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WE LOST OUR BEAUTIFUL SAM NOVEMBER 15TH 2013 HE WAS 10 YEARS AND 6 MONTHS OLD HE HAD CANCER HE IS OUT OF PAIN NOW MISS HIM SO MUCH

 
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Lost my lovely Rita the best Rott ever to osteosarcoma last March. She was 10. Miss her everyday.

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My Mom's dog Casey was put down yesterday...... he was 15 yrs 4 months old and been in failing health...... after being sick all night the night before..... he had difficulty walking and was staggering...... they had to carry him to go potty..... rest in peace Casey

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I’ll start with the most recent of our dogs who now reside at the Rainbow Bridge.
1. Cinderella. She was a Blue Heeler and I named her Cinderella because she looked like she’d been covered in ashes. We lost her last spring at the age of 12 to a cancerous tumor in her throat. She was such a sweetheart and was a Champion Rope Dog at our house…she loved playing rope.
2. Girly. She was a Rottweiler that DH found in the paper as a lost dog. No one claimed her, so we did. She was about 1 or 2, and had obviously been mistreated as she was terrified of anything that resembled a stick, and thunderstorms. She passed on basically from being old.
3. Sweety, also a Rottweiler, whom we got as a pup. She was just a little doll so I named her Sweety. Both her and Girly grew up with Gidget, our tabby cat who is also at the Rainbow Bridge. She developed a type of auto-immune deficiency, and we had to let her go.


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I know how you feel.I lost my dog Baby 2 years ago and still think of him very often. emoticon

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I am so sorry for your pain. I do understand the grief, but that doesn't make it easier. I lost my last boy in December and still feel the guilt and grief from that. Same for others. I hope that you will remember the good times with your little guy.

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I had to say good-bye to my Rusty just last Wednesday. I still find myself with waves of grief-sometimes seemingly out of nowhere.
He was my first dog of my own. I rescued him 11 years ago after he was beaten, starved and puppy milled for the first 1-2 years of his life. The SPCA removed him for the abuse and he was 4 pounds when he should have been 6... Yes, he was a tiny dog, and I was not a small dog person, but there was no way I was not taking him home.
Despite his beginnings, he LOVED people and even became a registered therapy pet.
When I adopted my little man, I was single and he and I would get out, walk to the beach, etc Through the years, I got married and became a stepmother to two boys, but Rusty remained my first baby boy.
Last week it became clear he was in a lot of pain. X-rays showed his entire spine degenerated-Vet said he had the body of a dog 5-6 years older probably due to age/bad breeding/early starvation all combining. The only alternative to letting him go was to take him home on morphine to ease his pain until his spine killed him, and I just couldn't do that to him.
I held him while he left and could feel his last heartbeat....it was his time, but that does not mean it was easy.

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I know it's still too soon for you to believe me, but I promise that it WILL get easier to live with as time goes on!

I know that to be true, if only because I've been through it far, far too many times, myself.

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Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened!

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I am so sorry. I know how hard it is when this happens. I still use Venture's name when talking to my others. I miss all my babies.

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My little Teeny Marie has been gone for 4 months today. I miss her SO, SO much. emoticon emoticon

HAPPY 2014. MAKE IT A FUN & HEALTHY YEAR!

"RIP MY SWEETIE, I LOVE & MISS YOU." MARCH 3rd 2014


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Just looking at your replies on memories I got remembering little things about my dogs (and some cats and horses). Doxie, my first dog, would do little things that were sometimes frustrating and looking back funny. She used to take off out of the house when I'd start out for school in the mornings and take herself for a walk around the block, snooping at each house she came to. When she wanted to show another animal she liked them, she would lightly gnaw on their back legs. That was a little nerve-wracking when she did it to my horse but he didn't mind. After she got to ride him one time, she always wanted to go to the barn with me and would even let me know it was time to go to the barn. She also left paw prints in the kitchen after she went to the Bridge.

Bridgitte was my first ACD, given to me by a friend. I tried her in obedience and herding. I learned from her that I should not use a heavy hook on a leash because that got her wondering where the leash was when she started off-lead heeling and she would lag trying to figure out what was wrong. She had herding iinstinct, but had too much obedience training to walk on ahead of me to herd, so I learned from her to also teach a walk-on or something to get the dog to walk on ahead of me rather than heel next to me all the time. She loved the Kong (usually without the head) or anything that could be thrown that she could fetch. She learned to "whisper" for treats and any time my Dad had potato chips would sit in front of him whispering for some. She knew exactly what time a person should go to bed and would ask my Dad to let her out and then go to the bathroom door to tell me to come on and get ready for bed.

Annie was my first show dog. I learned to show conformation with her and she went through her CDX in obedience and earned her Herding Started title (though that one was hard on me because she did things full speed ahead). Annie loved cats, which seemed odd to me and she loved other dogs to play with. She gave me 3 puppies and 3 for others who wanted her pups.

Ben was my Aussie who was a rescue, though not from a shelter. A friend got him from a lady who had rescued him from the vet clinic where she worked when his owner wanted him put down because he couldn't get his papers to show him. She was then told to get rid of him and I didn't want her to take him to the shelter. He jumped her fence into my arms and became my dog. He was also very loyal to my Mom, who wouldn't do anything, but started to walk in the back yard with him. His main thing he liked to do was run after Annie when she would fetch, but he never wanted to fetch, just join in the run. He was a great uncle to the puppies, bathing them when Annie was outside and, when they were older, letting them hang off his mouth (yes, they were brats).

Patty was one of Annie's pups who ended up with her Dad's owner for a while since there is a limit to pets here. She told me what her name would be when she was a puppy. When she was old enough, Larry started fooling around with her in herding and she took to it really well. She was small, though, so he kept her to the sheep rather than cattle. She won high-point on sheep at the National Specialty in California and won high-point ACD herding dog for the year. The National Specialty High-Point award was only for Cattle or she would have won that since she had the highest points over all. With me, she would sit on top of my feet and not herd, though, so after I got her home she retired from herding.

Blue was my smart boy, though very unsure of himself. I was learning clicker training with him and to watch him was amazing as he figured out just what I wanted him to do. He was a lover who would grab my arm with his paws so that he could lick my hand for long periods of time. The only problem was he was jealous of his brother and would attack him a lot. When he started having problems with getting outside to potty, I told him to go in the bathroom where it was easier to clean up and he started using it that day.

Venture was my guardian, the boss around here. He was teaching me about fear aggression and how to use the clicker training to keep him calm. He was totally loyal.to me, but didn't like anyone else. After my surgery and almost losing him to cancer, he came back home and was fine with others. He did some herding and had great eye, but jealousy kept him from being good at it (he would take down any sheep that came close). When Blue got weak from his muscle disease, Venture would make him lay still if he tried to start a fight and I was surprised to see that Venture didn't really attack him, but grabbed his mouth and held it shut until Blue settled down.

It's been long, but I've had the dogs for over 50 years and reading that poem and seeing people's responses I just had to write down my memories. Hope you all don't mind.

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This Poem has hit home with me as well, yesterday marked the first anniversary of our Maxie crossing Rainbow bridge where she join her sister Chip who crossed 10 years ago in Nov and her brother Bandit who crossed in July as well 8 year before. we still miss all of them but their memories make us move on and share our love with other needy furry friends

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Darlene, what a lovely poem! Thanks so much for sharing it with us here on this particular thread, where it gives so much comfort!

Friday (August 2nd) is the 5th anniversary of our beautiful Maggie's walking over The Rainbow Bridge. She 'owned' my youngest DD Meaganne's heart, just as her mother Brandy had also done. Maggie died on Brandy's birthday..... a coincidence?

Both these lovely girls are still in our hearts, along with all the others of my wonderful Collies who went to The Bridge before and after them.

This poem brings fresh images of all the incredible memories shared with each and every one of them over the years.

Edited by: KATHYSCOLLIES at: 8/1/2013 (18:21)
Kathy

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Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened!

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This was posted on FB today and I thought I'd pass it along. Got to add a Kleenex warning to it. I thought of all my babies -- dogs, cats, horses, birds -- and I was in tears all over again. But I hope that besides tears it might also bring comfort remembering all our fur babies.

"I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.

I whined to you softly, as you brushed away a tear.

“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here”

I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea. You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.

I was with you at the shops today, your arms were getting sore. I want to take your parcels, I wished I could do more.

I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care. I want to reassure you that I’m not lying there.

I walked with you towards the house as you fumbled for the key, I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said “It’s me“.

You looked so very tired and then you sank into a chair, I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.

It’s possible for me to be so near you everyday, To say to you with certainty “I never went away“.

You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew, That in the stillness of that evening I was very close to you.

The day is over…. I smile and watch you yawning and say, “Good Night, Sweet Dreams, I’ll see you in the morning”.

And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide, I’ll rush to greet you and we’ll stand together side by side.

I have so many things to show you, there’s much for you to see. Be patient, live your journey out; then come home and be with me."

-This poem was written by Phyllis Smith and is available along with 75 more poems in a book called “Our Best Friends."

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thank you so much, it has been close to a year when our sweet girl left us and it is still hard, she was our family member.

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I am so sorry for your loss. I hate cancer! It sucks out loud!!!!!!

Whether it's our pups/animals or our friends and family, to watch someone we love go through the treatment and the disease. I pray one day there is a cure!

Big hugs to you! emoticon

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Thank you FANCYQTR, it is never easy to lose a good friend to illness, we know age will take us to the other side but it is harder when they have years left and are such good friends, I still have by two boys Barney and Bear but miss this little girl especially, we found her 11 years ago in Cripple Creek, CO she was a mess but turned ito a beauty

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I am so sorry for your loss.

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I have not posted in some time, our beautiful Maxie was diagnosed with Colon Cancer in Aug 2011, operation was not possible so she was put on cancer meds and we thought she was doing great after the second colonoscopy revealed that the huge cancerous growth had shrunken, then in July 2012 we found out the cancer came back with force and she was unable to use the bathroom anymore, to prevent her suffering we made the call to have her go to sleep with dignity on 30 July 2012, it is still hard on us and we miss her so badly, but I know she is a better place without pain



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So sorry to hear about Marlin, you are in my thought.....

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
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I'm so sorry about Marlin. I hope he gets to meet Cinderella at the emoticon bridge.

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Sue, so sorry to hear your sad news of the loss of your lovely Marlin. Take heart, I promise the pain of his absence in your life will get easier to bear as time goes on. I know, for I've been in your place far, far too many times myself.

Kathy

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Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened!

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Sue, I am so sorry for your loss.

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We lost our border collie mix, Marlin, two weeks ago. He seemed fine one day, the next was unable to walk and was having small seizures. When the vet did an x-ray she found a huge mass which was causing internal bleeding. Our other two little dogs miss their buddy and so do we. He was a rescue and very sweet.

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So sorry to hear about Rosie.

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Rosie went to the bridge on April 27. I know she is up there with Aki , my other dog.

We got another dog a puppy named Olivia and she makes Mandie mind her p's and Q's. So I know Rosie is up there happy and healthy and just laughing her little heart out.

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We lost our 12-year-old Blue Heeler, Cinderella, August 7 2012, to cancer. She was the sweetest thing. We have another one, Lorelai, but there will never be another Cinderella.

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So sorry to hear that Venture has crossed The Bridge, but it certainly sounds like you made the right decision for him by letting him go to join his brother. They will be waiting there to greet you with lots of woofs and tail wags when the time is right for you all to be together again.

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Today is the saddest day of the year. I had to send Venture to the Bridge this afternoon. The end of October I found out that he had advanced liver cancer. Today he could no longer make his body work the way he wanted, even though he tried. He did not want to leave, but I couldn't let that problem continue. I am now here all alone since I had to send his brother on last year about this time. I don't know how I can go on now.

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My dog Baby has been gone for almost 2 years and I still miss him and love him like he's a human. emoticon emoticon

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"Losing an animal is one of life's great challenges. It is a remarkable thing to think that something so vibrant and alive is no more. Much time is required for healing."

Debra, this is SO very true! Judith, I (and I'm sure all on this team) can appreciate how you feel.

Our new puppy Loki, now almost 5 mos (a Standard poodle and sheepdog cross) is a handful,
incredibly active and demanding as only a puppy can be. He has definitely helped soften the pain of Finley's loss, but periodically through the day I still feel a very sharp jab.

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My husband and I lost our Sage 3 years ago and we miss her as much now as the day she went to wait on the Rainbow Bridge. She was beautiful German Shephard whose heart was as big as she was. She loved everyone and her loss not only affected us but my in-laws and neighbors also. She is buried on our property and we constantly decorate her grave and talk to her. She will be forever missed and always loved.

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Losing an animal is one of life's great challenges. It is a remarkable thing to think that something so vibrant and alive is no more. Much time is required for healing.

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Thank you Beargoddess emoticon

I have to be honest and say that Loki did not immediately capture my heart. He did my hubby's but I know I was holding part of me back. He is a much more demanding puppy than Finley was and in some ways, I maybe felt guilty by adopting another dog so soon. He is a pretty incorrigible little guy (actually not so llittle, at 4 mos he is already
40 lbs) and he has slowly found his place in my heart though. The main positive about getting Loki so soon, and with him being the type of puppy he is, I was kept extremely busy (still am!)

Sharing a home and love with a dog is the most rewarding thing, but also the most heartbreaking when their very short life span is over. I like your idea of adopting another puppy while your older dog was still with you. Like you, sure that Baby's spirit is still
with you, I am also sure that Finley is still here. Loki's favorite toy to just carry around and
kind of chill out with is an old plush rabbit that originally was one of our daughter's. When Finley passed, I got rid of all his ratty, gnarly toys like this - except this one was missed.
This was also Finley's go-to and favorite toy to chill with (and boy, does it look it!) and Loki found it the second day he was here.

I like to think that Finley had a part in that!

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I'm so sorry for your loss of Finley. I lost a dog who was my constant companion for 15 years, two years ago and still miss him terribly. In the last two years of his life, I adopted another younger dog because I just wanted that young energy around again. It really helped to have her here when he passed. (I could never imagine a life without a dog in it!) I think that it takes a whole lot of courage to love, lose and then love again and I applaud you for your ability to do that.
Finley would not have wanted you to be alone, and I'm sure that his little spirit is still around you as my Baby's spirit is around me still. I hope that Loki and you have many happy years together. emoticon

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We had to let our 11 year old boy, Finley, go on May 7 of this year. He had been battling cancer for 9 months and after an initial diagnosis with only a 2 week prognosis, he rallied and did well for those 9 months. The weekend before we took him to the vet's he had a dramatic turn and I knew on Saturday night that it was time. Our 'miracle boy' (as the vet/clinic called him) had run out of miracles. That Monday, (my birthday), my daughter who was visiting from Toronto and I took him into the vet for his final journey. I was hoping to wait until my hubby returned from a business trip, but it would not have been fair to Finley.

Finley was 'my boy'. My hubby does a lot of traveling for business and he was my constant
companion (both daughters live in Toronto). I'm crying as I write this, I still miss him so much. Like Val, I did not want to get another dog - at least right away. Going through this wrenching and heartbreaking experience is so difficult. Because of Paul's traveling though
I knew I would miss the companionship that only a dog seems so wonderful at giving.

My daughter who was visiting at the time, suggested I spend several days with her in Toronto as she had the time off work. We visited several shelters and poured over various sites (she was determined that I 'needed' to get another doggie immediately). Long story short, a week after saying goodbye to Finley, we adopted Loki. He is an old english sheepdog/standard poodle cross 4 month old puppy. Totally diifferent from Finley (wheaten terrier) in both appearance and personality. I'm finding him much more demanding as a puppy than Finley was, however I think this is a good thing. I still miss Finley desperately, but Loki has managed to find his own spot in my heart and has definitely helped to take the edge off that heartbreak that felt so crippling the week immediately following Finley's passing.

My heart goes out to all that have posted here. I think we all share and understand the grief that one goes through when losing a fur baby.

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thanks for all the kind words, over the weekend i went shopping and magic mart had some picture frames on sale half price, so i took the op to print off some pics of him and one of me and him together and put them up on the wall in my living room, i have one right by my computer and am buying a shadow box frame to put swatches of his fav blankets and his dog collar in....maybe once i get all that done i can feel the healing begin, when i feel down and sad about anything i miss him the most, cause he always crawled up on my lap and snuzzled his nose into my ear anytime he knew i was upset, i miss that comfort from that little 9lb ball of fur.......

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Kathy is right Val. I lost my dog Baby almost 2 years ago in July and I still think about him every day, but the pain has turned into good memories. I also keep pictures of him near where I sit and looking at them every day makes me feel close to him. I talk to him too occasionally. Grieving takes however long it takes. Don't let anyone make you feel silly for grieving for your fur baby!

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It was 3 years ago on January 27th that I had to let my Lucky go to The Bridge, and I still tell him I miss him almost every single day. The last picture we took of him, just 3 days before he died sits right beside me on my desk, his 'travel' collar and the cedar urn with his ashes both sit on top of the small bookcase right beside my desk. It helps to keep him nearby.

We all grieve in our own fashion, and while others might not understand the need for this grieving because, after all it is 'just ' an animal..... it is still our right to feel the pain of the loss of someone so special to us.

It DOES get easier to bear, Val, I promise! Time heals, even if that is hard for you to believe right now.

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yes i know, its been 4 months tomorrow since sparky passed, 4 months ago at this time i was saying my good byes to him, cause i didnt expect him to make it thru that night, so today, when i awoke, he was the first thing on my mind, i sometimes talk to him, i know that sounds nuts, but today i talked to him, just saying i miss you and wish you hadnt had to go away so soon, and hope that someday i will see you again...its theraputic for me.

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Im so sorry for your loss. It's amazing how these fur babies can carve such a deep hole into our heart and fill it with so much love. I still morn my Rico, even though it has been 2 yrs that he left for his journey to heaven. emoticon

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sorry for your loss and to all who have loved and lost a pet. i swore i would never have another dog, then not a month after sparky passed, i had one thrust into my home, with little choice, since my son moved back in temporarily and had to bring his dog.
i have tried not to let myself get emotionally attached to him, since i spend the most time with him, feed him, etc, while my son is at work...it hasnt been easy to keep emotions out of it.
but i miss sparky so much still to this day, tears well up in my eyes, memorial day i will visit his grave and place flowers, just as with the humans i have lost.
i look at his picture and try to imagine him in a better place, happy, free from pain, but my heart is still aching for him.

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My old girl, Dusty passed away 3 weeks ago. She had battled cancer for almost 2 years and she was tired. I really feel the loss, but I am so glad that I have another dog in our home so that my routine didn't change too drastically. Dusty was my first dog as an adult and my first dog to become "elderly". My life was made so much fuller having her in it and all I hope is that she felt the same.

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Val, I'm sorry for your loss. God sent us dogs for a reason. They remind me of God, he will love you no matter who our are, are what you do in life. like God unconditonal LOVE.


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two months ago today my little Sparky went on to be free from pain, this is how I put it, makes it easier than saying it the other way....
a couple of days ago, my son was sitting on the couch, I have a picture of Sparky propped on top of the window ac, and it isnt in a frame or anything, well the ac was on, cause it had been so hot, and all of the sudden, that pic just up and flew across the room and landed right at my sons feet
it kinda freaked him out, my honey said, maybe his way of reminding us, but I said, you dont have to remind me, I think about him every single day.

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To Val, Sorry it took me so long to reply, I've been away for a while. It's crazy your little dog died on the same day as mine. I'll remember that day forever. It is a deep, sad loss and there is no shame in having counselling to help you through it. Sometime I think we're even more attached to pets than our friends because unlike friends we never have the fear of judgement from our pets and we know they will be with us no matter what.

I'm glad you had a dream about your little doggie. When Angel first died I prayed and prayed to have a dream about her so much, just to know she was okay and just to have that feeling of happiness that she was in some way okay with my decision to have her put down. I have however over time cheered up a lot. I have moved to another place for school so it helps that I am not at home with constant reminders.

One thing which may help you, which is what I did, is to make a photo collage of your dog. I went and gathered every picture of her and made a giant one. I keep it posted up in rooms around my house and it makes me smile every time I see it and remember happier memories. Anyway I hope you are keeping well and slowly feeling better about the loss of your Sparky. emoticon

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Thank you Fancyqtr. He was a special little doggie. I rescued him from an abusive home when he was 14mths old. So he has been with me in some of the hardest times of my life. When i cry for him now my little fur baby Patches gets on my lap and gives me kisses to sort of say don't cry mommy.





My profile pic is a picture of Mikey when he was 18 yrs old. he was 21 when he went to Rain bow Bridge.

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Thanks Kathy, I thought of Rico and all the fur babies from
My friends from Sparkpeople that have babies waiting for them. Even. Though
He was old & sickly he was still fiesty. I still cry for him. Now I just have 2 fur babies
Left. I don't think I will get another one. We are trying to sell our house
and get away from the water and be closer to up front. It was so nice hearing
From you. Take care.




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Pat I am so sorry to hear about Mikey - at least you know that he is young and vibrant again, up to no good I imagine with his big buddy Rico, while they patiently wait for the rest of the family to join them when the time is right to do so!

Mikey always made me think of the "Ewoks" from Star Wars, with his really fuzzy little face.

I bet my Lucky was there with Rico waiting to say hello to Mikey when he crossed The Bridge!

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So sorry for your loss Patricia.

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Hello, I have been gone for a while so some of you don't know me but for the ones that do.. My 21 year old fur baby Mikey had to be put down on Feb 11th. It hurt so bad to let hi go but the vet advised it was time. he was sick and he was not getting any better and for his age he would not recover. I have been going through some changes myself. one day i will get back with all you great people.

The profile pic is Mikey when he was 18 yrs old. He was 21yrs old when he went to Rainbow Bridge..

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hon, I have lost 3 in 3 years. and It breaks my heart and tears me up.

But , when you lose a friend, you don't stop having friends. Just think once it becomes easier for you ; adopt another one, you will be helping yourself and the dog.

If only it was as easy as clicking my heels together and saying: There's no place like skinny, There's no place like
skinny. Where is the good witch "Glenda" when you need her?


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I'm positing this message in memory of Tacoma, my mom's brindle boxer. She adopted him about six years ago, and he was literally nothing except skin and bones from his neglect. She couldn't have asked for a better dog! He was so sweet and easy going, not to mention just as cute as can be with his stubby face and big ol' pop eyes. emoticon In recent months, he starting having problems moving and it was found that he had severe arthritis in his spine. The poor baby got to the point where he truly couldn't even move, so my parents made the choice late last week to send him over the rainbow bridge. Hail Tacoma! You will be missed, buddy! emoticon

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