.

  • http://twitter.com/texasbirdgirl TexasBirdGirl

    Glenn, we lost our Welsh Springer “Summer” July 30, this year. Summer had IMHA (immune mediated hemolytic anemia) She put up a brave fight for nearly two years. She was only six.
    I have a peace knowing we will all be together again one day.
    The comfort I have, is that she had purpose. She fulfilled her purpose.
    She gave us strength and comfort through some very difficult times. She
    taught us the meaning of unconditional love. I will be forever grateful
    G-d entrusted this little soul to our keeping and care. I do not regret
    her for a moment. IMHA only robbed us of time—not of love.

    I just finished reading “Rescuing Sprite” by Mark Levin. It would be a good read for your whole family. It really helped me deal with what we went through.
    May Yeshua be with you Glenn, prayers of comfort for your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=43503253 Paul Imbriano

    Sorry to hear that Glen.  Regards.  I’ve wanted a shepherd for a while, but knowing i will someday have to deal with its loss makes me second guess the idea. 

  • Anonymous

    I pray for peace for your family and Victor. Just had to make this decision for my cat that we’d had for 19 years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cynthia-Williams-Singh/1617385409 Cynthia Williams Singh

    Glen, I’m so sorry.  Victor will always protect you, even as a gurdian angel.  He will always be with you and your family.

  • http://twitter.com/Shaqfuey TheRealMG

    May peace be with you and your family during this Christmas season and allow you to remember the joys that Victor has brought over the years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nyukon666 Nathan Younkin

    Dogs have sixth sense and understand more than one would think whatever decision you make I am pretty sure he understands.  Prayers to you and your family Glen all will be good in the end result Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jwrymer Janice Wilkinson Rymer

    You are in our prayers and thoughts!  What a hard decision you have to make, what a great life time you have had with that devoted friend! Know that his spirit will live on and I believe that we will surely see them again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tammy.kozlovac Tammy Kozlovac

    I know what this decision is first hand. We had to put our Lucy down this summer after 14 years. She was part of our family and is deeply missed. I know you will make the right decision my prayers are with you and your family.  

  • http://twitter.com/kssconservative kimberly shae

    God Bless you and your family Glenn.  Victor will find peace and you are the one that has giving him that chance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/louise.uznanski Louise Uznanski

    Prayers to you Glenn and your family.  We’re going through a similar thing with our dog Rudy. What they give is love.  Need to just give that back to them until the end.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.diemer1 Scott Diemer

    I know how you feel my lab is 15 and I know the decisions are hard . I will pray for you and your family during this hardest time.

  • Anonymous

    God Bless you and your Beautiful family Glenn ,Victor came into you lives at a time you really needed him and in many ways changed your lives, Now He is moving on to help in heaven , Bless him….

  • Anonymous

    if dogs don’t go to heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went- Will Rogers

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1816765511 Jeffrey Montclair

    Godspeed. May the next part of your journey be as rich and full as this one was. Walk with beauty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000165657813 Sheilan Cook Ketcherside

    I too had too make the choice when my beloved lab began suffering from a tumor in his head.  It was the hardest decision I had to make.  I continued pettting him until he sliped off.  I can still see him looking at me with his loyal loving eyes as the pain slowly became less and less.  May God be with you and your family through these difficult times.  Love to you, your family, and above all Victor.  I often say that God named dog correctly.  Dog spelled backwards is god…a dogs character is that of our loving God…he is loyal and loves us unconditionally, and all they ask for in return is for us to love them back.  How much is it a blessing from God to have granted us such a special companion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1636811196 Angela Pafford Evans

    Glenn,
    We had to make that same decision in March of this year.  I know exactly what you mean when you say Victor knows and you know and that you can see it in his eyes.  I remember those moments and the pain is still very fresh in my heart.  I will be praying for you and your family b/c it was truly one of the most difficult things we have had to deal with.  Our 13 year old black lab was family, our furry baby, and we loved him DEARLY.  I still think about him often and miss him so much. 

    Praying for you all.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SABBEQEUTPSSRDI6N22TUNR6EI Don

    Glenn I face the same difficult decision this holiday with my dog, she has been my best friend since the day I found her and comforted me when my dad passed away 6 years ago. I will be praying for both of us to make the right decisions on what’s right for our best friends. Hopefully we all can find peace, god bless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Toni-Mitchell/1632367537 Toni Mitchell

    Wow……I read this first and that was hard but then I watched the Video.  Glen you have my and my husbands prayers in this and in all that you do.  We just had to make this decision with one of our little ones a couple of weeks ago so we feel your pain.  You are a good person and we pray for you everyday but now an extra one for this.  Love to you and your family.
    The Mitchell’s

  • Anonymous

    When it came time to make that tough decision for the dog I grew up with, my Dad couldn’t bring himself to give her rest.  She got to be 18 years old – blind, deaf, could barely walk, was obviously in pain all the time…I loved her dearly, but it was so sad watching her.  Don’t make him go through what our dear Bitty suffered. 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1022781884 Tami Monroe Teaney

    Such a hard decision at such a special time of the year. I work at a veterinary hospital and have had to walk folks through that difficult time. It never gets easier for me and always touches me deeply. My own dog recently turned 13 and I thought that, when the time comes, my experience at the clinic will be helpful. But, in reality, I know it won’t be because it will be so very personal. I am praying for God to give you the wisdom to know without reservation that it is time, when that time comes. And then for grace to accept it, a balm on your heart to ease the grief and pain of losing a real member of the family, and a time with your family to share the wonderful stories and memories of Victor as you celebrate his life together.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebeka.moore Rebeka Attaway Moore

    this is so hard, we had to let go of our Katie last year, she was our beloved dog and I wish i could have been stronger  for her last moments on Earth, as she sensed how upset I was..how i wish i could have shown the same courage she always had!!   her last experience on this Earth  was seeing me sob over her, and she could not help me.  That was so unfair to her, for me to be so weak when she had always been so strong,try to give Victor strong arms to hold him in his last moments.   I have two other dogs and when it comes time for them to leave me, I will be stronger for their sake.  God bless you and yourfamily and may Victor be at peace in Heaven with all the other beloved dogs that have gone before him..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003675690678 Randy Kelley

    Glenn, from me and my family and our shepherd (pic below), may God bless you and your family and ease your pain.  Victor will be waiting for you…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=560559401 Kenneth Shepherd

    We too lost our beloved Daisy Mae which was a lot smaller.
    She was a Chihuahua and she taught us so much in her short time on earth. We
    still have our other dog Tipper who is a Pom/Yourkie mix of 15 yrs. Our Daisy
    Mae had a short life for a small dog and passed due to congestive heart failure
    & cancer at a young age of 11. Pets do teach us so much more than we teach
    them. Victor will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge for you and your family
    Glenn. The decision you’re getting ready to face is not easy at all. We have
    had to do this twice now and will face it again soon as well. You will even
    second guess yourself many times afterwards. God will give you strength. God
    bless Victor, you and your family.

  • Anonymous

    Having recent experience with making that very same decision, and still in tears often missing my beloved Misty, i definately will be praying for you.  Then get another one asap to fill the gap, not to take the place.  Carol from Woodinville, WA

  • K Mika

    I don’t know what (other than old age related indications) you old friend is dealing with, but if is arthritis related please look in to the company I work for. We are very small but have been helping animals nation wide for several years, in particular dogs in their later years dealing with joint issues.  This may not be an option for Victor, but I felt I should share with you in case it may help. http://www.vet-stem.com  The therapy we offer is non-controversial (we use adult stem cells derived from the animal’s own fat tissue). 

  • Anonymous

    Had to leave home at 13. My only child was 15, when my dog Beau, at 17 yrs died. Was with that dog longer than any living being on this earth when he passed. You will know it, when you see it…and you will do the right thing, or he will for you.  Sounds like Victor was one great dog that loved his life, his job and his family.  In dog terms, doesn’t get any better than that.  How wonderful for you and your family to have ever known what that is!  Not to fear, if things go as I suspect they do…he’ll be waiting for you at the gate.  Feel free to grieve and share with us, so that grief becomes a teacher too.  Blessings.  J

  • http://twitter.com/LawlessKO LawlessKO

    My best friend is nearing 14 and I dread the day he will leave my side.  He has endured the toughest times of my life, and I will be forever grateful that he was always by my side.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Weakland/100000313027291 David Weakland

    Glenn, I know how you fell. May God bless you, your family and Victor.

  • Anonymous

    I understand Glenn…Some of the very best ‘friends’ I have known, have been of the canine variety…Loyal and completely trustwothy…Very, very hard to let go of…but, guess who’ll be greeting you in heaven,…dear Victor. He’ll be there, as always.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000509007 Valli Saliba

    So very sorry. Praying fo you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sherry.rowberry Sherry Rowberry

    May God give you strength and peace at this difficult time.  I think dogs are one of God’s most special of all blessings.  They are such gifts to us and give us so very much. I am facing a similar situation. Not as immediate as yours.  It such a difficult and painful decision to make.  My heart goes out to you and your beautiful family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Eric.T.Smallwood Eric Smallwood

    Glenn, we are experiencing a very similar situation.  Our dog Lucy, who has been with us for almost 8 years now, was diagnosed with kidney failure on Friday. She had been hooked up to an IV for 5 days now and we just brought her home today.  Her numbers have improved but her situation is chronic.  We have cried a lot.  I know how you feel.  I have been on my knees praying for her to get better, and she has but we know that it will take a miracle to have her for a long time more.  We grow so attached to those creature that give us unconditional love and it’s really hard to let them go.  We will pray for you and your family as we pray for our Lucy.  We know that it is in God’s hand and he will guide us as we go.  Thank you for you and your family’s sacrifice to help bring light to that dark situations we all face.  You are a good man Charlie Brown and we love you.  Have a Merry Christmas and God bless you and your family. Eric, Laurie and the gang, Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1597491438 Kim Gunter Lynn

    So sorry for you and your family, it is a very hard decision. I pray God brings you Comfort and Peace with this the hard decision you have to make. Be Blessed..  

  • Anonymous

    My animals are as much my children as my 2 kids are. We all share your feelings Glenn. I have experienced what you are 6 times in 4 years, and it can be as unbearable as losing a parent. God will guide you. God bless Victor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maureen.w.wade Maureen Waldron Wade

    My eyes filled with tears knowing the pain your faily is feeling. My dog, Sandy, had cancer and the vet said he could remove it but she would probably only live one more year. I didn’t have the money for surgery. I said “let me take her home one more night”.I had a precious friend who offered to take her in for me and then took her to her house and buried her in her back yard. Sandy gave me companionship, safety, and unending love. It was hard to see her in pain and so painful to let her go. I will pray for your family tonight as I pray. Love you Glenn

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1624590095 Eric Lorenz

    Dear Glenn,
    This is one time where I can truly say to someone, “I know where you’re coming from”…because I have been there. It is (sad?) to say, but when we faced this decision with my wife first dog, we cryed as hard as for any human friend we’ve ever lost. It will be hard, but don’t let him take that final journey alone. God bless you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1141317480 Carrie Ring

     My child laid down by her beloved friend as his health suddenly turned one day. It was a sudden decision and we had literally 24 hrs to make it. We took him in our arms..cried with her and for all our children as we said goodbye to our friend! We carried him to the dr. said a prayer and thanked the lord for His creation and for bringing us such a blessing. We thanked him for our time with him and then knew he was not ours to keep at this point. We waited for our child that was the closest to say they were ready for the dr and then we said goodbye. We went out for icecream together afterwards just to have something to smile about in such a painful experience. Our prayers are with you Glenn! These are the hardest to let go of because of their unconditional love.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6Y3TVBZRVEGT3PZOO4XHG7COQE tunja

    The animals I have had in my life have enriched it so much more. Their love and devotion and companionship become engrained in our souls. I still speak to them even though they have past, and I hope their spirits can hear me. I’ve heard that animals don’t go to heaven, I hope that’s not so, as I would like to be reunited with them when I go.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1616035687 Brandy Meyer

    God Bless you and your family Glenn.  My husband and I went through this 2 years ago about this time of year with our Cat, Panama.  He was a loving member of the family and he became ill with feline leukemia.  We had to make the ultimate decision for him because he was suffering.  He was a comfort to me when my husband traveled so much during the early part of our marriage and Panama would curl up in my lap at night when Paul was on the road.  I don’t envy you the decision you are having to make.  But know that as you said…sometimes teachers come to us in unlikely places and that we are blessed by the time we have spent with these most lovable and loyal of God’s creatures.  My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Anonymous

    When I first started taking on the responsibility of commitment to dogs–one that meant I would care for them until death parted us–I swore I would never do anything out of convenience to me when it came to their care.  I foolishly and naively said I would NEVER put one down, as if a time would not come when their age or illness would force that decision.  Now, older and wiser, I have put down FIVE beloved pets–all who were at death’s door and suffering greatly from either age or illness from age.  I still miss them all terribly because they were my family and I fought hard to keep many of them alive and did for 10+ years in all their cases.  However, they all grew old and the time came for them all–one, my beloved German Shepherd, Chief, 16 years old at his death–when I could either make the decision to let them die peacefully and take away their pain or let nature take its course and watch them suffer excruciatingly as their inevitable death loomed daily.  In every case, I chose to put them to sleep.  I always asked the vet if they were going to recover or if they were dying.  When the answer was always, “they are dying,” I spent time with each one, holding them, reminiscing with them, stroking their head, and waiting for the time when we both could let go.  And, then, I let them go to the Father who was calling them home. Even though it was hard to do, I chose to stay and talk with them as they were put down because I promised them I would be there until they took their final breath.  I don’t regret doing it because their final breath always seemed to be one of relief.  God bless you, Glenn, and may the comfort and peace of our Father be with you and your loved ones as you face this final walk with your beloved Victor.    

  • http://www.facebook.com/ldhollars Linda Hollars

    Know what you are going through.  We have had shepherds for years….while my husband has was in law enforcement (now retired).  I am now facing the same knowledge that I must know when to let go of my faithful ‘Gunner’….  I am thankful each day he is with me.   Since I am home by myself almost daily, I have never been afraid to be alone…. Gunner has been a faithful friend to protect.  Our hearts go out to you and your family. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002964818604 JJ Smith

    Animals live their lives not knowing some day they will die. Knowing that has taught me something about our human lives. What would we do today and plan for tomorrow if we didn’t know we were EVER going to die? My sweet Zipp is getting on with age. I’ve lost 1 wonderful golden retriever and the most wonderful cat ever to be on earth within the past few years. It never gets easy. But I’m so grateful to have had them. My heart aches for your decision, but smiles that you’ve had the devotion of Victor. May God help your family through your decisions.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn,
    My husband and I recently faced the same situation.  Our pet had renal failure and with God’s intervention we managed it for years.  Each time things would look bad, we would pray and she would get better.  But that isn’t how it happened in October.  I begged and pleaded with God.   I couldn’t face it.  I researched and talked to specialists all over the country.  I just couldn’t accept it.  I called everyone I could think of to pray for us.  I just knew I would not have the strength to do what needed to be done.  Then one Sunday, God took over.  I woke up that morning and knew that it was time.  I was a nervous wreck.  I didn’t even know where I would take her on a Sunday.  I couldn’t even imagine why it would have to be a Sunday.  A day that I wouldn’t have the comfort of my own veterinarian.  But everything fell into place.  My husband found a veterinary office that we were familiar with and it was open.  They were able to take us right away.  The room was peaceful but there wasn’t any peace in my heart.  It was the most painful thing I had ever done in my life.  I was able to hold her as she went and it was very quick.   Then came the peace.    God will show you when.  Trust in him to take over.  After the show my husband and I tearfully prayed for you and your family.  My prayer for you is that you let God take over and let him be your guide.  I also pray that you don’t have to make that decision.  I pray that God will intervene.  I pray for you and your family to have peace.  God Bless You

  • http://www.facebook.com/ekbdc Rodger A. Kaufman

    Best friend, best protector, best memories…be well Beck family the pain of dealing with the loss of a best friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1616013845 Bobby Barker

    Sorry for your loss Glenn and Family 
    I think many of us are familiar with that pain and heartbreak.I lost my first horse that I had for 30 years a year ago… still painful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/becky.nicholsmarshall Becky Nichols Marshall

    I am so sorry, Glenn.  I recently had to make that decision for one of my cats, and so I know the pain you are going through.  God bless you and your family at this difficult time.  Just remember that you have given Victor a loving home for many years and he loves you unconditionally.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/jo.a.cousins1 Jo Ann Cousins

    Oh Glenn, i am sitting her in tears as i watch your story about Victor. I to have had to make that hard but necessary decision for 5 ( Pirate, Susie,Abby, Maggie and Rascal) and a piece of my heart went with everyone of them. They are still with me as i had them cremated and are in beautiful urns. I swore that i could not go through that again…yep, i am the proud mama of Casey a frenchie that is running rings around me.  You and your lovely family will mourn for Victor but know in your heart you did the right thing for him. God bless you and hold you up at this time.

  • Anonymous

    I am so sorry for what you and your family are going through.  Anyone who has loved an animal knows the heartache you’re experiencing.  My own precious “Buddy” had to be put to sleep last January and it broke my heart…it still hurts even now. I also believe that ALL animals go to Heaven and we will be reunited with our four-legged family members again. And, I’m sorry, too, that there are people in this world who feel they have the right to threaten violence toward those who disagree with them. The very fact that these terrorists feel they have the right to threaten your family with violence for speaking out only reaffirms that you are speaking the truth.  Please don’t give up.  My prayers are with you.

  • Anonymous

    I remember when you got him…thought Victor was a different name for a dog.
    It’s a gut-wrenching decision we, as pet owners, all know we have to make.  I’ve done it three times and it’s never easy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and for Victor to finally be at rest and without pain. You’ll eventually be able to speak his name without tears and smile over the silly things he did.  And, one day, you’ll be able to THINK about letting another pet into your life.  And you won’t be sorry…….

  • Anonymous

    So sorry your family has to go through this, lifting you all up in prayer.  God Bless!

  • Anonymous

     My 110 lb. German Shepherd Spike, was the coolest security dog around. He would make the truck rock when someone would get too close. Put him in the yard, no one was coming in. His shoulders were the size of a bear’s. Impressive! Was everybody’s response. His pups (one litter) were carefully placed before they were eight weeks.
     My old friend looks at me now, nearing his 14th birthday, I still see that sharp, quick, impressive young dog. My eyes lie. I give him pills for the pain, blankets for his aches, special treats to show him I still love him, special mats to help in getting to his feet. I try not to look into his eyes lately. I know what I doing. I help him to his feet one more day, it’s for me, and he lets me. My Vet promised to be his advocate, but, it’s for me. It was always, for me. It will be a good Christmas as long as I keep it about me. I don’t want to lose him. I hope God let’s it be “about me” a little while longer…

  • http://www.facebook.com/billy.pecora.5 Billy Pecora

    I feel your pain.  I just recently had to make the same decision.  they truly are man’s best friend and they are full of unconditional love.  I for one thank God for his gift of such loyal and devoted friends.  It was the hardest thing to watch my best friend’s body fail.  I know Victor lived a great life as did Max. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.ebener Debbie Bond Ebener

    Unconditional love is a lesson taught to us by our pets.  My tears, sympathy and prayers for you and your family Mr. Beck.  I have included the Rainbow Bridge poem too.

    Rainbow Bridge

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can
    run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  • Anonymous

     I am so sorry for what you and your family are going through.  Anyone
    who has loved an animal knows the heartache you’re experiencing.  My own
    precious “Buddy” had to be put to sleep last January and it broke my
    heart…it still hurts even now. I also believe that ALL animals go to
    Heaven and we will be reunited with our four-legged family members
    again. And, I’m sorry, too, that there are people in this world who
    feel they have the right to threaten violence toward those who disagree
    with them. The very fact that these terrorists feel they have the right
    to threaten your family with violence for speaking out only reaffirms
    that you are speaking the truth.  Please don’t give up.  My prayers are
    with you.

  • gypsy1m6

    Dear Glenn…I have been listening to you for years, and dearly miss you on FOX at 4pm (Central time).  Looked forward to listening before I went in to work.  I still hear you on the radio before Rush…so I haven’t had to do without completely.   Thank you for sharing this story with us.  Dogs become a part of our family when we aren’t looking.  I will pray for you, your family and Victor…and for the difficult decision you may have to make…for Victor.  Blessings, Love, and Merry Christmas, Leslie Holker & Family 

  • http://www.facebook.com/alisajdanielsen Alisa Danielsen

    I know in my heart that there is a doggy heaven, he will be loved!  Thanks to your family for sharing you with us and all that keep them safe.  We love you Glenn….

  • Bargainmamma

    Thank you for sharing your story, Mr. Beck. You are a great man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1627226282 Sean Dageforde

    “For Every Dog An Angel” by Christine Davis, and know that he will always be your forever dog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jane.polley.3 Jane Polley

    Prayers for your family and Victor

  • Anonymous

    If only men could somehow capture the loving devotion, our pets supply us with each and everyday.  Remember Glenn, God is aware when each and every sparrow falls to the earth, he is also aware of your every need. Thank-you God for the animal kingdom….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maryann-Fitzpatrick/1204455595 Maryann Fitzpatrick

    I feel your pain, my friend.  I do hospice foster for a rescue.  I take in senior dogs whose families don’t want them any more, and give them a place to live and be loved until it is their time.  It never gets any easier.
    You and Victor have a special bond.  You will know when it is time.  He will tell you, and you will understand.  He has done a fabulous and devoted service for your family for as long as he was able.  Allow him to leave with his dignity.
    You, your family, and Victor are in my heart.  I am struggling, once again, with the same issue.  Tell Victor to look for Lucy when he gets to the Rainbow Bridge.  She’ll be heading there soon, and she could use a friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dneedleman Donna Needleman

    I’ll be PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY GLENN. I KNOW THE PAIN YOUR GOING THROUGH. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  • Dianne Yosua

    Blessings upon you all as you make these tough decisions.  It will be a week today that we said goodbye to our loving 10-1/2 yr old Saint Bernard, Misty.  It is heartwrenching, but Victor knows how much you all love him.  Peace be with you all…

  • Anonymous

     Spikes mother died of cancer. We did treat the first wave, but it came back before they even had the tubes out. I think it would have been more humane to have not treated her.
     As soon as they cut, it can go from bad to worse. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000143634034 Andy Burchett

    lay him down and all-way think of him as the one who love youall …dogs are ever good too have in your life so start looking at puppy’s it will help youall get over him..I love the servant you keep on keeping on  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1198720900 Jeff Bader

    August 6 was one of the saddest days I can remember.  That is the day we said goodbye to Lucy our Scottish Terrier.  She had surgery on March 5 to remove some mammary tumors and 2 weeks later the vet said she was doing great but about 6 weeks later we discovered her Lymph nodes had grown to the size of golf balls almost overnight it seemed.  We took her to the vet and thats when they told us that we would be lucky to get 2 months.  Lucy was a fighter and she made it 3 months before she took a really bad turn and we had to have her put to sleep.  We all miss her and my 2 year old daughter still asks when Lucy is coming home.  Tomorrow morning I take my Mini Schnauzer in for Bladder stone surgery and I pray things turn out better for her than they did for her best friend and ours.

    Glenn, I Pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time. Also, when you are ready for another 4 leg family member let me know. My uncle breeds German Shepherds and most of them are quite unique.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brodoug.hatcher Bro Doug Hatcher

    i know also your sorrow…and do not really want to change the subject…but will just add this youtube address…UC36w4ERYEO

  • Anonymous

    I am so very very sorry…dogs offer such an unconditional love that goes beyond words. They may come into our lives for one purpose…but they end up going far above and beyond that purpose and become a very valuable and essential member of our family.  I have learned myself that while we depend on them for some things, they depend on us as well.  We are the ones who hold the power and decision to make if they should continue to suffer in their old age and it is out of our love for them that we can offer them their freedom from a life of pain.  You will know when it is the right time…and while it is extremely difficult, Victor will look at you and in his own way, be saying “thank you for loving me enough to let me go”.  Prayers are with you and your family. He knows how much you love him…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Judy-Thorne/1114353899 Judy Thorne

    May the Lord comfort you and guide you through this very hard time. I pray his memories and unending love will be you joy not sadness. I believe the pain we feel in loss is our heart aching while it makes rooms for the memories of the lost loved one, so the more we loved the more the pain but also the more the memory which is Gods way of them never actually being further than a memory away. Our Kiki was our Victor for 14 years and a year ago we had to make that same decission and it was hard for us and I believe hard for her to leave us. We have missed her daily but also remember her daily with love, joy and heart felt loss. We haven’t been able to bring ourselves to get another friend yet because of the paws they would have to live up too but the healing is happening and the Lord has comforted me a lot with the fact that He entrusted Kiki to us and she was one of His greatest beast. Hugs, love and prayers to you, Victor and your family this CHRISTmas, know that we share your loss but know the Comforter is with you.
    Judy

  • http://www.facebook.com/bristolboxers.kimgrantwoods Kim Grant Woods

    Having had to make that choice I know how difficult it is to make, and not that it’s any easier another time of year, it seems harder around the holidays. I will be praying for you all as you walk the last leg of this journey with him. Tell him to give Norka some doggie kisses when he gets to heaven. Thinking of you……

  • John Ferguson

    Beyond The RainbowAs much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played, I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade. I saw a wondrous image then of a place that’s trouble-free Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity. I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side Were meadows rich and beautiful — lush and green and wide! And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be! My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I’m alright That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night. ‘Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold. For although we may not be together in the way we used to be, We are still connected by a cord no eye can see. So whenever you need to find me, we’re never far apart If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart. By Cate Guyan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002091178296 Kathryn Edenfield Clark

    Eleven years ago, my daughter brought home a lab/rotty mix.  We named her Schatzie…which means little sweatheart.  She was my best friend, protecter, secret keeper, and more than “just a dog”.  As time marched on, and nothing or nobody last forever, she passed away 6mo. ago from bone cancer.  I didn’t have to make the decision to let her go, she died the morning that I was going to call our vet and schedule the euthanasia team to my home.  You, Glenn will know when that time has come.  When he doesn’t take pleasure in anything, the people he loves, food, water, his favorite toy.  Look into his eyes, and they will tell you.  Until then, let him enjoy the simple pleasures of just spending time with the ones he loves, just as the rest of us would when our time is limited.  They know when that time is, and all they want is to know that they were a good dog, you love them, and that their job serving you was done well.  God bless you and your family.  It isn’t easy.  I still tear up whenever I look down at the floor beside my bed, and I don’t see her there, or when I am going out in the yard, and I start to call her to join me.  But one thing is certain, there will come a time when my heart will be ready to share with another one of mans best friend, even though I know that our time together could be short, I am willing to feel the pain of separation to share the love and companionship of a loving faithful dog.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EBQBJDFAI3JTTMM2KEJSBFMTOI OOOO

    I have had to do what you are about to do Glen, many times. I have never found it easy, I have always said, well maybe if I waited a couple more weeks. In the end, I have come to the conclusion that what I decided was best, even with the second thoughts. Peace be with you, love him a lot and enjoy those days you still have left. God Bless you and Victor. 

  • Anonymous

    Glenn and Family, Words can not express the sorrow I feel for your family. I too have felt that sorrow,losing not one but two pets at one time to poison. I called them the boys, Poncho and Palo were their names. There was a hole in my heart for awhile until God filled that hole with the girls, Faith and Hope. It’s been almost 9 years in February that they have been gone and I still cry like a baby as I write this. Just know that God is all the details. May God Bless and Comfort you and your family always. Sincerely, Patti

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M6FM3AOXRKWOZ2NFADKWPU7ZXU Kenny

    WOW JUST WOW.What a wonderful passage.

  • Debbie C

    I understand your pain Glenn. It hurts. Sometimes we just have to let it go so that the dog will not be in any pain. Just remember the good times you had was him and how much he meant to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Keep the faith and keep looking up. Love You, ‘Debbie

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robelle-Reed/4941580 Robelle Reed

     Well said Wayne, I couldn’t have said anything better than that. Animals are definitely God’s gifts to us, for comfort, protection and companionship. They will always leave tiny paw prints on our hearts, filled with warm memories to live on as long as we live. God Bless you Glenn and may your family find comfort that his job here on earth has been fulfilled and your paths will cross again in another life with God.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marijane.porupsky Marijane Porupsky

    Glen,  I am so sorry for this diffucult time your family is going through.  I am sure Victor is a special dog.  He would have gladly laid down his life for you or anyone else in your family. We have loved many dogs in our 45 years of marriage, including one fine German Shepard police dog.  Some of out dogs passed naturally  and others required assistance.  But….never ever alone. 

    When this hard time has passed, the greatest tribute you could possibly give Victor is to love another dog again. God will heal your hurt and give you the strength to do the right thing for all of you.  There may never be another Victor, but that doesn’t mean that there may not be another very special dog waiting to love and be loved. 

    God bless …you and your family are in my prayers….and Victor too!

  • John Ferguson

    As we had to let our beloved Elliot go a few months back after 12 years of faithful service and companionship, he too was a fully trained companion shepherd who we were blessed with being his caretaker, in reality he was our caretaker…..we do not own these beautiful animals, we are blessed with them as they are truly angels on four legs ….shortly afterwards we were blessed with a new angel whose name is Spencer Vom Haus Kartner…he too is fully trained and a blessing in our lives..Please excuse the punctuation on the other post (Beyond the rainbow)…just know that they loved you as much as we love them….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/MaryAnn-Robbin-Pumilia/1625303527 MaryAnn Robbin Pumilia

    I believe animals have souls. I have had to put down 5 of my dogs over my lifetime- 2 last year within 6 months of each other. I still cry when I think of each of them and still question the decisions I made in the end.  Hardest thing I have ever done. My heart goes out to you, Glenn,  and your family.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Mr. Beck, on behalf of my entire family to yours, Thank you for taking a second to share Victor and his story with us, and we will continue to pray for him as well as all of the rest of your beautiful family. I know this may be a difficult Christmas this year, but perhaps it will serve as one of the closest in heart that you all will share forever. I am so sorry for his discomfort and yours as well. They give us more than we could ever really give them.  May God Bless your whole family Mr. Beck, and may God protect and Bless your Victor. 

  • Anonymous

     The day always comes when these beautiful creatures break our heart. I will never understand why God only let us have them for such a short time

  • Anonymous

    Glenn sorry to hear the news.  Having had a 12 year old cocker spaniel female dog recently pass, it was a sad and terrible day for me and my family.  But knowing that she was in heaven and in a better place gave me and my family comfort.  Now I have a second dog and he is 14 years old and he is getting old as well and we are knowing that his days on earth with us are not going to be long.  We love both of these dogs, the one that passed and our 14 year old and know that they will always have unwavering love for us as well.  At some point, if you love the dog, you need to do whats best for them, and even if thats a very uncomfortable and sad day, its really whats best and is the definition of love, doing what is best for the other even if it causes pain for us.  

    As far as the death threats go that is unbelievable that you would have to go through that.  Whatever islamic fundamentalist is doing that needs to know that here in the USA we as US citizens have a first amendment righ t to free speech and such behavior would only make us all stronger in our resolve to resist such threats.  That’s why I am able to defend my family against any such threat and why our 2nd amendment rights are very important and we all need to be very vigilant when any government entity attempts to deny us of those god granted rights.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Glenn !  Take heart that there are people that support you and believe in you and your message. We are the silent majority but we are choosing not to be silent any more !

  • Anonymous

    So sorry Glenn.  This is our Ginger with my son Drew.  She’s been our loyal protector for almot 9 years.  Three years ago we learned she possessed a special gift.  My son had a devastating illness and required a bone marrow transplant.  Ginger was able to sense, and thus predict when he was about to become ill.  She’s so special to us.  To think about the decision you have in front of you is simply painful.  Prayers for peace for whatever happens to your canine family member.  They truly are members of the family.  I wrote about my son’s journey as a way to “pay it forward” for all the support we’ve received during his illness.  Peace, Jen D’Auteuil  http://www.anatomyofamiracle.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/forestierilambros Florence Forestieri Lambros

    I have been through this many times over the years with my precious pets and it doesn’t get easier. If anything, it gets harder. They are with us only a very short time and it’s heartbreaking letting them go.

  • Anonymous

    This kind of decision is one of the most difficult anyone
    will have to make in life. It is even more painful and heart wrenching when the
    society in which we live minimizes the impact that losing a pet has on our lives.
    People mean well when they say things like, “well cheer up, it is only an
    animal,” but what they are revealing is their own lack of heart and
    understanding of the greatness that God places into all of his creation. Your
    pain is real because God has touched you through his creation; and just like a
    human relationship that is torn from this earth your loss is real, deeply painful;
    and exacerbated by a world that does not value Gods creation as “Good.” In my
    life experience I have had many “fur” kids and I have learned a great deal from
    their unconditional love and endless exuberance and lust for living every
    moment of life to its fullest. Yup, there is no denying it: animals really do make
    the best people! Knowing all this about our fur kids is what makes their passing
    such a painful event; and in this, my heart goes out to you and your family and
    I encourage you to grieve like you had lost your best friend…because you have! And
    for most people, this is where their pain goes an-salved because for a godless world
    death is the end; but for the Christian, death is just another beginning… and
    that reality is true even for our pets.

     

    I found a wonderful web site that has helped numerous
    people that are dealing with the loss of their pets and I encourage you to visit
    it for real hope; not as man gives, but that is from God. Here is the link: http://www.animalsgotoheaven.com This is
    not a commercial site and it does not ask for any personal information from
    those who visit; I think they just want to share good news to help people. It
    is a very straight forward and simple site that does one thing: provides hope
    and truth that you will indeed see your buddy once again when you are reunited
    in heaven. I hope that, like me, this truth will lift your heart and bring you
    new hope that today, you are one day closer to going home to a reunion unlike
    anything your heart or imagination can create…God Bless You and Your Family!

  • Anonymous

    Having just gone through this not much more than a week ago, I had a very, very hard time watching this segment.  Our situation was not much unlike yours. Our Tiger was sick and we knew the time would eventually come. He knew it too. My heart bleeds for you Glenn!  We miss our Tiger-boy more with each passing day and watch as his sister looks for her big brother only to find he’s no longer here. We miss him, we loved him, and we have so fond memories of him. I cry for you Glenn, I cry…

  • tim

    Don’t give up on him; if he can walk and eat, let him enjoy your company and just rest.  It may be the best time for him.  I am currently in the same situation with my great dog, Shadow.  She is 14+ years and has a giant fatty tumor on her chest that I dress and care for every day.  She can still eat, goes for short walks, drinks lots of water, goes potty outside and sleeps by my bed.  Until she is too pained to do those things, I will continue to dress her wounds, hide her medicine in treats (her tumor likes to break open and get infection but is too large to operate on and successfully close up and the doctor says at her age and size – 120 lbs – she may not survive the operation.)  She was my faithful protector and companion for years and now I will be hers. Am I being selfish, I don’t think so because she doesn’t seem to have any pain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pam-Palmer/100000207202368 Pam Palmer

    We went through this last Christmas.  Dogs are true family members, and they are mourned as family members.  How they enrich our lives, and what wonderful memories they leave behind.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SJ6JWOHY5YKHQJE54MWQ4R2H4E Debra DeWitt

    I recently had to make that awful decision for my 14 year old pit bull, Boomer. He was a loyal companion and protector for me as I live alone. My grandchildren played with him and he loved them as much as they loved him. But when the time came that his pain was too great I had to take him to the vet for the final time. I explained to him that his pain would be over soon and I believe he understood. He went very willingly. I dreamed about him later that week. He was younger and playing in my dream, but I noticed that his collar was gone. When I woke up I realized that he was safe and didn’t need his collar, a leash, or even his dog tags where he is now. He is at peace with God. Prayers for your family!

  • Anonymous

    So sorry – we have been through this and it’s so difficult. Ultimately though, it’s the most unselfish act of love you can give to Victor.  He needs you now and you won’t fail him. There’s a really great book you might want to get for your kids (and yourself!) called “For Every Dog An Angel” by Chris Davis http://www.lightheartedpress.com/books/dogbook.htm God Bless Glenn and family!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NL5PJRT5UD6NG2EO5O7K4U63LM Debra Daniels

    hillybeans, scratch, scarlett, pops never an easy choice..but for their own comfort.. had to put down a poo-put her in the freezer- Until I could give her the burial, she deserved. thankyou for sharing..so very personal

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NL5PJRT5UD6NG2EO5O7K4U63LM Debra Daniels

    hillybeans, scratch, scarlett, pops never an easy choice..but for their own comfort.. had to put down a poo-put her in the freezer- Until I could give her the burial, she deserved. thankyou for sharing..so very personal

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664035211 Robin Albright-Clark

    Prayer’s are with you and your family…The loss of a pet or having to make that final decision is one of the toughest things a family has to do because they are family…I have lost a few myself and have loved everyone of them in different ways…Victor will let you Glenn when is he ready…I was always told that and it was true…I knew with each one when the time was and very painful to do…God Bless you and all family!!!

  • Anonymous

    Just a personal story incase it helps… I have had many dogs my whole life, and I have loved them all deeply. One dog in particular was named “Rosco” aka “The Moose”! He was a Pit Bull and a funny looking one at that. Most people thought he was a Mastiff because of his markings. But his personality was that of a small child, or a super goofy, happy, hound. :) He was my first baby, or at least thats what my wife and I called him at the time. Back then we were just beginning our family, and had no idea what the future will truly hold for all of us. When Rosco was about four and a half years old, he started getting really skinny over night. Turned out he had Acute lymphoblastic Leukemia! We live in Las Vegas and lucky for us we have one of the few Cancer centers for dogs in the country. When we first brought him there, we had very little hope. The Vet we had previously seen said he was going, and that we should just put him down. The AMAZING doctors at center pulled no punches with us, and let us know that he was terminal, and that it was only a matter of time before the cancer would eventually win. The treatments they offered were VERY expensive, but you couldn’t put a price tag on my love for “Moose”. I asked the doctor if he would get sick, and the doc said maybe, but with most cases dogs have a very different reaction to the treatment than humans do. We decided to give it a shot as even a week of having him comfortable and happy would be worth any price. To our amazement Rosco immediately started feeling better, and was over night back to his happy playful self!!! We were so excited, and even though we had to feed him expensive special foods and medicines constantly, we got to cuddle and sleep and play with our Big Fat “Mooser”. Sadly at about five months everything changed, and over night we once again were right back where we had started. We did everything we could, even went into debt, in order to give him a few more days of comfort and happiness, but I always said when he began to suffer and no longer looked happy, we would let him go. My wife (Then girlfriend) and I loaded him up in the car and took him down to the center knowing full well what lay in store for all of us. We sat on the floor and I kissed him and gently stroked his head while the doc gave him the shot. With one last breath he looked up at me, and licked me across my face, almost as if to say “Thank you, and Good bye”. I took a deep breath and with everything in me I stumbled out the door trying to hold it together. I can honestly say that when I was finally in a place by myself I wept harder that day than almost any other time I can recall. He gave me so much more, than I could ever have given him. He was my gentle giant, who tried to talk, and melted the hearts of all who met him. He was my best friend, and my first child. I will never forget him and even now as I write the details of this time, the tears still come without control. We spent 12,000 dollars and many nights paying it off well after he was gone, but I can honestly say his comfort and our time together was worth every penny. I have a real son now and he asks about “Rosco” all the time. I tell him like you did Mr. Beck, that he was my teacher who gave me so much more than I ever expected. Anyway, don’t know if you will read this or not, but just in case you were looking for stories from others who know the loss of a family member like these special guys, I thought I might share. I am truly and deeply heartbroken for your family and for Victor. I pray that he is happy and comfortable as long as possible, and I pray very deeply that this Christmas will be remembered around your house as one of the closest in heart and not one of the most difficult. You have helped so many of us who follow you, and look to your leadership for guidance in this world. Thank you for everything that you do. May God bless the Beck family, and may you all have a very Merry Christmas. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jackie.prim.3 Jackie Prim

    This is beautiful

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.bergh.94 Dave Bergh

    Glenn, This is one of the toughest decisions we will ever make but you will know when the time has come.  Doesn’t make it any easier but you know in your heart that it is the right thing to do at the right time.   I feel your pain and sorrow as we had to do the same for our 15 year old Black Lab “Rover” about 10 years ago. I cried for a month afterword.  Reading through some of these stories has the tears flowing freely once again as I relive some of the best and worst of having our wonderful, crazy, loving dogs in our lives.  The pain has subsided but not a day goes by that we don’t all relish the time we got to spend with him. Our canine friends are the ultimate examples of unconditional love and teach us many things about how to live and love in this crazy world we live in. One thing about this situation, there are always more “friends” out there just waiting to share their love and loyalty with you when the time is right.  May all of our thoughts and prayers be with you in this difficult time. Our family is so thankful for all you are trying to do for our country during these difficult times. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719285594 Harry Salvini

    Wayne, that was just as hard to read as to read/listen to Glen’s sharing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000117212478 Kathy Eoff

    Heart breaking to lose a friend like Victor…sorry for the hard desission your and your family will struggle with…God bless you al

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.maitland.7 Rebecca Maitland

    I’m so sorry Glenn and family. I understand your pain. God bless.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1321061903 Michele Pearson Houk

    Growing up in a family with various dogs in our lives, I understand the decision y’all are facing.  I pray that Victor will make the decision for you and pass peacefully know he was and is loved by everyone.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CCZWFN5RJMKMCZLXEVNDNZYRRA Skittish

    To the Beck family -

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you with regards this difficult decision.  My own family will have to make a similar decision for our beloved Brie, so I know how difficult this is for all of you.  We don’t even want to think about it right now, but we must, for when the time comes to make the best decision for her as possible.  No matter what, just remember that God will help you and Victor through this, as He does with all things.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SXYDEXUQP6GF7L3REZN56T5VLA Heath

     Beautiful passage. I believe this is among the purest of insight one can put into words. I do hope you and your family can draw comfort from all the great comments and from knowing that behind each are sympathetic hearts that are praying for you and your family. God bless you all and God bless Victor.

  • Anonymous

     That is so perfect Wayne – now I don’t know what to write to Glenn!

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, it was sad but wonderful to see you tearfully talk about Victor. Thank you for your honesty and willingness to be authentic in front of everyone. You are an inspiration. I will pray for Victor, you and your family in this extremely difficult time. I am sure Victor trusts you to make the right decision for him as I am also sure he knows you love him. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=550329420 Lionel Arcand

    Glenn (I only call you that because I feel like I know you after all these years),

    I have bid farewell to several family members such as Victor in my lifetime.  It does not get easier.  In fact, knowing that their time is coming makes the decision that much harder.   the one lesson I can pass along, if I may be so bold, is to not keep Victor around for you.   Do what is best for him.  He always put you first. What a wonderful lesson they teach us.

    Beth Norman Harris wrote:

    “Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.When it is cold and wet, please take me inside… for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements… and I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth… though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land… for you are my god… and I am your devoted worshiper.Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest…and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.”Our prayers are with you and your family.  We will pray for comfort for Victor and peace and strength for the Beck family..The Arcand Family

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn, I cryed with you as I watched your video. I no the pain that you feel because I have been going threw that with my little cockerpoo,She’s been my life my family for over 12 yrs . Coco has had a tough life but has been a little trooper threw it all.SHe lost her sight in her right eye to glocoma 7 yrs ago ,than almost 1 yr to the date she lost the sight in her other  eye. I was devestated and cryed for weeks,there was nothing I could do. They wanted to remove her eyes but I said as long as the drops kept the pressure down and she had no pain I wouldnt allow that.So it runs me $50.00 monthly for her eye drops.Than this past July she came down with this terriable cough ,she has neaver been kenneled so I couldnt understand how she could have cought kennel cough. Well the vet treated her for broncituss, She has had alot of antibiodicts ,I kept asking if it could be her heart but the vet didnt no. After I had spent all I had The vet said well with out an xray I cant really say whats wrong .SO I said how much is the xray between 300 -500 . I thought not only do I not have it but it’s insane. Well I still have Coco and she still has her terriable cough, she has her bad days and her decent days, she’s not inpain so I hang in there with her . Sometimes I’m up with her all night long if it’s a bad nite and i sit and quitely cry at the thought of putting her down one day .SHe is my best friend ,my baby , She still comes out wagging her little tail  to greet the grandchildren when they come , then she goes to lay down . I have prayed more inthe last several months than i have in all of my 64 yrs . It’s not an easy call and my best advice is pray to god,he’ll help you !My thoughts and prayers are with you .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1458776759 Jeanne Wyman

    The Lords will be done,, i will pray for you and your family .. that God will give you the strength you need to do the right thing. And the compassion for your family member that is failing. For the Lord knows that Victor was much much more than a dog to Mr beck and his family. blessings to you all ,my heart breaks for you.
    jeanne

  • http://twitter.com/PeteTruth Pete Truth

    :-(

  • Anonymous

    Very sad.  Hard to type or add anything to what has already been said. May the Good Lord watch ouver you Glenn and family.  You have a true protector in a working dog that was so much more.  A pet that was loved and a member of the family.  He knew that also. There might never be another one like him for each one will be special in their own way. You are all in my prayers…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1088199032 Renea’ Mitchell Kovski

    This took me back to the time when I had to
    make that awful decision for my Chow/Shepherd mix, Miss Nikki. It was the Christmas after my 2 year old daughter, Maggie, passed.  I begged the vet to please help her at least make
    it through the holidays. I couldn’t deal with losing
    her too at that time. I miss her so much but I know that she and
    Maggie still run through the fields together as they did when there were here. God I miss them both my eyes are filling with tears and my
    heart is beginning to ache. My heart goes out to you and your family Glenn.  May God help you during this very difficult time. 
    Renea’ Kovski

  • http://www.facebook.com/chip.trapp Chip Trapp

    I am thankful you and your family had such a faithful companion. what a wonderful gift. I am sure you welcomed him into you home and made him part of your family. I do not believe he could have lived a more fulfilling life with purpose. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/chip.trapp Chip Trapp

    I am thankful you and your family had such a faithful companion. what a wonderful gift. I am sure you welcomed him into you home and made him part of your family. I do not believe he could have lived a more fulfilling life with purpose. 

  • Anonymous

    Glenn,
    This is one of those moments, and sometimes they come one after the other, but in this case, it REALLY sucks to be an adult.  No one else but the person in the mirror can make this call, as much as you wish someone would walk up and tap you on the shoulder and say “Glenn, it’s time”, and you say “ok, thanks”.  My wife and I have been down this road multiple times and it sure doesn’t get any easier.  We’ve got ourselves convinced that after these last two dogs go to heaven that we’ll have no more, that the letting go is too painful, but the elephant in the room says that we’ll jump right back in to being dog people again.  My daughter had a thought that if dogs could tell us that it’s time by having their tail fall off, how easy that would be for all of us. 

    God bless you and your family thru these difficult days.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BY6Z4Z2C6ND5VYZZOUN2S4ZSZM Wes

    All Dogs go to Heaven!
    I still remember the Victor CAM back in the day when they 1st brought him into the studios to “bond” to Glenn. Victor will be missed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Cuillard/1032530840 Donna Cuillard

    It is always the Dad that has to make the long and lonely trip to the vet with a beloved pet, only to return home alone and weeping.   Hold Victor in your arms as long as you are able, whisper your good-byes, pray for Victor and hold on in faith and hope until that reunion which surely will come.   Victor  has lived his entire life in your home filled with love and laughter, never knowing want or fear.  Your love is an eternal gift that Victor will carry with him as he moves ahead.  Oh, that sweet reunion that awaits you all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/conservativecandy Candy Marshall

    And as it is, Dog spelled backwards is God!! So appropriate for an animal who loves his humans UNCONDITIONALLY!! :**********************)))

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn and Victor, We got our ‘Patriot’ during the Gulf War, thus the name. I did a great deal of research before deciding on this German Shepherd. We lived on a large piece of property and had four small young children. For 14 years, she protected us and loved us and gave us her all. She will always be my ‘good old girl’ the best dog I have ever had. As her health declined, and she could no longer get up to go outside, she looked at me with those deep brown eyes and in her way asked me to do the only thing she ever asked of me…to let her go, to preserve her dignity and let her die with the same grace with which she had lived. The vet came to the house and as Patriot rested on her bed, her head in my lap, she gently closed her eyes. Surrounded by those she loved and loved her she slipped away from us. The greatest tribute you can give to Victor is to take all that love you have to give and let another dog into your lives. God bless you and your family as you say farewell to your beloved Victor. He will wait for you, always.

  • Paul

    Been there, lost Pierre March 2010, it still hurts, God bless you, your family & Victor

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.bauman.12 Michael Bauman

    Jesus of
    Divine Mercy.

     

    Glenn, may His
    rays of Divine Mercy illuminate the path He has for you and the graces
    to take it.

     

    God bless
    you and your family in your decision.

     

    Jesus I
    trusting you!

     

    Michael

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.locklear3 Melissa Locklear

    Glenn I know the heartache you and your family is going through.  My family just lost our collie recently and its soo quite without him in our lives.  But I know he is in a better place he had a full and wonderful life with our family, he has changed our lives for the better.  I will keep your family in my prayers this holiday season. 
    Wayne your comment is perfect for anybody that understands that animals especially dogs will hold a special place in the lives of man.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.bauman.12 Michael Bauman

    Jesus of
    Divine Mercy.

     

    Glenn, may His
    rays of Divine Mercy illuminate the path He has for you and allow you the graces take it.

     

    God bless
    you and your family in your decision.

     

    Jesus I trusting you!

    Michael

  • http://twitter.com/DDixon5821 DDixon5821

    God Bless you, your family, and your true friend Victor. My dog just turned 2, and she means the world to us, so much love and affection. I think about how I am already dreading when we will have to make that very decision too. My heart breaks for you all. Give that wonderful pooch a kiss on his nose for us!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GDXDHG5NI7OC42VDCE3MAPV5MQ RE

    Oh Glenn I remember you talking about Victor on the radio when I first found your show and became a faithful listener.  My eyes are filled with tears for you because just a year ago my husband and I faced the same decision with our dear friend Taz. I so understand the depth of your emotions. We have been talking about him all week still missing him. It is the saddest time you ever have with a pet.  We adopted a rescue in June who came to join our other dog, Happy and they became fast friends.  Every dog I every loved makes it possible for me to love another and you and your family will too.  God Bless Victor for you are his hero and he knows you will do the best for him.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, my heart goes out to you and your family. We had to make the decision last year when our beloved Jack had a stroke.  Our pets are so much a part of our lives its hard to let them go. My vet told us it was the kindest act we could make as it wasn’t fair to prolong his suffering. It doesn’t make the decision easier. Love him and hold him if you have to let him go.   

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OX3ZSNXOWY225YAGBJGVEGQB3A B M

    Will Rogers – “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/evelyn.heidbrink Evelyn Heidbrink

    love and prayers to you and your family. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donna-Morris/100000649783376 Donna Morris

    my heart goes to you and your family this is a hard time

  • http://www.facebook.com/deedeewind Dee Windust

    God gives us the unconditional love of his magnificent animals.  They come in every shape, size and personality.  What would our life be like without the love of these animals…BLAND.
    It is because of this, one could rapidly seek to find a forever a new family friend who will welcome all the love you have to give.  When my Akita dog died, I prayed and cried on the floor of my bedroom hallway having had to put her to sleep for God to take me instead — the loss and pain was so great.  3 days later my car simply pulled into the SPCA where a snowshoe kitten picked me out.  Our now 14 year relationship can never take the place of a missing loved one, but fill up the grief with another needy rescue animal.  There will always be reverence for the departed one.  That hole will only be filled in the heavenly realm where all of our former loved pets will be waiting for us!!!  We love you and your family.  Our best from my household of 16 wonderful four-legged friends!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rose.stull.58 Rose Stull

    My heart is with you and your family.  I definately feel your pain. I too had to do what you are about to do, Glenn. On Feb 19 it will be 12 years I had ot put my peet down, it was the worse thing that ever happened to me. So trimatic and watching you tonight brought it all back….so sorry that anyone has ot go through putting a pet “down”…… you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mark9659 Mark McLaughlin

    Glenn — it’s the hardest thing in the world to do.  Did it with beloved Shadow and Chance just a few weeks ago.  It HURTS.  But your dog, the best PERSON you’ll ever have as a friend will know you love him and that it’s his last thought.  I can totally relate to a man who loves his wife, his family and his dog

  • http://www.facebook.com/jan.sharp.7127 Jan Sharp

    Our dog died 1 year ago. I still have his nose prints on my windows – unwilling to clean them off yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1492745504 Jan Roemer

    Glenn, you, your family and Victor are in my prayers.  Wayne said it best.  Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    I am crying as I read your letter Glenn, I know your sorrow, your family and Victor are in my thoughts and prayers.  God Bless you all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.piechocki.1 Bill Piechocki

    Glenn … Victor does not need to die…. we actually rehab & prevent exactly what he has… we never euthanize …  45 years of experience reversing this…. there is no fee or payment… just contact us before you do it…… Dr Di & I would be honored to to help…

  • Anonymous

    I would be honored to prayer for your German Shepard Victor.  I don’t know if you think animals will be in Heaven…I do…so you’ll see Victor.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H526MCQP4KK5IOZCOQE4CIMNZE Larry Menard

    Test

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1043732828 Bonnie B. Richardson

    Glenn — very tough decision– I had to put my 2 17 1/2 yr old beagles down in March– it was the hardest thing that I have had to do in a long time.  Dogs are family.  I loved my dogs and it was painful letting them go.  My heart goes out to you and your family in this decision.  Hug that puppy one time for me–Bonnie

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.corey.75 Dave Corey

    We just had to put our Shepherd down 2 weeks ago.  It was one of the toughest decisions of my life.  I cried, I mourned, but I know that it was something that needed to be done.  He was, like Victor, loyal, confident, a master’s dream.  Unfortunately, he was sick.  May God be with you and your family during this time.  Blessings from the right side of Ohio.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn I know how hard this is, we lost our dog Blue after 15 years..it was a hard loss to face. It took us 8 years to consider another dog…we now have Koda..I will keep you and Victor in our prayers and I know that you will make the right decision. God Bless.

  • Anonymous

    Awe,  I’ve been there and my heart is broke for you.  My thoughts and prayers for you all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/holly.abessinio Holly Adams Abessinio

    My heart goes out to you and your family.  Don’t give up hope.  You might try looking for a DVM who also uses Nutritional Response Testing.  They have done wonders for my almost 15 year old dog!  Keep the faith!

  • http://www.facebook.com/janice.gealey Janice Gealey

    I had to take my “Ginger” in two years ago this Monday.  I knew it was time, she knew it was time, but it didn’t make it any easier.  But I had more than once had told her that I wouldn’t let her suffer and I didn’t.  It is one of the hardest decisions you have to make but when you love someone who has protected you, comforted you when you were crying, you have to do what is best for them.  I will pray for you and your family to get through this and know that you are not alone. Janice

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1003296733 Tamie Cruse

    I have reposted the comment by Wayne. How amazing. Dogs are awesome creatures.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mitchell.victoria Victoria Mitchell

    A Dog’s Purpose?

    Being a veterinarian, I had been
    called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners,
    Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to
    Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

    I examined Belker and found
    he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker,
    and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their
    home.

    As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would
    be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though
    Shane might learn something from the experience.

    The next day, I felt the
    familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so
    calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood
    what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully
    away.

    The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any
    difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death,
    wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human
    lives.

    Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know
    why.”

    Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next
    stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the
    way I try and live.

    He said,”People are born so that they can learn how
    to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice,
    right?” The Six-year-old continued,”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so
    they don’t have to stay as long.”
    Author Unknown

    I know the Comfortor is with you and your family.  Rest in his peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mitchell.victoria Victoria Mitchell

    The below gave me comfort when my April went to be with Jesus.  I pray it does the same for you and your family.  I know The Comfortor is with you…..Rest in his peace.

    A Dog’s Purpose? Being a veterinarian, I had been
    called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners,
    Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to
    Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.I examined Belker and found
    he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker,
    and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their
    home.As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would
    be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though
    Shane might learn something from the experience.The next day, I felt the
    familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so
    calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood
    what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully
    away.The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any
    difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death,
    wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human
    lives.Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know
    why.”Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next
    stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the
    way I try and live.He said,”People are born so that they can learn how
    to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice,
    right?” The Six-year-old continued,”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so
    they don’t have to stay as long.”

    Author Unknown

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn,
    I feel your pain and your sorrow, and your struggle. I have been there many times personally in my 58 years, and with many others in your shoes as i have worked as a veterinary technician. Wayne’s post is absolutely beautiful – and I highly recommend reading  the “Rainbow Bridge”. Losing such a faithful and loving companion is so very painful. But i believe that sometimes, as painful as it is, making that last loving decision is the most loving and humane thing we can do for our beloved four legged friend. I will keep you, your family and Victor in my prayers. And, I also pray that when the time is right, Victor will somehow lead you to the new friend/protector who will be there for you – I have had this happen in my life, and I do believe those who have passed somehow guide us to the next one who needs us as much as we need them. God bless you and your family – and God bless Victor.

  • Anonymous

    We have had many loving dogs through the years.  Right now we have a mixed family of 4, from a 13 pounder to a 90 pound lab.  It breaks my heart when their time comes, but a vet told me that we know when we adopt them their life span is around 10 years or so and if we can’t bear to give them peace when they need it, not to get one at all.  I just have to be thankful for them for so long as we have them to love.  I feel your pain, Glen.

  • Anonymous

    I had to let go of my long time buddy last year. I cried like a baby when he went down, and the vet couldn’t understand why I was crying. He was as Victor, an unwavering watch dog, that loved us as much as we loved him.
    My mother said she had never seen a dog that you could tell so vividly that it cared so much for a family, but I and my wife knew it every day.
    My alarm went off on the house, I forgot to disable something, and the police was at the house before the alarm company could get me on the phone.
    I pulled into the drive, saw the police car and sat and waited so not to surprise the officer around back. He walked around the house and said, ” are you the owner?” I said yes sir I am. He said and I quote, “You don’t need an alarm system with that bruiser in there, nobody could get through the door without getting eaten alive”.
    I smiled and said, yes sir, that’s a fact.
    I sorely do know your pain, but I had to love him enough to end his pain.

  • Anonymous

    It will be 4 years on December 28th that we had to put our beloved 15 year old lil dog down.  He had cancer and the most aggressive treatment was to put him in remission for a year only worked for 4 months. It is devastating to have to let them go…and even harder to have to make that decision at this time of year.  Prayers for your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.coster.3 Tom Coster

    That is beautiful. God bless you Victor!! This is a wonderful post Wayne!! Thank you for reminding us all!!

  • Anonymous

    That love hurts so much, is such a great blessing.  It is all the more sweet that we make the choice to do so, knowing full well the price we pay for it.  

    Blessings to you and yours, as you travel this path with Victor.

  • Anonymous

    That is truly beautiful, thank you for sharing with us all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.davies.988 Brian Davies

    Glenn, I (like so many others) understand the love we can have for our canine companions.  They may not be human, but are most certainly family.  My prayers are with you and your family – losing a friend, is a loss no matter what.

    Have a joyous and blessed Christmas.

  • Dianna

    Praying for Victor and your family. This is not an easy time. I’ve been there. You will do what is best for Victor with love and respect for your friend, your family member and your guardian.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.schmidt.5832 Steve Schmidt

    How beautiful and true.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, you and your family have my deepest sympathies in this time of difficulty.

    The decision you shared with us reminded me of one I discussed with a pair of good friends. The question was posed to me as to what I would like done in my stead should something occur and I were unable to make life decisions for myself. My answer was not what they expected and I did not allow their arguments to sway my point of view.

    A number of years back, I had a revelation to me that changed the world for all time. I cannot explain what this revelation was, nor can I take you with me in the meaning I found. I will say what I told my friends during this conversation. Life matters. Bedridden, hurt, suffering or incapacitated as I would be, I would want to live.

    Perhaps I will one day find myself facing that conclusion to my life and find my decision to be hard to maintain, but Life is precious. We learn from it every second we possess it. In times of joy and in times of suffering. What lies beyond this existence will not be hampered by physical ailments or by what we think is important during greatest happiness here. What we take with us in the end will be the totality of our life. The suffering and hardship will be held side by side to our joys and accomplishments. How bright will those joys shine next to those hardships?

    Will we think of “Comfort” as a necessity of living? Do we see “Quality of life” to be the the basis of our existence? I told my friends that I do not envy those who see a no win scenario and simply end any further hardship. I envy and respect those who rage against the dying of the light and hold on to the last. Even in losing, there is victory. Struggling and suffering is not something to wish on anyone, but I hope… I pray that when my time comes I hope I can follow the advise to:

    “…force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone and so hold on when there is nothing in you, except the will which says to them “Hold on!”

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family this night Glenn. Be well. +

  • http://twitter.com/MelindaWLerma Melinda W. Lerma

    I have been able to be away from my family on road trips with comfort because he has been a part of our life.http://youtubeGoldenJob4.qr.net/jUvE/watch?v=CTtf5s2HFkA

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.schmidt.5832 Steve Schmidt

    I wish I had the words to comfort you and your family, Glenn. During my life, 6 wonderful dogs that were loved family members have passed to “The Other Side.” I have some comfort in knowing that we will all be together again with God, but I miss them so much everyday. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and Victor. God Bless you all.

  • Anonymous

    My heart goes out to you, Glenn & to your family.
    I had to make that decision …. & Chelsea had become my “ears” as I have a moderate to severe hearing loss. Being with her, holding her as the end came (& it was very peaceful) was the very least I could do for her. You really do lose a member of your family … but the Lord is there in the midst of it all.
    You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.
    God bless,
    Carol

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.schmidt.5832 Steve Schmidt

    As I read addiitional posts of kindness and comfort from others here, I must also implore you and your family to read “The Rainbow Bridge.” It, like Wayne’s below will help you in this time of sadness.Victor like all of our loved dogs are gifts from God.

  • Anonymous

    I have had 2 “Victor” decisions in my life. One was in my late teens when our family German Shepherd “Cedar Bur Tina” was so crippled and in pain that my mother decided she needed to have relief from her pain in the only way possible and asked me to stay home with her while my father and sister took Tina to the vet and keep Mom from calling the vet and telling him not to do it.

    The second time was several years later when I was living in the bush in the Yukon, 70 miles from the nearest town and I had to leave because of a family emergency and I had to shoot my beloved German Shepherd “King” because there was no one to care for him, no way to take him with me and if I left him behind the wolves would have killed him. It was kinder to him to take his life myself. It was a brutal, brutal decision to have to carry out.

    I still feel guilty – like I failed both of these dear, faithful, loving friends. I feel like I should have been able to do more for them. I feel like I let them down somehow, didn’t appreciate them enough, didn’t give enough. That is from over 40 years ago.

    I like the idea that “All Dogs Go To Heaven” I personally know of at least 2 that should. I expect Victor and many others deserve to have a great reward for unfailing love and devotion as well. It would be a wonderful world if people were as caring, as devoted, as loving, as forgiving and such profound friends.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wendy.mortensonboucher Wendy Mortenson Boucher

    Sorry you and your family have to go through this :(  I cried several times and still do as we had to let go of out beloved “Gunner” German Shepard, he was our protector and best friend.  We said goodbye to him in April of 2012 at 13 + years old.  He was so frail that my husband had to carry him to go to the bathroom. His mind looked like he was all there and understanding everything, but you could see it in his eyes and his body was getting too weak. It’s still hard today as I look at his urn and cry because he is missed and loved so much.  He helped me in so many ways during the day!!  He would tell me in his own way when my son was getting off his school bus.  He would wait in the middle of the driveway and watch our son get on and off his bus.  He loved water and jumping in the snow.  He also would follow my husband around like his shadow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janeen.smith3 Janeen Smith

    Dear Glenn and family,

    Totally understand the heart wrenching place you are at.  We went through the same thing with our 15 year old Boston Terrier two years ago.  She was a special friend to me.  I was evacuated from Venezuela December of 2000 without my husband and went into shock.  They let Zippy stay close to me.  I had to get up every day and walk her…she probaly saved my life.  In 2010 she was suffering horribly and it tore me up to watch her suffer.  I think the reason it hurts so much is because God made us caretakers over the animals and we can’t fix them in tose last stages.  They love us unconditionally and I marvel at that.  Hugs to you and your family. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/char.bachmeierbeehler Char Bachmeier Beehler

    Thanks Wayne. I shared that with a friend who lost 2 dogs this year.
    And I’ll be keeping it for when I have to face the loss of my Service Dog, Schatzi.

  • http://www.facebook.com/evan.williams.564 Evan Williams

    Nothing in life, certainly nothing in growing up, prepares you for that moment when you have to pick up the phone and make an appointment to have your best friend killed.  In the back of your mind you tell yourself it’s the right thing to do, but that is nothing more than an attempt at bitter self-consolation.  No matter what, it’s a very bad day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.crampton.18 Mark Crampton

    Glenn, my heart goes out to you, your family and Victor.  I faced a similar situation;  Chloe, my Service Dog, my beloved companion of 10 years, was almost 20 years old, going blind & deaf and suffering from arthritis.  I talked to her Vet to make sure that I could keep her remaining time as comfortable and pain-free as possible.  I also made arrangements one morning to get another Service Dog in a few days, to be a companion for her in her last days (however long they would be) and a new companion for me.  That very same afternoon, Chloe passed away.  I am not ashamed to admit I cried like a baby – I still tear up when I think of her!  However, I know that her passing was gentle and pain-free, and she was in my arms when she went.  Maggie, my new dog is entirely different, personality wise, but she has made her own place in my heart and life.  A few days ago  I was talking to a friend who did not know about Chloe’s passing – when I told her about it, she told me that she thinks, as sick and hurting as Chloe was, that she stayed with me until she knew I had another friend coming to take care of me!
    I can tell you, rejoice in the memories and time you had with Victor, because you will always remember him, and make his remaining time the easiest you can.  Maybe his passing will be as gentle as my Chloe’s was, but if not, do not let him suffer!  If it comes to that choice, give him love and dignity, and be at his side when he goes!

  • http://twitter.com/TC1776 Della Creighton

    Im so very sorry Glenn, I know exactly what you are going through. I know you will do whats right for Victor. Ive had to do it once His name was Spencer he was a shepherd as well. Im just so sorry that you and your familly have to go through this

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Liz-Herrera/1220087922 Liz Herrera

    Glenn, don’t kill him, if he were a human that would be a crime, he has a soul, the only difference is that he doesn’t speak.

  • http://twitter.com/Panthergurlie Laurie McEwen

    Glenn, watched your segment on Victor last nite and it broke my heart. I know you are treasuring every moment with him right now. You’ll know when the time is right. There are very few things that are as strong as the bond  with your dog. We pray for you during this time and applaud you for honoring him in this way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bishimine Barry DaKama’aina InKali

    My wife, dogs and myself have faced that choice and had to put down a member of our Ohana.. Her name was Jenny.. She was almost 14 1/2 years old.. Her eye sight was going and her hearing was pretty much gone.. She kept running into chairs or tables or the other dogs.. (Puanani and Lilo) We miss Jenny very much every day since November 13 2012… The day she went 2 C Jesus…I do my best to b strong for the wife and myself but it is sometimes hard to b strong when we are reminded of her.. Seeing her in our memories and places she loved to lay down or play is hard.. God gave us the time with her whe HE blessed us with her even though she is originally my wife’s dog, and HE knew when the time was to take her home to lessen the suffering… I will pray for you and your Ohana.. I had to remind myself of the verse… I can do all things through Christ, who gives me stregnth.. And that song from Matthew West.. Strong enough.. http://youtu.be/xgeimdWjZmM

  • http://www.facebook.com/bishimine Barry DaKama’aina InKali

    Sometimes i do second guess myself and wonder if i made the wrong choice..

  • Anonymous

    Glenn,
    Watched your show last night and my wife and I cried right along with you.  The whole time all I could think was that your security would be all over me because I would come out of the crowd and give you a hug.  We are praying for Victor and you and your family.  Please give Victor a hug for us and tell him we all love him.  God must need a good friend to want him to come home.  God Bless.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/B66JWP3K32OURS4X6FPAYV5X5M Rosalie

    I don’t know your beliefs, but if my dogs aren’t waiting for me in heaven, it isn’t heaven.  My first dog was a German shepherd brought home when I was a baby.  Dad told a story of how Sarge came walking out to the field, sometimes in the ditch, sometimes along the roadside.  She never came out to where he was working the fields so he didn’t understand what she was doing until she got closer.  I was just a little girl trying to walk out to see my daddy, but Sarge kept me off the road and safe on my trip to the field.  God Bless Victor.

  • Anonymous

    Tissue Alert needs to be linked to this video.
    This is why i love you Glenn Beck.
    You are indeed one of US. Only a God fearing father and husband would have the “courage” to put this up on the website.
    Everyone of us has had a Victor. I know i have.
    Prayers going up for you and your family.

    Victor is a very lucky boy.

  • Paul Perger

    I recently held my dog of 14 years as he took his last breath and stopped feeling pain forever.  It was one of the hardest things I have ever done.  I sit here with tears in my eyes.  You and your family will be in my prayers.

    May Bod bless you with the courage and resolve to do what is right by your companion, friend, and protector.  Amen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=820609546 Lisa Pruitt

    Been there with my vigilant guard Mitzi.  She was a rescue dog that I filed the paperwork to adopt on 9/10/01.  My husband was never home.  Then we divroced.  She protected us.  She loved us.  Last year the day after Thanksgiving we had to end her suffering.  It became too much.  She was 13 and a half.  I miss her still.   Your family will be in my prayers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1193948681 Christina Haeufle

    My heart goes out to you & your family. I put my 10 yr old dog down on Tuesday, & my heart is broken. He was my first dog, & I really wasn’t expecting to feel like I’ve lost a child. May God bless you, & bring you comfort. You are not alone.

  • Anonymous

    We are facing the same with our Eli – a road warrior who traveled the highway for years in a semi, then retired to guard our home. Cane Corsos descended from the Roman Legion war dogs and he still leads the pack to warn of any possible incursion,  even though he becomes more frail each day.

    Our hearts go out to Glenn and his family….

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, We understand as we are dog lovers and have lost our own man’s best friend
    thru the years.  It remains one of the most difficult “letting go” situations that I know of.
    I have heard you speak of Victor for so very long….God bless you, Victor and your
    family……

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722147121 Mada Skare

    Glenn,   I am so very sorry.   I know how hard this is.   When my oldest German Shepherd was nearing that time I actually went and asked the vet if they had a booklet to see the signs (if you don’t know, they have ones for humans so you can see they signs of dying and I had received this when my dad was terminal so I thought they might have one for dogs).   All the vet could tell me you will know – he will tell you.

    Victor will tell you.  And just remember you have to make the choice for him not for you and when his quality of life is not there anymore thats when the time is right because you want him to have a great quality of life.

    Good Luck.   It is one of the hardest things you will ever do.

  • Matt Driscoll

    I am a total dog lover but god had nothing to do with the dogs we see today. God didn’t create the dogs we know today. It is called selective breeding and it is designed to get the desired attributes in dogs through generations of chosen breeding. Also Wayne should have quoted or at least wrote author unknown after this story as it is an old piece.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5NMKL33LSO3A464OOOLQ4UZKTQ Scamp

    I cried along with Glenn.
    There is a reason God named these wonderful creatures by reversing his name.

    Old Dog’s Lament

    My once bright eyes have grown dim
    I can hardly hear your voice
    Would that I could be a pup again
    If given any choice.
    But I’ve became an old dog now
    As dog years aren’t so long
    Remember me as once I was
    Your true friend proud and strong.
    For me it’s waning days ahead
    A time to move more slowly
    Be patient with me for I dread
    My aging body’s folly.
    So give my ears an extra scratch
    And don’t forget that treat
    And lay me down ‘neath the flower patch
    When my old heart has stopped its beat.

    So soon, Victor shall find himself at the bottom of the long path which he must climb to get to where all dogs go.  By the time he reaches the top his body will be healed and he can romp with the huge pack that has preceded him to the place of rainbows, soft grass, and the light of God.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmy.allen.39 Jimmy Allen

    You’ve learned the truth about dogs, Glenn. They aren’t just pets, they aren’t just ‘guardians’. They’re family members, and will lay down their lives for the people they love; just as a spouse or a parent would do for a spouse or a child.  And all they ask is that you love them, and accept their undying love in return.

    The avatar to the left of this post is a picure of a then-seven-month-old “Red” Queensland Heeler; the latest in a line of four-footed children.  Not as imposing as a German Shepard – like the one that ‘helped raise me’ from 9 months ’til maybe age 11 - but as fiercely loyal as any family member could be. And unbelievably capable of protecting his “herd”; as Queenslands view their families.  (That ability comes from the breed’s Dingo ancestry) And if possible even more willing than his capabilities.  And he’s not the first Heeler in the house.
    “Mickey” was a 19th birthday present from my older brother; and he kept me going during a painfully long and dark period of being “lost and alone”. He was by my side as I woo’ed and married a girl I’d met in college and ‘helped raise’ our first child.  Because of the breed’s physical stamina and active lifestyle; he stayed by my side until age 16.
    “Polly” was a Queensland/Chow mix; a shelter dog that my wife brought home to ease my heartbreak over Mickey; on the very day Mick was put down in 1992. You’ve talked of your ‘alcoholic days’…. about midnight that night I sat in my chair in my “cave” -a 10×10 former utility closet that I’d converted into my “Amateur Radio room”- and cracked the cap on a bottle of (unnamed Canadian Blended Whiskey, something about a Club). About 1/4 of the way through the bottle, Polly climbed up in my lap and slowly licked my hands. The next morning, the bottle was empty, but the pup was still in my lap. She ‘helped raise’ our second daughter and my son; until she died in 2010. 
    During that time, there were two other Queenslands in our house. During her senior year in High School (2004); my oldest picked up her first and so far only dog, and yes, another Queensland this time in ‘Blue’ like Mickey. A year later, she joined the Army; and “Latigo” continued to live with us until she was able to move out of the barracks and into a house with her husband who was also Army, serving two tours ‘in the sandbox’. Memorial Day ’08, Latigo and I climbed on the first of two planes from Arizona to North Carolina; and I came home by myself. They’re both “out” now, living in his home town in flyover country; and Latigo is “helping raise” my almost 4-yr-old grandson.
    Whie she was stationed in Louisiana, oldest daughter (a veterinary technician) was assigned to go along with Ft Polk MP’s ton a “Stray Roundup”; and they brought back a quite pregnant female Queensland that was closely guarded (also stray, but obviously well-trained) male Rottweiler.  One of the puppies - “Bocephus” – ended up with my younger daughter, until she and ‘her Marine’ moved onto a base with a restriction on “Rottweiliers or descendants thereof”. So Bo stayed with us as well; with the plan being that he would move in with daughter and her husband when they got their own place.  The best-laid plans of mice and men…..
    This past January, a stray dog got into the pens housing my son’s 4H animals. Bo’s heritage kicked in, and he climbed over the pen fence (a 3/4-size Rottweiler body on Queensland Heeler legs) and fought the dog off; being bitten twice himself. Don’t know what infection the other dog had; but it transferred to Bo; who was hemmoraging internally, and also had to be euthanized. His loyalty until the end and his young age (6) devastated us all.  “Born on the bayou on the Texas line” like his namesake Hank Williams Junior; Bo died on the Mexican border because of his love and dedication.
    A couple of months ago, as our Veterinarian was doing a health check on one of our horses; I mentioned that I was looking for another Queensland.  He “knew somebody” who had a Queensland pup that needed a home.  An now, the puppy in my avatar, now known as “Hank” in honor of Bo, has just blown out the doggie door and barking along with the neighbor dogs tp warn off something that has alerted them.  Because that’s what a family dog is supposed to do, and he does what he’s supposed to do.
    (Other than leave my shoes alone, anybody need a mismatched pair of boots? They’re both for the left foot)

    This is not an advertisement for the Queensland breed; just an advertisement for man’s best friend. If you have to “make the tough decision” for Victor; please find another dog – of whatever breed - to ‘help raise’ your son.  There were and are other dogs in my family at the same time as the pups I’ve listed; they ALL members of the family. And they wereall loved, almost as much as the love they returned.

    I’ve got to go to work now. Will be listening to you today, as I drive from customer to customer.  We only get two hours of you on our local station; and I end up having to jump out of the truck and do my job, but I’ll be listening and learning every chance I get.  And please, keep doing what you’re doing and fighting the good fight. 
    And, if you do have to say goodbye to Victor; find another dog to love.

  • Marian Mathewson

    So heartbreaking!  I lost my best friend 6 weeks ago and it was a VERY hard decision!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=720156960 JoAnn Turnquist

    I believe that our pets and animals will be in heaven with us. How can they not be? God bless you and your family, Glenn.

  • Anonymous

    I had to make this decision 2 years ago….at Christmas time, for my companion Toby, who was 16 years old, and whose health had him existing…not living, not with dignity anyway.  We waited until Christmas was over…my daughter asked me not to put him down before the holidays, “Mom, you’ll just cry through all of Christmas if you do it before”…. so we sat with him in front of the fireplace and warmed him and held him and enjoyed our last Christmas together.  I have called his name no less than 5 times this week, when mentioning my other dog…Toby is never far from my mind….or my heart.  Your right Glen, they teach us so much and give unconditionally everything they have.  My heart breaks for you and for your family.  You and your family and Victor are in my prayers.  You will do what is right for Victor when the time comes.  God Bless You and may he give you peace. 

  • TexasGal

    You really needed to give us a two hanky warning.

  • Anonymous

    I am so sorry for the decision that you will soon have to make.  It is never easy, even when we know that it is for the best.  Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  I lost my twenty year old cat on the 11th of November.  She waited for me to come home before she passed.  She is deeply missed.  Just know that getting a new pet will someday happen, but give yourself time to grieve and remember all of the wonderful times you had together.  God bless!

  • Anonymous

    I know the feelings as many people have been in this position… Just love him and listen to him…. He will let you know when it’s time…. Like people, dogs lose their appetite when they are preparing to die…bodily functions are slowing and soon they reject food altogether. If they have ben extremely close and protective of you, they will hang on to life even though it pains them terribly. You have to be attentive and know when to let him go…but I would say after he has stopped eating for three or four days, or if he is in incredible pain call the vet to give hm the shots… and sit there with him till the end… it only takes a few moments… hug him and tell him you love him as he draws his last breath… Even after death, he will remain by your side until some departed family member or someone he knew who has passed escorts him on to the next world where he will wait for you to join him again…….   

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XL5KXR572UEGRAKFRXD4OQ7CE alabusoap

    My dog would do the same thing, not going to make it and then the day we finally decided she had a brief moment of acting like a puppy. Mad me crazy. Makes a hard decision so much harder.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn – you have to make the choice for your dog.  Dogs have a very high threshold for pain, which essentially means, he could be in more pain than you know.  we have to be able to give them quality life, rather than quantity.
    Last year i had to make that choice for my 14 year old shepherd mix, hardest choice i ever had to make, but i could see the life was gone from her eyes, and she was so tired, and ready to go.  I probably should have done it a week earlier, but i was being sellfish and didnt want to let her go.  She also had issue with her back, couldnt stand, would potty on herself in the night.
    I just knew that i had to do it for her, she was miserable, and it is a hard choice, but you have to do it when the time is right, he will tell you in his eyes.
    God bless

  • Anonymous

    You brought me to tears talking about Victor.  Listen to your gut and give Victor permission to go when he is ready sometimes they don’t want to let go.  Thinking of your family and Victor. This is a link to a book that may help  http://morethanapet.net/

  • Anonymous

    Oh, Glenn, we just went through this with our 12 year old chocolate lab in August.  It is absolutely heartwrenching.  My prayers go out to you, your family and Victor.  Dogs are absolutely a God send.  Their love is truly, absolutely unconditional so when it comes to making this decision, it makes it even harder.  God speed to you and may He give you comfort and peace in this most difficult time.

    A Dog’s Prayer
    Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps falls upon my waiting ear.When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest – and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.~Beth Norman Harris

    Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps falls upon my waiting ear.When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest – and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.~Beth Norman Harris

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1384336760 Kimberly Beck

    I had two poodles, both of which were heart patients.  The first one, Brittany, died a few years ago after a stroke impaired her functions.  The vet advised me that they can often recover from strokes as long as they eat.  She wouldn’t eat, so I held her as she was put to sleep.  It was agonizingly sad as death of a loved one always is, but at the same time, it was peaceful.  A few years later, my second poodle, Josie, was having mini strokes where she’d walk in circles incessantly unless I held her constantly.  Then she’d recover and be like normal.  Then she’d have another mini stroke, walk in circles completely out of it, then recover.  This kept happening, more frequently and for longer durations as time went by.  I knew the time was coming when I would have to put her to sleep, but I definitely wanted my baby to go to heaven peacefully, like her sister had two years before.  One Friday night, last November, I came home.  She’d had another mini stroke, but had recovered – gone out to the bathroom and eaten dinner.  Two hours later, totally unexpectedly because she always recovered, she died in my fiance’s arms.  I was screaming, in a panic, and couldn’t be there to hold her because I couldn’t bear to witness her suffering.  I regret that my baby died that way.  She should have had me holding her, telling her I loved her as she slid away peacefully to sleep.  I love you Brittany and Josie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1384336760 Kimberly Beck

    I had two poodles, both of which were heart patients.  The first one, Brittany, died a few years ago after a stroke impaired her functions.  The vet advised me that they can often recover from strokes as long as they eat.  She wouldn’t eat, so I held her as she was put to sleep.  It was agonizingly sad as death of a loved one always is, but at the same time, it was peaceful.  A few years later, my second poodle, Josie, was having mini strokes where she’d walk in circles incessantly unless I held her constantly.  Then she’d recover and be like normal.  Then she’d have another mini stroke, walk in circles completely out of it, then recover.  This kept happening, more frequently and for longer durations as time went by.  I knew the time was coming when I would have to put her to sleep and I definitely wanted my baby to go to heaven peacefully, like her sister had two years before, but she kept recovering so I waited.  One Friday night last November she’d had another mini stroke, but had recovered.  She went outside to the bathroom and then ate dinner.  Two hours later, totally unexpectedly because she always recovered, she died in my fiance’s arms.  I was screaming, in a panic, and couldn’t be there to hold her because I couldn’t bear to witness her suffering.  I regret that my baby died that way.  She should have had me holding her, telling her I loved her as she slid away peacefully to sleep.  I love you Brittany and Josie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/glenn.cummins.9 Glenn Cummins

    Glenn, My name is Glenn, from Pittsburgh. I just made that same tough decision last night. I put my ten year old rottie down. It is hear wrenching but when  he left I felt a sense of relief. I could see it in his eyes. The pain was gone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/clark4u Phillip Clark

    I am no Vet. but I hope that Glenn gets my message and tries this. I had a Husky that was 13 yrs old and dragging her back legs. These breeds are well known for  Hip Dysplasia. Our vet told us that we had to put her down. If that is the case with Victor, my sister, she is a vet assistant, told us to give her Buffrin or a coated aspirin 2 times a day. In less than 2 days she was up and moving and on the third day she was running. She lived for another 3 yrs after, but died of other issues. At this point in time, it is worth a shot. What could it hurt?  I hate seeing anyone go through any family loss. PLEASE, SOMEONE GET THIS MESSAGE TO GLENN. The vets are not always right.

  • Kelly Still

    Going through much the same thing, Glenn. All I can say is you’re in the “God” position now, my friend. Mercy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003928492784 Deanna Matlock

    Glenn,
    My husband and I have been in the same position.  We struggled for months as our precious Allie faded.  The vet said that she had 6 months but Allie lived on the air that my husband breathed.  We had her for 12 months more than she was given by the vet.  When we did finally have to make the decision, we were 15 minutes from putting her in the car.  God answered our prayers and Allie took her last breath at home, as we wanted.  God gave us that 18 month to prepare.  How much more prepared could you be than the exact day and time.  When she was gone, I went into the next room and a wind that swirled the tree tops come through.  I took it as a sign that God had opened  the gates of heaven for her.  God will give you and your family peace.  God Bless

  • http://www.facebook.com/todd.foster.56 Todd Foster

    The Last Battle
    If it should be that I grow frail and weak And pain should keep me from my sleep, Then will you do what must be done, For this — the last battle — can’t be won. You will be sad I understand, But don’t let grief then stay your hand, For on this day, more than the rest, Your love and friendship must stand the test. We have had so many happy years, You wouldn’t want me to suffer so. When the time comes, please, let me go. Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend, Only, stay with me till the end And hold me firm and speak to me Until my eyes no longer see. I know in time you will agree It is a kindness you do to me. Although my tail its last has waved, From pain and suffering I have been saved. Don’t grieve that it must be you Who has to decide this thing to do; We’ve been so close — we two — these years, Don’t let your heart hold any tears. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1769461554 Hawaii Prepper

    Having gone through many loved pets throughout the years of my life I have learned to release and let them go. You will know when it is their time to go, it is in their eyes, mind, body and spirit. When they are in pain the most humane thing one can do is “let go”. Animals are tremendously intelligent and they are here with us temporarily such as we are. It has nothing to do with being mean or otherwise, it mostly hhas to do with being humane and compassionate. Humans are selfish and tend to prolong a pets life even when they are in excruciating pain and it just is their time to go. Know that your pet brought you and your family many years of love, joy, happiness, compassion and a never ending journey of lessons. He is a gift and it is his time to return to heaven. Be compassionate and let him not suffer no more.

    The process of letting go a pet is never an easy one. With each pet I have had to let go it was always excruciatingly hard and tough for me but also with each one you tend to have an unbreakable bond and it is there where he/she will communicate with you on a spiritual and heart level. They will tell you it is their time, do not let your ego or emotions get in the way of what they are trying to communicate with you because they will always love you no matter what and it is ultimately them who knows what is best for their situation at this point in their lives. You must trust in the powers that be that he will be fine in the hands of the lord and will be waiting for you on the other side. Pray and release him but also be with him every step of the way, all the way down to holding him if and when you must take him in to the vet for the last time. It’s tough I’ve been down this road one too many times. It is the ultimate heartbreak in life and the ultimate lesson in compassion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003928492784 Deanna Matlock

    Glenn,My husband and I have been in the same position.  We struggled for months as our precious Allie faded.  The vet said that she had 6 months but Allie lived on the air that my husband breathed.  We had her for 12 months more than she was given by the vet.  When we did finally have to make the decision, we were 15 minutes from putting her in the car.  God answered our prayers and Allie took her last breath at home, as we wanted.  God gave us that 18 month to prepare.  How much more prepared could you be than the exact day and time.  When she was gone, I went into the next room and a wind that swirled the tree tops come through.  I took it as a sign that God had opened  the gates of heaven for her.  God will give you and your family peace.  God Bless

  • http://www.facebook.com/zkile Zoa Bashline Kile

    He is just my Dog. He is my other eyes that can see above the clouds; my other ears that hear above the winds. He is the part of me that can reach out into the sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him. (I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me.) When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man. With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal my human hurts.His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things. He has promised to wait for me…whenever…wherever–in case I need him. And I expect I will–as I always have- Gene Hill

  • Anonymous

    Your dog may be leaving you in body but not in spirit.  His spirit will remain and watch over you.  I know how hard this is as I had to put down my two horses the same day whose bodies gave out.  But I was comforted in knowing that I freed them from pain.  They thanked me for that.  If you ever want to speak to an animal that has crossed over I suggest Karen Anderson, she is a wonderful animal communicator.  They really do not leave us. 

  • Anonymous

     I have always believed there is a reason dog is God spelled backwards. And I do believe our dogs go to heaven.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1747670279 Melissa Markham Haney

    Prayers and waves if comfort to you and your family at this difficult time.

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, I completely understand.  I have lived on a farm all my life.  I
    am 45 years old and have had a dog by my side all my life.  I lost my 12
    year old mutt in 2006 and my 13 year old black lab in 2009.  Just
    listening to you on your show I know you need no explanation as to how
    important they were to me.  I have always felt that my dogs should pass
    away on my property, where they spend their entire lives by my side.

    My
    mutt Holly was a small dog, all bark no bite.  She would literally bark
    her way into a confrontation with other dogs and run behind me for
    cover.  I was her protector.  She passed quietly in my garage, her home,
    and I was by her side this entire span of time up to the last lift of
    her head to look at me for the last time.

    My 126lb black lab
    Brady was all bark and meant it.  He was as gentle as I would expect a
    dog to be.  But, nothing/noone got near me that he wasn’t comfortable
    with.  He was sure to take care of any situation.  He knew instinctively
    that he was the man of the house when I was away.  He would have
    indefinitely laid down his life for mine, my wife’s, or my child.  I
    could share many stories of proof.  His old age was similar to Victor’s,
    not so kind.  The last day of his life was painful to him.  It was a
    sunny April Saturday and I carried him out to the sunshine to lay him in
    his spot.  He wined and cried at me.  I explained to him that I could
    not make this pain go away.  I too struggled with the very decision you
    are struggling with.  And, I too asked myself if I was in denial and
    whether I was being insensitive and stingy.  I truly wanted him to pass
    quietly on my property, his home.  I truly did not want him to pass at
    all!

    My wife was all over me telling me that he needed to be put
    down because of his suffering.  I couldn’t bring myself to do it.  She
    called my mother (who lives a mile up the road) and she came up.  My
    mother finally convinced me that Brady needed to be taken to our local
    vet and put down.  I loaded Brady in the back of our pickup and
    reluctantly told Brady goodbye for the last time.  These two ladies had
    to take my dog to the vet to have him put to sleep because this 45 year
    old man, whom has been told he can be tough many times on many issues,
    could not.  To this day, I still couldn’t do it.

    They returned
    with Brady and I laid him to rest right beside Holly among the trees
    they loved to lay under in the sun.  I had always told them both that
    they would always be within my sight every day.  They lay right outside
    my back door.  I’ve had many dogs in my life, so far, but these two were
    just a little more special somehow.

    At my age, God has called on
    many of my family elders.  I handle these funerals with stability.  Not
    because I don’t care, or, that I don’t love them and am going to miss
    them for the rest of my life.  But, because I know they had good lives
    and there time was up.  A fact of life.  But, these two dogs made me cry
    like a baby for days.  They truly brought me to my knees.

    Listening
    to you on your radio show this morning, I shed a tear for you and
    Victor.  I truly feel your pain and my heart goes out to you and Victor.

    Now,
    Glenn, on a lighter note (which I have learned from you from years of
    faithful listening), you are allowed to “pull a Glenn” on this one.  I
    did!

               

  • Anonymous

    Glen,
     Loved the poem ‘Joy in old dogs”. This is an extremely difficult decision to make. Compassion comes in many elements, one of which you are battling with. Many have battled with this decision and reflected on their relationship between them, the family, and the dog.  Our family had to make this decision a few years ago, and when I think of it, I well up with tears today. The dog brought great joy to our family and when she was gone, there was that much more grief, for some time.The day we went in for the appointment we had thought the dog would come home with us and some pills, instead there wasn’t any help for the dog. Our vet had told us that you need to think of the 8-10 things you loved about the dog doing, that he could do, and then think if he can still do at least 3-4 of them. My heart was sick to agree to say goodbye, but I had to realize that the dog was my pal and buddy and goodbyes are a part of life,( we hate for it to happen), and yet the dog’s live on in that ‘joy’ part of your heart forever. Victor truly is an element of your family and it is always hard for this (change) to take place. Each one in your family will both reflect with great happiness to have known him and in great despair in the parting.  May you listen to your heart while you are guided in this important decision.Janet K

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AT6IQ7NXXG3JLYLU77NER23ZSE Elizabeth

    Is there any way that I can get a copy of the wonderful piece you read, “Finding Joy in Old Dogs”?  So great and true. e.carrere@yahoo.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/meridth.izyk Meridth Izyk

    GOD bless Victor and your family. I had to make a heart wrenching decision 2 years ago last June. Not pleasant. A neighbor and good friend gave me the book “The Rainbow Bridge” by Henley Harrison West, typed by Judith Kristen.  A must read for adults and children, check it out and have a GIANT box of tissues handy.  Grace and Peace. 

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, Our family is going through saying goodbye to our best friend Ravin. She is a beautiful black German Shepherd. Our vet told us that she is suffering from degenative spine which is common for German Sherpherds and suggested that we give her Omega 3 which helps the inflammation and glucosamine which builds cushioning, both relieves the pain. They are helping her and us. Our prayers are with Victor and your family during this time. If you are interested please meet us on our site. http://www.shaklee.net/hisway

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.a.stanley Gregory Alan Stanley

    Glen, Victor will show you the way,he will tell when it is time for him  to go ahead an take his new post at the right hand of the lord. There will be tears of pain and joy. Tears of pain that for the lost of a Dear Friend and tears of joy because the pain   is gone. I feel the pain of lost everyday when I see a dog that reminds me of my friend, brother and teacher. Then I have to smile knowing he waiting for me in place where their are only tears of joy. God Bless & Merry Xmas

  • http://twitter.com/thacarctos Janet James

    May the comfort of God’s presence be with you and your family. God bless Victor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/meridth.izyk Meridth Izyk

    GOD bless Victor and your family.  Two years ago this past June I made this heart wrenching decision, not easy or pleasant after 16 years with a loyal friend and family member.  Your story brought back memories and tears a plenty.  My neighbor and good friend gave us a wonderful book, “The Rainbow Bridge” by Henley Harrison West, Typed by Judith Kristen, a must read for adults and children faced with this dilemma.   Grace and Peace

  • Anonymous

    I know your pain Glenn, this has been my job in my 58 yrs of marriage. Your pets are like your children and what happens to them you feel deeply. I based my decisions on were they still enjoying their life, they seemed to tell me. My toughest was TaiMing a cat, I received as a handful Christmas present in a stocking. At 19 the vet said his liver & kidneys were failing. He was still eating and purring. My husband just couldn’t see it and it took me a month to convince him it was the right thing to do. He drove me to the vet but can’t go in. It’s the most difficult thing you will ever have to do. But if you feel that it’s the right thing to do for Victors sake, it’s a nice way to go. Lot of vets now will come to the home and I think that would be easier. The family could be surrounding him with their love and say their goodbyes. It also helps to remember the good times with him.
     Have you heard of the Rainbow Bridge? It’s beautiful and I think that it helps with your grief. God bless you and your family. Sending your family our love.

  • Anonymous

    Liked you comment just wonder what happened to Christ?

  • Anonymous

    Touching, my “Miss Molly” was taken after 13 years of loving us unconditionally.  Bless You and Bless Victor

  • Anonymous

    I agree we have a small American Eskimo who blew a disc 5 years ago and was paralyzed for a short time after surgery. Still walks funny and see loss of movement at times. We give her those supplements. I also feed her no grain food with the highest protein amount. The grain causes inflammation, and they are carnivores.

  • Anonymous

    As every other day…….I listen to as much of your show as possible.  The heavy hearted subject about old dogs both warmed my heart and moistened my eyes.  I have had to reapply my makeup twice already.  God bless your wonderful animal.
    Is there anywhere that I could get that a copy of that story your friend wrote for you about old dogs………….IT WAS CAPTIVATING!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GDOU6BBHOP6O27FRAGUJATPLFM Laura

    It is time we start threatening muslim extremists!! If any muslim RAGHEAD or anyone else for that matter ever threatens me I will hunt them down and take them out period!!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/darrell.thompson.7545 Darrell Thompson

    I have posted your Psalm on my Facebook timeline with your byline.  This truly merits sharing.  Thank you.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WWODKY4UXKCJE4UDGFNKU6A7NY Darci

    Glenn, Prayers for your family.  Wayne Brandt amazing words, thank you.

  • http://twitter.com/gwatkins16 Ginny Mack Watkins

    I’m sorry your family has to go through this.  My black gsd Casey was 9 1/2 years old & this September she just got sick.  She stopped eating was favoring her hind legs & had problems going up & down the steps.  We had her to the vets 3x before we decided to do the unthinkable.  I cried for 2 months she was the best dog I ever had. We trained for shutzhund.  I still miss her. Her pics are below.  I still have my sable gsd Beka but it’s not the same.  I pray for you & your family through this tough time.

  • Dog Drool

    Glenn I too have been in a similar situation. I work with German Shepherds own three of them they are used primarily for search and rescue. They are all very devoted to their job and family. One I had was an ex K9 officer I got her when she was 3 yrs old she could not work for the department due to an illness that the vet stated she had maybe 3 to 4 month of life to take her home and make her comfortable. I did that but found a friend that is a natural path and she told me what to use in the food to help Ginger live longer. Well it worked she live to be 11 yrs old. But the thing that hurt was one day a lady called she said she had lost a very valuable diamond ring in a park. they had ten men out there with metal detectors for most of the morning. I got a call went to the park that had a beach. Had Ginger go through the routine and released her to find. It took Ginger 15 minutes to find that ring. The reward was the lady wanted to buy her food for the rest of her life. The next day I went to take her to do her play day at the park she loved so much and she collapsed in my arms. I waved a passing car down they stopped I comforted her on the way to the vet hospital as we got into the hospital they started to work on her she looked up licked my face and passed away. It was like she was saying it is okay I will be good. The next day the lady called and I informed her that Ginger passed away the very next day. She donated $10000 to german shepherd rescue using Gingers name. But I feel for you this happened two years ago and there is not a day goes by that I do not think of her. My other dogs help me through this difficult time but this really is a lesson in life and I hear you. 

  • Anonymous

    Probably one of the toughest decisions all animal lovers have to make at one time or another is the decision to let their friend go.  I cannot watch my little ones hurt or loose control of their bodily functions and hold them here with me because I love them.  When it comes time Glenn, take him to the vet and hold him and tell him how much you love him and how much he means to you and your whole family.  Just love him and touch him and all of that love will be taken in and given back in the same measure as he thanks you for not letting him suffer.  Be blessed and may Victor find his peace in your love and devotion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.thixton Susan Thixton

    To the Beck family, you have my deepest of
    sympathies of what you are going through. 
    Making ‘that’ decision is one of the most difficult decisions a pet
    lover ever has to make. 

    Thank goodness Victor has lived a long life.  The agony that you could not hide caused me
    to think about so many pet owners have had to make ‘that decision’ for a pet whose
    health was destroyed by a pet food or treat. 
    While it is always gut wrenching to say good-bye to our pets, there is
    something stolen when they are taken from us early.  Magnify the pain and heartache 100 times over
    when a previously healthy dog or cat is suddenly ripped from our lives,
    sickened by a food or treat that we gave them. 
    Guilt doesn’t even come close to describing the emotion. 

     

    This is what thousands upon thousands of families have had
    to silently endure.  A manufacturer that
    refuses to be held accountable, a government agency that refuses to thoroughly
    investigate the death of a family member, and a hole in your heart that might
    not ever heal.

    Please consider helping the thousands upon thousands of
    families whose pets were stolen from them due to a tainted pet food or
    treat.  We need your voice. 

     

  • Rochelle Schroeder

    Glenn, my husband and I have lived through what your family is going through with Victor. We would do anything for all of our numerous animals, especially our dogs. Please consider this: is Victor’s quality of life predominantly suffering rather than good moments of joy and contentment or is his life happier than it is filled with pain? Our pets, our protectors are like children and close friends. However, they do not possess the ability to decide or consent like we can. They look to us to fix problems, and some we cannot fix. They don’t understand this. To them, we are like incomprehensible gods who are supposed to be able to do anything. He has no doubt drawn contentment, satisfaction, and self-worth from doing his duty keeping your family safe. He no longer has the ability to do so, and therefore, no longer has the happiness to continue his duty in life. That for a dog can be emotionally devastating. He may believe he is letting you down even if he appreciates your love and care in his time of need. Our companions take their cues from our emotional states as well. If you are unhappy, sad, suffering…it may contribute to his sadness and pain. Whatever you and your family decide, I know you have Victor’s best interest at heart.

  • Anonymous

    glen, i feel strongly for you . yes your dog knows its his time and he will grieve for you.i had a husky once. i didnt know anything about heart worms, which he contacted when we moved to georgia. i saw my dog under stress, when i went to him ,he perked up , started wagging his tail as though he was fine, so i said ok. kept watching him , he was really stressed, so i took him to the vet. i had to leave him and go to work. well they called me a few hours later and told me what needed to be done, to come see him. they had him sitting on the exam table. he looked at me and perked , looked like he was smiling, i told him i was sorry. went to hug him. he put his head on my shoulder and his paw in my hand. o , i lost it had to run.it was as if he said good by .it had to be done because he was hurting, wont ever forget as long as i live
      

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000165960103 Robert Vaughan

    In making this decision, knw that you have given Victor the very best…I wrote this for these occasions in the lives of dog-peple, and their dogs… http://germanshepherdadventures.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/thru-the-eyes-of-your-dog/

  • http://www.facebook.com/janelle.dockter.7 Janelle Dockter

    Glenn,  I truly feel your pain.  My wonderful border collie/german shepherd dog shared 12 years of her life with me caused me the same trepidation.  As well as being a loving member of our family, she helped me through my divorce and made me feel safe when I was alone at nights.  When she got lymph node cancer and I saw her failing and in pain, it broke my heart.  However, I became a basket case trying bring myself to end her suffering.  Fortunately for me God took her home before I was able to make that decision.  It has been over 6 years and I am once again crying.  I am praying for you and your family (including Victor).  My greatest regret is that I thought more about my own pain than hers and prolonged her misery.  You will know when it is time. God bless you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.laramitchem Debbie Lara-mitchem

    I know the pain you and your family are going through Glen! My family has went through the same thing with our family dog of 15 years! I can tell how much you love Victor so the decision you make will be the right one for all involved. It sounds like Victor has let you know that time has come, so just be strong and love him goodbye. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family

  • Paul Larsen

    Glenn, prayers have been said, and you and your family (dogs included) will continue to be in our daily prayers.  Last January we also put to rest our dog Bernie (Bernese Mountain Dog/Australian Sheppard mix) a devoted companion who we loved dearly.  It was very tough decision to make, but one that needed to be made.  One thing that helped was when I asked a family friend “When do I know it is the right thing to do?” and she replied “You will know when you realize that you are prolonging death and not life”.   We put him to sleep as a family laying next to him in front of the fireplace.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5XW5Z5NZFGSRDDPRSH2QOBLEDA Doug

    GLENN, AS I HEAR YOU TALK ABOUT VICTOR I SIT HERE AND BLUBBER. AT 61 THAT DOESN’T COME EASY. AKI WAS MY FRIEND FOR 17 YEARS AND FOR AN AKITA THAT IS A VERY LONG LIFE. HE GAVE ME STABILITY, JOY AND FILLED EMPTY TIMES. ON HIS LAST DAY HE SAT IN THE SUN UNDER OUR APPLE TREE. HE SEEMED TO BE ENJOYING SOME RELIEF FROM HIS PAIN. LATER AS I WATCHED HIM CRAWL TOWARD THE FRONT DOOR, I REALIZED THAT HE WAS GIVING UP. I HELD HIM IN MY ARMS TOLD HIM THAT I LOVED HIM AND THANKED HIM FOR BEING MY FRIEND. I COULDN’T STOP CRYING AS I SUFFOCATED HIS PAIN AWAY. I BURIED HIM NEXT TO ZOE, HIS SISTER AND MY OTHER VERY GOOD FRIEND. I CAN’T SAY WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO FOR VICTOR, BUT WHEN THAT TIME COMES YOU WILL KNOW. YOU WILL DO WHAT IS RIGHT. MY PRAYERS TO YOU.

  • Texian

    Glenn, many of us have had to deal with this.  Sorry it has come at such a time.  It is difficult to make or know what is the right decision when you are so close to it.  After having to do this for a 16 year old loyal protector, this is my view from outside of your box.  If your dog is to the point it cannot walk, it is time.  If it cannot continue without daily artificial life support from a Veterinarian or tech, and is not mentally “all there” it is time.

    You are the leader of your pack – and you must make the hard decisions – that is what leaders do.  You can ask the pack what their opinions are (and I’m sure you have), but you are the one who must stick your head “above the clouds” and “see” the right decision.  I am not the one to tell you what that decision is, only you can.  Do not put the burden of the decision on the pack (“group” decision), this will end up having all of them carry the burden of the ultimate result even when you ultimately do put him down – when it comes down to it, make sure you let them know the decision is yours.  The burden is for you to carry – that is what leaders do.  I’m sorry for the loss of your loyal soldier, I send my condolences..

  • http://www.facebook.com/samantha.brown.7528610 Samantha Brown

    I cried with you last night my friend. I lost my beloved Avalon two years ago,(she was an Italian greyhound ) and this poem was sent to me by a friend, I hope that it gives you comfort the way it gave me comfort when I read it.

                                          THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
    By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill, is a lush green meadow, where time stands still. Where the friends of a man and woman do run, when their time on earth is done.

    For here between this world and the next, is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
    On this golden land, they wait and they play, till the rainbow bridge they cross over one day.

     No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness, for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness. Their limbs are restored, their health renewed. Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

    They romp thriough the grass, without even a care, until one day they start, anda sniff at the air. All ears pricked foward, eyes dart front and back, then all of the sudden, one breaks from the pack.

    For just at that instant, their eyes have met, together again, both person and pet. So they run to each other, these friends from long past, Their time of their parting is over at last.

    The sadness they felt while they were apart, has turned into joy once more in each heart. They embrace with a love that will last forever, and then, side -by-side, they cross over…. together.

    Take care friend, Samantha

  • Anonymous

    Glen, Last year and the year before that we had to say good-bye to our loyal cats of 17 and 18 years . There Family and they will be missed as long as we live . Your decision will make your heart hurt for a long time . Do what’s best for Victor, because he can’t tell you the pain he’s in as I remember the Vet telling me before I watched ” NIKE’S ” little green eye’s close for the last time. GOD has a very special place for our beloved pets.

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  • Anonymous

    Glenn, The day before Thanksgiving animal control in Farmington, N.M., took my dog of 11 years from me. Snoopy’s hips had given out. Although he was eating well and seemed happy, Passersby seen him in our yard dragging his hind quarter and at least one of them called animal control. I recently became unemployed and was unable to provide the veterinary care he needed or even the cost of putting him down. Like your dog, Snoopy protected my family and home and he moved with us from Florida to Arizona and, just recently, to New Mexico. I gave animal control a $25 donation to take Snoopy to some strange place and have him put to rest — a hard thing to do.
    I wrote the following on Facebook moments after he was taken away:
    “Whatever awaits me in eternity, Snoopy will be guarding it
    when I arrive. Let that serve as a warning to you all: When you die, stay away
    from my eternal shit.

    Get ’em Snoopy.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/rita.roach.18 Rita Roach

    I feel your pain Glen, I had Misty,a German Sheperd ,in my life for 12 yrs. my constant companion,my protector,my friend. She was the smartest dog I ever had,loved me unconditionally,and held an important position in our family. Misty has been gone 3 yrs.and I miss her every day ,and the day we found her dead I thought my heart would break into.

  • greywolfrs

    My affinity for canines can be seen in my User ID. This extends to ALL animals, I love my cat as well. I have had many dogs in my life and they have taught me many things. One of the hardest things they have taught is letting go. They were always there. They always had nothing but love. They are truly a gift…

    Dog spelled backwards is what? That says it all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmy.allen.39 Jimmy Allen

    Glenn; 1-1/2 hours after my initial voluminous post, as I jumped in my company truck to travel from my first to my second customer this morning; I caught part of your on-air discussion with Stu and Pat about Victor.  I have to go with Pat on this one.  Double-check with your vet, bring up these episodes where he can’t get up.  Even if there is no pain (as it was with Bo) when paralysis hits him; the fact that Victor can’t do what he’s used to doing, following your son around, making sure the house is safe for ‘his people’ pains him emotionally.  I’m just a dumb old wire-splicer, hooking up “The Internet” for customers; but I know that when Bo was yipping and crying because he couldn’t get up and greet us at the door; he was “hurting in his heart” because he was stuck on the floor.  Dogs don’t speak English or German, or Polish, French, Spanish, whatever…. but they try their best to TELL YOU what’s going on; it’s up to you to interpret, based on years of experience with YOUR friend.  I couldn’t put any of our dogs down myself; even though I certainly have the means to do so; I’m not sure my aim would be true through the tears. Abraham (Old Testament) had much larger “Christmas Balls” than the guy who re-wrote “Silent Night” for you; I’m DEFINITELY not in the same league as Abraham.  But  neither do I have the guts to see “my friend” suffer.  I’d be talking long and hard with my Vet right now. But like you say about how you do business with one of your sponsors, “What’s right for me may be not right for you”. 
    Prayers to you and your family from this cranky old Northern Irish Catholic; and may God be with you, always.

  • http://twitter.com/LogicDefined LogicDefined

    Is that your writing, Wayne? or someone elses?  Would like to share it, but need to give credit to the author.  Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/KelleyCrow Kelley Crow

    I was watching your show on The Hobit last night. Toward the end, you went to commercial.  During that time, I started crying thinking of my beloved black lab, Colby (the love of my life) who passed away on May 2nd.  This is my first Christmas without him.  Then the show came back on and it was, all of a sudden, about Victor.  I sat and cried with you Glenn.  Eight weeks before Colby died, he was diagnosed (age 11 1/2) with an intestinal disease that didn’t allow him to absorb nutrients, particularly proteins.  He was losing weight by the day.  So, I happily cooked food for him.  Eggs in the morning.  Burgers and sausage at night. I kept wondering if I would know when it was time.  God told me I would. The night of May 1st, I sat outside with him for a long long time and gave him permission to go after we had a long talk about our relationship, friendship and all that he taught me.  I could tell that he knew and he was worried about me and hanging on for me.  The next morning, he had moved to a little gully on our property.  I had court in the morning (I am a judge) and told him I would be home right afterward and then we’d go to the vet.  On the way to work, I stopped at the vet and made all the arrangements. I couldn’t even talk.  When I got home two and a half hours later, he was gone.  I knew he wanted to spare me the heartache of taking him to the vet.  My husband buried him in the backyard behind our grapes where we can be with him always, but I miss him everyday.  He is and was part of our family.  So, my heart and paryers go out to you, Victor and your family, my friend.  Thank you for sharing your relationship with Victor with us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.callahan.9081 Kathy Callahan

    Can you share the note you received and read from the daytime drama writer.  Would love to have a copy of that.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/simon.weiner Simon Weiner

    Glenn – since you are such a loyal friend to the Jewish people – I will share this with you – the Hebrew word for dog is kelev. Which is the contraction of two words – kol (all,complete) and lev (which means heart) – an indeed a dog is all heart. Now you know why the word for dog in Hebrew is kelev!
    All the Best,
    Simon
    DryCast.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.andersen.1213 Tom Andersen

    Mr Beck, I really feel your pain with Victor. I have in my life time have had to put down three of my best friends, one cat and two dogs. What has allowed me to make these decisions was “who am I keeping this animal alive for”. The answer was always for me, the animal’s were in pain, the last one was Puppy, as she fell asleep she smiled to us for the first time in years. It’s hard to put a friend asleep, but I know in my heart they would have asked me to do it. My prayers to you and Victor and to your family. Our vet was best able to explain to my wife and daughter , better than I could ever do and I thank him for that.
    Tom Andersen

  • http://www.facebook.com/shirley.raymond.12 Shirley Raymond

    I share your pain, Glenn.  We bred and showed German Shepherd dogs for about 25 years.  Needless to say we lost our “kids” along the way.  I’ve always taken comfort in the Rainbow Bridge poem.  I pray it soothes you too.

  • Anonymous

    It is no accident that DOG spelled backwards is GOD. Dogs can teach us so much about the nature of God through their unconditional love and devotion which can not be corrupted by this world. I am so sorry for your loss Mr. Beck. May God shine His love upon your family now and forevermore.

  • http://youtu.be/ff8jDkOHp3U Sam Fisher

    I remember the first dog I had she was one blessed dog. She got run over by a tractor lived through that. Got in a fight with a bigger dog and got most of her belly ripped open but she lived through that as well. She died of old age about 5 years later and it broke my heart but was thankful that we had the time we did have. A lot of people go through losing a pet because they become a part of the family. You want my prayers you have it Glenn.

  • americanathlete

    God bless you, your family and Victor. We’ll pray for all of you.

  • http://twitter.com/sleakle Steven Eakle

    I have been around, and rehabbing animals, (and wildlife) most of my life. Your comments about life’s (four legged) teachers struck me very deeply and I grieve with you and your family  for the loss of your devoted companion. We are praying for him, you and your family and would like to provide you with the solace that because animals don’t sin (only man does that) they are guaranteed a place with their Creator (part of God’s gracious providence). “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Romans 8:21 This was one of Martin’s Luthers favorite verses concerning the animals we share this planet with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001095007646 Grey Shadowknight

    Glenn, I know your situation well. I have been there. Wih a Newfoundland, he was 14… It’s not an easy dcision to make, but I want to put this out there: He lives because he WANTS to live, not because he HAS to, he does it because he wants to be with you. I know it doesn’t make it any easier, and there is always the guilt that YOU are making him suffer… just know that if he didn’t love you, he wouldn’t want to still be with you.  Mine couldn’t cope with his enlarged heart. But when he died, he did it in his sleep, and on MY bed, because I firmly believe it was HIS choice to be at peace, with the people he loved.

  • Anonymous

    God will give you strength.  I have had to do this to 2 of the most precious creatures ever.  You and you alone will know when it’s his time, you are his family.  I will pray for you and Victor, and when his time does come you will remember him also as the most precious creature ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=635477945 Kathy Kish Watson

    These “heartbeats at our feet” are more than pets, they are part of the family.  I so know what the hard decision is like, so I do lift you all up in prayer – for God’s comforting arms wrapped around you all.  Take comfort also that the Bible says,
    Luke 3 tells us:

    6 – And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

    Animals are of flesh and bone
    too, right?

    I Corinthians 15:

    39 – All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one
    kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of
    fishes, and another of birds.

    While we’re not of the same type
    of flesh, we’re still all flesh so animals will be redeemed
    with us in Heaven.

  • Anonymous

    I feel your pain Glenn.  We bred and showed German Shepherds for 25 years.  Needless to say we lost some of our “kids” along the way.  One of those Shepherds was our protection dog named Wolf.  I took a lot of comfort from the Rainbow Bridge poem.  Hope it helps soothe you too, Glenn.

  • Anonymous

    I feel your pain, Glenn.  We bred and showed German Shepherds for 25 years.  Needless to say we lost some of our “kids” along the way.  I always found comfort in the Rainbow Bridge poem.  I hope you will too, Glenn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004303654368 Lawrence Edward

    Glen read a poem on the radio today, I think it was called “The Joy of an old Dog” Can it be posted, my family is going through the same think.= and I would like them to read it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004303654368 Lawrence Edward

     Glen read a poem on the radio today ” The joy of an old dog” can it be posted so I could read it to my family we are going through this now ourselves and it is very tough.

  • Anonymous

    Glen, I don’t even know if you will read this, but heard your story on radio today and my heart was breaking for you.  I know exactly all the thoughts, emotions, and the torture of going back and forth in your head about when is it time and asking yourself, “Is today the day?”  We had to make this heart-wrenching decision almost 2 years ago and it still feels like it was yesterday.  Some things you just know if life and you will just know when it is time.  No one wants to make this decision and hoping that maybe, just MAYBE your precious companion will quietly pass in his sleep.  I have yet to watch the show from last night, but after listening to radio today I’m not sure I can do it :)  All prayers going for Victor and peace for you and your family!  God Bless you Glen and Victor! 

  • http://twitter.com/kelly396 kelly murphy

    Glenn I feel for you and your family.  I’ve been through this with my cats and dogs I’ve had in my family for decades.  It never gets easier.  Take heart in knowing what a wonderful life you provided Victor.  You’ll know what to do when you have too.

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glenn (& your family),
    I totally understand your feeling and the difficulty of the decision you must make.
    My husband and I had to send our dear little companion, Ali, “to dreaming” 2 months
    ago.  We were so lucky to have a Vet who gave us the comfort to know she would
    be with us in spirit always…and she is. May your hearts be strong and may you find
    much comfort in the spirit of Victor for always.  Love to all of you

  • Anonymous

    Hey GLENN, Our Family is praying for VICTOR :)
    Meantime listen to thisDog Tribute Song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTowcgpHP38

  • betsy madan

    Oh honey……my heart is breaking with yours…..I am so terribly sorry.  I like to think of it like this:  Every animal I’ve ever loved and has loved me will be waiting on the front porch of the Mansion that the King of Kings is building for ME!!  They will all be there……waiting for that reunion.  God bless you…….with all my heart..Betsy

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000476892483 Beverly Fitzgibbon

    so sad for you and your family Glenn

  • Anonymous

    I understand your struggle.  I had to have my 12 year old Golden Retriever Dakota put to sleep two months ago and as I listened to you speak about Victor this morning, I was lying under the table with my Yellow Lab Toby who is very sick and took a tun for the worse this morning…waiting for blood tests to decide what to do…he has lost 20 lbs in the last few months…he is like my shadow…that is a beautiful post, Wayne

  • Mischa

    Thank you Glenn, I too know what it means to have to say good bye to a beloved pet,fierce protector, teacher and foot warmer.  Merry Christmas and blessings to you and family as well as your listening family/
    Mischa 

  • Anonymous

    Four years ago I looked into the eyes of Goldie, my golden retriever companion, and she looked into mine, while she laid on her side and calmly accepted my decision to put her to her eternal reward, as the veterinarian administered “my decision”.  My heart was breaking.  I could see her trust and feel her love as I cradled her body close against mine until she closed her eyes and left me alone.  No day has been the same since that moment.   Like you, I know the time had come and that I had made the only decisionn I could.  While I still feel the pain and miss her terribly, I feel sure that she is running through the fields of Heaven awaiting our reunion.  Though this season must seem  like a particularly difficult time to make the decision, please find comfort that our Lord and Saviour has chosen this time to make the happening less painful.  With this time of the birth of Jesus, I trust you will be reminded over and over that there are no coincidences and He is there to comfort you while greeting Victor, if this is, indeed, the chosen time.  I pray for you, your family and your precious Victor in this most heart-wrenching of experiences.  May the Lord hold your hand as you hold your companion’s paw!

  • Anonymous

     

    Dear Glenn, Tania & Family,

    We truly understand your pain and know the beautiful
    unconditional love between our “babies” and us. We lost Lulu our beloved 14
    year old Golden Retriever in April this year. For nearly two years we nursed
    her because she had hip problems and struggled to get up by herself. We were
    able to help her up by placing a thick, long 5” wide belt under her belly and
    we pulled her up from behind. We then walked with her holding the strap up balancing
    her as she walked when she needed to go outside or eat. She was such a happy
    dog, good spirited, loved life & her food! Then one day she let us know it
    was time. Unfortunately our puppies don’t have life spans as long as us. It
    broke our hearts, but we know she had a wonderful life and boy did she bring
    joy into ours. We miss her so much, but we have great memories of the years she
    honored us with her presence. WHAT A DOG! We are praying for all of you.  Please be reassured that Victor will let you
    know when it is time. God’s Tender Blessings To All of You.

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  • Anonymous

    I know exactly what you’re going through, her name was shadow because wherever my wife would go shadow wanted to be by her side which is how she got her name. Shadow lived to be 11 1/2, this past year she was having mobility problems in her rear legs. The vet put her on steroids &  we took her to rehab & enrolled her in a program to help her, we also bought a harness with handles built in so when she had trouble standing on her rear legs I could pick up on the handle to help her walk. She was doing a lot better & had actually started walking on her own. Then on sept 15th at 4:00 a.m. she had a seizure, we took her to the vet that day at approx 7:30 a.m. The vet did blood work & ruled out all the causes except for a brain tumor, & said the only way to tell if it’s a brain tumor is to do an m.r.i. which is approx $4000. We didn’t have that kind of money or else I probably wouldv’e done it. The vet sent us home & said she could have another seizure but it may be a day, a week, or a month later & that when it did happen to call them & let them know. Well she did have another seizure almost exactly 12 hours later ( at approx 2:50 p.m.). When she came out of the seizure she was disoriented & restless but she wasn’t mean which I’ve heard sometimes happens. We called the vet & got her back in & the vet said with the second seizure happening so soon that she was just going to keep having them & that pretty much put us over the top as far as putting her to sleep bcause there’s a chance she could go into a seizure & not come out of it. Even still at that moment I couldn’t bring myself to make that decision, (I’m tearing up just remembering all of this), my mind was scrambling trying to come up with something I could do for her to get another minute, another hour, another day with her. I even told my wife I couldn’t watch her die so I couldn’t be in the room when it happened. She ended up talking me into being there & I’m glad she did.It’s like losing you’re best friend, as a matter of fact it is losing you’re best friend.

    May God give you strength in whatever decision you make. And I’m sorry to hear of the pain you’re going through over these holiday’s

  • Anonymous

    Glenn, Our beloved dogs know when we are sad and upset, and do not know the reason. Try not to let Victor see you sad and upset because he will be too.  We want him to know how much he is loved and be content and at peace, so try to put on your normal face around him.  God bless you and Victor.

  • http://www.facebook.com/loly.castro.733 Loly Castro

    My 13 year old pomeranian was a bundle of joy for months and then she started getting seizures and my son decided to put her to sleep after taking her to the Vet, run all the tests and finding nothing wrong, he called me just as I had gotten to Chicago at 11pm and I got on an airplane at 4am because I wanted to be with her, she was so happy to see me and I told my son to wait that I wanted to see if something could be done and after doing some research I found out that there was a drug that controlled seizures and went to the Vet and demanded that they give it to her and they did, she lost all her her and she was still getting seizures on and off, I took her with me everywhere I went, concerts, fairs, parades, even work.  I modified baby clothes for her because she was always cold. Amber had to have blood work done every 6 months and she suffer so much because the vet always had problems drawing blood from her tiny veins that I looked for alternatives and found a homeopathic liquid that was supposed to do the same seizure control, it worked and we were happy and about 5 years ago I forgot to give her the medicine one morning and I at night I realized what I had done and I also realized that she did not have a seizure and did not give her the medicine and waited all night and the next day and she has not had a seizure in the last five years thank God. Now she is old but she is still my baby in her baby clothes and I carry her outside to do her thing and I carry her to the water bowl so that she can drink, she does not have the strength to do it by herself and I know I will have to take her in one of this days and I will hold her and talk to her while she goes to sleep for the last time and I will have no doubts, I will not see a loved one suffer, it will no longer be about me but about a little thing that loved me for over 13 years.  Glenn, your heart will be broken but in peace. God will be with all of you

  • Abbi-Normal

    Victor,

    I am sure you will let Glenn and his family know when it’s time … and am also sure that Glenn will give you the most selfless and loving gift he will ever give you … which will be freedom!

  • Anonymous

    Hello to you Glenn and your family — what a beautiful story you shared about Victor. I will share my story with you about a yellow lab named Jazz that I had for 15 precious years.  Jazz came into my life when she was 7 weeks old.  She was originally purchased as a hunting dog and companion as well as working retriever for one of my sons who is now in the United States Army.   Eventually, however, as things turned out, Jazz became “my” dog.  I worked with her, trained her, we went to hunt trials and field trials, and eventually she was qualified all-age.  I can still remember that day and how beautiful it was to watch her retrieve and do her “work”.  She lived to retrieve and ran with much style and grace. 

    As the years went by, Jazz also became one of my best friends. She was with my through “thick & thin” during some very difficult times.  She lived to please me, never hurt anyone, and rarely rarely barked at anyone.  She was really every one’s friend.  However, as the years went by, she became very arthritic.  I did everything I knew to help her, including medications and laser treatments to help ease her pain.  We even made a “slide” for her to go outside instead of using the steps out the front porch.   Her arthritis was mostly in her hind legs and hips, which eventually made getting up very very difficult for her.  Many, many times I wished she would just go to sleep.  But that was not the case.  She just kept going and going, and she always had such a bright twinkle in her eyes when she looked at me. 

    I finally had to make the decision to put Jazz to sleep.  It was such a difficult decision for me, but Jazz just was not having any fun anymore.  She could not retrieve, of course, and mostly just slept her days away, some with a lot of pain.  She never complained, and to the end just wanted to please me as her owner.  I’m sure she is and was the best dog I will ever own.

    The amazing thing I wanted to share with you is that a few weeks after I had Jazz put to sleep, one early morning, I awoke suddenly and right before I woke up, I remembered seeing Jazz  right beside my bed, starring at me with her big labrador retriever smile, wagging her tail, and looking very very happy, very healthy —  just like I had remembered her years ago. She has only come back to see me that once, but sometimes I still feel like she is nearby.

    I wanted to share this story with you Glenn, and hopefully in some small way it will give you some kind of comfort during this difficult time.  No matter what happens, Victor will be in your heart forever.

    May God bless you and your family.

    Sincerely,  Karen Hull
    Scottsbluff, NE 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=521102979 Elizabeth Richards

    Glenn, you’re a wise and good man, and you won’t let Victor suffer needlessly.  From heaven, Victor will continue to keep watch over you and your family until you are all reunited. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=521102979 Elizabeth Richards

    Glenn, you’re a wise and good man, and you won’t let Victor suffer needlessly.  Victor will continue to keep watch over you and your family from heaven. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=521102979 Elizabeth Richards

    Wayne, I shared your beautiful post on facebook.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1270211301 Tammy Harrison

    Victor, it seems you will be crossing the Rainbow Bridge to wait for your family sometime soon. I pray that your time between now and then willl be filled with time with your family. It’s tought for you to let go and tough for them to let you go even when you know it is time. Hopefully when they look into your eyes and see that look where you are reaching out to them to say goodbye, they will know that you are ready and that you will be waiting when they cross over someday. For your family, I want them to know it is the hardest decision on earth, and afterward there is sadness but not for the decision you made; sadness for the loss of a family member. The most loyal and loving family member one can have. Last Nov I had to part with my Herbie, who was named after my Father and had been my heart for 14 years. When I looked in his eyes, just days before, he told me with his look it wouldn’t be long and when the time came, I knew it was “the time”. It was still really hard and stilll is. I pray for you all – With love to all of you at this difficult time. Tammy

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=727349828 Lisa G Everington

    Glenn, I can only offer up my prayers for Victor and your family. Thank you for sharing this loving tribute with us.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PMI35ED6O6PUNLUD3ZNO46FVAI Just concerned

    There’s not much more to add, but everyday I thank God for my loyal companions.  One of them saved my life…figuratively.  When I was so distraught and wishing to die, my girl sensed my grief and was there for me.  She instinctively knew when I needed her little kisses.  Another more feisty one has joined the family and means just as much.  To me, they are my children for they have been more loving and kind than our only child.  I thank God for them both.  We lost one few years back that was nearly 18 years old, a chihuahua….who was just as dear. We found ourselves where you are now.  My husband would or could NOT decide.  Our trusted friend and vet who had taken care of this treasured pet on the last visit just said, it is time.  He’s blind, he’s dehydrated, and he will die.  Let’s just hug him tightly.  You will not be doing this.  I will, and I will take full responsibility.  God bless our vet.  My husband and daughter joined me as we held him, kissed him, …as he shut his eyes for the last time. Make shift and religious funeral followed with people all over our family sending condolences.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.lambe.52 Mary Lambe

    Please read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. This may help you on your journey to let go of your friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.lambe.52 Mary Lambe

    PLEASE read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. This may help you in your journey to let go of our good friend.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidfletcher25 David Fletcher

    Glenn- I believe I heard He is a Schutzhund
    Dog. People have been known to be closer to there schutzhund dog then there own
    wife or children as they protect you better then a man with a gun. they allow us
    to sleep at night. It hurts to say goodbye to your best friend. times it by ten
    if you best friend is a schutzhund. Few ever get to know that bond. Be thankful
    for the time Victor shared life with you. I understand as one saved my life. God
    has blessed you sir.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidfletcher25 David Fletcher

    Glenn- I believe I heard He is a Schutzhund
    Dog. People have been known to be closer to there schutzhund dog then there own
    wife or children as they protect you better then a man with a gun. they allow us
    to sleep at night. It hurts to say goodbye to your best friend. times it by ten
    if you best friend is a schutzhund. Few ever get to know that bond. Be thankful
    for the time Victor shared life with you. I understand as one saved my life. God
    has blessed you sir.

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidfletcher25 David Fletcher

    Glenn- I believe I heard He is a Schutzhund
    Dog. People have been known to be closer to there schutzhund dog then there own
    wife or children as they protect you better then a man with a gun. they allow us
    to sleep at night. It hurts to say goodbye to your best friend. times it by ten
    if you best friend is a schutzhund. Few ever get to know that bond. Be thankful
    for the time Victor shared life with you. I understand as one saved my life. God
    has blessed you sir.

  • Archangel01

    Wayne Brandt, Very well said and I could not have said it any better, a beautiful passage. Thank you for posting it. As I to have been through what Glenn and his family are having to and just taking it day by day. We Miss Thor Very much, as seen here in this one image, he slept by our younger daughters crib for two weeks, he was never asked to or do so, he just did it when she was born, When he passed away, he just layed down looked at me one last time through the corner of his eye as if to say I’m sorry, I just held his head in my hands kissed his head and told him that I loved him. And he was gone from us but I know he is in the loving arms of our Father and free of all pain as his soul is soaring through the heavens with the angels.

  • Archangel01

    I will never forget. He loved to play in the Snow, people and the meadia gave the Akita a bad rap and it was the farthest from the truth, Our older daughter who is a special needs child, took it upon her self one day when she was about 3 or 4 years old. That she would take Thor for a walk, I dozed off on the sofa, my wife was in the basement doing the wash, when she came up either Thor or our daughter was anyware to be found. My wife ran outide and there the two of them were walking side by side down the side walk about a block away, Thor never once left her side or tried to pull her down, he stayed with her every step.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004116901760 Nancy Gifford

    Praying for you and your family.  It’s such a tough decision to make on your loyal family member, Victor.  He’s has been your families closest friend, I know.  Our German Shepherd, Gretchen, died of old age at nearly 14 years old.  Very sad for all of us – she was our protector. God be with you and give you peace.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000434122278 Brenda Ayers

    Glenn, I am so sorry, I have been there and know your sorrow and sadness, I pray God’s peace love and mercy during this time.  I am praying for you and your family.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still tearing up after seeing your tribute to Victor… I feel your loss as I had to go through the exact same thing with my beloved Border Collie Jobie a couple years ago.  Jobie was my true companion for just 2 months shy of 20 years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.leto.96 Robert Leto

    Glenn Beck read a letter from a listener on his 12/13/2012 radio program about the unconditional love a dog brings.  Does anyone have this and can post it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kim.hrubes Kim Hrubes

    Dogs are our best friends and teachers.  They teach us such wonderful lessons about love, loyalty, and true friendship.  They love us for our flaws and imperfections.  They don’t care what we look like or how much money we make.  All they want is to be with us.  Their lives are so short.  Just when they have totally wormed their way into our hearts, they have to leave us.  We are so broken hearted because we will miss those deep brown eyes, that wagging tail (or body as in my dog’s case), that big happy grin and the companionship that we so take for granted.  God Bless you Victor.

  • Josie

    My heart broke seeing Glenn speak of his wonderful buddy, Victor.  I have felt that sorrow and unfortunately know it all to well.  I lost my dear pooch 7yrs ago and still miss her dearly.  There is no other love than that of a loyal pet.  My prayers and sympathy are with the Beck family as they manage to deal with this sorrow. God Bless You All.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

     That is beautiful,Wayne. God takes such good care of His children to provide us with such faithful companions. May be always treat them with love and kindness.

  • sharinite

    You can add my prayers for Victor…may he pass quietly into the night…

  • Joe M.

    I went through the same experience with a dog Glenn.  I’m sorry and my prayers are with you.

  • http://twitter.com/MelvetaS melveta Seely

    A man’s eyes show his soul, also does his dog.  God Bless you, your family and your dog.
    My dog was one of the greats, I loved my dog and that is as it should be.  My provider of enduring love, companionship, and faithfulness to her very end.  I hope to be with her again someday. I have felt what you are now enduring.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1494533422 Jasper Townsend

    I adopted my best friend in December of 2001. He was a Siberian Husky..red tone in color and the most amazing pet I’ve ever owned. Glenn, he had lymne’s diease and it caused him great pain in the end stages of his life. For almost 2 months I struggled and suffered with the VERY same thoughts and decisions. As you said: when “victor” looked in your eyes..and you looked in his..”you both knew.”  But… as you also said..HOW does one know what or when do you make that decision.  My dog…named: Jasper…could hardly stand and walk. The last week of his blessed life he could “go outside” unless I carried him in my arms..yet I still wanted to hold on. One night, as I lay sleeping…on the couch next to where Jasper was sleeping..I was woken up by Jasper standing next to me…licking me on the face. I jumped up from the couch…thought I was dreaming… but it was my “buddy” Jasper. When I reached out to rub his head…he fell to the floor!! He passed right there!! MY buddy Jasper, my best friend.. he made the decision for me. Jasper woke me up… to say his goodbye!! 
     Glenn… I feel your pain.. and I pray for you and your family.

    Howard T.
     Maryland

  • http://twitter.com/mydogrocks76 MyDogRocks76

    I know how you and your family are feeling. After 14 years, I had to put down my protector and pal. One thing I know they are always “there” for you. Through the
    good and bad times they never judge, only give love, affection and comfort.
    I planted a rose plant where he now lies, in a spot he loved to sun.
    I have and will continue to pray for Victor and his loving family. May this bring
    you and your family some bit of comfort. May God continue to bless you all.

  • Anonymous

    Indeed Glenn.  Our pets provide us with unlimited devotion and love.  They also depend upon us to make the decision about their well being.  We had to make this decision with our German shepherd Sage-girl.  Of course, the family was involved, but I recall talking with Sage and saying to her I would do the very best to make the right decision for her and I would never let her suffer.  She trusted me.  The difficult decision was made and her ashes reside in a special place with her picture.  So many people understand today and offer their condolences; we have those cards as well. Tears will fall with that ache in the heart and lump in the throat.  One poem of deep consolation was the ‘Rainbow Bridge’  Please read it to your children and for you and Tania.
    Thank you for sharing this. After a year and a half we decided to get a new GS pup.  Her name is Liberty  (Lybee).  Perhaps I should have named her Tranquility! as she lives up to her name very well.  We love her to pieces, but just occasionally I look up to heaven and say–’Hey beauty-girl, we need a little dog direction down here.  If you have a moment in GOD’s garden whisper in Lybee’s ear.
    GOD place HIS mantle over Newhome, CT.  I have a small picture of an angel with each child’s name on our Christmas tree.  My heart is with all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/troublebreaker2000 M Maria Harris

                         

    “Dogs’ lives are short, too short, but you know
    that going in. You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog, and
    there’s going to be great anquish, so you live fully in the moment with her,
    never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can’t
    support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There’s such
    beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always
    aware it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do
    penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and for all the mistakes
    we make because of those illusions.” Deen Koontz.

  • http://www.facebook.com/troublebreaker2000 M Maria Harris

    To quote YOU-”You are not alone.”  And you are in the good company of pet lovers everywhere who face this awful decision. I’m a rescuer so I’ve had a lot of dogs pass thru my life and each one has taught me a lesson and made me a better person. Joy in the moment, appreciating the little pleasures in life (like an ice cube) loyalty, trust (the diabetic dog I had to stab akwardly twice a day to test his glucose-who never balked,) forgiveness– from the horribly abused.
      And I’ve learned what it is like to be God (to some extent of course.) When I have a wayward dog who is about to get in the trash in the kitchen and I hear him from the far end of the house and call out “Get away from the trash can!” I know he wonders “how does she know I’m about to be bad? But she Is pretty far away and I can beat her to the yummy bacon-smelling paper towels.” And he goes for it and then gets sick. And I’m sorry he didn’t listen to me and now must suffer the consequences but I still love him and forgive him and hope that the next time he will listen to me. Just like God does with us.
     I have a favorite book that I know you will love. It’s “Blind Hope” by Kim Meeder. I hope you will reead it and find comfort. And you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
     
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sharon-Roberts/1513458753 Sharon Roberts

    Dear Glenn and Family,  I am so sorry you are already going through the grieving period even though Victor is still with you.
    My brother had a beautiful, wonderful friend in Annie, his Husky who got to the point of not being to walk or go up steps because of the problems huskies and German Sheppard dogs seem prone  to have in later years.
    When Terry and his wife went on vacation, Annie would come to stay with me and every time made herself right at home.  We had a strong bond and when the time came to let her go, I grieved as much as my brother.
    I pray every night for you and your family, but will make a point of remembering Victor too, in my prayers.
    Love,
    Nanadove

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4HAW7OERGSC7VZM72V7IGDJ3B4 Sharmane

    This brought a tear to my eye.   Yes I will pray for your family and your beloved dog.  I know what’s it like to lose such a wonderful companion and beloved family member.  God Bless.

  • Anonymous

    I had to make that most heartbreaking decision on Saturday the 15th.  The pain and sadness is overwhelming at times.  I have never cried in front of my wife before, but cant seem to stop myself at times now.  My little angel was 15, in failing health and it was time.  Time fer her, but not for me.  I would have loved to have her live forever, but I don’t control that.

    I wrote this to help get my feelings on paper and help push past some the grief which is ever present.  Maybe it can help others.

    I know she is in a better place.  Dogs do go to heaven.  God would not create an animal that is
    capable of so much unconditional love and then not have them a special place
    waiting for them when they die.

     

    What has helped me is picturing her first day in heaven from
    her point of view:

     

    What a good night
    sleep I had.  This bed is so soft and
    this blanket has kept me warm and secure. 
    I haven’t felt this rested in a long time.

    After a nice long stretch still under the blanket, she
    starts to wriggle out to begin her day.

     

    That’s weird, my legs
    don’t feel stiff like they used to for the past few years.  In fact, I feel quite strong and flexible

    As she emerges, she looks around, expecting to see only the
    fog that was her vision, but instead can see everything as clear as can
    be.  That’s weird she thinks, but as she
    looks around, she sees her home as it was when she first came home to me. I remember this place; there is the couch
    I would sleep on waiting for my Dad to get home from work.  There is the room and the big bed we slept on
    together for all those years.  There is
    the kitchen island that I used to race around at break-neck speed when I was
    younger.  There is the garage where I
    would use the potty because I couldn’t be taught to go in the grass.  Thinking of that, the back door opens and
    she walks outside to look around.  What is that sound, I think it’s a
    bird.  I haven’t heard anything in such a
    long time.  Is that another dog barking
    off in the distance?  I think I will bark
    back to say hello and that I am here. 
    There is a nice sunny spot on the deck; I think I will lie down for a
    while before exploring.

    After a quick nap, she wakes to find that things have not
    changed, she is back at home, she can see and hear, her legs are not stiff and
    her back not sore.  I think I want a snack and something to
    drink.  So back inside she goes.  There is my food bowl, piled high with my
    favorite treats and another bowl of fresh water.

     

    Following a quick snack and long drink, she spies her old
    tennis ball by the door.  I know that ball!  That’s the one I always had with me, that I
    slept with and carried around everywhere. 
    It still looks a bit worn with age, but that is how I like it.  As she plays with her ball, knocking it from
    side to side, rolling over with it bouncing on her front paws, a gentle hand
    reaches down and grabs the ball and rolls it way down the hall.  Go get it a voice says, and off she goes,
    running at full speed and with reckless abandon as she did many years ago.  This is
    great, I feel wonderful and all my favorite things are here, but something is
    missing.  Where is my Dad?  He must be at work.  I guess I will play a while longer with the
    man with the wings and then take a nap.

    After exhausting her regained stores of energy, she burrows
    back into blanket on that super soft bed. 
    She wiggles around under the blanket until she pokes her head out and
    lies down so she can see the front door.  Just a quick nap and then my dad will be
    walking through that door very soon.  I
    can’t wait.  As she drifts back to
    sleep.

     

    I know she is in a better place.  What may be weeks, months or years before I
    can go and see her again, to her it will be as just a single day has
    passed.  She won’t be alone, for the
    angels are there to meet her needs till I come. I know the sadness and grief
    will knock me to my knees from time to time, but I will try to think of her
    first day in heaven and look forward to seeing her again.  When we will have eternity to be at each
    other’s side.

     

    She is still my precious little girl and always
    will be.  I love her and miss her
    greatly.  I know she is in a better place

  • http://www.facebook.com/anbuffington Anne N Buffington

    Glenn … The devotion of our animals is such a very special gift.  Their love for us is unconditional … and for many of us ours for them as well.  Losing them is losing a part of ourselves … losing them is a farewell to the goodness, loyalty and love that is deeply ingrained in their being..  .losing them is a separation forever from all the wonderful things that made them unique and yours.  When the time comes to let go, the pain of the departure is almost unbearable.  But after the grieving period, there is comfort in knowing that they, too are in a better place with our God.  Keep the memories you have made with him close to your hearts … they will be a comfort to you and your family through this unavoidable loss and grief that you are experiencing.  My deepest sorrows as well as my prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.
    Anne N Buffington

  • Chapmac

    Glenn, you’ll know when it’s time.  When the suffering outweighs the quality of life, you’ll know. God bless you and your family.  Tell Victor, that when he gets up to heaven, there’s a sheltie named Sean he can look up.  That was our little(50 pound) woofer puppy.  He’ll show Victor the ropes.

  • Anonymous

    I umderstand what you are going through as we went through the same just over a year ago. Our boy Casey, had CDRM and we had to choose when to let him go. It was a very hard decision but had to be done, for him. 
    Be brave. You will know when it is the right time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=655262494 Toni Manalio

    My husband and I had to make the terrible decision to put our beautiful protector GSD that we adopted at 18 months and only had for 5 short years.   Mannix was the love our of life besides are children..it has now been 1 1/2 and we still miss him terriblely :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.lynn.1272 Sharon Lynn

    Victor, you and your family are all in my prayers

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BZHKD6FBVUWMGRSKOK4IIBEPIE Kelly

    The greatest and most unselfish act of love you will ever do for him is to  let him move on bcs his watch will nvr end. I may not agree with ur views on a lot of things, but I do know and understand ur pain right now. Learning what unconditional love is from an unlikely teacher is the most precious of gifts you will ever receive. Let the love you and your family have for him give you peace and comfort now. You will meet again…

  • http://www.facebook.com/april.barron.39 April Barron

    If it should be that I grow frail and weakAnd pain should keep me from my sleep,Then will you do what must be done,For this — the last battle — can’t be won.

    You will be sad I understand,
    But don’t let grief then stay your hand,For on this day, more than the rest,
    Your love and friendship must stand the test.

    We have had so many happy years,
    You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.When the time comes, please, let me go.Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,Only, stay with me till the end

    And hold me firm and speak to meUntil my eyes no longer see.I know in time you will agreeIt is a kindness you do to me.

    Although my tail its last has waved,From pain and suffering I have been saved.Don’t grieve that it must be youWho has to decide this thing to do;

    We’ve been so close — we two — these years,Don’t let your heart hold any tears.
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=655262494 Toni Manalio

    We had to make that decision for our beautiful Mannix 1 1/2 years ago..he was 7 and we had adopted him when he was 18 months.  We didn’t want to do it, but he had reached a point where we knew he was in pain and his eyes told us it was time. We miss him terribly!  I send you hugs and prayers to comfort you, you will meet again on the Rainbow Bridge

  • Anonymous

    I think we all have or have had a Victor in our life; mine was Stanley.  Picking the moment to let go is the toughest thing ever. Be brave; know that he will always be with you! Peace!

  • Anonymous

    Dear Friend, we know your pain all too well. My family and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. What lies ahead for you is going to be painful and you already know that you can’t avoid it. It never gets easier but each time I pick out a puppy I am reminded of the bitter-sweet love we have ahead of us.
    Blessings from Oregon

  • Anonymous

    My heart goes out to you all, we have been there too.  This is for all the Beck family and please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    To the Beck family…♥

     

    ~BEFORE I GO~

     

    Before I grow to frail and weak,

    and all that’s left is peace and sleep.

     

    I know you’ll do what must be done,

    to end this fight that can’t be won.

     

    I don’t fear death as humans do,

    so let me try to comfort you.

     

    Come let’s take a quite stroll,

    and share some quietness, soul to soul.

     

    No need for words between you & I,

    no need to say a last good-bye.

     

    We’ve grown so close in mind and heart,

    it seems so cruel that we must part.

     

    Be sure I’ll sense the pain you’ll feel,

    without me walking at your heel.

     

    The days will seem full of despair,

    your sunshine simply won’t be there.

     

    In time the pain will slowly wane,

    you’ll think of me and smile again.

     

    Now take me where my needs they’ll tend,

    and stay with me until the end.

     

    Hold me close with soft good-byes,

    until life’s bright light has left my eyes.

     

    The final sound I need to hear,

    is your soft voice upon my ear.

     

    Your loving face will fade and dim,

    as the rush of heaven closes in.

     

    And when you start your journey home,

    I’ll be right behind, you’ll not be alone…♥

     

  • Anonymous

    I had to make that decision for my old friend Jessie the German Shepherd, who left me in August this year.  I was sent this poem, no idea who it’s by, but it helped and made me realise that making her battle on was selfish of me – she had always been there for me and my family and now it was time for me to be there for her.  Glen, I send you strength and love, your memories will always be with you x

    The Last Battle.

    If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
    And pain should keep me from my sleep,
    Then will you do what must be done,
    For this — the last battle — can’t be won.

    You will be sad I understand,
    But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
    For on this day, more than the rest,
    Your love and friendship must stand the test.
    We have had so many happy years,
    You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
    When the time comes, please, let me go.
    Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
    Only, stay with me till the end,
    And hold me firm and speak to me,
    Until my eyes no longer see.
    I know in time you will agree
    It is a kindness you do to me.

    Although my tail its last has waved,
    From pain and suffering I have been saved.
    Don’t grieve that it must be you
    Who has to decide this thing to do;
    We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
    Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=717092210 Todd Bluhm

    For our family it was “Tessa”. She was a 100 lbs.
    female GSD, sable, red in color. She greeted our first born as soon as we
    brought her home. A small 8 lbs. baby girl that “Tessa” made into her
    puppy. A year and a half later our son came home and “Tessa” did the
    same. In “Tessa” world our children became her puppies. She was never
    more than a few feet away. Living in the country, sometimes strangers would
    stop by. Maybe their car broke down, maybe they were selling something, it did
    not matter, they never got close to “Tessa’s” puppies. Tessa and I
    would sit down at night after the kids went to bed. I would pet her and she
    would sit by me on the couch. While we couldn’t “talk” she let me
    know that no matter what, no harm would come to the children, she would die to
    protect them and me. “Tessa” was 12 when her hip problems became very
    bad. We had been treating with medications and therapy but now there were days
    where she couldn’t walk, she couldn’t follow her puppies. Our son was learning
    to walk and he tripped and fell on her hips. “Tessa” snapped at him
    and at the same time her soul died. She had a look of horror on her face as she
    realized what she had done. She had snapped at her puppy. “Tessa”
    went to her kennel and didn’t come out for days. The third day of her self induced
    solitary confinement I sat with her and we talked. I loaded her into my car. I
    took her to her favorite restaurant, a fast food place. We had our last meal
    and then I took her to vet. She laid her head on my lap. They gave her an
    injection and she left my family. “Tessa” was 12 years old. She did not leave
    in spirit just in body. I am not sure if this will help with your decision. I
    am just sharing my path and my experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1124690083 Kim Taylor

    I so know your sorrow, and feel your pain.. I send many prayers for Victor and you and your family. It is a love like I have never known, that of a child who is furry. I would gladly give myself to help my furry children in any way including my life, but sadly sometimes we are not allowed a choice. I understand your pain and the decision you have to make. I have also had to make this horrible but selfless decision for the love of the dog. She was far more important than any feeling of selfishness I could have. I know that they go to a place where GOD looks over and loves them. They always will live in your hearts and memories.. 

  • Brett Butz

    I had a gsd named schultz and had to put him to sleep due to health problems at 11 years old. His pain was great, and I had to decide when. While I would have given anything to keep him around, I couldnt put him through it. I miss him now (years later) just as much as that first day. never a better friend. No words can ease that pain, good luck in all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1197046034 Heather Howell

    I had to let go of my Shepherd after 14 long years. His hips failed him you see, not his spirit. He wanted to stay with me but could no longer walk. I had to put him to rest ; 

    4-1998 to 2-24-2012 R.I.P Ranger your the best puppy a girl could ever have. I love you and the house is not same without you.

    It was the worst thing I have ever done but the best decision for him. I will pray for Victor and your family. It will be hard but he will go to the Rainbow Bridge with all our other pets and he will wait for you there.. 

    God Bless Sir.

    Heather 
    Michigan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1792536578 Ava Marique Keith

    Thank you for giving Victor what he needed when he needed it…He has given you and yours the honor of making you his and you have honored him with Protection, Devotion and Dignity.  You have all been given the greatest of gifts…the lesson of Unconditional Love….pass it on

  • Anonymous

    Politically, Mr. Beck, I am pretty sure we are opposites on most issues. However, we are united in a bond that only those of us who love our animals in the same way we love our immediate family members can understand. I may be wrong, but it looks to me like Victor is suffering from DM, or degenerative myelopathy, which is a scourge of GSDs. I lost my Zoe, my third shepherd, a long-haired female whose face looks remarkably like Victor’s, to this disease. We had to put her down a couple of months shy of her 14th birthday. Yes, we were lucky to have her so long, etc. But when you love these dogs the way we do, it is never long enough. With no formal training, she was the best dog ever – loved all children with a passion & our old Siamese cat, was housebroken after one week, became naturally protective around 7 mos. old, was as playful as a pup till around 11. She won over many people who were afraid of dogs, not just GSDs.  One night, I went to an ATM machine near my home, got out of the car [no drive-up window] and then realized a man was crossing the street & coming towards me. I didn’t make a sound or gesture, but Zoe knew & simply jumped out of the car & stood by me, while the ‘perp’ took off for the hills. I always say she was my heart. I’ve had 3 Golden Retrievers [2 with her & one after she died] and I love them dearly, especially my 10-year-old male, Jamie, that we still have now. But his only fault – he would probably not protect us if necessary, although I could be wrong.  Although I don’t want it to be any time soon, we will have another German Shepherd after Jamie’s time comes & maybe a year later, a Golden pup for a buddy. My heart & prayers go out to you & your family. I believe they have souls, are here with us, and will be united with us someday.

  • Anonymous

     My
    prayers to you, family and Victor, also family!!!! Know that Victor
    knows he is loved and you all have taken great care of him as he has of
    you!!! Letting go is sooo hard, but love is forever as are the
    memories, and in time…. you will be together again!!!! It takes a
    very strong love to let go of a loved one…unconditional and
    unselfish… but such pain!!!! I let my Misha Briar GSD go one year ago
    in Aug. this year, and the pain and tears still there, but the love
    conquers it all!!! May God envelop you with His loving arms giving you
    comfort and peace!!! God Bless you Victor and thank you for being just
    one more beautiful angels!!!!! Take care and God Bless you and yours
    Glenn!!! ♥

  • http://www.facebook.com/janice.brouwer Janice Brouwer

     The Power of the Dog
    Rudyard Kipling

    There is sorrow enough in the natural way

    From men and women to fill our day;

    But when we are certain of sorrow in store,

    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

    Buy a pup and your money will buy

    Love unflinching that cannot lie–

    Perfect passion and worship fed

    By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
    Nevertheless it is hardly fair

    To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

    When the fourteen years which Nature permits

    Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,

    And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs

    To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
    Then you will find–it’s your own affair

    But . . . you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the body that lived at your single will

    When the whimper of welcome is stilled (how still!)

    When the spirit that answered your every mood

    Is gone wherever it goes–for good,
    You will discover how much you care,

    And will give your heart to a dog to tear!

    We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,

    When it comes to burying Christian clay.

    Our loves are not given, but only lent,

    At compound interest of cent per cent.

    Though it is not always the case, I believe,

    That the longer we’ve kept ‘em, the more do we grieve:

    For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,

    A short-time loan is as bad as a long
    So why in Heaven (before we are there!)
    Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

    My thoughts are with you and your family…I know how heart wrenching this decision can be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tracy.p.smith.9 Tracy P Smith

    Glenn, I don’t know you but I sadly know your journey.  It is one we just traveled on December 7th with our beloved 13 year old Gwen (also a GSD, like Victor).  She was our protector, our companion, our confidant, our constant.  With her in our lives we felt loved, protected, needed, and wanted.  Our daughter, now 20, is now experiencing her first memories without Gwen.  I still reach for her, call for her, want and need her.  Cherish these last few days with Victor, if his eyes are telling you it is time, as our Gwen did, you will sob and rage and hope for a change but you will make that most horrible but kind decision for Victor.  You have been blessed to have Victor in your family.  

  • Anonymous

    Dear Glen,
    Thank you for sharing this very personal story. I know what it’s like to loose a companion and I know what your talking about when you say, “I can see it in his eye’s”. I lost my lab Orion two years ago to cancer. He was my buddy, my constant companion, through thick and through thin. I too could see it in his eyes. A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about “O”. I wouldl like to tell you that it gets better, but I cannot. We also have a white German Sheperd. She too has taught me a thing or two. I will pray for Victor, for your family, and for you too sir. God bless, and I hope you have a Merry Christmas

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1176079234 Laura Schaber Herbst

    Prayers and thoughts are with you Glenn and your family.  I was exacly in your shoes this exact time last year so we understand your turmoil.  I had Sadie since she was 5 weeks old and fit in the palm of my hand, The pain in her eyes told me it was time and I was not ready but I had to put her first, not myself!  so 6 weeks before her 14th bday I laid with her as she went to heaven.  I do highly recommend 2 things.  A mold kit (Michaels craft store) and made a paw print inression that now lies in a shadow box.  Second is from Bed bath and beyond online is a pet shadowbox/frame for pets that hold a picture and the dog collar and tags.  we have it next to the crucifix in out home.  I did choose to cremate her and will have her ashes buried with me when I die.  Sadley I have to go thru this 2 more times, 1 here in the next few years and god willing aleast 12+ years for the baby we recently rescued.  All 3 of my dogs were a rescue and all have german shepard mix in them-what a great breed and truely a devolted, amazing family member that I honor with 3 dog paw print tattoos.   God bless you.  remember all dogs go to heaven.  Victor will be able to move without pain and he will still be watching from above.  I feel sadie lots still, especially when it seems like I need her.  He is always with you and always in your heart!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1240651959 Laura Napoli-Kenny

    Just this side of heaven is
    a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close
    to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills
    for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is
    plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and
    comfortable.

    All the animals who had been
    ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are
    made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and
    times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing;
    they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes
    when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent.
    His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over
    the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
    You have been spotted, and when you and your
    special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be
    parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the
    beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long
    gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

    Author unknown…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PI4GKUIRIXY5UPHA5RPYRMS5RI Jill

    The stately German Shepherd-
    Protective, bold and smart,
    Looked into my eyes one day
    And quickly stole my heart.

    Courageous and endearing,
    A favorite of its breed,
    So proud and yet so loving,
    A steadfast friend indeed.

    Caring disposition,
    Faithful to the core-
    If you have a Shepherd’s love,
    You cannot want for more.

    - Author Unknown

    Glenn,

    God bless your family and Victor is this difficult time…he will let you know when he is ready. And
     he will always be with you even beyond the death of the physical body.

    Jill Brown
    Round Rock, TX

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.todd.1232 Brian Todd

    Beautiful passage Wayne, I don’t know what else to add but I feel your pain Glenn I lost my white shepherd 2 years ago and time has helped my Family and I to heal. Just Know that you and your Family and Victor will Be in our thoughts and prayers

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1016686244 Debbie Cogsdil

    A dog has no use for fancy cars or big homes or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog don’t care if you are rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?  My heart and prayers go to you and your family and to Victor.  It’s the hardest thing you will ever have to do.  I had to put down my GSD he had the Mass Cancer Cell Disease.  I saw him come into this world and I saw him leave this world and always a gentleman.  May God hold you and your family as you take this step for peace for Victor.  Prayers for you and your family and Victor, Debbie Cogsdil, Hockley, Texas.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YOBMF2SCMPOBQM75TLS7VKQZZM Judy

    Only a dog-lover can know your sorrow. After 9/11, I suffered PTSD. My life was upside down. Together, my husband and I adopted our Smokie Bear from a local Humane Society.

    Her spirit, love, and devotion to our family was immeasurable. She grew into the very souls of all of us. Over the years, she was a companion, an exercise buddy, and traveled many states with my husband and I on road trips. Her favorite times were outdoors – summer or winter - and riding in the truck. Everyone loved her, from neighbors and friends to the mailman. Dogs of all sorts and sizes also became her buddies. 

    Just a couple months ago, she became ill with cancer. One by one, our family and friends (some with their dogs) came to visit and say goodbye. It was difficult for everyone, most of all our oldest grandchild, now a tween. She held Smokie Bear and they both knew…  A few weeks later, my husband and I – together – said our final goodbye. She will live forever in our hearts.

    Did I mention - her birthday was 9/11/2001!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ann.richardson.148 Ann Richardson

    I also know your sorrowand my rayers go out to you and Victor.. my hart breaks for you and your family. Victor will be alright and he will be free of pain. Victor knows that this is very hard for you.  just love him as you always have. prayers for you all god bless

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YOBMF2SCMPOBQM75TLS7VKQZZM Judy

    Victor will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge

  • Donald Moore

    Glenn, while there is literally nothing you say that I agree with, that does not stop me from offering you my sympathy and understanding for your decision about Victor.  As a person that has been owned by 6 GSDs, and had the sad days you face so many times, I know how these dogs burrow deep into our hearts.  You and your family have had one of those special gifts that can never be forgotten.  God bless you, your family and may Victor know the love you have for him as he passes on with the hope that he will guard the path to the rainbow bridge until you meet again.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.grimes.18 Linda Grimes

    .Glenn, I know you are Mormon, I know you believe in a loving and caring God. I too, know the same Jesus. I do not think He would allow one such as Victor to come in our lives without being able to see them at our end (death & ressurection) One of the most helpful poems I have ever read is “THE RAINBOW BRIDGE”. I do not have a copy that I could add to this, but search and read it. I have walked in your shoes. It is not an easy decision and I pray God takes it out of your hands. Love him be with him until the end. Praying for each of you for peace and comfort.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iceprincessjoanne.marie IcePrincess Joanne Marie

    I am so sorry for your loss.  I know it is a very difficult decision for us to make.  I lost 2 dogs this year, one in January and one in September and I have one dog left.  It will be a different kind of holiday without the other two, so I feel your hesrtache and pain.  Sending out prayers for you and your family and Victor knows how much you all loved him and he is now at peace at the Rainbow Bridge with God.  He’s in good hands now, rest assured.  <3
     

  • Anonymous

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together…. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/russell.doane.14 Russell Doane

    know your feelings, Have had three GSD and the hole they have left is no where near being filled. Give him LOVE, You will know when and it wont be easy. It will rip your heart out, but you will know. Good Luck, Hug him every second you can, but he will never leave you. I still feel my Bo, Baron and Major. Greatest loves I ever had. God bless

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jamiegandy.JCI Jamie Gandy

    I’ve always enjoyed listening to Mr. Beck, I’ve always felt he was the professor I never got to have. To see this video, to see his depth of love and respect for his dog, my respect for him as only doubled. My prayers are with you and your family. It’s not an easier choice to make, I pray for His strength for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-V-Thompson/1469336564 Mary V. Thompson

    I grew up with a German Shepherd who was my almost constant companion and best friend for twelve years.  She was a beloved member of our family and we were so torn up when she died.  Now, many years and other animals loves later, she still holds a special place in my heart.  The family stories about her are legion and she will forever be part of our family.  i still miss her terribly.  So glad that you and your family have known and loved Viktor for so long.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joanne.mclaurin Joanne McLaurin

    This is beautiful.  I only wish that man would live up to his part of the Lord’s promise to the dog, with food, shelter and affection.  There are so many that don’t get it, my heart breaks for them. 

  • Anonymous

    People should really watch what they leave behind when they move. A deputy Sheriff left a extreme amout of items when he up and moved. When a friend of mine was hired by the owners of the property these were  some of the items that were left behind ; brass pins for the shoulders, a breathalyzer machine, several packages of tickets, and last but not least a service pistol. Thank GOD the person who found these items turned them back over to the Sheriff Department. What If that person had a problem with a school ……..

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgia.vanderveen.7 Georgia Vander Veen

    i too know your pain and sorrow and my heart goes out to you and your family….

    georgia

  • Anonymous

     The only thing I can think of is…….DITTO!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lordtimmas Tim Kennedy

    Dear Mr. Beck, I feel for you I have had to make that decision you are faced with now on many occasions, and it is never easy. I pray for you and your family for God to give you strength and peace in this most joyous time of year, Christ is born. Your loved pet will always stay in your heart and if nothing else do not dwell on the sadness of his passing, but remember all the joy Victor brought to your lives.

    Bless you and yours Mr. Beck!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1494533422 Jasper Townsend

    I posted about 3 weeks ago… my sad story about my dog… and my feelings about Glenn’s dog.. VICTOR,   Can anyone  or does anyone know what the outcome of Victor over the holidays??  Glenn, as everyone knows… wasnt sure what would happen.  I would love to know..

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Beck, Victor is just doing his duty as a patriot to expose you as what you truly are.

    You are welcome!

  • Anonymous

    Beck said, “It was right after 9/11 that I received my first death threat. It was from a Muslim extremist that said he would kill me and my whole family if I didn’t stop talking.”

    Gee, at the time, Beck was advocating for nuking and paving Saudi Arabia into a radio active parking lot (genocide).  That wasn’t extremist though, right?  WRONG!  I can’t imagine why some Muslim would get upset with him about that. Of course, Beck cherry  picks the information about EVERY story to make it one of fiction that he wants people to believe.

    That is why Victor, the media watchdog, will still be listening to Beck’s words and debunking the lies.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    I do not know the status of Victor, but I am going to comment anyway. Glenn, I emailed you earlier, but I would like for you to see this, so here goes. The Poem is just beautiful and it says just about anything anyone could say. But I would like to  add that your pet children are just as loved as your human children. My son and his wife just went through what you are facing and it was really hard for them to decide what was best for Maxwell, their 13 year old schnauzer. They had just lost Murphy a year before so this was really hard for them to realize that they had to go through this again. I tried to let them know that they had loved Maxwell like their child and had done and sacrificed enough for him, my daughter-in-law was making herself ill, taking care of him. So when the time came time for the ultimate decision she came through like a champ, so when your time comes you to will do what is right for Victor, God bless you and your family and may he give you his peace in your time of decision. I believe that there is doggie heaven and one day we will see them again. I am facing the same thing, I have a 14 year old German shepherd  mix. We have a great history together and she has been on duty from day one, that has been her job to protect our house and has done an excellent job. When nine eleven hit we were alone on a ranch in south Texas building our new home, she was just a pup, but somehow she knew my sorrow. She place her little chin on my knee and looked up at me with those big puppy eyes as though to say “it will be ok, Mom.” I will never forget that nor will I ever say that our doggie children do not know what is going on. She is a very intelligent dog and I swear she can spell. Anyway I hope you have all the strength and courage that it will take to do what is best for Victor. God Speed to you all. Please let us know Victor”s status, we are interested.

  • http://twitter.com/gdogdiamondgirl janet goree

    With tears in my eyes I share this with you:  “The Best
    Place to Bury a Dog”There is one best place to bury a dog.If you
    bury him in this spot, he will come to you when you call – come to you over the
    grim, dim frontier of death, and down the well-remembered path and to your side
    again.And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel, they shall not
    growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he belongs there.People may
    scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear
    no whimper, people who may never really have had a dog.Smile at them for
    you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth the
    knowing.”The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his
    master.
    From me and my family (2,3 and 4 legged) run happy and whole across the bridge Victor and to you Glenn and your family hold him close in your heart and honor his memory by giving another dog the chance to have such a loving family and important job.
    BTW you sent me flowers one Valentines day :-)