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Sat Apr 20, 2019, 07:26 PM

The Deep Sadness of Losing a Beloved Animal

Some of you know that I volunteer at an equine rescue sanctuary. It certainly holds a piece of my heart and every day I go there (4-5 days per week - I'm retired) I feel renewed. We see such recovery, redemption, and forgiveness from all of these horses, many of whom have come from truly horrific circumstances. This morning there were 55 horses on the property. As of this afternoon, there are now only 54. My heart is breaking because one of my most cherished horses, Bryant, enjoyed his last sunshine. He was a large chestnut quarter horse, probably in his early 30s, and very lame. We did everything we could to keep him healthy and happy for the 12 years he was with us. He eventually was not able to go up into the gelding fields with the other "boys", so he has spent his recent days grazing on the flat open lawns in front of the barn with his buddy Gato. The two of them knew when it was dinner time and they would saunter into the barn on their own and put themselves away in their stalls. If Bryant was in the mood for being groomed (he loved to be brushed), then he would put himself in the cross-ties and stand there patiently until somebody took the hint and brought out the curry comb. He always made us laugh!

If you would like to read Bryant's story, it's here:

https://www.equamore.org/portfolio-item/bryant/

If you have a spare nickel, a donation to Equamore in his name would be nice.

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Reply The Deep Sadness of Losing a Beloved Animal (Original post)
leftieNanner Apr 20 OP
mr_lebowski Apr 20 #1
leftieNanner Apr 20 #2
lunatica Apr 20 #3
MoonRiver Apr 20 #4
UniteFightBack Apr 20 #5
Phoenix61 Apr 20 #6
Raine Apr 20 #7
gopiscrap Apr 20 #8
nolabear Apr 20 #9
sinkingfeeling Apr 20 #10
dlk Apr 20 #11
Niagara Apr 20 #12
MarianJack Apr 20 #13
Ohiogal Apr 20 #14
Demovictory9 Apr 21 #15
Rhiannon12866 Apr 21 #16
Donkees Apr 21 #17
theaocp Apr 21 #18

Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 07:29 PM

1. Sorry for your loss ...

Bryant

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 07:32 PM

2. Thank you

It's a part of being involved in a rescue (we don't adopt out any of our horses - they are here to stay), and it's always sad, just some are harder than others.

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 07:36 PM

3. You all gave him a wonderful life!

He definitely knew he was boss when it came to grooming time.

That is lovely, and a wonderful way to live.

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 07:37 PM

4. Heartbreaking, but at least he knew love and kindness. Thank you for helping him.

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 07:37 PM

5. Yes it's hard...still feeling stings and it can be years later. But then I think of the alternative

which is no companion animals at all to avoid the pain of loss and I'll choose the pain of having loved each and every time.

Lighting a candle for Bryant to help him find his way through the universe, for he was one of the lucky ones.

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 07:37 PM

6. I'm convinced we can learn a lot from our 4 footed friends.

They bring so much joy to our life it's hard when they go away. Thank you for taking care of so many who need your help.

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 08:50 PM

7. I'm so sorry

I love animals so much too, the pain of losing them never totally goes away.

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:05 PM

8. Trust me, I know how hard it is. It's been 5 and a quarter years

since I lost the best pet I have had. (Stewie, lynx-siamese) was wonderful. I still miss him. You are in my thoughts for comfort and good memories!-Mike

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:29 PM

9. He sounds like a fine fellow. Cross easy, Bryant.

❤️🍷

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:42 PM

10. I'm deeply sorry for your loss. You made Bryant's last years his heaven.

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:51 PM

11. I'm Very Sorry You Lost Your Dear Companion

I volunteer at an equine therapy facility and I have learned of the special bond that can exist between a person and the horse they care for. I hope the memories of your bond with Bryant will continue to bring you joy.

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:09 PM

12. I would like to say

Thank you and your team at the rescue sanctuary for all that you do.

I'm sorry to hear that the sanctuary lost a part of the family today.

R.I.P. Bryant

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:23 PM

13. My sweet boy Curly...

...went to doggie heaven last August 3. I still mourn and miss him very much. I will always love him. His picture is the screen of my phone. The loss of a four legged family member is crushing!

When my grandfather's doggie died in 1963 he flat out said to my grandmother, mom, aunts & uncles that his dog was dead and he didn't ant to live anymore either. He was gone within a year.

RESIST!

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:33 PM

14. Thank you

For bringing love and kindness to another living creature who might not ever have known it.

Animals are amazing in their capacity to forgive.

You are performing a truly worthwhile endeavor. Bless you.

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 01:07 AM

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 01:50 AM

16. I just did. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 08:21 AM

17. Farewell Bryant, Run Free






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Response to leftieNanner (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 08:44 AM

18. I run a rescue, though for much smaller beasties.

I thank you for your post. May Bryant cross the Bridge with head held high and tail a-swishin'. Cheers and love sent to you and yours.

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