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#1160997 - 04/09/09 07:27 PM Re: pet lovers RR Joker
Countess Kiwi Offline
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Minnesota
So sorry, Waldensouth. We lost our dogs at that age too, they are part of the family and I still miss them a lot.
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#1161072 - 04/09/09 08:15 PM Re: pet lovers Countess Kiwi
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Western MA
So sorry for your loss. I have a friend who recently found out that her boxer has cancer and the mass is growing too fast to do anything about. I feel so bad for her as, like all of us the pet is a member of the family.

I can't even imagine the pain as I have only had my very first dog for three years. But every day I give her a hug and thank her for being part of my life. I tell her that I don't know what I would do without her and she just looks at me with those lovely puppydog eyes and I melt.

So sorry, Waldensouth...

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#1161171 - 04/09/09 10:02 PM Re: pet lovers Mocha's Mom
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WS, I'll add my condolences to the one's here already. We have had to do that twice now and it is so hard. (((hugs)))
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#1161665 - 04/10/09 04:50 PM Re: pet lovers corkygirl
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Wisconsin
You have my condolences also. I can definitely relate to the pain you are feeling. frown

When I lost my English Cocker, her name was Chevy, I was devastated. She was only 6 years old. At just 10 months old, she developed epilepsy. The first time I saw her "seize" I totally freaked out. I remember it like it was yesterday, even though it has been almost 10 years ago now, and occurred on Mother's Day. The vet put her on phenobarbitol and as she got older the dosage had to be increased. We even had to watch out for the "full moon" because she seemed more susceptible to having seizures then.

Anyway, less than a week before she died, she was having very frequent seizures even with the increased dosage of medication. We took her to the vet and discovered she also had an enlarged heart. Both the epilepsy and the enlarged heart were feeding each other. Within a couple of days, and less than two weeks before Christmas, my son came home from school to find that she had "passed".

I had actually taken a couple of days off from work to stay with her, hoping she would improve. Since I had not done ANY Christmas shopping at all by that time, I decided I would leave for a couple of hours to shop for the boys. I wasn't even gone for two hours! I felt so guilty that she died alone. After talking with some friends of mine, it was a small consolation when they said that she was probably waiting for me to leave so that she could pass by herself. Still, I was deeply depressed (I'm even tearing up now thinking about it).

My husband, even the jerk that his is sometimes, was really worried about me. Even though we said when we lost her that we wouldn't get another dog right away, someone had suggested that we do just that. So even though my husband "seemed" really against it, I found a Beagle breeder fairly close to us, and I went by myself to go see a litter they just had. My husband was quite surprised that I came home empty-handed, and confided that he thought for sure that I would have a new puppy with me. I said, "She isn't ready yet silly!" wink

I went back up less than two weeks later, and the day before Christmas Eve, brought home our Beagle pup, Shelbi. Oh boy, was she a feisty little pup, but it was what the doctor ordered for me 'cuz I needed to be able to divert my attention off of my Chevy. Shelbi was supposed to be MY dog, but now, of course, is HIS best buddy. Go figure. smirk

She got sick about six months ago and, without sending her to a specialist, couldn't figure out what was wrong with her. Our vet thought that she possibly had a cervial spine disease and put her on pain medication and steroids. Come to find out she had bladder stones, had surgery, and, thank God, she's back to her perky little Beagle self. smile

Since my husband and I have been separated, she lives in our house with him. But when I go to see my son, she greets me with her tail a-waggin.

Just thought I'd share that. smile
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#1161707 - 04/10/09 05:15 PM Re: pet lovers RR Joker
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Florida
WS, our GSP died in my arms at 17 years old. I can understand and empathize with you. Misty is now on our mantle in a ceramic doggie house still looking after us.

While it's hard not to think of Puppet, think only of the best thoughts and what a great mutual admiration society you shared. You did the best thing, taking the pain away from him. As a recommendation, in a few months, travel to your animal shelter and have another dog celebrate life with you.

We did and our new dog is just as obnoxious as Misty was at 1 year! We love it.
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#1161720 - 04/10/09 05:28 PM Re: pet lovers BowlingQueen
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SW GA
BQ,

We had a beagle when my ex and I separated. He had temporary custody for about two months after the separation, then I moved her to my new home in south GA. She was the best dog (except when she chewed up lamp cords and my shoes!).
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#1161927 - 04/10/09 07:48 PM Re: pet lovers Bagweaver
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Wisconsin
The only thing Shelbi ever got into was the bathroom garbage. Otherwise, she wasn't much of a chewer. wink
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#1161950 - 04/10/09 08:13 PM Re: pet lovers RR Joker
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kentucky
i am so sorry to hear about Puppet!!! just remember that you provided the best companionship, care and home for that sweet dog for many years. i totally understand what you are going through, i have two doggies of my own and they are family, my babies. take care and remember the good times. frown

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#1163399 - 04/14/09 08:32 PM Re: pet lovers swjw519
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only if I want to....
so sorry WS....my heart aches for you........ {{{{hugs}}}}}
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