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Old 31st Dec 2018, 11:48
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Lost Wingman Pt 2

I'd thought that things would be easier this time, two months to the day since our first dog was put to sleep. How wrong can you be. Our little girl Peke slowly but irrevocably declined after her uncle's death. How much was actually due to pining, we'll never know, but she developed a heart murmur, fluid on the lungs and refused all food or treats. We had to force feed her and it became a cruel and futile struggle for both her and us. So, this morning I took her to the vet for her final appointment and held her as she went limp in my arms. I blubbed uncontrollably in front of the vet. A dog is for life.....

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Old 31st Dec 2018, 11:53
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My sincere condolences. We have dogs, both are now ageing and in poor health. I was up in the early night with the older one...I fear her time is not far away.
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 14:11
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Know how you feel, and can only say that time does heal, and you then focus on the good times....
We had 2 labs from the same litter, life mates and then at age 14 the "little" sister had a lung growth so we knew the only thing to do was to let her go before she couldn't manage to get about.
That was also just before Christmas. From being the boss dog, her sister then started to pine, off her food and developed a heart murmur.
We knew it was really affecting her, moping around and frantically searching for her sister, out in the garden time after time, up the stairs, from room to room, never settling or even sleeping without howling.
So she too had the kind way out.
Living by the seaside, afterwards we'd often imagine that we could still see them, way out at the tideline, chasing each other in and out of the foam....

Now have 2 more labs and they are still young so hoping for many more years before they too break our hearts....
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 14:14
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Sincere condolences. I've done the same for my dogs in the past. You have to be there for your best friend when the time comes. It gets no easier but you know it is the right thing to do, the last thing they see is a friendly loving face and feeling a loving touch.
Gotta go, summat in my eye......
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 14:19
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It's the main reason we never got a dog of our own; Mrs C is very sensitive about animals and if we had one and it died, she might end up being 'put away'.
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 22:03
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Heartfelt sympathy to those who miss their beloved companions. It is indeed a sharp grief.
Hoping that happy memories will console you in time to come.
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Rainbow Bridge Poem

There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth. It is called Rainbow Bridge because of its many colours.Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills, valleys with lush green grass.When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this special place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather.The old and frail are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again.They play all day with each other. There is only one thing missing.They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth.So each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up !The nose twitches ! The ears are up !The eyes are staring !And this one suddenly runs from the group !You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her into your arms and embrace.Your face is kissed again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated
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Old 1st Jan 2019, 14:49
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I'd thought that things would be easier this time, two months to the day since our first dog was put to sleep. How wrong can you be. Our little girl Peke slowly but irrevocably declined after her uncle's death. How much was actually due to pining, we'll never know, but she developed a heart murmur, fluid on the lungs and refused all food or treats. We had to force feed her and it became a cruel and futile struggle for both her and us. So, this morning I took her to the vet for her final appointment and held her as she went limp in my arms. I blubbed uncontrollably in front of the vet. A dog is for life.....
Good man. The number of lifelong companions who are left to die alone at the vets is heartbreaking.
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Old 1st Jan 2019, 19:41
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Dear and Good-Hearted 57mm,

Yours is such sad news that I must admit I wept openly when I learned of #2's death. My wife asked me the cause of my tears and I said "Another dog friend down." She asked if it were across the Pond and I replied in the affirmative. She patted me on the back reassuringly - we have lost more quadrupedal companions than I care to enumerate. You know what all who love their Canis familiaris so deeply know: Dogs are good People. As a matter of fact, Dogs are the Best People I have ever known. Time will heal your broken heart, Sir. Allow the precious memories to flood in! There's another waggly tail with a cold nose on the other end in your future...

- Ed
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Old 2nd Jan 2019, 04:19
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It always hurts when they go...

I got into the habit of overlapping our dogs. When the vet gave our 12- year old lab 2 months to live, I invested in a husky pup...

Whereupon the lab staged a recovery worthy of Lazarus and lived another 2.5 years to raise 'her' pup(!!!) 👍🏻
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Old 2nd Jan 2019, 04:42
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I'm so sorry for your loss. Their lives are so short but so full of love. At least their last thoughts can be filled with knowing that they are safe in your arms. You did your duty by your wingman.
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Old 2nd Jan 2019, 23:21
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So sorry for your loss. Over the period 1976-1999 we lost five GSDs - Targa, Big Frank, Little Mick, Sam & Wolfie. We moved north shortly after Wolfie had to be put to sleep (cancer); on arrival at our new home found it was full of mice so we got a kitten whereupon all the mice departed. The "kitten" is now 14 and the mice still haven't returned.
And I wept over every dog when we made that final trip to the vet.
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