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Old 10-07-2014, 03:43 PM   #11
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Sorry to hear about Polly. Losing a pet is never easy and but the love they provided is forever.

Take care.

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Old 10-07-2014, 03:54 PM   #12
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So sorry to hear of your loss. It's amazing how much they give and although they ask little in return, before you know it, they end up taking your heart.

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Old 10-07-2014, 03:55 PM   #13
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Sorry to hear, we just had to put our 12.5yr old German Shepherd down for the same reason due to her hips. We had her since she was a puppy and she lived with us before we got married, after we got married, and through the birth of two kids. She welcomed the kids into the family and was a wonderful dog too.

We put her down in August and I still find myself walking into the room where she used to lay down looking for her some mornings.

Her brain was still all there, it was just physically she couldn't get up. I think that's why it was so hard on us too.

We just took comfort as do you in knowing she's no longer in any pain.

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Old 10-07-2014, 04:01 PM   #14
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So sorry for your loss.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:15 PM   #15
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Thank you for everyone's kind words of sympathy and encouragement. It is very much appreciated.

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Old 10-07-2014, 08:31 PM   #16
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Sorry for your loss. We lost "Princess", our dalmation, 5 years ago but then"Olivia" came along and everything is right in the world again!!
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:36 PM   #17
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Sorry to hear about your loss. We had to put our dog down several years ago after 17 wonderful years. They become a part of the family and is a real heartbreaker to have to make the decision to put them down. Our heart goes out to you.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:47 PM   #18
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Very sad day. They ask for so little and give so much to our lives. Prayers..
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:59 PM   #19
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We've always had Labradors (with one exception). We got our first one when DW was pregnant with our first daughter (who'll be 50 next year!). We had to leave her with my folks and my brother at the time we emigrated from England in 1968. She proved to be a great dog for them and made it to 14.

Right now we've got #s 5 & 6. We did get a pound mutt when she was 2 (a mix of Shepherd, Golden retriever and a bunch of other breeds) who made it to 16, despite going blind at 12. We went back to Labs after she passed.

The one we miss the most was Lab #4, a chocolate female, whom we rescued when she was only 6 months old. We found out, at 8 months old, that she had Addison's disease. She needed a shot every 25 days, so we became very well known at our local vet's. We were a steady source of revenue too, as the shots started out at around $40 a time and had escalated to almost $120 by the time she passed away at 14 years old!.

At 73 (me) and close to that (DW), we're thinking our present two (11 and 10) will probably be our last pair. It's tough for a 4' 11" person to control an 80-pound dog that wants to attack and kill a passing motorcycle. It's Angus's only quirk.

My condolences on your loss - it's a very difficult thing to handle, and it's no easier when its the fourth or fifth time than it was the first.
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:14 PM   #20
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Thank you for loving Polly enough to give her the gift of peace. She will be guarding the rainbow bridge waiting for you. My Maddie will be there with her (she was a shepherd lab mix). This was sent to me when I had to make the same difficult choice for Maddie. You will cry when you read it and that is ok. Eventually, you will understand and embrace it.


I, Chelsea, because of the burden of my illness and realizing the end of my life is near, do hereby bury my Last Will and Testament in the mind of my Master. She will not know it is there until after I am dead. Then, remembering me in her loneliness, she will suddenly know of this testament, and I ask her to inscribe it as a memorial to me.

I have little in the way of material things to leave. Dogs are wiser than men. They do not set great store upon things. They do not waste their days hoarding property. They do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have not. There is nothing of value I have to bequeath except my love and my faith. These I leave to all those who have loved me, to my Master, Vicky, who I know will mourn me the most, to my companion, Will, but if I should list all those who have loved me, it would force my Master to write a book. Perhaps it is vain of me to boast when I am so near death, which returns all beasts and vanities to dust, but I have always been an extremely exceptional dog.

I ask my Master to remember me always but not to grieve for me too long. In my life I have tried to be a comfort to her in time of sorrow and a reason for added joy in her happiness. It is painful for me to think that even in death I should cause her pain. Let her remember that, while no dog ever had a happier life, I have now grown ill and pained. I should not want my pride to sink to a bewildered humiliation. It is time for me to say "good-bye". It will sorrow me to leave her but not sorrow me to die. Dogs do not fear death as men do. We accept it as part of life, not as something alien and terrible which destroys life. What will come to me after death? I will be in a place where one is always young; where I will someday be joined by companions I have known in life; where I will romp in lovely fields with those that have gone before me; where every hour is mealtime; where in long evenings there are fireplaces with logs forever burning, and one curls oneself up and remembers the old brave days on earth and the love of one's Master.

This is much to expect but peace, at least, is certain, and a long rest for these weakened limbs. And eternal sleep is perhaps, after all, the best.

One last request I earnestly make. I ask her, for love of me to have another. It would be a poor tribute to my memory never to have another Lab. What I would like to feel is that, having once had me, she cannot live without one! I have never had a narrow spirit. I have always held that most dogs are good. Some dogs are better than others--like me--and so I suggest a Black Lab as my successor. She can hardly be as well bred or as mannered or as distinguished and beautiful as I, but my Master must not ask the impossible. She will do her best, I am sure, and even her inevitable defects will help keep my memory green. To her I bequeath my collar and leash. I leave her my place in the car which I loved so much and wish for her long rides with open windows.

One last word of farewell, dear Master. Whenever you think of me, say to yourself with regret but also with happiness in your heart at the remembrance of my happy life with you, "She is the one who loved us and whom we loved." No matter how deep my sleep, I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.

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