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Cannikin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:18 PM
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My dog, Zeke, has passed away
After what appeared to be a successful fight with cancer back in July, my golden retriever, Zeke, fell ill suddenly and was put to rest on December 4th.

I drove him three and a half hours to bury him at my family's land in central Arkansas, where I used to take him camping. I'll never be able to put into words how much he meant to me.

I invite anyone who is interested to view the tribute video I made in his honor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn__ntfQb1o
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Midlodemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:19 PM
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1. Oh, honey. I'm so, so sorry.
I can't watch the video tonight; I'm emotional for other reasons, but I promise I will.

You're a good soul, Cannikin. :hug:
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:19 PM
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2. Aw...
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 09:25 PM by redqueen
I'm so sorry.



And that was a lovely tribute. :cry:
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MissMillie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:20 PM
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3. You meant a lot to him too
:hug:


I'm so sorry for your loss.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:29 PM
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4. so sorry
Grieve not,
nor think of me with tears
But laugh
and talk to me as if I were beside you.
I loved you so . . .
'Twas Heaven here with you


-- Isla Paschal Richardson


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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:30 PM
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5. dup
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 09:30 PM by Skittles
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:31 PM
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6. Sorry.
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:52 PM
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7. Oh no
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 09:53 PM by MountainLaurel
You have my heartfelt condolences. Losing a family member like that is so hard. :hug:
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:54 PM
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8. I'm very sorry for your loss.
I had a similar cancer experience with my dear Zen a year and a half ago.
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Born_A_Truman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:04 PM
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9. I'm so sorry
I know how much this hurts. Still not over losing my first pug girl.
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:06 PM
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10. I'm so sorry. R.I.P. Zeke
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mikita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:11 PM
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11. what a beautiful tribute....
what a beautiful friend....

I hope your heart heals in time.

Peace,
Mikita
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wartrace Donating Member (920 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:16 PM
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12. Zeke will be waiting for you at the bridge.
Your video brought a tear to my eyes, they are our best friends.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:38 PM
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13. Your tribute is wonderful...I am crying.
Zeke was certainly a one-in-a-million furbaby. It looks like he loved everyone...2 legged and 4 legged. He was so sweet with the puppy and even the cat. He was obviously devoted to you, sleeping in your spot on the bed.
I have been there, so I know how much your heart aches not having him around. The last act of kindness is to let them go when they are suffering. It is apparent that you loved him very much. I have found that the ache and emptiness only recede with time and tears.


We Have A Secret

We have a secret, you and I
that no one else shall know,
for who but I can see you lie
each night in fire glow?
And who but I can reach my hand
before we go to bed
and feel the living warmth of you
and touch your silken head?
And only I walk woodland paths
and see ahead of me,
your small form racing with the wind
so young again, and free.
And only I can see you swim
in every brook I pass
and when I call, no one but I
can see the bending grass.
Author Unknown



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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:47 PM
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14. Truly sorry for your loss.
I watched the video. What a beautiful puppy, what a fine friend. :hug:
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:35 PM
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15. So sorry. Hug.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:41 PM
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16. That is a beautiful slideshow.
I'm very sorry. :cry:

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BuelahWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:46 PM
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17. What a gorgeous dog he was
:hug:I'm sorry for your loss.
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:47 PM
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18. Wonderful tribute.
I'm so sorry for your loss.

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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:49 PM
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19. So sorry for your loss.
:hug:
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nadine_mn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:49 PM
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20. Cannikin... I am so sorry for your loss
words cannot express how much pain you must be going through and how much love you have for your Zeke.

I cannot watch the youtube tribute, because one of our dogs is getting to the point where we will be making a very difficult decision. I know that if I watch, I will bawl like a baby.

How such beautiful and wonderful creatures can bring so much pure and unconditional love to our lives astounds me, and may your beloved Zeke be chasing balls and frolicking in a better, painfree place.


:hug:
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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:56 PM
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21. I'm so sorry, Cannikin
I can't watch right now - my beloved Tommycat is failing, and I'm a wreck. And I'm trying to get my dumbass neighbors to treat their sweet Golden Retriever (who is nonetheless driving me crazy) better. But I grieve for you, I am sorry you lost your buddy. :hug:
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:25 AM
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22. I've had very few "best friends" in my life....
Edited on Tue Dec-09-08 12:45 AM by Rowdyboy
Sometimes we are blessed

on edit: the video link to youtube left me speechless. You gave your buddy a really good send off-especially when total strangers share your loss. What a magnificent dog (and a really nice human partner too)
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:33 AM
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23. Ohhhh, Cannikin... I'm so sorry.
:hug:

My brother had a little rescue mutt named Zeke and he lived to be 18 years old. It's so hard to let them go.

Here is the tribute I wrote for them then. I'll be thinking of your Zeke tonight.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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TBreeze Donating Member (393 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:48 AM
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24. I'm so sorry for your loss
That was a very nice tribute. :hug:
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:55 AM
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25. I'm so sorry.
I lost my best friend in July, he was almost 16.
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Cannikin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:41 PM
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26. Thank you all very much for your kind words and support.
I miss all of you here at DU.
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:48 PM
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27. Ohhh, I'm so sorry
I watched the slide show with a lump in my throat but I can see that, even if his life wasn't long enough, it was a GREAT life. I hope you adopt another dog.
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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:49 PM
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28. What a beautiful tribute to Zeke. We lost our beloved Tanya last summer
at age 14. I would love to be able to do a slide show of pictures of her--but our house burned down
August 07 and we lost almost all our family photos.

:hug:
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LibertyLover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:49 PM
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29. I am so sorry
I understand only too well. 3 weeks ago our 12 year old greyhound, Sam, died very suddenly. He apparently had a stroke. The day before he had been running in the backyard, chasing squirrels and keeping our other dogs in line. The next morning he was dead. My 6 year old daughter misses him terribly and draws pictures of him almost every day. He meant the world to us all. What a beautiful tribute and a wonderful dog. I'm so glad that Zeke is buried on land he loved. Strength and peace to you.
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QueenOfCalifornia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:03 PM
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30. sigh...
I watched the video. I cried like a baby. You and your dog look so happy together - Peace to you and to Zeke.
Here is a beautiful poem about having to put down a best friend:

If it should be....

If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
and pain should keep me from my sleep,
then you must do what must be done,
for we know this last battle can't be won.

You will be sad, I understand,
but don't let grief then stay your hand,
for this day, more than the rest,
your love and friendship must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years,
what is to come can hold no fears.
Would you want me to suffer? So,
when the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my needs they'll tend,
only stay with me until the end,
and hold me firm and speak to me,
until my eyes no longer see.

It is a kindness that you do to me,
although my tail it's last has waved,
from pain and suffering I have been saved.

Do not grieve, it should be you,
who must decide this thing to do.
We've been so close, we two these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

Author unknown




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livetohike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:08 PM
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31. I'm so sorry for your loss of Zeke Cannikin
:hug: Crying with you....he was beautiful. I hope all of the good memories you have of Zeke will help you smile when you think about him. Your tribute is wonderful.
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pinstikfartherin Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:16 PM
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32. I'm so sorry..
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:18 PM
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33. Let me add my support to your heavy heart
Geeze, that is so sad.
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lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 01:29 PM
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34. I'm sorry
:hug:

what a beautiful tribute


lost

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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 03:53 PM
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35. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Some dogs just bond to your soul.
RIP Zeke.
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 04:07 PM
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36. Safe passage, Zeke.
Might your sufferings be over. Peace and comfort to you and yours, Cannikin.
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Bertha Venation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 04:15 PM
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37. Cannikin, I am very sorry.
:hug:
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baby_mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:15 PM
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38. Oh, I'm so sorry. That's awful.
:(
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:18 PM
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39. I am so very sorry *hugs*
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Capn Sunshine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:21 PM
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40. I'm sorry
Losing a friend and dogkid is painful , he was too young. Nice tribute.
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MrsBrady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 05:51 PM
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41. watched your video, what a cutie
so sorry.
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Lyric Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:43 PM
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42. Oh my god. My Toby could almost be your Zeke's twin.
Much love from our Golden boy to you...













:cry:
:hug:
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