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Dog Lovers - this will touch your heart

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

As most of you know, I am a real dog lover. I love all animals, but especially dogs. I have had four wondrous canine companions in my life and I loved them all very much. My last dog, Megan, is the one you see in my photo. She passed away some years ago with epilepsy.

A friend of mine, another dog lover, sent me this story. If you don't want to cry (like I did), go no further. This story is one that I will always remember. Also note that Duke has only three legs.

To follow the last day of Duke Roberts, just click the link. But be forearned.... some serious tears may follow.

This Story Of A Dog’s Last Day On Earth Is Beautiful And Utterly Heartbreaking

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JUDITH316 7/19/2014 7:59AM

    Very touching, especially today as it is 3 weeks ago that my "Sunshine" my 14 year old cat, my baby who died in my arms from kidney failure and from a mass in his brain, I remember his precious face and his eyes as he responded to my voice as I spoke to him, he kept blinking his eyes and leaned his head into my chest as he took his last breath... emoticon Bob for sharing...

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GENRE009 7/16/2014 11:04PM

    It was very touching! I wonder how he lost his leg? I think when I was in the room when they gave my dog an injection to put down my Jim. I remembered his face, when a movie popped up while I was driving, and wiped out the front end of my car. if you love them, when they die it rips your heart out. I have never had a person love me as much as my dog, Jim Too! eva

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NATPLUMMER 7/16/2014 8:30PM

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KEKEIKO 7/16/2014 7:32PM

    DD shared this with me last night and we had a good cry. It's a very touching story. They broke the rules and had an incredible last day with their good friend Duke. This story got me thinking and wondering ... Imagine if you knew it was your last day? What would you do?

I've had and have amazing canine pals but my favorite bestie was Mags (Maggie Mae) who passed away at the Animal hospital unexpectedly (Boxer cardiomyopathy). I walked in with three canines for kennel cough shots required for boarding in a kennel while we went on vacation and walked out with only two fur pals.

We've had to euthanize fur pals and it's not easy to say goodbye. I stayed with some as I didn't want them to be without family present when they passed on. I've sat in my vehicle afterwards clenching their collars and having a good cry before driving back home.

Today I've learned that my friend is a sensitive individual and man enough to share that with the world. I'm truly touched.
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STEVEN2GO2 7/16/2014 6:18PM

    This reminds me so much of my dog Nipper. She was a great therapy dog for me. She also played catch with my step-son Dominic, though I never taught her to play. Dominic would laugh so hard when they played together. This brings so many wonderful memories of her.

The two things a remember the most of her last day were first on the drive to the vet, we stopped and bought her a ice vanilla cream cone. This was her first and last ice cream cone. Also when they were putting her down, her trusting eyes to me, as she left this place to prepare the way for me.

Thanks Bob,

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ICECUB 7/16/2014 5:53PM

    that was beautiful and so sad. I know he had a good life.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/16/2014 2:59PM

    Ok, good darn thing I had my full box of Kleenex right by me. Just brings me back to my two angel fur babies, Spot the first (I have Mr. Spot the Wonder Dog right now -- he's 13), and Miss Brigit (she was the most adorable apricot poodle. We were blessed with her for 11 yrs.)

You know, Duke was a lucky guy and his owner was VERY blessed!

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FISHGUT3 7/16/2014 1:59PM

    Obviously, I like dogs too, too many memories to watch now.

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IOEINC 7/16/2014 1:38PM

    Thanks for the warning about not watching it. I will take your word for it that I will cry as I am a real dog lover too and I will certainlycry. I can't even watch those SPCA commercials on TV. My husband knows to switch the channel as soon as it comes on.

I have 3 dogs right now, a 3 year old bull mastiff, 12 year old Dutch sheepdog and 13 year old Shepherd mix so you can see why I can't watch it since two of them are getting on in years. They are all rescue dogs with the mastiff coming to us from my son's girlfriend's cousin whose family no longer had time for him. They kept him either in their son's bedroom or chained in the yard. Here he is free to roam all over the house, take naps on the sofas, go in and out in the yard when he needs to or wants to and generally runs our lives the way the other two have since they came to us. My kids, all adults, laughingly tell me that I care more about my dogs than I do about them. Well, my dogs love me unconditionally, don't argue with me and are always happy to see me.

Your Megan was beautiful and looks very content in the picture. I am sure she loved you just as much as you loved her!!

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MOEFATLOSS 7/16/2014 1:11PM

    I forgot to mention that there is another video out there were the owner lets the dog to eat ice cream cones instead of hamburgers. it is a great video as well.


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MOEFATLOSS 7/16/2014 1:09PM

    These are truly difficult to watch but they also celebrate the fantastic life that the owner and the animal were fortunate enough to have. Keeping that thought in mind is the only way I can overcome my grief when I loose a pet. Many of my friends have said they will never get another pet after they have lost one. I remind them and myself: the rewards, compassion and love of owning and loving the pets is what makes the grief so bad. I don't want to miss out on any of the love, humor or trust an animal is willing to share with me and visa versa.

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MIAMOJO 7/16/2014 1:03PM

    Oh my...wow...

He was a lucky dog, though, at least since he was adopted by these wonderful people.

My heart broke to see him looking up so lovingly and with such trust at his owner, while the vet gave him the injection.

Can't bear to think of that day that will come for my dog at some time in the future

It also made me think about people I've known who have waited way too long to put their dogs to sleep.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/16/2014 12:50PM

    Sorry I can't watch it. I just can't.

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REBESANCON 7/16/2014 12:49PM

    Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.

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Our Fallen Officers Are Now "Off Duty" (Touching Photos)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I attended the funeral service for our three fallen police officers yesterday. It was a very emotional day. I thought as a final tribute to them, I would post a few photos to give just a glimpse of the outpouring of love and pride that our community, our nation and the world have toward these fallen heroes.


Part of the procession


It was a long procession


The funeral


An outpouring of love


The officers' faces tell it all


Cst. Ross' police dog Danny cries at his casket


Danny sniffs Cst. Ross' Stetson hat


Danny wonders where "Daddy" is


Cst. Ross' widow, Rachel


Cst. Larche's family


May we never forget

As if by magic, the showers held off until evening. They were just short showers but after the showers a rainbow appeared over the police station. Was someone telling us something?


To the fallen: May you rest in peace. You are now officially 10:35 "Off Duty".

  
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JUDITH316 6/12/2014 2:18AM

    Thank you Bob for sharing, yes I agree, a deeply emotional day as I watched the Service, tears flowed as I listened to the many tributes from Family, Fellow Peers, and the Police Chief, seeing the Widows, Children and Families of these Precious Fallen Heroes moved me to tears, The sight of Constable Ross widow, Rachel great with their unborn child and Danny, (Police Dog), faithful friend and partner crying at Constable Ross Casket moved me with such emotion. What a touching scene and outpouring of love. The outpouring of love by all the Officer's who paid tribute to their "Fallen Comrade's" The Rainbow is surely a sign from God, for healing to flow amongst the people in Moncton and throughout Canada. emoticon

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ICECUB 6/11/2014 9:33PM

    what a beautiful tribute. my heart goes out to the families. the police along with the military deserve our respect and support. emoticon emoticon

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MILLISMA 6/11/2014 9:33PM

    Such a sad day and very touching photos. When will it ever end. Sending prayers for the families. Couldn't help but crying reading your post but glad you shared.

hugs....Mary Anne

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STEVEN2GO2 6/11/2014 7:42PM

    These brought emoticon to my eyes as I saw the wife and the faithful dog trooper! The emoticon, I believe was a sign from GOD that now is a time for healing for your community and Nation!

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FISHGUT3 6/11/2014 6:52PM

    Thanks for the pictures - a sad day indeed

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/11/2014 12:41PM

    Very sad. This is happening all over the world. We really to do something about it too. We can't afford to ignore mentally ill people any more. None of us are safe.

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GENRE009 6/11/2014 12:34PM

    PEOPLE JUST DON'T REALIZE THAT SOLDIERS, AND POLICE PEOPLE PUT THEIR LIVES IN JEOPARDY EVERYDAY FOR OUR FREEDOMS. AND MANY GET KILLED BECAUSE OF IT, SO SAD. EVA

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LJCANNON 6/11/2014 12:32PM

    emoticon What a wonderful Tribute!! I agree the Rainbow is Beautiful And Significant. The Officer's Extended Families and Friends will be in my Prayers!

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KAILYNSTAR 6/11/2014 12:15PM

    I watched on TV. It was sad. Being near Mayorthorpe, it's so sad.

thanks for sharing.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/11/2014 11:55AM

    So sad. Peace.

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NATPLUMMER 6/11/2014 11:20AM

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KEKEIKO 6/11/2014 11:03AM

    A very touching tribute Bob. An overwhelming turn out at the service. Thank you for sharing the pictures. Pictures say a thousand words. I got choked up a bit. A beautiful rainbow in the end. Now healing begins.
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My Memorial to the Fallen

Saturday, June 07, 2014

As most of you know by now, our town has undergone, and is still undergoing, a tragic experience where three of our police officers were shot and killed and two were wounded by a mad gunman a couple of days ago. The gunman was charged yesterday with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

I would like to do my part in blogging a memorial to the three fallen officers and say a prayer for them and their families and to the RCMP family who are taking this particularly hard.



Const. David Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, Que. Dave came to N.B. in 2007. He was an avid church-goer where he met his bride and was an animal lover. He was a police dog handler and leaves behind his wife, Rachel, who is six months pregnant, and their young son. Ironically, he lived just 100 meters from where he was killed.

Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Fabrice came to Canada in 1991 with only a suitcase for a better life. He was posted to the Codiac RCMP detachment in 2008 and worked as a general duty police officer as well as on the dive and search team. He rescued and recovered many swimmers and boaters.

Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, N.B. Doug was posted to three RCMP detachments since 2002, most recently in Codiac where he worked in highway patrol and as a general duty officer. In 2008 Larche received a Commander's Commendation for saving the life of an unconscious baby in Moncton.


Const. David Ross and his wife Rachel taken last month.





I know we, as a town, have all become stronger because of this tragedy. I say a prayer for all our men and women in uniform who risk their lives to protect us each and every day.

Bob.



  
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CHIBIKARATE 6/13/2014 12:36AM

    We have the same here 2 officers were murdered while at dinner so our brothers in blue enjoy your day hugz

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JUDITH316 6/12/2014 2:27AM

    My heart is heavy and my prayers are for the Widows, Children and Families who have lost their precious Loved One, our Fallen Heroes! I am praying for healing for the People of Moncton, RCMP and all our Communities across Canada & Beyond.

emoticon Bob for a beautiful tribute you have shared here...

God Bless you my Brother and Friend...

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GENRE009 6/7/2014 11:41PM

    What a tragedy!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/7/2014 7:52PM

    They were very brave men. I sent a prayer for them and for their family, friends, and your community.

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KEKEIKO 6/7/2014 1:08PM

    A beautiful memorial Bob. They are all heroes including their co-workers. Thank you for sharing with us. Such a tragedy. I pray for comfort for the family, friends and community afflicted by this tragedy. A very somber week with services and memorials.

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STEVEN2GO2 6/7/2014 12:10PM

    Such wonderful men, who served your community, to die so young. They are all heros! May God Blees their family and friends!

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GEMINICHIK 6/7/2014 11:53AM

    "Heavenly Father,
Your power brings us to birth, Your providence guides our lives, and by Your command we return to dust.
Lord, those who die still live in Your presence, their lives change but do not end. Lord Jesus, we pray in hope for the family, relatives, and friends, of
Constables David Ross, Douglas Larche, and Fabrice Gevanudan who were shot and killed in the line of duty.
In company with Christ, Who died and now lives, may they rejoice in Your kingdom, where all our tears are wiped away. Unite us together again in one family, to sing Your praise forever and ever."
In Jesus name

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1CRAZYDOG 6/7/2014 10:26AM

    So sad, and so sorry this happened. **SIGH**

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Gunman Captured

Friday, June 06, 2014

I blogged yesterday that our city was on lockdown after a gunman killed 3 police officers and injured 2 others.

The gunman was captured shortly after midnight in the backyard of a local residence behind a row of trees. He gave up without incident and left his weapons in the back yard of the house.

I would like to remember the fallen officers:

Const. David Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, Quebec.
Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, who was born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, New Brunswick.

Please pray for their families and for the entire RCMP family as they go through this terrible time.


  
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LUNADRAGON 6/6/2014 5:30PM

    So scary. Saying prayers for the families.

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STEVEN2GO2 6/6/2014 5:23PM

    emoticon Your community went through this,the officers who lost their lives and the officers injured and also the families of those lost and injured in the line of duty! Maybe in time it will be determined why this gunman did this to help prevent it from occurring again!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/6/2014 1:48PM

    I'm so glad it is over. I sent a prayer for everyone involved.

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KEKEIKO 6/6/2014 10:07AM

    I commend those officers who pursued and captured the gunman before he could destroy the lives of many others. A highly emotional time for them having injured and fallen comrades.

I pray for strength for the afflicted families. May the comfort of the community ease their suffering.
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1CRAZYDOG 6/6/2014 9:15AM

    Prayers for those taken and their families. So tragic.



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JESS0107 6/6/2014 8:53AM

    Praise God they have got the gunman!! My prayers are with the families of the lost loved ones!!

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NUTRON3 6/6/2014 8:34AM

    The poor families, something are just not fair

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EVIE4NOW 6/6/2014 8:31AM

  All to young to die. Prayers to their families for acceptance.

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/6/2014 8:31AM

    This is something unheard of for Canada, the country with the lowest per capita crime rate. Yes, I am sorry for those killed. RIP. In

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Terror In Our Town

Thursday, June 05, 2014

In my town last night a heavily armed gunman shot and killed three police officers and critically wounded two others. He is still at large but the police are surrounding him.

The entire city is shut down. Everything is closed and hardly a car is moving. Until they catch this person, the city will be locked down. Helicopters are everywhere.

I can't believe this happened in a close-knit, serene and quiet community like this. One wouldn't think that this could happen here. But, in the times we live in, it can happen anywhere.

Please pray for the families of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers killed and wounded. Pray for this city to come together. This is a terrifying situation right now.

God Bless you all!

Bob.

  
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JUDITH316 6/7/2014 12:29AM

    As a fellow Canadian I was sickened that such a thing could happen, I am also relived that the gunman has been caught, you wonder what goes through a mind who can kill like that....my heart goes out to the families of these fallen RCMP officers and those who have been wounded, also praying for all the RCMP who serve across Canada and their families, and their communities for their ongoing protection. I am thankful that you are safe Bob, I didn't realize you lived in the area.... emoticon emoticon

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MISSM66 6/5/2014 8:19PM

    I saw it on the news last night,this is so freighting,keeping everyone in my prayers emoticon

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STEVEN2GO2 6/5/2014 7:54PM

    emoticon I feel sorry for the officers and their families. They never know what will happen when they go to their job protecting citizens. Not knowing if they will return from work is hard on their families. It just seems nowhere is safe nowadays. May God protect their fellow officers and your community!

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SIEGRID 6/5/2014 7:12PM

    The whole country is with you and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the officers of the RCMP along with the RCMP family itself. I sure hope they catch this guy!!!!!

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GENRE009 6/5/2014 5:51PM

    Bob, sending out a protection prayer, and comfort prayer for those families. how terrible! eva

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KEKEIKO 6/5/2014 5:20PM

    Bob my prayers and thoughts go out to you, your community and the families of this horrible incident. You're right, it can happen anywhere.
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LOSER05 6/5/2014 10:25AM

    I seen that on sparkpeople today. be safe.

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JESS0107 6/5/2014 10:15AM

    OH my gosh!! My thoughts and prayers are going out to the families and for the rest of the community. That is very scary!! Be safe!!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/5/2014 9:29AM

    Definitely have my prayers. So sorry to hear about this tragedy. **SIGH**

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NUTRON3 6/5/2014 9:29AM

    emoticon The poor families of the police officers

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/5/2014 9:26AM

    It's terrible. I can't imagine how someone can be like this. I hope everyone else is safe now. emoticon

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