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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:20 AM
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A good dog is leaving the world tonight.
I'm not very good at losing animals. Second one this year. Duffy the consummate border collie is fading. I had scheduled a home euthanasia for Thursday, but I don't think he'll last the night. He was a rescue dog who spent two years in a shelter until a family member of mine took him home six years ago. When that family member got a toddler, Duffy came to live with me. About 2 1/2 years ago. He's a fun-loving, extremely GOOD dog. Strong as an ox, always game for whatever people may suggest.

I know the cats will breathe a sigh of relief when the herder is out of their lives. But gee, I'll miss him and his quirky ways.
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Electric Monk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:34 AM
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1. I hate it when that happens. I've had to do that 4 times now, and it doesn't get easier.
:grouphug:
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:39 AM
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2. I am so very, very sorry. He sounds like such a special dog.
I've been there, myself, especially since I've adopted senior dogs and it really never gets any easier. Try and remember just how fortunate he was to have found you... ;( :hug:
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 03:26 AM
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3. My sincere condolences.
He is leaving this world loved.

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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 07:15 AM
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4. It's so hard. I'm so very very sorry. Best wishes and all condolences. n/t
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polly7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 08:26 AM
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5. I'm so sorry grasswire.
I can't say much because my heart is in my throat reading your post ... Duffy sounds like a beautiful and joyous soul. It's torture watching them get so ill. I hope his passing is painless and am so glad he has you to help him. Take care of yourself. :cry: :hug:
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 11:50 AM
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6. the reason I posted this was to remark that border collies are AWESOME dogs.
I would have never thought of owning one. I took this one because he was "in the family" and needed a home. He has provided a million laughs and cheered my heart with his devoted pack attitude. His energy is boundless.

And he's still here this morning. Not in pain -- what ails him is not painful. He's just quietly still here.
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 12:18 PM
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8. ((Duffy))
I'm glad he's not feeling pain. I know you'll keep him warm and safe so he can have nothing but Peace.

He's so lucky to have you love him and care for him so great!
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hamsterjill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:16 PM
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10. Border collies are the best!
I grew up on a ranch and my father trained them for herding sheep and goats. One actually saved my life once upon a time.

My sympathies to you. I wish you peace and comfort!
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 08:41 PM
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13. Duffy was not a trained herder, but the instinct to herd is STRONG
It's amazing to watch. He wasn't particulary interested in the flocks of Canada geese that occasionally are in our yard, but lord almighty if he saw a couple of squirrels. And of course our cats. That border collie stare stops them cold.
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targetpractice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 11:53 AM
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7. A dog on his master...
As young as I look,
I am growing older faster than he,
seven to one
is the ratio they tend to say.

Whatever the number,
I will pass him one day
and take the lead
the way I do on our walks in the woods.

And if this ever happens
to cross his mind,
it would be the sweetest
shadow I have ever cast on snow or grass.


-- Billy Collins, poet

My condolences to you and your family.
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snacker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 12:24 PM
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9. Oh, I'm so sorry...
it is so heartbreaking to lose a pet. They have such special places in our hearts and homes. Peace.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:27 PM
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11. So sad to hear this
Edited on Wed Dec-07-11 02:28 PM by XemaSab
:(

You have my condolences. :(
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:28 PM
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12. So sorry. I know how you feel. I am sure he was like part of your family.
I have lost 3 dogs within the past 10 years and it still hurts when I think of them.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 10:38 PM
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14. I am so sorry.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 11:19 PM
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15. That you stated he's "A good dog" is a high compliment.
He'd appreciate it.

I'm sorry for what you're facing/have faced tonight.
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 12:06 AM
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16. My heart hurts for you and Duffy....last year we lost Cinders, a neighbors dog we took in when
her homelife became unbearable. We made the last 18 months of her life a pleasure-just as I believe you did for Duffy. May the knowledge that you gave him a wonderful life help ease the pain of letting him go.
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fizzgig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 12:12 AM
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17. that's so hard
i'm so sorry :hug:
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 12:25 AM
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19. well, he's still here tonight, just sleeping
The home euthanasia was put off for a few days at the request of the dr.'s schedule.

He's not in pain. He's eating and drinking. Wobbly, though, and kind of out of it.

By the way, I love to see your user name because I think of my mother's favorite movie when I see it! :-)
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 12:23 AM
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18. I am so sorry grasswire.
:cry:
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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 01:13 AM
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20. I'm so sorry....
Lucky you two for finding each other...

Hold him in your heart.


Tikki
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 05:03 AM
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21. I know how you feel. I've lost 5 in the last three years.
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WillParkinson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 05:33 AM
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22. I can't say anything...
:hug:

(Sorry, it's all I have.)
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Worried senior Donating Member (105 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 10:25 AM
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23. We've had to do this several times in the last 40 years
and it never gets easier and each one hurts as bad as the last one. My deepest sympathy, he was a good boy.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 11:50 AM
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24. welcome to DU, friend.
I lost my orange kitty boy of sixteen years in March. I'm still ripped over that one.

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Tyrs WolfDaemon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 12:55 PM
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25. ~~~~~~vibes~~~~~~~
May Duffy find his place in the Wild Hunt on the other side of Brifrost where he can run and play with his ancestors and feast with the other doggies that have gone on before. May his trip be easy, for him and you.

We will all howl for him this night.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 05:05 PM
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27. that's how Duffy looks when he "sings"
Sing, Duffy! And he will raise his head, and make the most AMAZING warbles.

He also has a habit of making bear noises. Like when he settles down from standing to curled up. Deep, chest-centered noise like a bear. Never heard another dog do that.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 02:00 PM
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26. Oh, no! I am so very sorry! *hugs*
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cherish44 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 08:17 PM
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28. So sorry
Good luck on your next journey Duffy
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 08:30 PM
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29. (((GOOD VIBES)))
:hug:
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:39 AM
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30. I'm very sorry grasswire


This never gets easy. Never.

:hug:

And farewell, Duffy the Good Dog





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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:37 AM
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31. I'm sorry, Grasswire
Knowing that we are doing the right thing isn't always easy.

I've lost two of my rescues this year, and one of my feral kitties.

Duffy had a better life because of you.

:pals:
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:04 PM
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32. I'm very sorry. I've been through it and know it is like losing..
a family member. It's very hard, but eventually you will remember the good times. Comfort and a :hug: to you.
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:55 PM
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33. I am so sorry.
:grouphug:
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