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Goodbye to an old friend

Monday, April 05, 2010

Last Saturday (4/3) ranks right up there as one of the toughest days I've ever endured. My wife and I made the decision to put our 11 year old male greyhound Gator to sleep. Even as I write, I can feel the emotions building up.

It was not a hard decision in one respect -- he had been very ill for 2 days, and the blood work the vet ran confirmed his kidneys were failing. My wife and I had always vowed we'd never make any of our dogs suffer just for our own selfish reasons. And we did not waiver. But that made it no easier to say goodbye.

We know Gator is in a happier place after having crossed the rainbow bridge and now pain free. He was a gentle giant (90+ lbs -- big for a greyhound), yet he thought he was a lap dog! My wife and I looked at picture over the weekend from when we got him almost 6 years ago to pictures taken recently, and it made us both laugh and cry.

So as I sit here and tap away, with a tear trying to escape, what I want to remember was the joy and happiness our boy Gator brought to us. So make sure today if you have a pet, give them a hug and tell them how much they mean to you.

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MARYANNGI 5/31/2010 2:39PM

    Just remember all of the fun you had with Gator. Thanks for reminding me to give my Rottie Sasha her daily hug.

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    I hope you find comfort in the memories you shared with Gator...I lost a dog a few years ago and the loss is still painful... emoticon

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DBODDER 4/20/2010 9:52AM

  It is amazing how our pets can become so ingrained in our lives, even tho we may try to not let it happen. Any time we contemplate ending a life, it is not easy. However, as you said weighting the hurt that Gator was going to have to suffer so that you could feel good was not fair to him. I hope you have found some peace from then to now, and I bet you will find another to shower with all of the same love. But one will never totally replace the other, but will bring you the joy that you had with the first Gator...

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TOASTIE 4/5/2010 9:07PM

    I'm so sorry for you -- and yet happy for the great years you had together. You'll have memories to last you forever.

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PUTER98 4/5/2010 5:21PM

    Your loss is felt by everyone here. I am sure you will keep him in your heart for all time.

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CLCCOOL 4/5/2010 3:00PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss. He looks alot like my friend's greyhound Amanda, she is a sweety! I learned awhile ago to make sure that everyone I love, knows it. But, I will give my dog an extra hug today.

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KAYWEB555 4/5/2010 2:26PM

    Those are some of the hardest days ever. My heart goes out to you and your wife. For me the only way to fill the empytness was to get another dog. Never forgetting or comparing one with the other. Took both of my furbabies for a walk in Memory of your Gator! So they got fitness in today a day earlier in the week for them. Thanks for sharing your sorrows, bless you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle and fitness plan.

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LKOPACK 4/5/2010 12:31PM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My husband and I put our cat of 19 years to sleep on 3/28/10 and it was one of the most difficult things we had to do. May the memories help you and your wife through this difficult time.
Laura K.

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JIMDAB 4/5/2010 11:59AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss and applaud your strength. I went through the same thing myself recently with my Lab, Gus. In retrospect I know that I waited too long to do that. subjecting him to needless pain because I couldn't stand the thought of losing him. I will always regret that. Once again, sorry for your loss Patrick.

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FREDANNA 4/5/2010 10:57AM

  You have my sympathy. We know that some people would say that they are "just dogs (or cats)" but soehow they are so much more. And when we've had them for years...

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MRE1956 4/5/2010 9:51AM

    Sorry about your loss.....Gator looks like a real sweetie in that pic.....


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MUGSYMOM 4/5/2010 9:40AM

    Oh my gosh...I am crying right along with you, my friend. Two weeks ago my hubby and I decided to let our little JudyRose be in peace, too. It was by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do. She went blind last summer and steadily has gone downhill. I didn't want to let her go because I loved her so so much and then a friend asked me if I thought JudyRose was happy the way she I really didn't think she was. She wasn't eating or drinking for the last week beforehand and when we brought her to the vet they said she was in kidney failure and that she didn't have long. I let her go while she was in my peaceful. I write this to you now while shedding more tears. It is so darn hard to lose our beloved pets. We still have another mini schnauzer at home with us...and you are so right - love those pets and tell them so each and every day! If you haven't read it - try looking at the poem and neat website for grieving those furry friends of ours. Take care and God bless.


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THERAPIST2 4/5/2010 8:30AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Good Monday....

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Good Monday -- 50 minute workout at the gym, ate well throughout the day, etc.


2010 off to an interesting start!

Monday, January 04, 2010

4 days into the new year and I have yet to get into the gym for a workout! Sigh! Weather has been brutal the past two days, still cleaning up from the water issues in the basement, recovering from NYE, and just when I thought I'd get some downtime yesterday, my wife's car got a flat tire!

Plan to get to the gym for a much welcome workout today! I did finish 2009 with my best swimming session of the year -- 50 minutes of laps, and was able to complete 30 laps in that time. Aiming for 60 minutes / 36 laps in 2010 (that is a mile in the gym pool).


First Big Snowstorm of 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Just came back in from my 4th shoveling of the snow here in DE today. 18 inches and it is still coming down steadily! PIA but I have to admit it IS good exercise!

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RD03875 12/20/2009 4:05AM

    Stay warm!

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DSQUARE22 12/20/2009 12:34AM

I don't know how much we will end up with; certainly less than 18 inches but more than I care for. I shoveled the driveway only to have another inch at the top of the driveway when I finished.
I am frustrated I missed my run for the first time this month. I slipped on the ice several times when I took my dog for a walk. We will see what tomorrow brings.
Keep sparking!

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MARKMCD 12/19/2009 7:26PM

    It seems odd that the all the big snowfall accumulation (18")is happening in the mid-Atlantic states, and here in New England (MA) it's predicted we'll get only 8" out of the storm. We've had a 5" then an 11" snowfalls here so far, but it has been dang cold, single digits at night, then struggling to reach the teens by day.

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MONTY68 12/19/2009 5:45PM

    It sounds like you enjoyed it a little bit. Is 18 inches a lot where you are? Here I am thinking I might have to put a shirt on to go walking. But I remind myself of why I am in Florida. 16 years ago with 2- 36 inch snows in March convinced me.Enjoy your snow,

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Contemplating life at age 52

Sunday, March 15, 2009

My 52nd birthday has come. Overall, I'm feeling good. Sure, I'd like to be a few less pounds (OK, a BUNCH less!), but I think since I started on SP and really being conscience about how I eat, the kind of exercise I do, and other health-related matters, I think I am doing pretty well. My biggest challange, beyond the obvious weight goals, is to get my blood sugar back in check (last Ha1C was not great).

Here's to many more birthdays!

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    Happy belated birthday! emoticon

I hope you have many more to celebrate.

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ALZADAGRACE 3/17/2009 12:09AM

    I hope you had a very Happy Birthday! I laughed all day when I turned 50 and most of the year as well! I was wondering if I would find 51 as happy and you know what I did!

There's something about getting to be 50, I think. We've been through plenty. I know I have done things in my life and there where times....well, I was surprised as well as Happy to make it this far! I would love to be thinner, I would love to be able to more like I used to, but on the other hand I could be doing lots worst! At least that is what I tell myself!

so emoticon with a big emoticon BIG emoticon n just a bit of silliness emoticon to get through the next year!

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MIFFLIN 3/16/2009 8:36AM

    Happy Birthday!
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Sounds like you are doing well, and best wishes to get that blood sugar under control. That's important and you are really smart to work at it!

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SKISINCO 3/15/2009 9:33PM

    Happy Birthday! Good luck with the blood sugar goal.

It's hard to believe it is spring break for CSU already. My son came home on Friday (he is now working in one of the dining halls so he doesn't come home on weekends much anymore), and wouldn't you know it, he's sick! The poor kid rarely gets sick, but I'm glad he is home and I think he is too. Hopefully he'll feel better before the break is over, because it is going to go so quick!

Have a healthy week!

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