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It's so hard to hear of a loss. I haven't been on the site for a while now but I do feel your hurt and pain. My lovelies mean the world to me and I miss them so much right now. I am so sorry for your loss and my heart hurts for you. Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your precious Rusty with us. Love n hugs
Kelly (Raider n Snicker's momma)
Kelly...originally from Denver, CO, but now a Texas girl by choice!
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I feel your hurt, it has been a little over 7 months since I let the vet put BooBoo to sleep. You loved Rusty enough to let him go, & that's a lot of love. That is the kind of hurt that you never get over, but you do learn to live with it & it gets easier over time, as you are finding out. But you loved Rusty enough to let him go to a better place where he can be a happy, healthy pup again, & that's a lot of love! Also your other animals will help ease the pain. I now have a cat, Ma Ling, I take BooBoo's urn down from it's "place of honor" & talk to Ma Ling about his "brother", I show him pics of Boo Boo. Ma Ling even wears one of BooBoo's collars, I am positive that he understands. My heart hurts for you Kelly, but, I know that you will never regret what you did for Rusty, it was a selfless final gift.
Edited by: DEBBEV at: 11/25/2011 (17:59)
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Thank you everyone! I really believe Rusty, Charlie and all our other pets who have crossed the Rainbow bridge are happy healthy and with my Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop just waiting for us, curled up in warm sunny spaces and as they were when little....
I am so deeply sorrg for your lost of your baby Rusty.Just remember he is in the Rainbow Bridge With GOD,and having fun with all of lost pets.GOD needs animal angels also,and he is watching over you,and will always be with you.He knows he's loved,
HI there I am heartbroken too my beautiful big boy Louis, a standard, died 2 weeks ago at the age of 5. I was destroyed and still am. I get waves of terrible sadness and just cant get over how unfair it is for him just 5 short years. He was so happy and so loving. He died of bloat. I know how you must feel. I'm so sorry Hugs Victoria
I am sorry to hear about Rusty. I know it must be hard, after all they are family members. I cry everytime we lose a family pet. Prayers . . .
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So sorry to hear about Rusty, Yes, those holes in the heart can be quite painful. And it never helps when some people don't 'get' just how close we are to these lovely furry members of our families. Be gentle with yourself and know you can come here for hugs and help. May your special angel embrace you today and for as long as you need.
You gave him a final gift that is so hard for us but made it so much easier for him. That dignified end helped him avoid unbearable pain. He is so grateful to you for that. ((((Kelly and Rusty)))).
Remember to tell Sam and the kitties where he is so they don't grieve too hard. See, even with miles between them, they knew and understood Rusty as afamily member because you carried him that way in your heart. They hear us telepathically as well as verbally so they understand so much more than we give them credit for. They need to know and understand how he has come to leave the family. If you speak from your heart they will understand.
Also, reassure them that they are fine. And that YOU are fine - your kitties are obviously working to help you heal. Sometimes when another animal in the house leaves, the others feel the emotional pain and think they (or their human) may be ill too, especially when we are still crying and grieving. Just tell them why you are hurting. I see many animal clients who are suffering grief because the humans haven't explained things. It sounds silly but it is such a simple thing to do to help them cope with their own grief over their friend's passing.
Mary, thanks for that lovely poem in Rusty's honor.
Sending prayers, Light and love your way, Kelly.
Edited by: STARLASUE at: 8/15/2011 (08:35)
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Thank you everyone!
It is a big hole... But the good memories help with it. He will be cherished and missed, and remembering helps too....
Mary's poem was beautiful... I cried with it, but that is so right.... It hurts but what is needed is to do what is best for them, not us.... And that was done, with somebody holding him until the very end...
At the moment the two cats who are with me are just total critter magnets and I'm a piece of metal! One or both is not far away... And purr and rub and play and talk, that is what they are doing...
I will squeeze Sammy hard when he gets home.... But I have critter friends to keep me company and help with the sting of loss...
Again thank you every one... It has meant so much to me to lean on you as well...
Thank you so much for sharing your memories of Rusty. He was a very lucky poodle to have a long and loving life. I'm sitting here with tears running down my face and a huge lump in my throat. Your memories of Rusty brought back my memories of my past poodles. Please try to find comfort in that Rusty is now no longer in pain, and he knew he was loved.
I wish humans could have death with dignity when their time comes. Our animals are very lucky in that way.
The poem that Mary sent was very beautiful too.
Try to find comfort in knowing that you are not alone, and cherish your memories of Rusty. Also, give extra kisses and hugs to Sammy when you see him, along with your other pets (if they'll let you).
Dee and Zoey
Whenever I''m tempted to eat something I shouldn''t, I remember the following: "Don''t eat for the moment''s pleasure, for when that moment''s gone, the consequences will stay with you, from that moment on."
Thanks so much for sharing your recollections of Rusty, KellyAnn. Yes, having a poodle cross the Rainbow Bridge is hard. There's still at least three poodle-shaped empty spaces in my heart for my lost poodle pals, who seem to leave a bigger hole than my other pets, but eventually I got adopted by another pup, who helped my heart grow in other ways. I know who's in control in this emoticon!
Edited by: AQUAJANE at: 8/14/2011 (20:59)
I am so sorry to hear your sad news. It hurts so much when we lose a beloved pet/family member. It sounds as tho Rusty had a good life with a loving family - an animal can not ask for anything more. Plus we can not ask for anymore love than an animal gives us. My heart aches for you.
Thanks everybody! I needed to have a place to cry and write about Rusty... At the moment Sam is with my partner and her parents on vacation (I had three days over my birthday) and they aren't here (I had to come back to work) Our cats are great, but its very quiet and lonely at the moment....
Rusty was a champ.... I will miss him and his little quirks... I have a pic of him with Rose we had taken at Petsmart I think, which is how I want to remember him, happy, healthy, lively and energetic....
I means a lot to me to have your support.... Thank you
So sorry to hear of your loss.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, my heart goes out to you. My Ginger will be 14 in October, and I know I will have to face the same thing.
We love them so much and they bring us so much joy.
My prayers are with you.
Hugs, Rosa & Ginger, too!
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I LOVE MY POODLE GIRL, GINGER!
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Oh no! I'm so so sorry. What a long life and a lot of love went to this little Poodle. I wish you could have gotten to give him one more pat. I want to leave you with this poem.
by Julia Napier
If I Should Grow Frail
If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain does keep me from my sleep,
Then you will do what must be done
For this - the last battle - can't be won.
You will be sad I understand
But don't let grief stay your hand
For on this day, more than the rest
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so,
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where my needs they'll tend.
Only, stay with me till the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must now be you
Who has to decide this thing to do.
We've been so close - we two - these years.
Don't let your heart hold any tears.
Mary in Alabama
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When kindness touches it!" - George Elliston
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Its raining... And its grey.... and My heart hurts....
Sammy, the poodle you guys all know from my pics here on Sparkpeople is JUST FINE!
However, Rusty our poodle from the USA, who was 15.5 going on 16 in December, had to be put to sleep on Thursday...
I wanted Sammy so bad because he looked just like a slightly bigger Rusty... Same poodle smile and everything..... Same attitude, and color! Red Apricot....
I had called to see how my parents trip to Canada was, and my Dad told me immediately...
We were expecting it to come sooner rather than later since Rusty had Cushings Disease and Diabetes and cataracts and was blind, but until Thursday he could still be a dog, a little old man of a dog, but still go outside, bark at the deer, and Rose my parents other poodle, and the entire world and play, albeit stiffly... and carefully....
He was with the groomers, who have room to board a very select few clients... and he knew them for 11 almost 12 years... So my parents could go on vacation as always....
He stopped eating (Totally a red flag) and then had a seizure, and they called their vet (My parents had a prewritten what to do if something happens list with all instructions and their wishes on what should be done if anything happened to either dog, but especially Rusty..) and he then had a more severe second and the man took Rusty immediately to the vet and there was nothing other than to let him go....
He held Rusty as he was given the freedom from the illnesses that had limited him to being an old old dog with little time left here...
Rusty survived a lot.... at age 2 he jumped from a chair and a disk in his back slipped and he was paralized.... Because he was young and healthy, University of PA vets did surgery saying there was still a chance that he would not get better and walk at all.... He did well beyond their expectations, having 95% complete muscle and nerve recovery....
He had pacreatits from a wheat/gluten allergy so bad his stomach bled and we thought he had a perforated Ulcer... nope... Just had to go NO wheat, bread products... Hard for a dog who cried the moment he smelled PASTA boiling.... He LOVED pasta.... Normal Pasta and bread... But once that was gone, no more stomach problems....
However pizza or pasta night was always a trial of strength, Poodle eyes and the most pitiful cry you ever heard.... Thank goodness most of the time we could give him veggies to replace it, under duress of course, but he got something!
Then after I moved to Germany, he developed Cushing's disease, and then along with that, diabetes which required shots, and he went blind from cataracts...... He lived longer than anyone expected him to.... Parents, Vets, me.... and loved the one treat he was allowed to have sweet potato chips, something that didn't agrivate his diabetes but assauged the almost relentless hunger in the evening from the Cushings...
I was 28 when Rusty came into our homes and was registered as Valentino's Red (Feb 14th was his day he became ours!)...
I am 44 now... So long a life time for a little dog with a big heart... And way too short for me... I and my partner didn't get to the USA this year because I had a job change, but I had hoped to be able to see him and pet him one more time next year...
But he just couldn''t hang on... and it was not possible to do anything more than love him enough to leave him go...
I think he's finally sitting with my Mom_mom (Grandmother) in her chair again as he always did, together, watching over all of us and waiting with her, Charlie, Wheels, Spinner and the other critter and Pop-Pop my grandfather, waiting for the day we meet one more time...
RIP Rusty.... You will be sorely missed...