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Sat Nov 18, 2017, 08:53 PM

Tonight I grieve my old friend

We euthanized her today after 13 years. The arthritis was just too bad and the adequan no longer worked.

Tomorrow I am going to remember our hunts, her antics, and the joy the best dog I have ever owned brought me.

But tonight, I shall grieve.

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irisblue Nov 2017 #8
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Duppers Nov 2017 #29
cilla4progress Nov 2017 #9
Drahthaardogs Nov 2017 #12
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angstlessk Nov 2017 #30
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defacto7 Nov 2017 #25
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Freedomofspeech Nov 2017 #26
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pnwmom Nov 2017 #32
Honeycombe8 Nov 2017 #33
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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 08:55 PM

1. I will grieve with you

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 08:55 PM

2. So sorry for the loss of your loved one. Sounds like he/she had a life of love and adventure.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 08:58 PM

3. I'm so sorry. Sounds like she was a very good dog and that you gave her a very good life.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:02 PM

4. That's a tough one.

May sweet memories help you through the grieving process.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:03 PM

5. So sad, sorry for the loss of your friend,

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:05 PM

6. One of the sad realities of having canine and feline friends

is that we live so much longer than they do.

They become part of our lives, part of us. Just as with people we love, we don't ever want to lose them. Alas, we do.

I'm a cat person myself, and I've been through this process myself. Personally, I like to think we will eventually be reunited with these wonderful friends.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:05 PM

7. So sorry for your loss..

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:06 PM

8. I am so sorry

Would you tell us her name? I can light a candle for her.

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Response to irisblue (Reply #8)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:09 PM

10. Her name was Bibi

And she was fire and fury, a superb tracking dog, a fierce protector of me and mine, and a terrible eater of socks!😀

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:12 PM

11. Fire and fury is a red candle then

Unless you would like another color

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Response to irisblue (Reply #11)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:14 PM

13. Red suits her.

Thank you

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:45 PM

29. Long may she run

In your dreams and in your memory. Bibi will live there forever.





My 2 hearts died the same yr 34yrs ago. They're not forgotten.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:06 PM

9. We were in the same place a week ago with

our almost 15-year old mutt I got from the humane society as a pup. So, I feel your pain and send you hugs.

Coda grew up with Howdy, our Border Collie who died peacefully in his sleep at 17 last year, and our daughter. They all raised eachother. There was so much chaos around here then...lively, funny, noisy, sometimes exasperating. I should have stopped more often to appreciate it, and realize it would not last forever.

Our daughter is now 24 and out on her own. Both childhood pups now gone. It feels like a real turning of the page. They take a piece of our heart with them.

Will you get another some day?



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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #9)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:14 PM

12. Unfortunately I am a bit broken

With a spinal fusion and severe arthritis in my knee. I cannot train them like I used to. Maybe I would consider adopting an older dog in need of a place to live out their last year's. It would be unfair of me to get a pup from working dogs and not be able to work it.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 11:39 PM

53. For sure

The week after my old pup died, this week, I went into the humane society to train to be a volunteer. We won’t be ready for a dog again for a few years.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:15 PM

14. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:16 PM

15. Losing my little girl was the worst experience of my life.

I have complete empathy and have tears in my eyes as I write this. My "new" little girl is 14 1/2 and I cherish every minute and dread the future without her. I am going to die in a few years and feel OK about it since I won't have to suffer as I did before. I think the timing is "fate" and "meant to be".

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:19 PM

16. Sincerely sorry for...

Your loss.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:19 PM

17. That is so hard..

I have Murphy's ashes beside me as I post. Lost him 3 years ago after 15 years of slobber and tail wags. Gotta tell ya what happened though.

We had some special food for Murphy, and had some left after Murphy went to that big hunting ground in the sky. I took the food to the Humane Society and donated it. While I was there I decided to look at the doggies they had, but with no intention of taking one home. Pain was still pretty high from losing Murphy.

Well, then I saw Joey the Jack Russell terrier, and he saw me. That's when the rescue started, that is, when Joey began to rescue me. He was ten years old, had been there a week, and came from a loving home of a person who couldn't keep him for medical reasons.

You can guess how this turned out. Joey is at my feet now, giving me the best look he can come up with that tells me he deserves a treat. I'll give him one in Bibi's honor.

Thanks for sharing your journey. You are seeing a lot of doggie people posting here.

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Response to Permanut (Reply #17)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:47 PM

30. Good for you! I too had a new member of our home....but

A new pup we called Bear, cause he had big brown eyes, got sick...not sure what happened, but we think he ate concrete?

He was so very cute, he would look at me and cut his eyes to half moon eyes..I fell in love with that 'Bear'

When I took him to the vet, he said he had some sort of mass in his chest. I called my best friend and said I was going to get a Christmas bonus so I could have the operation (70/30 he would die) and my friend said I should not spend all my money on a lost cause.

I did not save his life, but I love that puppy to this day.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:20 PM

18. So sorry.

It is so hard to lose a fur baby.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:21 PM

19. So sorry for your great loss

Dogs are the most amazing beings .... after 13 years she knew you so well and you her. The richness of that relationship will always be with you.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:23 PM

20. Our four legged friends do leave paw prints on our hearts!

So sorry for the loss of your four legged buddy.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:24 PM

21. God bless Bibi and you

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:35 PM

22. I was with my poochy as she died..I cried for days nay weeks

She loved to ride in the car, so I spent 20 hours driving her around, but she just laid in the back seat...I probably cried for 100 miles or more.

Took her to the vet and I held her as she died...only my fathers death was equal to how I felt the death of my poochy

So I know how you feel...nothing can make it better...only time

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #22)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:42 PM

27. the price of love, my grandma called it

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:37 PM

23. She is no longer in pain and that is good and that was the best gift you could give her.

Your pain is real and it hurts now and will for some time. Although the more pain you feel will
go to show how good a dog she was and how strong the love you had for each other.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:41 PM

24. ...


Grieve not,
nor think of me with tears
But laugh
and talk to me as if I were beside you.
I loved you so . . .
'Twas Heaven here with you

-- Isla Paschal Richardson

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:41 PM

25. I know exactly how it feels. It's tough.



I wrote something the night our beloved dog Max died. I put him down as well. I'd send a link w/ pics but it's probably best not to. You can PM me if you want to look at it.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #25)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:44 PM

28. Tomorrow

Send it to me tomorrow. Tonight I am allowing myself to wallow in self pity. Tomorrow I celebrate her life.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #28)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 10:19 PM

39. That's the main reason I didn't put it up.

Will do.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:42 PM

26. So very sorry for your loss...

They are truly family.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:51 PM

31. Oh no I understand the pain

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:57 PM

32. My husband and I were both shocked at how hard we were hit by the loss

of our beloved 13 year old dog. We had another dog, too, and she also seemed to be in mourning.

About four months later, we brought home a new puppy. He'll never "replace" our first dog, but he lifted all our spirits in his own way. So I hope you are in a position to consider getting a new dog, too. Dogs are wonderful healers.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:57 PM

33. I feel your pain and will remember you in your grief tonight. I have a sick dog right now.

They don't know what's wrong with him. He's 11. So I wouldn't be surprised if this is the end. So I can especially feel for you. I lost a dog once and was crushed by it, even though I knew it was coming for 2 years.

Did you keep the ashes or anything? Bury him locally?

I am so sad for you. But she had a wonderful owner, sounds like.

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #33)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 10:05 PM

36. I have a few acres

I buried her deep this afternoon out by the bass pond where she used to swim

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #36)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 10:14 PM

37. Very fitting. Your dog would like that.

If it were me, that would be a good place to reminisce and maybe cry. I have the ashes of my last dog. Couldn't bury him.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 09:59 PM

34. I am sending you all the positive and loving energy I can muster, please take care.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 10:03 PM

35. Joy

 

That's what it is about dogs -- joy. Pure, unadulterated joy when they just have the basics. And they bring it into our lives in abundance. And love.They bring lots of love too.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 10:18 PM

38. I'm so sorry.

Our fur babies leave a huge hole in our hearts when they leave us.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 10:19 PM

40. Sincerest condolences...

A dog on her master...

As young as I look,
I am growing older faster than he,
seven to one
is the ratio they tend to say.

Whatever the number,
I will pass him one day
and take the lead
the way I do on our walks in the woods.

And if this ever happens
to cross his mind,
it would be the sweetest
shadow I have ever cast on snow or grass.

— Billy Collins, poet

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 10:26 PM

41. Was Bibi an upland bird dog?

Waterfowl? A hunting dog is so special. Your relationship is a partnership. I guess it is with any dog that you fully allow into your heart. I am so sorry for your loss.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #41)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 10:29 PM

42. Drahthaar

Point, retrieve blood track and rabbit dog. She excelled at them all. A true Renaissance dog if one existed

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Reply #42)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 02:06 AM

60. It's magic

to hunt behind a dog who is doing what she/he is bred to do.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 10:32 PM

43. N/T

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 10:46 PM

44. A friend, indeed.

So often I find myself wondering why our furry friends aren't allowed to live longer. They DO bring us such love and joy.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 11:03 PM

45. It is really hard

I still grieve for my 2 best friends, I have their ashes and I want them to be with me.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 11:08 PM

46. I'm so sorry.

Your campanion was part of your family. Give yourself all the time you need.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 11:10 PM

47. I'm so sorry

It's the most incredibly painful and difficult decision, and so, so, so much harder on you than it was on her. Which is as it should be. You suffered so she wouldn't have to. A beautiful last gift for a beloved and true friend.

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Response to renate (Reply #47)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 11:12 PM

49. Such a thoughtful comment...

and so very, very true.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 11:11 PM

48. So very sorry for your loss.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 11:26 PM

50. My heart is breaking for you.

I know the pain well. Maybe that would make me an expert by now, and beyond the grief, but it doesn't work that way. You never become stronger than grief.

The Love of a furbaby is absolute, in both directions. 😪💔

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 11:26 PM

51. I'm sorry for your loss

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 11:37 PM

52. The best friends I ever had are buried in my backyard

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 11:44 PM

54. My condolences

We love our animal friends

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 12:08 AM

55. I will grieve with you, my dear Drahthaardogs...

We had to euthanize our beloved Dalmatian when she was 13 and her life wasn't fun anymore. She was feeble and in pain. I cried for weeks and weeks.

Remember: the deeper the grief, the deeper the love.



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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 12:14 AM

56. Hugs to the Drahthaardogs family...

Best memories for you all of the best dog ever.

I still miss Tikki, the dog, so very much.

But I know she had the best and gave the best.

What an awesome team they are with us.

Tikki

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 12:34 AM

57. Been there... I know what you're going through.

Just remember, it wouldn't hurt so bad were it not for the wonderful memories... I try to keep that in mind, which helped me through the tough times.

Peace.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 01:01 AM

58. I'm sorry that you lost your friend. n/t

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 01:07 AM

59. I feel your pain. I have a very old dog/friend

She has taught me how to appreciate every day. I can't imagine what life will be without her. My wife thinks I love Daisy more than I do her.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 10:31 AM

61. Our oldest is 15 years old at least


He isn't doing great. We doubt he will make it to Spring. We know from past experiences how you feel.

OS

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 10:39 AM

62. So sorry you lost your dog.

RIP to your old friend.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 10:58 AM

63. I'm so very sorry. They're family.

The only time they break your heart is when it's time for them to leave you.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 11:16 AM

64. This song comforts me. I have a dog and cat cemetery in my yard.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 11:33 AM

65. I commensurate

 

my furry friends have been and remain my best friends......I hold the love they have and do give me, IN MY HEART. Gives me the strength to keep going, sometimes.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 11:55 AM

66. My Heart...

Goes out to you. They root their way into your heart, and then they have to leave us. And the more you love them, the longer it hurts.

No words...

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 12:10 PM

67. I am sorry for your loss.

Losing our pets is losing part of our family and it is painful. May the warm memories bring you comfort and solace in having been able to provide a life of love and joy for your friend.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 12:27 PM

68. It's so painful when we have to say goodbye.

You gave her a great life, and you did the best thing for her when she was in pain. My deepest sympathy.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 01:30 PM

69. I'm so sorry. I will soon be facing the same as my almost 16 year old, three-legged boy is

having a harder time with stairs every day. You provided an act of pure love to release your friend from pain.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 01:37 PM

70. So sorry.

As I read your post and dog lover myself, I could feel and share your grief. Tears.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 03:12 PM

71. i am in tears.. i know that grief you are feeling...

..the hurt never heals. Please share more about your best friend and fur child when you feel up to it. (((HUGS)))

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 05:18 PM

72. Saying goodbye to my sweet Sam. RIP Sweet Bibi

If it should be I grow frail and weak
And pain prevents my peaceful sleep
Then you must do what must be done
When this last battle can't be won.
You will be sad, I understand
Selfishness must stay your hand.
But on this day, more than the rest
Your love and friendship take the test.
We've had so many happy years
That what's to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer so
When the time comes, please let me go.
Take me where my needs they'll tend
Only, stay with me until the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time, you too will see
It is a kindness that you do for me.
Although my tail it's last has waved
From pain and suffering I've been saved.
Do not grieve, it should be you
Who must decide this thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 07:18 PM

73. So sorry for your loss-it brings back tears

and memories of our dear Leon, a retired "show dog" (he was a champion!) I hope you can adopt one like him-a dog with training, in need of a good home. We had him 7 years before we had to 'put him down'. The pain he was going through was just too much...

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Response to Drahthaardogs (Original post)

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 07:27 PM

74. It is so hard, I know.

I always thought it would be easier to let go when they get old, but it's not true. I am so sorry.

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