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Old 1st Jul 2019, 18:00
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Very Sad Here

Com often to read, but my heyday was the 732, 727. The past, so no posts. But my wife is almost uncontrollably sad, cries in spurts but can't/won't let it out. Our German Shepherd was like family. He had a very real personality. But, won't post any stories now. He couldn't urinate- kidney stones. TOOK him immediately to the vet, cleaned him and all- 4 days. Took him back 3 days later. Cleaned him out, and then surgery. Sent him to an animal hospital. Prognosis not good. Still anesthized, and asleep, he had a heart attack. Vet said even if we had brought him in 2 weeks before, same outcome, but he had no indication he was sick. So, he's gone now, family member. Some people saw him only as a dog- not a living being, with a "light". Well, I'm okay even with the memories. My wife, well, we go to my Dr. today, I'll talk to him about her.
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Old 1st Jul 2019, 18:11
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I feel for you. Our dog arrived over seven years ago aged 12 weeks. Within days he was a fourth child, a brother with three siblings and three grandparents.

He has helped children through depression, me through the loss of my mother and ensured children who would prefer to be run over by a bus rather than walk near a dog are still safe and will remain so.

When he eventually goes it will be a character who departs not just a mammal.

I hope the missus gets over the loss.
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Old 1st Jul 2019, 21:19
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You have my complete empathy, Bob Lenahan. As I type this, I look over at the funereal urn/mini-sarcophagus which a dear friend of ours made by hand for the cremains of our beloved Ozzie Bear, whom we lost two years ago. Still I have tears. What wonderful beasties are "degs"! They adopt us, then make our lives nearly complete with their waggly tails, cold noses, and soft, warm, penetrating eyes. They would be perfect companions if only they would live a little longer. One human lifespan would be good....

I have posted this previously, but believe it is worth a repeat. Read it to your Bride. Tell her a gathering of aviation aficionados and dog lovers know just how she feels.

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....

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- Ed

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Old 1st Jul 2019, 21:35
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Old 1st Jul 2019, 22:04
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Deep sadness Bob. It seems that every 10/12 years I go through exactly what you are now feeling. My Shepherd is lying on the sofa with me here as I type this, all 50kg of him with his head on my lap. He is just 6. As above I just wish their life span was a lot lot longer. Commiserations to you both, and in time you will have the photos and videos to look back on with love.
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Old 1st Jul 2019, 22:58
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Such a tremendous hole in your life when a much loved dog passes.
Dogs have the best of souls.
I wish you and your wife well in this sad time.
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Old 1st Jul 2019, 23:18
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This year my German Shepherd died, the 5th we had owned. Not long afterwards my brother died (he was 86 and in poor health). I feel a liitle ashamed to say that although I remained dry eyed at my brother's funeral, the same couldn't be said after Tara died. Seems to be a common affliction. We dont even have the consolation of getting another one, as neither Mrs TTN nor I are walking too well these days, so it would be unfair to get a dog which we couldn't exercise adequately.

Never mind, we have a rescue cat now who does the usual thing of sleeping 23 hours a day, so we can cope with that!
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Old 1st Jul 2019, 23:25
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Deepest commiserations, Bob. we went through the same thing a couple of weeks ago. Treasure the good times you had together, and know that you did all that you could.
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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 03:03
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My condolences as well. Last time one of our dogs died (nine years ago), my wife cried all night, and off and on for a week.
Shortly after I moved to the Seattle area, my mom's dog Lance got hit and killed by a car - and I honestly doubt she would have been any more torn up about it if had been one of her children. There is a special bond between dogs and humans, and they really do become a member of the family.
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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 03:54
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Condolences Bob.

Stay strong.
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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 12:47
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Pablo went to join Little'un, Santa, Yip, and the rest just over a year ago. We miss him desperately. Bella is 16 now and is probably near her end - she's gone deaf and her eyesight is fading. 11 year-old Pedro is, like me, on cardio medication. That's life - they just don't last as long as we do. I hope they'll all be there at the rainbow bridge when my own time comes. Dogs, Cats, daft old Duck and good old Joey the Budgerigar who was my first pet all those years ago.
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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 13:01
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You have our complete sympathy. One of our beloved Shitzus left us last week after 16 years. She has left a big hole in our lives. Her brother is sitting next to me on the couch. He is very out of sorts, he is missing his sister a lot. They are a big part of the family..it hurts when the leave.
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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 14:13
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You have my sincerest sympathy- to non owners the pain of losing a dog is not well understood -they leave a huge gap in our lives . Mine has kept me active and cheerful through some difficult years and although extremely lazy being part whippet he is great fun when out walking and always around to cheer me up
Hope things work out for your wife and you can find a path to renewed happiness
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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 15:42
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`Never just a dog. It's a shame people who don't share their lives with these wonderful beings can't see that.
So sorry for your loss. Hope things work out for you.
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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 17:30
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So sad for you. I've had many animals and they all take a little bit of your heart.
Tonight I'll go to sleep and if I wake up in fear there'll be that little rough tongue to lick my hand.

And then the little pest will sit, staring me in the eye and purring loudly and wanting breakfast.
"NO, fkck off you horrible cat!"

Coffee first then breakfast

Sympathies from Mac and Blomi (even though he was a dog @-( )
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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 17:58
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I have been the owner of several dogs since my earliest days.
Nowadays I have several 'best friends' amongst those that I meet around the village - some 'see' me before I see them.
Knowing other people's dogs allows me to have more than one 'best friend'.
Inevitably some of my 'friends' have passed on, and I see the owners forlornly trying to navigate around without their 'guide' dog.
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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 20:34
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I was very sad when next door's cat moved away (with his owners!). Only just got a replacement neighbourhood cat that comes running to say hello when she sees me in my garden. Filled a surprisingly large gap...

Always nice to say hello to friendly hounds on the common, got headbutted by an enthusiastic labrador puppy last night.
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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 22:39
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Originally Posted by SOPS View Post
He is very out of sorts, he is missing his sister a lot. They are a big part of the family..it hurts when the leave.
The Springer Spaniel we lost 9 years ago was named Alex - we also have a Britney named Rich who was about a year old at the time.
For about a year after Alex died, every time we mentioned Alex by name, Rich would jump up and start looking around, then head to the sliding glass door that leads to the backyard, looking for his missing brother. It was sweet and heartbreaking at the same time.

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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 23:09
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We've had 8 dogs over the years. And yes, it always hurts when they go.

Back in 2015, our vet gave our 12 year old black lab 'a couple of months, maybe six months tops' to live. As the 6th month approached, we acquired a rescued husky pup from up north to ease the transition. Whereupon the lab staged a recovery worthy of Lazarus, raised the pup as her own and confounded the vet by living a relatively healthy two and a half years longer than expected. 14 really is pretty good going for a black lab.

As for the husky, she is the greatest! They can drive you nuts with their independence and stubbornness, but I just love the streak of the wild they still possess. We haven't quite tamed them yet. As they say: "Huskies love you... but they don't need you." Gotta respect that.

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Old 3rd Jul 2019, 01:46
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You hit home there, er340790!

I have had the immense pleasure of Siberian Huskies. We started with Raz (Rasputin XXIII), who sired many a profitable and beauteous pup.

When Raz was with us, we had the Atlantic Ocean in our back yard. As our back yard. I NEED the ocean.

Curled in a corner was this wondrous, bilaterally-colored, hollow-haired quadruped, who would lift his head on occasion, fix me with his gorgeous blue-eyed stare, and say without a word: "I need you not whatsoever. I love you all the same. While you're about it, would you please replace all that sand with snow?"

Had I had the power, I would have made it so!

I remember when I gave that dog to my 5-year-old son in 1974, all those years ago. The pup dog fairly lept from his box, dragging the red ribbon and bow. They ran to one another and hugged. Dog and little boy tongues kissing. Adults 'round a tall and well-decorated Christmas tree weeping for the joy of it.

That's what humans and dogs are about.

- Ed
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