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    Well I know this doesn't have anything to do with training, but I had to put one my best friends down last Monday.

    My thirteen year old yellow lab girl Tonsina, who had been on arthritis medication for about four years just couldn't get up in the morning. After a lot of tears and a short discussion between my wife and I we headed to the vet.

    Dogs I've had over the years have been better people than most people I've known. Dang dogs.
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    Very sorry to hear of your loss. This helped me...


    THE FOURTH DAY



    If you ever love an animal,

    there are three days in your life you will always remember.

    The first is a day, blessed with happiness,

    when you bring home your young new friend.

    You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed.

    You may have asked numerous opinions of many vets,

    or done long research in finding a breeder.

    Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment,

    you may have just chosen that silly looking mutt in a shelter —

    simply because something in its eyes reached your heart.

    But when you bring that chosen pet home,

    and watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front room —

    and when you feel it brush against you for the first time —

    it instills a feeling of pure love

    you will carry with you through the many years to come.



    The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later.

    It will be a day like any other.

    Routine and unexceptional.

    But, for a surprising instant,

    you will look at your longtime friend

    and see age where you once saw youth.

    You will see slow deliberate steps

    where you once saw energy.

    And you will see sleep where you once saw activity.

    So you will begin to adjust your friend's diet —

    and you may add a pill or two to her food.

    And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself,

    which bodes of a coming emptiness.

    And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off,

    until the third day finally arrives.



    And on this day — if your friend and God have not decided for you,

    then you will be faced with making a decision of your own —

    on behalf of your lifelong friend,

    and with the guidance of your own deepest Spirit.

    But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you —

    you will feel as alone as a single star

    in the dark night sky.

    If you are wise, you will let the tears flow

    as freely and as often as they must.

    And if you are typical,

    you will find that not many in your circle

    of family or human friends

    will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you.

    But if you are true to the love

    of the pet you cherished through the many joy-filled years,

    you may find that a soul — a bit smaller in size than your own —

    seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come.

    And at moments when you least expect

    anything out of the ordinary to happen,

    you may feel something brush against your leg — very, very lightly.

    And looking down at the place

    where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend used to lie —

    you will remember those three significant days.

    The memory will most likely be painful,

    and leave an ache in your heart —

    As time passes the ache will come and go

    as if it has a life of its own.

    You will both reject it and embrace it,

    and it may confuse you.

    If you reject it, it will depress you.

    If you embrace it, it will deepen you.

    Either way, it will still be an ache.



    But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when —

    along with the memory of your pet —

    and piercing through the heaviness in your heart —

    there will come a realization that belongs only to you.

    It will be as unique and strong

    as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost.

    This realization takes the form of a Living Love —

    Like the heavenly scent of a rose

    that remains after the petals have wilted,

    this Love will remain and grow—

    and be there for us to remember.

    It is a love we have earned.

    It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go —

    And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live.

    It is a Love which is ours alone —

    And until we ourselves leave,

    perhaps to join our Beloved Pets —

    It is a Love that we will always possess.



    Winter is Coming...

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    Most "dog people" will tell you that Tonsina is now running free from the pain that gripped her in those last years. I'm very sorry for your loss.

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    Sorry to hear of your loss. It is never an easy decision.

    We learn something from each and every dog we are around. Their unending devotion is something a non-dog person will never understand. A dog knows just what to say without having to say a thing.
    It is this spirit that a dog person can not live without..........
    May you honor her legacy. Rekindle your spirit and love for the breed by considering another. Doing so will revive you and fill the emptiness with new beginnings......

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    Sorry to hear about your friend.

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    Very sorry to hear you lost a member of the family. I know your pain as I am nearing that point too.

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    I lost mine last year - I feel for ya, it hits you a heckuva lot harder than you think.

    I can tell you this much, when you get your new pup...you will have forgetten how nice it was having an older trained one!

    I like the joke from a friend of mine that says.... How can you tell who loves you more, your wife or your dog...

    Lock them both up in the trunk of your car for a couple of hours, and when you open it back up...whos happy to see ya..?!

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    Very sorry to hear about you loss.
    Some people call it sky busting... I call it optimism
    "Swans are a gift" -DucksandDogs
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    I appreciate your replies and kind words. There will never be a doubt in my mind we did the right thing. It was time. We enjoyed here company for thirteen years and have a lot of real good memories.
    My avatar is a portrait of her my wife made a couple years ago.
    Thanks again.
    Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
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    Default I am sorry

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    I am wrestling with the same decision. I know it is coming and I know it is not far off. I feel your pain first hand and I am very sorry for your loss.
    Drew


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    JOAT – You are a big jerk ---- I am sitting here crying like an idiot!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddler View Post
    Alaskan
    I am wrestling with the same decision. I know it is coming and I know it is not far off. I feel your pain first hand and I am very sorry for your loss.
    Drew


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    JOAT – You are a big jerk ---- I am sitting here crying like an idiot!!!!!!!
    Toddler,
    I understand exactly what you're saying man. I was crying on my keyboard last night when I posted this. And then today I opened a card I got from the vet a few days ago that everyone in the office signed and now I'm abasket case again.
    FWIW, you'll do the right thing, not easy, but right for your dog.
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    I lost a black lab a few years back on the farm, vet figured she must have ate something bad. I fear the day my buddy Woodie has to go down. I feel your pain and hope you make a new friend with a new lab. You will never forget but a new one does help some in my opinion. As mentioned before that pup will really remind you of the value of a trained dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toddler View Post
    JOAT – You are a big jerk ---- I am sitting here crying like an idiot!!!!!!!
    I certainly hope your remark is, shall we say, tongue-in-cheek.

    I lost the Aussie-Lab mix that appears in my Avatar 11 months, 1 week ago. I can still go from zero to an "idiot", as you call it, in a matter of seconds when I think about him. But mostly, I think of the good times and he always brings a smile to my face.

    It is a testament to nature's selfish cruelty that man can live up to a century, but his best and most faithful friend only averages a decade.

    I keep this passage hanging under his photo on my wall...

    Just this side of heaven lies the Rainbow Bridge

    When a beloved pet dies, it goes to the
    RainbowBridge.
    It makes friends with other animals and frolics over rolling
    hills and peaceful lush meadows of green. They are as
    healthy and playful as we remember them in days gone by.

    Together, the animals chase and play, but the day comes
    when a pet will suddenly stop and look into the distance…
    bright eyes intent, eager body quivering. Suddenly
    recognizing you, your pet bounds quickly across the green
    fields and into your embrace. You celebrate in joyous
    reunion. You will never again separate.

    Happy tears and kisses are warm and plentiful,
    your hands caress the face you missed. You look into
    the loving eyes of your pet and know that you never
    really parted. You realize that though out of sight,
    your love had been remembered.

    You cross the
    RainbowBridge together.

    Winter is Coming...

    Go GeocacheAlaska!

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    No malice meant but it took me about an hour to explain to my daughter why I was crying so uncontrollably.

    Drew

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    My dogs have been there for me always.

    At the Rainbow bridge I will have a huge pack, I wonder if the one that bit me in the crotch will be there too.

    I know my arms aren't big enough to hug them all at once.

    Two years ago we were out many mile from help and we had a bad day, I had to put BoBo down in the field and walk the long way home along only to then explain to my wife why BoBo was not with me.

    I feel your loss, but know you will find another friend who needs you to be his.

    A pack of 6 with room for more.

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    The pain will fade and the memories will last forever. Sorry for your loss!

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