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Old 08-15-2009, 07:05 AM   #1
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Our best friend is gone

Yesterday we had to let go of Bailey, our best camping buddy. She was a mutt with some beagle mix and who knows what else. My wife got her from a co-worker at 6 weeks old. She loved to camp and her last trip was at the end of July. As soon as we would bring the camper home to get ready she would get excited. We knew this would most likely be her last trip. After 14 years she developed a high sugar problem that affected her weight and appetite. The vet diagnosed diabetes with a inflamed liver. Her last vet visit was in March for her shots and the blood work didn't show and trouble. We tried insulin to get the sugar down but she did not want to eat therefore we coundn't give the insulin. When I came home yesterday after work I knew it was her time. Her breathing was labored and she could't stand. I called my wife and told her to meet us at the vet. It only took about two weeks for her to go from active to totally inactive. It was suggested that her condition was critical and we made the tough decision to let her go. She was relaxed while we held her and the vet gave the injection. She was gone. The house is so quiet now. Bailey will be missed very much and camping will be different. It is amazing how attached you can get to a pet and how hard the decision is to make. For 14 years she was a part of our life. She was a good dog and a better friend.
Thanks for letting me write this as a tribute to Bailey.
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:37 AM   #2
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So sorry for your loss. My sincere sympathy to the both of you. It's really tough to have to let go to your loved ones.
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Old 08-15-2009, 09:17 AM   #3
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I am very sorry for your loss. We too have had the same experience when we had our dog Sassy. It will be rough for a while not having your best bud go with you.
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Old 08-15-2009, 04:52 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear of your loss. My dog turned 14 in July and I have raised him from just a puppy as well. He is a bit hard of hearing now and has cataracs so he can't see all that good but he still runs around the house like a puppy at times. We don't know how much time is left for him but we treasure all we have and know we will be in your shoes in the future.

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Old 08-15-2009, 05:05 PM   #5
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So sorry for your loss. It is tough to lose your best friend.

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Old 08-15-2009, 07:40 PM   #6
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That's always a hard thing to do. I've had to do it 3 times now . . . I always have tears . . . and a new dog within a month . . . : - ) it takes awhile for the new dog to take the place of the old one though . . . .
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:04 PM   #7
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Sorry about your loss. They are members of the family and very hard to let go.

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Old 08-17-2009, 08:16 AM   #8
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So very sorry for your loss. I truely understand.
Last year we had to let go of our Shepard/Chow mix. We were there and saw her birth and had her for 17 years. That was one of the hardest things I think we have ever done. Even harder than losing her mother at 9 years to enlarged heart. "Kit" was a quiet dog who very choosy in her friends but very protective of those friends. She is still talked about fondly.
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Old 08-17-2009, 04:37 PM   #9
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Sorry for this loss, it must be very hard.
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The loss of a fur friend breaks your heart like nothing else; thankfully your memories of Bailey will last forever.
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:47 PM   #11
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Sorry for your loss. It hurts right now, but time will eventually wipe away the pain.
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:17 PM   #12
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Your story broke my heart. Last year at this time we had to put Comet our 12 year old Golden Retriever to sleep. He had bone cancer. It was one of the hardest things we ever had to go through. I know exactly how you feel. Comet loved to go camping also and it was very hard at first when we went without him. Im so sorry for your loss.
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:51 PM   #13
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Jim & Kathy, my sincere condolences.

After we had to put our golden retriever to sleep several years ago, I told the missus that I didn't want to go through that heartache again, and told myself that I never wanted a pet again. That didn't last long. Sango, our goldendoodle will never replace Brodie (the retriever) but we ended up with another great dog.
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:46 PM   #14
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Kathy and I would like to thank you all for your warm comments and words of comfort. Bailey was truly a member of the family and we miss her very much. The memories of her will carry us through until we meet again. Thank you all so much.

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How lucky she was to have people to love her so much. And how lucky you were to have her in your lives.
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Old 09-14-2009, 01:48 PM   #16
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I am so sorry for your loss. It is not an easy decision to make and them being old or sick doesn't make it any easier. We had to put down our 20 year old rescue chihuahua early this year. He was just old and his body started to shut down. As much as I hoped he would pass in his sleep, I couldn't in good conscience let him suffer. It was my first time faced with this decision and boy it was hard.
You will always have the great memories and maybe one day when you are ready, you can open your heart and home to another doggie. I am sure Bailey would approve.

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Old 10-29-2009, 08:11 PM   #17
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In the short time they share the planet with us, they give us so much happiness and fun. And, I do think they are sent to us for a reason. I am sad to hear about your loss, but I'm glad that you gave Bailey such a great life. Maybe you'll find another dog along the way that needs your kindness and love, as well. Best wishes.
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