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Old 04-21-2009, 08:25 PM   #43
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I'm so sorry for both of your losses Gina and Ron. It's so sad to part with a beloved companion. There's nothing like the unconditional love of an animal. I don't post much, but read often and wanted to express my sympathy.

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Old 04-21-2009, 08:50 PM   #44
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Sorry for your loss. We had to put our two to rest last spring. Like I was told, they were thankful for the extra time and love that we gave them. Replaced them with 3 little cats...

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Old 04-21-2009, 09:09 PM   #45
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Sorry to hear of your loss. I have a few pets that I have buried in the back part of our place. I does not get any easier. It's always a big loss out of your life.

I've found, though, a kind of silver lining from these experiences. It's seeing how closely your remaining pets are keyed into your well being. They sense your distress and know that things are not the same. Your buddies get closer to you and the bond grows stronger than ever.

Here's wishing you and yours well being.

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Old 04-21-2009, 10:06 PM   #46
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I wish to add my condolences. Even though we are strangers I know exactly what and how you feel.
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:21 PM   #47
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Oh Gina, what a big empty place there is in your life and your Egg just now. Tho' saying goodbye is the toughest thing, after all the years of love, joy & protection, we owe each of our fur-kids a dignified and peaceful end, as you and others have written.

Kitty was surely one-in-a-million and we, too, pray your memories and the other 2 pups will help get you thru. Hugs from the Geezers, and Ms. Minnie, too.
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” A. Einstein
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:26 PM   #48
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One more heartfelt candle lit for your sweet dog. We know only too well how terribly painful it is to lose a doggy buddy. And it takes time to grieve - hope you and your other two beagles take some special walks, do some special trips and treat yourself gently. Only when a pet is gone and we sense that void does their omnipresence become so obvious, catching yourself thinking you feel their presence, see them out of the corner of your eye, hear them though they aren't there. They live on in so many ways, Kitty's spirit will still be with you

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Old 04-21-2009, 10:26 PM   #49
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I am so sorry to hear about your beloved Kitty. I have helped several of my pets cross over the bridge and anticipate the need to help my 16+ year old pup, Jesse, sometime in the near future. A friend sent me this card after I had to put Max, the cat, down after a long battle with lymphoma. Although we have never met, you and I have shared our love for our pets many times on this forum and I recognize you as a kindred spirit in this regard. I kept the card for times like these when someone else might receive some comfort from its' message. I hope it helps.

My deepest sympathies,

A Simple Message From Your Pet
By Ken D. Conover

To have loved and then said farewell is better that to have never loved at all.
For all of the times that you stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and
returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you.
For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly.
For all of these I am grateful and thankful.
I ask that you grieve not for the loss but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each other's lives.

My life was fuller because you were there, not as an owner, but as my friend.
Today, I am as I was in my youth.
The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and
the sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures.
I can run, jump and play and do all of the things that I did in my youth.
These is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging.
We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever.
You live in our hearts as we do in yours.
Companions such as you are very rare and unique.
Don't hold the love that you have within yourself.
Give it to another like me and then I will live forever.
For love never really dies, and you are loved and missed as surely as we are.

Your pet in heaven.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:55 AM   #50
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Gina and Ron,

I lost my Doberman, Domino, of twelve years last Feb, and than a rescue Basset, Bessie, in September, after only two wonderful years, quite suddenly. Domino had bone cancer, and stepped off of her futon, and her shoulder broken in half. The vet said that she was in so much pain, that there wasn't much hope. We put her down, only to hear about a lady at work whose dog also had bone cancer, and was put on a miracle treatment. They amputated her leg, and put her on chemo. She lived 6 more months, only to have to be put down as a result of a relapse. Bessie was the light of my life. She harrassed all my family members, was jealous of my husband, demanded to always sit by me...she of a kind. I took her to the vets when she acted like she had the flu. She was 6, in the past ate a rock, and had surgery, so I asked for an x-ray to make sure that that wasn't the case. She didn't, was better in the afternoon, and died that night in the hospital. They didn't do a barium x-ray, and she had a blockage from her previous surgery in her intestine.

I read all the kind notes here, and ended up with tears in my eyes. I have children, and love them all dearly. However, the dogs...once they are house broken... don't ask for anything but your love. They give you adoration and acceptance, they don't yell at you if you don't meet their expectations...they don't go to the principals office, or walk away from you if you don't give them what they want.

Kids or no kids...the unconditional love a dog gives is hard to lose.

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Old 04-22-2009, 09:54 AM   #51
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Crap, I'm crying.

This really got to me Lisa:
A Simple Message From Your Pet
By Ken D. Conover
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Old 04-22-2009, 06:12 PM   #52
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Crap, I'm crying.

This really got to me Lisa:
A Simple Message From Your Pet
By Ken D. Conover
I am sorry I have to take this opportunity to plug my special place.
The reason we moved to Kanab was because of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary where I still volunteer regularly (occasionally?). Best Friends is by far the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the world.
If you ever watch the show "dog town" on national geographic channel it is filmed right here in my town at my favorite place. The tv show was so successful that NG has produced three more since the original. I know these people.. so thrilling.


Please rescue if you feel the need to add a new animal spirit to your clan. These dogs and cats were facing death before being cuddled by Best Fiends. If you have recently lost a close animal friend please consider calling them for an adoption. It you do adopt dinner in Kanab is on me!

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Old 04-22-2009, 07:06 PM   #53
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Yes, Lisa.. thank you. That is one I have not read before, and it is beautiful.

I have been sent "The Rainbow Bridge" a dozen times this week.. I still can not read it now, tho I have sent it to many others in the past. I can't see to type it... and rarely have.

I have the 3 left, and the youngest was purchased for just this time. (Sorry Ron, I know the plight and totally agree.. ALL my animals have been rescues but this pup.. BUT there are a variety of reasons on several levels I bought from a breeder this time.. please trust this was for the betterment of those I already had)

I take joy in the relationship my remaining 2 have with each other, they are the love of the century.. exactly what I had hoped to help ease the older male through this time.

And he is doing far better, and seems very active already. I am positive Kitty does not mind. She is with the love of her life now.. I expect he was at the bridge waiting for her since he got there 5 years ago.

These two don't even know I exist.. except at dinner time

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Old 04-22-2009, 07:10 PM   #54
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To Gina, Ron, and all that have lost furry critters over the yrs. SORRY FOR THE LOSS!
It seems like it never gets easier. I have lost a number over the yrs as I am "mature" to say the least LOL.
Beagles have always been my favorite dog from child hood. Love them dogs, and miss them so much. I still think of ones that I had a special part in making their lives a little happier way back when. They are long gone over the rainbow bridge but forever in my heart.
I still shed tears over little 3 lb Nicky (Maltese) that went to doggie heaven along with his Auntie Sondra last yr. Not a day goes by that those departed dogs are not thought about.
Our furry critters give more love than humans. They are unconditionally there, happy and glad to see us. Maybe that is why their name is GOD spelled backwards. GOD - DOG
If true that they will be there to meet us in Heaven, some of us will get stampeeded by the rush of happy dogs coming to greet us.
I look forward to being united with them all.
I could not even finish reading that poem :-( Will do so later.
Gina, I connected to you right away------------Beagles. My favorite of all the shedding breeds. Ron, Sorry for your loss also, they get old to quickly.Dogs sure are great to have around for as long as we have them.
Again, sorry for your loss!
Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

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Old 04-22-2009, 08:32 PM   #55
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Oh Gina, I am so sorry to read about your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a dog who is so close to your heart and how very much she meant to you. Hang in there.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:33 PM   #56
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Ron - thank you for the reminder about Best Friends Sanctuary. A friend used to volunteer there on occasion - it is a wonderful place! Thanx, too, for A Schweitzer's lovely poem.

Our condolences on losing Misty - hope you find healing for the grief in happy memories. L 'n D

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