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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:59 AM

Why do dogs leave first?



Why Do Dogs Leave Earth First?
a child answers

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found that he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything more for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. The young boy, Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a long time after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try to live.

He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life - like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?"

The Six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

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Earth_First Jan 2013 OP
Gidney N Cloyd Jan 2013 #1
aikoaiko Jan 2013 #2
Whovian Jan 2013 #3
AAO Jan 2013 #21
calimary Jan 2013 #80
Cerridwen Jan 2013 #4
Earth_First Jan 2013 #5
Cerridwen Jan 2013 #6
TheMadMonk Jan 2013 #11
mother earth Jan 2013 #7
heaven05 Jan 2013 #8
barbtries Jan 2013 #9
Dalai_1 Jan 2013 #10
pecwae Jan 2013 #12
ReRe Jan 2013 #23
liberal_at_heart Jan 2013 #13
DaveJ Jan 2013 #32
TygrBright Jan 2013 #35
GaYellowDawg Jan 2013 #49
ucralum Jan 2013 #66
pink-o Jan 2013 #60
LWolf Jan 2013 #63
snooper2 Jan 2013 #51
liberal_at_heart Jan 2013 #72
BrainDrain Jan 2013 #14
Aldo Leopold Jan 2013 #54
Granny M Jan 2013 #15
Martin Eden Jan 2013 #16
riverbendviewgal Jan 2013 #25
pansypoo53219 Jan 2013 #41
In_The_Wind Jan 2013 #76
Martin Eden Jan 2013 #85
Diclotican Jan 2013 #17
99Forever Jan 2013 #18
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renate Jan 2013 #33
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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:03 AM

1. Well, guess I'm going to be a little late to work this morning...

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:08 AM

2. Some dust got in my eye while ready that story.

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:16 AM

3. Seems to be a dusty morning.

 

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Response to Whovian (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:05 AM

21. I saw a crop duster overhead about 1/2 hour ago!

 

Damn crop dusters!

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Response to Whovian (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:19 AM

80. VERY dusty.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:18 AM

4. The text below; for a little easier reading for less than 20/20 eyes. :)

Thank you for posting this, Earth_First.




Why Do Dogs Leave Earth First?
a child answers

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found that he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything more for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. The young boy, Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a long time after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try to live.

He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life - like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?"

The Six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

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Response to Cerridwen (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:22 AM

5. TY!

I will admit that the original text is less than gentle on the eyes...

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:24 AM

6. No problem. :)

It's a great sentiment and I'd hate for others to miss it because their eyes are as bad or worse than mine.

Oh, and text to voice software won't read an image, if I remember correctly, so anyone using that software should be able to enjoy the story with the text included.

Please feel free to copy and paste my transcription into the OP if you'd like.



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Response to Earth_First (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:03 AM

11. Hey it's a good excuse. /nt

 

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:34 AM

7. Simply precious, thank you for sharing.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:43 AM

8. wow

I felt a tug at my heart at the beauty and truth coming from this child. Truly good words to start my monday. Thank you.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:59 AM

9. aww

that was touching.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:01 AM

10. Thank you for posting this! n/t

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:03 AM

12. Wisdom from the mouths of babes

and entirely true. I appreciate this even more today as I'm getting too close to the leaving of my beloved hound. My heart is breaking thinking on it, but I know her love is unconditional and never changing as mine is for her.

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Response to pecwae (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:06 AM

23. Take comfort in the words of this child...

...and remember that your hound has had a most wonderful life in your care. Nobody could have loved her as much as you have. Peace...

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:06 AM

13. that's so true

Humans are for the most part a nasty, mean, and greedy species. We have our moments of nicety but they are sporadic moments in between long stretches of meanness. Maybe that's why over the centuries our lifespans have increased, to give us a longer time to try to learn. I don't think it is working.

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Response to liberal_at_heart (Reply #13)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:07 PM

32. I've never observed people getting nicer with age. Folks usually get meaner.

And we are at a disadvantage being 99% similar to those nasty primates, right out of the gate.

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Response to DaveJ (Reply #32)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:06 PM

35. Have faith. I've seen many, many folks get nicer with age.

In my own family, too.

Age changes people in many ways. Yes, some people get meaner and more cussed. Others get more laid-back and tolerant. Being able to look into your past and remind yourself, "Yeah, I survived that, I'll survive this, too-- and this SHALL pass" can have a remarkably mellowing effect on some people.

encouragingly,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #35)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:19 PM

49. I think people become more completely themselves with age.

The nice get nicer. The mean get meaner.

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Response to GaYellowDawg (Reply #49)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:44 PM

66. That's been my observation as well. nt

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Response to DaveJ (Reply #32)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:03 PM

60. Au Contraire! I'm a LOT nicer @ 58 than I was @ 28.

But even at my worst, my dogs always loved me.

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Response to DaveJ (Reply #32)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:33 PM

63. I have.

Observed people getting nicer with age.

It can take a long time to learn some of the things that make a person "nice."

patience

more tolerance, less judgement...usually comes from a life of making your own mistakes, growing and becoming more aware, and observing others grow and become more aware, leading to less arrogance, more humility, more generosity.

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Response to liberal_at_heart (Reply #13)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:50 PM

51. Actually, Pandas are a pretty fucking evil species that have humans duped...



This may sound heretical or even downright mean. But let's not mince words: pandas are evil. Oh, but they're so cute, you say, and chubby and fluffy and bumbling. They have those sweet, complacent smiles, and they eat bamboo! Well, listen here. The first step to getting over pandas is to imagine the coloration of their black-and-white fur as being the inverse of what it is — you see? Now it's less of a cuddly exotic woodland creature and more of a freakishly large raccoon. Slothful to the point of being circumspect, pandas loll around, knowing full well that most of the humans in their midst will fall for their deceptive, charming spell.

What most people don't realize is that pandas have us duped. They are the one species in the animal kingdom that seems to live outside the realm of Darwinian science. Most creatures in the universe follow German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's axiom: a creature "will strive to grow, spread, seize, become predominant ... because it is living and because life simply is will to power." Pandas didn't seem to get the memo. They have no will to live or reproduce. To this day, scientists have to perform grotesque procedures to keep the panda population from collapsing into oblivion. Forget about the fact that pandas are mean-spirited, mate-abusing, progeny-mauling, deviant monsters. Forget about the fact that these hoodlum bears have conned humanity with their supposed cuteness. The most evil thing about pandas? The cunning with which they expose the stupidity of humans.



Read more: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2074429_2074446_2074791,00.html #ixzz2HKSBE261

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Response to snooper2 (Reply #51)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:26 PM

72. there's lots of species that would seem to be mean looking through our prism

but they are just being animals. Some species are loners. Some have societies. Those with socities have their own set of rules. We apparently according to our societal rules are suppose to try to become nicer although in general I don't think we're very successful at it.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:34 AM

14. Ever wonder why......

children seem to know or see the truth of it when adults don't or can't? I think their innocence gives them an insight that as adults, we have long lost. Too bad, we adults could use alot more of that kind of insight. Thanks for sharing that story.

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Response to BrainDrain (Reply #14)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:22 PM

54. So true.

Kids never fail to stun, amaze, and inspire if you just take the time to really listen to them.

And thanks, Earth First, for posting this wonderful story!

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:35 AM

15. Beautiful. nt

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:37 AM

16. Monday Morning Tears for my 16-year-old

On December 3rd our Yellow Lab Hunny reached an extraordinary milestone for a large dog -- her 16th birthday.

She still eats her food, gets up and goes outside without help, and doesn't appear to be in pain. As long as this lasts, her time has not yet come. But my wife and I know her time remaining with us is short. We both hope that when we come home from work one day we'll find she passed away peacefully in her sleep, because taking her in to put her down will be hard. Very hard.


Thank you for posting this heartwarming story. Every little bit helps.

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #16)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:16 AM

25. my younger son's cat is 17

Last edited Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:09 PM - Edit history (1)

He came to live with me in 1999 when my younger son died. In 2009 I gave Mochey the cat to my older son because I moved into my boyfriends house. We wanted to travel and not have to keep looking for a cat sitter.

my older son moved to England last January. He was taking Mochey too but one vet said the cat had an irregular heart beat and would not sign the papers. A friend rec'd a holistic vet who checked out Mochey and signed him as OK. The vet said why keep him from his family., he will die someday and his chances of living through the flight were good. Well Mochey is enjoying life as an English puss. He is still running up the stairs and napping in the sun. His earth mission still continues on.

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Response to riverbendviewgal (Reply #25)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:58 PM

41. my cousin's cat lived to 21.

my 1st pair were like 18/19 + 21 or so. i was 5 or so when i picked him.


i also think they live shorter so we can met more pets. on my 3rd pair. but i have to say. THREE cats is best, no more 1 cat left, cause 0 cats sucks. gotta have spares.

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Response to Martin Eden (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:11 AM

76. My Golden made it 16 years 5 months.

Lady Leigh was pure love from beginning to end.
I love having dogs for what they unselfishly give to me.
I hate it that their time on earth is always too short.



May all of Hunny's days continue to be good ones.

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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #76)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:20 AM

85. Lady Leigh must have been well loved and cared for

12 years is a much more typical lifespan for retrievers. They give so much to us, but how well and how long they live depends on what we give to them. Several of my friends have dogs they love, but they're very "liberal" with food and the dogs are obese. Our Hunny has always been a trim 70-75 lbs, with a healthy canine diet. She's traveled to many states with us on vacations where the activity involves lots of hiking. Summer 2012 was the first year we didn't go, because sorry to say Hunny's hiking days are over. But we do whatver she can do, and it makes me feel better knowing she's had a very good life.

In August we added a new member to our family, a black lab/terrier mix named Winnie. She's a bundle of energy and very smart. Many good years to look forward to. Life is good, when shared with such companions.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:44 AM

17. Earth_First

Earth_First

Small kids often look at the obvious - and say it out load as they see it.. And it is maybe true -dogs do know what to do - to be kind, to love, to care..To live a good life.

Diclotican

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:44 AM

18. Thank you for this.

My favorite people all wear their fur coats 24/7, year round.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:58 AM

19. Thanks for the post.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:04 AM

20. I am worried about my dog...........

 

he has been limping for 2 weeks & xrays tomorrow.

If anything happens to him, I don't know if I can go on..................

I hope The Rainbow Bridge is true, cause I will be ready.

ANd see, Domino, Bandit, Barney, Fred, Daisy, Bear & Sammy who is my best & only friend goes to vet tomorrow.

http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm

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Response to kooljerk666 (Reply #20)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:27 PM

33. good luck tomorrow

Maybe he just stepped on a thorn or something.

I'm a little worried about you from your post... you have a community of people here who care about you. Of course it's not the same as a best friend who lives with you and adores you unconditionally, and vice versa, but he isn't your only friend. And should the news tomorrow not be what you hope for, you could always volunteer at a shelter or work with animals in a way that honors him; it sounds like you have a lot of love to give and dogs are the perfect recipients because they return it with their whole hearts. But mainly I just wanted to say that I hope that the vet tells you that the limp is nothing and that the news is all good.

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Response to renate (Reply #33)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:53 PM

67. That was a wonderful post n/t

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Response to renate (Reply #33)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:40 PM

88. Thank you for Inspiration where I have very little..........

 

He got his x-rays today & noting is broke or torn. The only thing I could find on dogs sucking/chewing feet was Probiotics & Prednesone. Due to the anesthesia Dr sez no "roids" for a few days. I got some high powered foot cleaner pads, probiotics for food & if I need to he will get his roids & wear a lampshade till the irritation stops.

My dog is allergic to 22 things & we feed him Canadae food & treats but I got a couple huge boxes of milk bone with color dyes & I wonder if something in their is bothering him. At any rate nothing but Canadae from now on.

I am gonna inherit a good amount of cash someday & may start my own shelter or just give it to an existing one if I can put a mobile home on it to retire in. I have no desire to piss it away on fun cause I have already done most things 99% of the population just watches on TV. Scuba diver, 175mph motorcycles, 5 years of Kung Fu, Reiki Master, Chi Kung practice(Mantek Chia all courses up to Lesser Kan & Li) hung with wiccans & Haitian VooDoo community.............flew & landed airplanes etc.

I registered here about 5 years ago & did not post till last year and last January I had a TBI & was pronounced dead, I was out of the Hospital in less than 10 days. My temper & attitude are not that easy to control................

At any rate thank you for the kindness, I was so upset yesterday I was ready to quit & today I feel ok.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:06 AM

22. Yes. I have this framed, with pics of my 2 beagle-boys ...

... one of whom left us last year at age 14, and the other - 13 years young with a bad heart murmur - still my closest pal.

They have made - and changed - my life in so many ways.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:15 AM

24. Thanks for posting this story of a Vet, and a little boys wisdom

Truly an example of "Out of the mouths of babes."

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:23 AM

26. Out of the mouth of a child...

makes sense.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:24 AM

27. Out of the mouth of babes

truth and what lovely truth it is.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:32 AM

28. a beautiful story, children do understand

Isn't it remarkable how each dog is so different in personality like people.? To me that is the saddest part of losing them, there will never be another like them.

I miss you "Ruth" you could say your name, so loyal and and always tried your very best. I miss you "Axis" a huggie boy golden who was always a good boy.

bath day

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #28)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:14 PM

56. Is that your Rottie looking so lovingly at you?

That is such a sweet photo! It breaks my heart. The love of my life was a Rottweiler (although I have loved a lot of other dogs) but they are just so soulful and intelligent and it was so sad to lose her. I still think about her every day.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #56)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:32 PM

57. Ruth was the rottie, she looks at my husband.She loved to be toweled after a bath :)

yes, I can understand how you will always think about your girl and miss her.

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #57)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:28 PM

59. Awww. I am so sad for your loss. She is really beautiful. They all are.

I can understand your pain. They always leave such a big hole when they go, don't they?

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:39 AM

29. Amazing..

sometimes children are wise beyond their years.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:39 AM

30. My heart still aches for all those I've lost- including those even from decades ago and always will.

Just the thought of being separated from the two angels I have now brings me to tears- just like this story did.

They are so intertwined in our lives and we are so better for it.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:49 AM

31. That is so lovely.

Thank you.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:58 PM

34. That was hard to read. I just lost my 7 year old dog

to cancer.

Thanks for the story.

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Response to MelissaB (Reply #34)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:16 PM

36. I feel your grief.

I also lost a dog to cancer. My 13-year-old Rottweiler had inoperable cancer. I tried to ease her pain with medications and finally had to give in to the fact that she was only going to get worse. So I had to make that final visit to the vet with her.

I know how hard it is to lose a dog that was probably like your child. This was in 2010, but I still grieve for her. I had her cremated and have her ashes. At least I feel that she is still with me.

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Response to MelissaB (Reply #34)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:26 PM

38. Sorry for your loss (Hugs)

 

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Response to MelissaB (Reply #34)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:08 PM

42. I'm so sorry MelissaB

I lost a 7 year old dog to cancer almost 26 years ago and I miss him every day . There have been other dogs since Smokey (including the two I have now). Gone too soon....hope your good memories will help ease the sadness.

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Response to MelissaB (Reply #34)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:22 PM

43. Oh, MelissaB

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Response to pecwae (Reply #43)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 04:05 PM

48. Thanks everybody!

It wasn't a great Christmas this year, but I know I gave her a good life while she was with us.

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Response to MelissaB (Reply #34)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 07:36 PM

58. so sorry, it's sad to lose a dog when 7 is the prime of their life.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:20 PM

37. Deeply touching.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:27 PM

39. Tears here....

 

What an insightful young boy!!!

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 01:32 PM

40. Well, there goes the eye make-up.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:43 PM

44. We lost our 12 year old on New Years Day

Right at sunset, the dog just dropped like a rock.

We had a few glasses of wine while reminiscing, sharing fond memories, carried her down to the creek and buried her by moonlight.

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:49 PM

45. it is STILL dusty .... nt

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:11 PM

46. We (almost) always outlive our pets, and saying goodbye is always devastating...

Even when it's far better to ease the suffering of the beloved pet -- a family member, actually -- it still tears one's heart, sometimes irreparably.

I had a very special bond, unusually close, to my snowshoe cat, Dobbs. He'd had a rough start in life, losing a hind leg to an animal bite; to me, his disability made him all the more unique and endearing, and I adopted him on the spot. From that day forward, every time life threw something difficult my way, or when I ran into my own medical headwinds, I'd just think, "If Dobbs can lose a leg and still be loving and cheerful and funny and nutty, well, whatever I'm facing is small stuff."

Two years ago, my little boy quite suddenly lost his life to a saddle thrombosis. It was swift and unexpected. He was a good friend for 11 years, and taught me so much. My wife and I have other cats, but the connection I had with Dobbs was one in a million. I expect I'll miss him until the day I die.

Well, now that I've cheered everybody up...

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:16 PM

47. And I thought I could get through the day without crying... nt

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 05:33 PM

52. Why is it so dusty on a snowy day?

Darn tricky "snow dust" getting in my eyes . . . I Googled for a half-remembered quote but couldn't find it. I thought it was Sir Walter Scott. Something like "it is a design flaw in the universe that we outlive our dogs." But I did find this:

“I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?"

- Sir Walter Scott

I think both my dogs need a hug now . . .

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:01 PM

53. Ok I just lost it

And I'm sneakily blotting my eyes in case one of my coworkers sees me.

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:45 PM

55. Having had to just put down

my beautiful, sweet, goofy greyhound last Thursday, this was timely. She didn't have nearly enough time on this earth (6 years) or with us (18 months), but she had a profound impact on us. Parting with a dear friend is never easy and the sadness I feel will be with me for a long time, but the words of a child go a long way in helping to ease the pain.

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:26 PM

61. Very Dusty in here.

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:26 PM

62. a quote

"A dog is the only animal on earth born with a love of humans in its DNA."

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Response to Skittles (Reply #62)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:32 AM

82. I also like this one:

"To err is human; to forgive, canine."

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Response to AngryOldDem (Reply #82)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:47 AM

83. "I strive to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am"

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:40 PM

64. I feel sorry for the people whose lives have not been touched by the love and companionship

of a canine. Isn't it amazing how many ways their lives have added so much to ours that we can never repay all they do for us. It is actually been proven that even just petting a sweet dog will lower our blood pressure. I believe they are angels on earth. Thank you so much for posting such a great story. I immediately felt the dust storm that seems to be going around tonight.

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:41 PM

65. So sweet, and so true

Just four weeks ago we had to put our twelve and a half year old bichon to sleep. He woke up one morning vomiting...I thought he had the flu again as he had it in the past. I took him to the vet that morning, and within three days we had to do the unthinkable. His liver was failing and two vets assured us there was no hope and he would only become weaker and would suffer. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I have cried every day since. "Boo Bear" was the sweetest, most loving little fellow who showed me every day what unconditional love and loyalty are all about. His passing has left a terrible void in my life. I'm not sure if I believe in a hereafter, but I am comforted by Will Rogers' words..."If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went." Me too, Will.

K&R

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:10 PM

68. annie slept with me the last night

couldn't bear to go. mom and dad did. unfortunately dad came away with the wrong message and really started hating me once she left. This brings a knot in my throat even after all that.

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:22 PM

69. Scuse me... something in my eye...

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 10:49 PM

70. A few years ago

one of my two dogs was out in front of my home and a mountain lion scooped him up and he was gone. I had him for 19 years. My other dog, aged 20 was blind and soon after the mountain lion incident lost her ability to walk. I put her down. I will never forget what the vet said after giving her the injection. He looked at me and said, "Now she can see."

After several very sad days, I decided to get another dog. It was the best decision I ever made. Dogs give comfort and take care of us. We may like to think that we are the ones that are taking care of them, but it's the other way around. They teach us. They teach us to treat everyone well and to live a good life. They fill our days. Its not about what you may have materially, it's about love, something you may not or can not anticipate.

I like to think about them. They comfort me. My heart remembers still.

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Response to dinger130 (Reply #70)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:01 PM

71. I am so sorry for your losses

Your post is a beautiful tribute to them... "Dogs give comfort and take care of us." Yes, they do. Thanks for sharing this. As someone who is still mourning the loss of a beloved dog, I will remember your words.

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:33 PM

73. That is truly a "Wow" moment.

Very wonderful story. Kids and dogs, the 2 most intuitive kinds of people in the world.

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Mon Jan 7, 2013, 11:41 PM

74. A touching epilogue

On January 4, 1993, the cat in this book and the books that preceded it was put to sleep in Kerrville, Texas, by DR. W.H. Hoegemeyer and myself. Cuddles was fourteen years old, a respectable age. She was as close to me as any human being I have ever known.
Cuddles and I spent many years together, both in New York, where I found her as a little kitten on the street in Chinatown, and later on the ranch in Texas. She was always with me, on the table, on the bed, by the fireplace, beside the typewriter, on top of my suitcase when I returned from a trip.
I dug Cuddles' grave with a silver spade, in the little garden by the stream behind the old green trailer where both of us lived in the summertime. Her burial shroud was my old New York sweatshirt and in the grave with her is a can of tuna and a cigar.
A few days ago I received a sympathy note from Bill Hoegemeyer, the veterinarian. It opened with a verse by Irving Townsend: "We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own live within a fragile circle…"
Now as I write this, on a gray winter day by the fireside, I can almost feel her light tread moving from my head and my heart down through my fingertips to the keys of the typewriter. People may surprise you with unexpected kindness. Dogs have a depth of loyalty that we often seem unworthy of. But the love of a cat is a blessing, a privilege in this world.
They say when you die and go to heaven all the dogs and cats you ever owned in your life come running to meet you.
Until that day, rest in peace Cuddles.
Kinky Friedman
Madina, Texas
February 5, 1993
I miss all my cats. Each of them made me a better human.

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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:00 AM

75. Crying now...

So precious...

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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:49 AM

77. I've had five adopted ferrets

In the past 10-12 years. You're lucky to get ferrets to 5-6 years. Eight-nine years is almost unheard of. In such a short span of time, they go from being carpet sharks full of energy and fun to a really fast decline where it becomes very clear their quality of life is almost nil. I've always adopted grown ferrets that others can't take care of. I recently had to have my last one put to sleep. I think she was actually 6 to 7 years old. With the loss of each one, I wonder why our pets, who seem to live for the sole purpose of loving us and bringing joy to our lives, only get to live so long. This is a good explanation.

TlalocW

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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:15 AM

78. Because painful as it may be, we can handle it.

A dog lives for his or her person. Pines for them when gone. I can't imagine a greater suffering than a dog that loses his or her person. A whole world ended.

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Response to flvegan (Reply #78)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:44 AM

84. i thought of this fact too.

I don't want to leave my babies with such a fate! So, as heartbreaking as it absolutely will be, this old gal is therefore determined to outlive them. They deserve no less.

I've cried throughout reading the touching remembrances of the special critters in this thread. My heart aches not only for the Loves I've lost but for my fellow DUers' losses as well. Such warm and loving folks here.

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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 01:38 AM

79. An Epitaph.

Lord Byron's Inscription on the Monument of a Newfoundland Dog:

Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity,
Strength without Insolence,
Courage without Ferocity,
and all the Virtues of Man, without his Vices.

This Praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery if inscribed over human ashes is but a just tribute to the Memory of Boatswain, a Dog.



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Response to Manifestor_of_Light (Reply #79)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:55 AM

86. A nice Epitaph, indeed

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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:03 AM

81. That is so true.

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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 08:13 AM

87. Thanks For Sharing

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