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« on: April 11, 2010, 09:55:32 AM »

You all know I have an Aussie Maddy.  She turned 15 on March 20th.  Well, last Tue Amanda and I had to help her over the Rainbow Bridge.  Those of you who have animals, specially dogs will know how heavy my heart is. She has been with me longer than any of my husbands or boyfriends.  She was my rock here through thick & thin, always here with her cute face, always glad to see me, you know, dog stuff!  She was always my cry hugger, leaning into me, letting me sob at the death of both Mom & Dad and a gazillion other of life's downs. I am at a loss now cause she is the one I'm bawlin about and there is nothing to hug.  Cats by the way do not appreciate such intimacy! The process was very serene, my vet is wonderful and caring.  We kept her in the back of my car, feeding her  "cookies"(what she lived for these last few years) until the assistant came out with the tranq hugging, petting and giving her treats till she fell asleep.  A few minutes later the vet came out and gave her the shot. I kept my face on hers, hands under her chin letting her smell me telling her what a good dog she was, Amanda was hugging her from the other side. (she was deaf but I think she got the feeling) how we loved her and that it was OK to go.  I felt her breath get shallower, slower, then she was gone.  I knew it before the Dr checked for a heartbeat.  Buried her in the pasture with the goats & horse...literally..I dug up what I thought was a tree root, wondering why it was where it was..oops! Found where I had put one of the goats! Of all the places to dig, oh well, they did so enjoy playing together.  I planted a tree there so I know next time. Still walk around where she used to sleep and think I hear her scratching the back door to get in, still look for her face to peek around the side of the house when I come home.  Will take some time to work through it all just like losing Mom & Dad you don't realize what a huge part of your life they are until there is that deafening silence.  Well, now that I have thoroughally depressed all of you I need to go to Church.  Thanks for listening, it helps to get it out, part of the healing I hope!

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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 10:23:52 AM »

sorry about your loss. i understand that hole in your life.  it's the bad part of owning animals, but the price we pay for the joy they give us.
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010, 05:11:35 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2010, 06:27:42 PM »

Jody,
I'm so sorry to hear this, I know from your posts that you really loved your friend! My best friend (a black lab named Koa) passed at the age of 15 about 8 years ago and I still think of her every day. Thankfully my thoughts are not of my own sorrow anymore, but of what a blessing she was in my life and of how I feel lucky to have had those wonderful years with her. My heart goes out to you.

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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2010, 06:42:46 PM »

Loss of a best friend is hard indeed. Sorrow to hear of the passing.
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2010, 07:20:55 PM »

PLease add my sympathies to those posted here. My dogs are always family memebrs, too...on the same par as my kids (no, wait: a little higher status, I think  Wink) Funny about your comment that your Aussie had been with you longer than any of your husbands: my wife (we married mid-life) said the same thing about our black Lab, Zeus! It was a sad and difficult time for all of us when we had to help him cross -- couldn't bear the thought of replacing him for several years until a rescue Lab came our way, followed by a second Lab puppy a few months later. I'll think of you and your loss in my prayers.....
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2010, 09:28:37 PM »

I had a hard time clicking on this thread because I know exactly how you feel.  My four-legged daughter with a tail - I miss her so.  It's been four years now, but that hole is still there.  You can't replace them, really, but you can love another one - and I'm about due for another one.
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2010, 11:11:52 PM »

I like how Ann expressed it. You will never forget this wonderful pet, but hopefully one day you can open up your heart to another in need.

I had a very unusual cat for 9 years. She was like a dog in her affections towards me. Warm and cuddly and knew what I needed.

I am sure a dog is even more of an attachment and it must be very hard for you.

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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2010, 03:43:30 AM »

Thanks for listening, it helps to get it out, part of the healing I hope!

Jody

Thanks for sharing that, a dog is next to a human and sometimes can be a greater loss! We had to do the same with Holly our Cocker a couple of years ago, now in the garden with a pot of flowers over her as a reminder.
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