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Lost my "pup" today

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Frank C, Feb 3, 2010.

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  1. Frank C

    Frank C Well-Known Member

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    Lost my best buddy today, almost 14 years young.....hardest thing I ever had to do! Ole Chester was a pip!
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  2. STOS

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    I can feel your pain.Try to remember all the good times.Hang tough.Bruce
     
  3. Jon Reitz

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    Frank,

    That's really rough. But remember all the good times you and he shared over those many, many years. Hang in there friend and thank you for owning such a wonderful dog.

    Jon Reitz
     
  4. trinketshooter

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    If you had to pay for a dog based on the amount of enrichment that a dog brings into your life, none of us could afford one. Neil Swenson
     
  5. cubancigar2000

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    That is so true Neil. You were a lucky man to have shared his love Frank
     
  6. Setterman

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    Sorry to hear that. 14 years is a lot of memories. Cool hunt pic. Hang in there.
     
  7. Duckman45

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    Found this after losing my two dogs a year ago. A little sad, but helped me understand. Feel good you had the opportunity to help Chester go home. Until you meet again.


    Treat me kindly, my beloved friend, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.
    Do not break my spirit with a stick, for although I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will quickly teach me the things you would have me learn.
    Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps falls upon my waiting ear.
    Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements. I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst.
    Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life, should your life be in danger.
    And, my friend, when I am very old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going. I am not having any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands.
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  8. digger1dog

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    I lost my best friend last October 20th, opening day of phesant season. I feel your pain, they just don't live long enough. I miss her every day....

    Fred J
     
  9. g7777777

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    sorry for your loss- I am sure there are good memories

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  10. yvonne

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    So sorry for your loss Frank. I know it well! The new pup here just celebrated his 3rd birthday and brings such joy. I hope you find that again.
     
  11. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to hear of Chester's passing. Obviously he was family and it was a very good family. I will lift my glass to the good life he had and what he brought to it.

    Greg
     
  12. birddog1964

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    So sorry for your loss Frank, As I know it well also I lost my best friend Nov 18 of last yr. Remember all the great times you shared together from years past.

    thanks
    lee
     
  13. Chango2

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    So sorry, I don't know you, but the pictures and text of and about your friend make me feel I lost a friend too. "We are diminished".
     
  14. Hoosier Daddy

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    I am sure we all wish that we were just 1/10 the man that our dogs thought we were. Sorry for your loss.
     
  15. Dicksie

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    I'm so sorry.This might help little:

    When you bring a pet into your life, you begin a journey - a journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet also test your strength and courage

    If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without leaving its mark.

    Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life's simple pleasures - jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joys of puddles, and even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears.

    If you spend much time outside, you will be taught how to truly experience every element, for no rock, leaf, or log will go unexamined,

    no rustling bush will be overlooked, and even the very air will be inhaled, pondered, and noted as being full of valuable information. Your pace may be slower - except when heading home to the food dish - but you will become a better naturalist, having been taught by an expert in the field.

    Too many times we hike on automatic pilot, our goal being to complete the trail rather than enjoy the journey. We miss the details - the colorful mushrooms on the rotting log, the honeycomb in the old maple snag, the hawk feather caught on a twig. Once we walk as a dog does, we discover a whole new world. We stop; we browse the landscape, we kick over leaves, peek in tree holes, look up, down, all around. And we learn what any dog knows: that nature has created a marvelously complex world that is full of surprises, that each cycle of the seasons bring ever changing wonders, each day an essence all its own.

    Even from indoors you will find yourself more attuned to the world around you. You will find yourself watching summer insects collecting on a screen. (How bizarre they are! How many kinds there are!), or noting the flick and flash of fireflies through the dark. You will stop to observe the swirling dance of windblown leaves, or sniff the air after a rain. It does not matter that there is no objective in this; the point is in the doing, in not letting life's most important details slip by.

    You will find yourself doing silly things that your pet-less friends DOES THIS REMIND YOU OF ANYONE????? might not understand: spending thirty minutes in the grocery aisle looking for the cat food brand your feline must have, buying dog birthday treats, or driving around the block an extra time because your pet enjoys the ride. You will roll in the snow, wrestle with chewie toys, bounce little rubber balls till your eyes cross, and even run around the house trailing your bathrobe tie - with a cat in hot pursuit - all in the name of love.

    Your house will become muddier and hairier. You will wear less dark clothing and buy more lint rollers. You may find dog biscuits in your pocket or purse, and feel the need to explain that an old plastic shopping bag adorns your living room rug because your cat loves the crinkly sound.

    You will learn the true measure of love - the steadfast, undying kind that says, "It doesn't matter where we are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together." Respect this always. It is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. You will not find it often among the human race.

    And you will learn humility. The look in my dog's eyes often made me feel ashamed. Such joy and love at my presence. She saw not some flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but only her wonderful companion. Or maybe she saw those things and dismissed them as mere human foibles, not worth considering, and so chose to love me anyway.

    If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will be not just a better person, but the person your pet always knew you to be - the one they were proud to call beloved friend.

    I must caution you that this journey is not without pain. Like all paths of true love, the pain is part of loving. For as surely as the sun sets, one day your dear animal companion will follow a trail you cannot yet go down. And you will have to find the strength and love to let them go.

    A pet's time on earth is far too short - especially for those that love them. We borrow them, really, just for awhile, and during these brief years they are generous enough to give us all their love, every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left.

    The cat that only yesterday was a kitten is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun. The young pup of boundless energy wakes up stiff and lame, the muzzle now gray. Deep down we somehow always knew that this journey would end. We knew that if we gave our hearts they would be broken. But give them we must for it is all they ask in return. When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead - young and whole once more. "Godspeed, good friend," we say, until our journey comes full circle and our paths cross again

    Dicksie Spolar
     
  16. no5shooter

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    There really aren't words for this situation, but know a lot of us have felt what you're feeling right now. As was said above, they just don't live long enough. My best wishes to you.
    Jerry, in Oregon
     
  17. rick resko

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    Frank, the same thing happened to me yesterday. we had to put down our golden retriever Montauk. he also was 14 and was the best i have ever had. the memories will last forever. he brought so much joy and happieness to our lives. may daughter and i took him to a friend who has a pet crematory and we chose a beautiful urn. damn a 53 year old man shouldnt cry.
     
  18. shadow

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    Neither should one that is shovng 70---but I am !
     
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    I'm still stinging from losing my Ryky a month ago. I feel your pain.
     
  20. Bob Hawkes

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    Sorry to hear that Frank, They truly become one of us and our best companion's through thick and thin. God bless Alder, hanging in there at 15 1/2+. Bob
     
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