The Fastest and Slowest Dog Breeds

Go, Dogs, Go! The Fastest and Slowest Dog Breeds, Ranked

Dogs are possibly the most diverse pet species out there. There’s truly a breed for everyone!

You can get a tiny toy dog that fits in your purse or a giant breed that weighs more than you do.

There are lazy dogs who prefer to spend their days lounging indoors, but there are also highly-energetic pups who will gladly accompany you on lengthy mountain hikes.

And there are fast dogs who can chase and catch just about anything… and slow dogs whom just about anybody could chase and catch!

In fact, speed is one of the most variable dog characteristics. And it’s an important aspect of a dog’s overall personality and temperament.

We’ve ranked 10 of the most popular dog breeds by their top speeds. From record-setting highs to yawn-inducing lows, one thing is clear: dogs can do it all!

Canine Speed Demons

These five breeds aren’t just the fastest dogs out there — they’re some of the fastest land animals, period. Let’s meet the world’s speediest dogs and find out just what makes them so fast.

Dog Breed: Greyhound

Greyhound

If you’re familiar with dog racing, you’re familiar with greyhounds. This long, lean breed is the dog of choice for racing.

Few animals can match the greyhound in speed and endurance. Greyhounds can reach speeds of 45 miles per hour, and they can reach that speed from standing in just six strides.

But greyhounds aren’t just incredible sprinters. They can maintain speeds of 35 miles per hour over distances as great as 7 miles, making them amazing endurance runners too.

The secret to a greyhound’s speed is in its physiology. Their large chests contain a massive heart, which pumps out the blood at up to 340 beats per minute when running at full speed.

A greyhound’s lungs are also larger than most dogs’, and they take in up to 90 liters of air in 90 breaths every 30 seconds when galloping.

And this breed’s narrow waist bends in the middle like a cheetah’s, lengthening the dog’s stride and providing its legs with a little extra propulsion.

But the real kicker is that most of the time, greyhounds are incredibly lazy. They are incredibly lazy and seem to prefer life at the extremes: moving as fast as they can or not at all.

Dog Breed: Saluki

Saluki

Tall, slim and silky, the Saluki is a dog that screams elegance. But don’t let its regal appearance fool you: this dog is a force to be reckoned with at full speed.

Capable of sustaining speeds of over 42 miles per hour across distances of over 800 meters, the Saluki is an even faster endurance runner than the greyhound.

This high stamina is partially due to the Saluki’s densely-padded paws, which act as heavy-duty shock absorbers. Running simply doesn’t affect the Saluki’s joints like it does with other breeds.

Dog Breed: Vizsla

Vizsla

This Hungarian hunting dog has risen in popularity as a companion animal for its loving personality. Vizsla fans often refer to their pups as “velcro dogs” for their tendency to stick close to their owners.

That is, until they see something interesting in the distance.

Then all bets are off as the Vizsla takes off running, reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.

Like the Saluki, the Vizsla can’t outpace the greyhound over short distances. But unlike greyhounds, Vizsla can sustain their top speeds for distances of over a mile.

Dog Breed: Jack Russell Terrier

Jack russell terrier

Who would have thought such a small dog could rank so highly on the list of fastest dog breeds?

Its short legs and small lungs seem like they would work against the Jack Russell Terrier’s quest for speed. But maybe this breed’s strong determination and sturdy build contribute to its success.

With a top speed of 38 miles per hour, the Jack Russell Terrier is the world’s fastest small dog.

Perhaps centuries of being bred for hunting have refined this breed’s speedy genes to perfection. Its origins can be traced back to the 1700s, when it was used mainly to hunt foxes.

Dog Breed: Borzoi

Borzoi breed

It figures that this Russian dog would be good at, well, rushing!

The Borzoi was originally bred to hunt wolves in the great Eurasian north. A little ironic, to be sure, but the modern Borzoi is undeniably majestic.

Resembling a greyhound with a long, wavy, silky coat, the Borzoi tops out at 38 miles per hour. Perhaps that’s why it was given its unique name, which is derived from a Russian word meaning “fast.”

The greyhound similarities don’t stop there, though: the Borzoi is also a couch potato at heart. Sensitive, laid-back and fond of doing nothing, Borzois balance energy and relaxation with expert precision.

Lazy Loafers and Scruffy Slowpokes

These dogs are the opposite of the previous five breeds — they’re the slowest pups around. So if you’re looking for a dog that’s easy to exercise and tough to lose track of, consider one of these unbeatable slowpokes.

Dog Breed: Toy Poodle

Toy Poodle

Standard poodles — the full-sized ones — can reach very respectable speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.

But their petite counterparts, toy poodles, get left in the dust by just about every other breed out there.

Maxing out at 10 miles per hour, the toy poodle’s size puts it at a disadvantage. They’re shorter than 10 inches from paw to shoulder, and those tiny legs simply can’t compete with the longer legs of bigger dogs.

What the toy poodle lacks in speed, though, it makes up for in personality. Fiercely intelligent and full of surprises, the toy poodle will keep you on your toes, even if you won’t need to lace up your running shoes to keep up with it!

Dog Breed: Basset Hound

Basset Hound

Proving that big dogs can be slow too, the Basset Hound’s 10 mile per hour max speed won’t win any races.

But although its big bones slow it down, they provide it with the strength and stability needed to keep going over long distances.

Still, this breed usually prefers laying around inside to running around outside. Its calm, patient temperament more than makes up for what it lacks in speed.

Dog Breed: Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu breed

This classic lap dog has waddled its way onto our list of slowest dogs at its top speed of 6 miles per hour!

The Shih Tzu may not be fast, but it still looks like a blur trotting past you due to its dense, fluffy coat. Some owners joke that its hair growth is faster than its running speed!

But just because Shih Tzus can’t run doesn’t mean they can’t play. They can spend hours playing tug of war or roughhousing with other dogs — but when they’re done, they head straight for their owners’ laps.

Dog Breed: French Bulldog

French bulldog breed

Even though they’re on our list of slowest dogs, French Bulldogs can be fast when they really need to be.

At full throttle, they can hit a respectable 17 miles per hour. The catch: they can’t hold it for longer than a few seconds.

Send a French Bulldog running for any longer period of time and you’re looking at speeds of around 3-5 miles per hour.

It’s probably for the best; these brachycephalic dogs are known for their respiratory and circulatory issues. Too much exercise is bad for these short-snouted dogs, so their low speeds may actually work in their favor.

Dog Breed: Pug

Pug

Is it any surprise that the dopey, lovable pug makes our list of slowest dogs?

Stout-legged and short-snouted, pugs simply don’t have the lung capacity, heart strength or leg length to be effective runners.

At least, most of them don’t. At the 2019 International Pug Race in Berlin, a pug named Emma ran 50 meters in under 6 seconds, reaching speeds of 18.6 miles per hour!

But many other pugs in the race failed to exceed 2.7 miles per hour. That’s slower than the average human walking speed of 3 to 4 miles per hour.

"If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then give him only two of them."
--Phil Pastoret

51 thoughts on “Barking at Heaven’s Door: Do Dogs Know When They Are Dying?”

  1. This was a lot to read. I just want to say, they do know. My baby girl Baby, she was laying in my arms and lap. She looked deep in my eyes, licked my tears on my right cheek and laid her head on my chest, and went to heaven. She didn’t like to go to the vets office, but that day she wasn’t like she normally was, when I sat on the floor she laid in my lap, she knew. Her uterus ripped. She was 14 years old, so even if you don’t have the money find it and get your dog fixed, nothing else was wrong with her.

      1. Letting her go was the right thing to do, for her. Guilting yourself into thinking money is to blame will only satisfy your need to feel bad ( seems ridiculous but we, as in humans, interject way to much into our pets psyche
        in an attempt to humanize our 4 legged fur baby’s). You had just mentioned how much Baby feared the vet so why would you subject her to numerous visits. Just imagine if something went wrong? Embrace her memory as your loving companion who thanks you for being her human mom, 14 years of unconditional love and putting her needs before yours.
        Money is an easy scapegoat to blame; long and short of it is that if she was supposed to have had the surgery the money would have presented itself.

    1. Our dog abby will be 10 great health. She developed alittle lump by her nipple so we brought her in right away. They said they wanted to spay her and remove lump. I agreed. They took bloodwork everything was fine. They did a radio graph to see if lumps spread and they didnt. Stitches get removed from lump next friday. So yes get them spade. We had our other dog nurtured so I didn’t think spay was necessary but it is for there own health. Im so sorry about your little girly … xo

    2. I’ve had about 30 JRT over the last 20 years most of them lived to 18 years apart from three that suffered from dementia and had to have them euthanised.
      I still have Belle she’s going on 18 years old her sight and hearing is failing but fortunately she still has a great appetite
      I’m going on eighty two years old and I’m looking forward to seeing all of my beautiful furry children in the hereafter. Bless you all and your beautiful furry children.

      1. Hello Torence,
        I have an elderly dog as well.
        I’m curious to know what you feed yours. I don’t know if that’s what it is, but you must be doing something right for them to live so long.

        1. Hi my fur babies name is tessie and she is 13.5 years old she has cushions disease. I gave her the one and only medication the vet has for this condition. It got to a point that I count get the capsule down her so she is now on all natural meds one for cushions disease one is cancer support and cbd oil and so far she is doing ok. Please pray she does well. On this medication. She is my heart. Than you for listening

          1. My romeo yorkshire terrer of 17 is very sick with a bad cough 4 2 yrs now. My parents have him n wont let me b with him hes dying n bcuz of this c

      2. Hi there,
        Couldn’t help but see you are a JRT lover. Mine 16 yo JRT just passed away a week ago. I am still grieving the loss of my best friend. He died of lymphoma. He had all the signs of an old man; slight dementia (we think?), arthritis, slow, poor sight and hearing. Other than all that, he was fine. Then the next day he got really sick, within 12 hours, he was basically gone. I had him put to sleep, but he had basically already passed, juat barely breathing. I couldn’t stand the thought of him suffering. He wasn’t responsive to my voice or anything. It was such a shock to see how quickly he went. a few hours before his passing, he would bark on and off. Not a bark of pain, just a normal bark. As he would on and off bark, I would hold him and try my best to comfort him and he just had a blank stare in his eyes. no eye contact with me. I still want to know why he barked like that. about 2 hours prior to him passing. he was very calm and peaceful looking. not responsive, but appeared very peaceful which made me feel so much better. Anyhow, hoping someone on here could possibly shed light on this. Take care of your 18 year old. 🙂

        1. Hello Ace,

          Our beloved Schnoodle had a similar experience with the barks. We recently returned from a week long vacation. He was staying at Grandma’s house which he always loved. He was 15 years old with diabetes, cushings, and arthritis. When we got home something was off. He was stumbling like a boxer after getting hit by a hard punch. He would go to the ground and yelp periodically several times in a row and breathe hard. This was all very hard for us and we contemplated taking him in to put him down. Rather than putting him down, we snuggled with him in bed. His eyes now had more of a distant gaze than the inquisitive look that he always stared at us with. He yelped on and off, breathed hard, and rested his head on our chest as he appeared to be approaching his last moments. We kept caressing him, telling him how much we loved him and his body became more relaxed and breathing became slower. Finally around 4:30am he made a couple final stretches and he laid motionless and passed away. We slept with him that night until his warm body started to cool off later the next day. I can’t help but think he waited for us to come home so we could comfort him in his final moments, just like he comforted us in our worst moments for all of our time with him. He was such an incredibly loving dog and I know those yelps in the final moments were part pain, but also part of his spirit saying to us how much he loved us and that we would be okay. It has been 3 days since he passed and each has been very hard. The beauty of it all is that he died peacefully in his favorite spot with us, and that his love that he gave will always carry on and be remembered in our hearts.

    3. My 13 1/2 old boy Chillin, passed away two months ago, I dropped for a regular check up and dental cleaning, the night that I picked him up, he started coughing and kind of throwing up, I took him to emergency, they did wrong diagnosed him and two days later I took back the Banfield, after hours battling they told me nothing to do for him just putting him down, I have being feeling guilty all this time like I turned him in for that. I just can’t deal with this feeling, two nights before we were in our porch as we did infinite times, but this time I noticed he was crying in silence, I recorded part of that and the I grabbed and cuddled him to comfort him, I never saw coming this end.

      1. Sadly I lost my pal Alfie on the 8th of October, Sad Dad! He hadn’t been well for a while and couldn’t walk apart from weeing and pooing and laying in it, bless him! But he had a good life and was fifteen and nearly one month old!

  2. As a child growing up, our three dogs were our constant companions. Each had their own personality, Dutchess: intelligent, bilingual, our guardian, Fritz: not too bright, skittish, but affectionate, Spanky, the spoiled baby of the bunch, refusing any and all attempts at learning tricks.
    As they aged, they let us know in their own way when their time was near. Dutchess, who was so well behaved, never pulling on her leash, never even flinching at toddlers climbing on her, trying to ride her like a pony, suddenly bolted while on a walk and tried to jump off a 15 foot drop off. The only way I could describe it was that she was trying to commit suicide. Later that day, she became incontinent, started passing blood, and less than 12 hours later, had to be euthanized. She knew. And it broke my heart she knew.

  3. My dog just got tired over months, accepted all the care he needed, but just got weaker and weaker until his body just timed out. The vet saw him regular over those 6 months, weekly at the end, and said he was in no pain, just getting weaker with organ breakdown. It was sad, but he acted the same just wanting to be in the same room and laying nearby. He accepted the need to be carried outside and back in. He just fell asleep one last time and died a few minutes later. It was nice in that we did not have to make a decision to have him euthanized.

  4. I just had to put my perfect, precious boy down because he was so sick and my vet said it was time. I am hurting so much and don’t care if I ever get another dog. No dog could ever replace the amazing boy. Not handling the loss very well. He got so slow and had so many health issues in the end. I too believe he knew it was his time even tho I did not want to let him go.

    1. I’m so sorry for your loss.. Thats what I am going thru now, is that I don’t want to let him go

      1. I came to this post about, if your dog knows theyre dying because my German Shepherd mix, whose 13 yr old and my best friend, is living his last days. He isnt suffering but stopped eating and drinking very little water. He’s always been my protector and so loyal. He’s been the best dog Ive ever had and so humanly smart and pretty much trained himself. He only had to hear instruction 1 or 2 times and he knew what to do. I knew his time was coming as hes really slowed down the last year. We spent this summer pampering him, taking him everywhere on trips camping even to a cabin in winter to go snowmobiling. Ive fed him smoked salmon and rib eye steak before he started to refuse food. Today as weak as he is, gets up to see where I am or to go out to potty and then lays down in the same spot. I think we would of lost him already but my daughter says he still wants to do his job of making sure Im safe. I do believe he knows whats up and he’ll fight it to the end.
        I love you with all my heart Petey. Until we met again Ill think of you everyday

        1. I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my baby boy daschund of 13 years 4 months and 16 days. He was my everything. My best friend. He passed away on sept 17 from heart disease. But he gave me so much unconditional love till his last hours.❤❤❤ I miss him every second! Keep a look out for me copper. Will play together soon. I love you.

    2. Jackie, no other can ever replace your boy, ever. In honor of him, try to love another dog/pet. Your boy was a reflection of your love. Yes, it pains the soul to lose our babies but we owe it to them to keep the love and caretaking going. I have felt just like you, it’s hard, really hard. I have found that getting a new pet maybe two helps heal the soul and you help another dog/pet. Our pets bring much joy to our lives and each one teaches us, too. My condolences to you and I hope you reconsider.

    3. Am going through the exact same thing. Just put our own dog down 2 days ago. He just deteriorated over the last couple of months. Couldn’t get up , couldn’t do his business probably and had problems walking. Liver tumors were the culprit. He’s everywhere. In our house, the fields we walked over with him , it’s extremely difficult. We will never get another dog. There was only 1 Scooby

      1. My puppy is only month’s old,
        And I’m so sad she died so early,
        Before that there a sign that she is diging/ scratching on a plastic chair.

    4. Jackie I went through the same thing your dealing with until I got another puppy and it really helped me deal with my lost.

    5. Im so sorry. Our boy dewgy is almost 15 and has kidney failure. I can imagine that day. Last October they gave him 4-6 months but its now August and still kicking. We had bloodwork done nir long ago and his creatine level is up so they said probably he will be gone by fall. We have had him since 5 weeks old.

    6. Jackie
      I know exactly how you feel. Lost my best mate 4 years ago and still cry over her. Got a new one and she is equally beautiful. They love you just as much as you love them
      All the best
      Bob

    7. So Sorry to hear,I just had my boy put down.It is a terrible feeling.One of the worst things i have had to do in my life.So Heartbreaking Something i never wanna go through again.HUGS TO YOU

  5. Because of this Pandemic, my Mom decided to buy 2 puppies and I grew fond of them as days pass by. I can say I am close to them and I even name them after the 5year old kids in Hospital Playlist, Mone, and Moje. I can really say that they know when they are dying, My baby Mone who is only 4 months old has sad eyes that scream death as he was suffering from a famous puppy virus that is caused by a rat. He lays down on my hand and looks at me sadly. We prepare him a comfortable darkroom for him to hid and sleep but he insists on transfer below our cabinet. We found him dead as we were about to let him drink his medicine water. I feel so sad and devastated for what has happened, my whole world collapsed and I can’t unsee all the corners of our house without remembering my puppy walking or playing. I miss him so much. I want to hug him tighter and never let him go. I love you baby Mone! I hope you are doing great up there! We love you so much Corgi doggo! Soar High my baby!

    1. 2019 We loss our girl dog that we had for thirteen years early this morning we loss our boy dog of twelve years. I’m still crying just can’t believe he is gone he stop eating start hiding last night my husband took him out to use it came back in he made this loud yelp sound took two deep breath and he was gone. WOW OUR HEARTS ARE CRUSHED

  6. Yes they know, they get slower and they know, something is different to them, they also hide their pain for survival tactics. My dog showed signs of something being wrong yet wouldn’t show this when at the vet 3 times, which is why she was misdiagnosed, especially if you have a strong breed; pit bull, German Shepard etc… They also change their behavior, they will do things differently than they used to and then may change back hours or days before their passing. They have a bucket list and want to do and go to places they liked, this can be a sign in itself of slowing down, aging. You always figure this out later when they have passed, but I think as humans we always know when something is wrong with our dogs but to protect ourselves we become in denial, it’s hard to face the reality of losing such an unconditionally loving animal companion. When I had to put my best friend down weeks ago, I made sure when I saw her for the last time, that I wasn’t a mess, crying, this can put them in distress, hold it together until they pass, then cry your eyes out later. They will be fine, no pain, but we have to deal with the after math on planet earth. Tell them how great they were, how much fun you had and that they will be with their other friends who’ve passed on and one day will meet you in the light when the time it right. Hope this helps. Oh and get another dog, all the memories and years of fun is so worth it, save another rescue dog if you can, they need homes. Wait some time and mourn but not too long so you don’t get depressed. The first dog is the hardest when you lose them, but believe me it gets better and you know their time isn’t forever and you just enjoy whatever time you have with them, make them have triple the life. My heart goes out to all of you who’ve lost an animal companion during this most difficult Covid-19 fiasco. Be good to yourself! I cannot live without another dog can you? Best. ST

  7. My dog Jackson passed in early May. He just turned 12 and kidney failure marked his passing.

    Waited a couple months to get our new puppy Betty.

    I still grieve the loss of my dog but, the puppy has filled the void of a new best friend.

    Had dogs all my life. The hardest part of having a dog is saying goodbye.

    I thought he had a couple more years, being healthy till the end but we both knew his time here was coming to an end.

    We were close to the end

    1. Our dog dewgy has kidney failure now also. Its been since before last October. We just had bloodwork done again and his creatine level is higher. Meds are maybe only helping abit. They said 4-6 months last October we are now aug but they say till the fall possibly

  8. Maybe there was only one Scooby-Doo, but there are thousands in shelters, on the streets, or otherwise in need.
    You could help save one, and in so doing, start healing.

  9. Hello Jackie reading your post brought back a lot of memories of when I lost my beloved Prince 12-13-15 of congestive heart failure. Had him for 12 yrs. He died in my arms after 6 months of doing whatever I could to keep him alive. I got him cremated and that helped for a while but something was still missing. I finally got another dog Princess and it was the best thing I ever could have done. So give yourself some time and find you another best friend.

  10. Francine Nunley

    To all of you. Your stories had me crying as we have lost 3 dogs over the last 3 years. My latest tragedy was Cavilli and she was at least 15 years old. She passed away on my Birthday 7-21-20. Yes it is true we need to move on. So I decided to play 721 until I get tired. I imagined Cavilli gave me this number as a gift. Smile

  11. The heart hurts so badly when you know they need to cross the Rainbow Bridge & after they cross the heart hurts just as bad !

  12. We lost our Sammy today at 315 holding him taking his last breath. His kidneys shut down after 4 years of fighting with diabetes. And he went blind years back but still loved his walks. I walked him for the last time today Sep. 5 2020. We got him when he was 8 weeks old. He was 14. I can not sleep tonight. We will miss him so much.we loved him so very much which I told him thru my tears as I was holding him as he passed. We also have another dog she is 9. Rest in peace Sammy. Mommy will miss our walks. I pray your playing in Heaven.

  13. My beloved Simba passed away this morning. He was suffering from acute renal failure. Over past 5 days, we saw his body deteriorate rapidly. It was not only painful for him, but we were also equally pained to see him losing his energy and will to live.
    Last night, after returning from doctors clinic, he went to every room in the house, met every family member before going to his room. At midnight, he insisted to move outside into the balcony; as I sat with him, I asked him to go now. He behaved as if he was seeking permission to go. Finally at 4 AM he left us.
    I am 100% sure that he was holding on because I wasn’t letting him go. He took permission before and then went into his final sleep. He knew he was going and his eyes communicated that to me everyday.

    May he rest in peace. Love You Simba.

  14. James Terlemezian

    Just lost my rescue from S.Caro , my Gabby Boy . After 10 1/2 years of happiness and love it was time for him to depart . He was a shy , Unsocialable 4 yr old when we adopted him . People came to realize and commend him as being such a handsome boy and sweet soul . His time arrived on September 10, 2020 , and as of now l am sad and crying . His memories and shared love will go on ! Love you Bubba , your friend and campion , Daddy . ❤️

  15. Our cat, Pasquel, lived to be 21 years old.
    Our dog, Rhett, a 75-pound mutt, is 15 years old now. He has never
    had any health problems over the years except for a couple ear infections.
    I always gave Pasquel several tablespoons and Rhett about half a cup of vanilla yogurt every morning.
    They always enjoyed/have enjoyed our morning “yogurt fest”. And I have always thought the yogurt with active cultures helped to maintain their good health and improved their longevity.
    I was born and reared in Appalachia. Sometimes we Appalachians tend to come up with
    our own tonics and cures! I guess that is what I am sharing with all you people who love your pets. This is just my own idea, and no vet ever recommended the yogurt; but I have a hunch it has been a good thing for my cat and for my dog!
    Blessings, Carolyn

  16. My Sophie died this morning 12 yrs she had 4 abcessed tests and was having a routine teeth cleaning as well… her lung was filled with water .. we rushed her to emergency hospital but sadly at 6:30 this morning I held her in my arms for the last time.. not sure really how she died just know I’m heartbroken.. only 4 wks ago we lost our oldest 32 grandson… he died in his sleep… I pray God can get me and my seeet husband thru this.. he of course thinks a puppy will do the trick I cannot fathom

  17. Thank you for the article, although I am left just as bewildered in trying to understand why our beautiful and brilliant 9-year-old German Shepherd passed away some time this morning. There were no signs of illness, distress or unusual behavior. We all went to bed as usual, my husband and I in our bed and she in her elevated bed next to us. When we woke up, she was gone. We are devastated.

  18. I am so very impressed with Simba’s story…. this one really really hit me hard… what a beautiful boy…. his love and loyalty are unbelievable…. this year my little Lhasa Apso passed July 9th… he was a minimum of 14… we had found him all alone walking and looking at traffic 13 years ago.. I’m so glad I got to hold him in his last moments, He was struggling to breathe that day, I was only wishing I had taken off work so I could have spent the whole day with him . I stepped out for just a minute and when I walked back in, I noticed he had taken his last breath. I cannot believe he’s not here anymore. He was with me longer than any dog I have ever had. My sweet little friend for so long. He was extremely intelligent,funny,sassy, happy….couldn’t have asked for a better friend. So many heartbreaking losses through the years. The one who hurt me the worst was my black German Shepherd boy Blue… no words can describe him… miss him every second of every day since November 2015… my favorite of all time…Blue transcends time and space….my extraordinary friend… I can never let go….ever…

  19. Duke was 14 when he passed, an Irish settler and lab mix. It was over 10 years ago but I remember it pretty vividly. His last couple of years were full of health problems. His last few months if I can recall he seemed lethargic most of the times but he was still up for a good rub and he’d surprise you with bursts of energy. The last day was the most vivid, he just did not want to be bothered and was a bit snappy. Anytime I tried to come close he just would limp away, he curled up in a corner in our yard and passed away not even hours after he looked in my eyes and walked away. It still stings a bit, I haven’t had a dog since. I’m very grateful to God for putting dogs on earth, they’re great animals and friends.

  20. My dog died recently after being diagnosed with heart disease several weeks earlier. In her final days she began to refuse food at most times and only occasionally showed interest in some chicken or hot dog bites. She urinated unexpectedly and vomited a few times in her final days also. She would sometimes stop during a walk stand still, resisting my calls for her to continue. The most shocking thing she did though was look up at me, assume the howl posture and begin a very loud howl that started to fade as if it were getting farther away and when it went silent she collapsed and was dead. This was weeks ago and I’m still in shock and awe from it. Has anyone else had anything like this happen to them or seen anything like it?

  21. This article has given me some sense of peace as 2 days ago we said goodbye to our beloved Irish terrier, Dooley, who was taken too soon at the age of 9 due to cancer.
    Unlike our last dog, we knew it was coming and had time to spoil, love him, and cherish every moment before his final day arrived. I felt so guilty that in the final hours before the vet arrived I had busied myself with work and my husband looked after Dooley. I went in a few times to see him and give him kisses and love. I covered him up in his favorite fleece blanket but I am beating myself up for not being with him all night, all morning. Not loving on him, rubbing his ears, singing to him, letting our bodies connect to comfort him in his final hours. I have tremendous guilt for not doing that but my husband consoles me saying he felt that Dooley didn’t want us around, that he seemed to be in pain or uncomfortable with us interacting with him. This article allows me to have a bit of peace as maybe he did not want me to watch him suffer. I did give him his last kisses and pets as the vet let him go peacefully. I miss our beloved little boy. Rest in Peace Dooley, until we meet again.

  22. My dog knew she was dying, the night before she became very loving more than usual, she didn’t want me to go to bed she had cancer but to old fot treatment so i stayed with her all night and she never moved, but when my other dog came down the next morning she got up and went over to my other fog and touched her with her nose, i couldn’t believe it so i took a picture, then she turnef round and just flopped on thr floor.when we goy to the vets dhe told me that she was only houts away from dying, i made the decision to put her to sleep as i didn’t want her to suffer

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