Damn That Was Hard!

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Damn That Was Hard!

Postby whitebuffalo58 » Thu May 17, 2018 12:12 am

At eleven o'clock this morning I said goodbye to the best dog and one of the best friends I've ever had in my 60 years. Jackson was a 14 year old German Shorthair/Red Healer mix. We got him as a pup. In his prime, he could point a bird in the morning, herd cattle all afternoon and still be ready for the evening hunt. Over the past year, his health had been failing rapidly. A tumor removed, the loss of muscle mass in the hind quarters until a couple of days ago he got to the point where he couldn't get up to use the bathroom. One last trip to the vet and we brought him home to his final rest.

Fellas, as John Wayne would say, "my hides as tough as boot leather", but as that ol' dogs eyes closed for the last time, I was wiping away tears.

Goodbye old friend, till we meet again!

Thanks for listening,

WB ::tear::

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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby FRJ » Thu May 17, 2018 12:21 am

All the best to you, WB.
That is never an easy thing to go through.
My sympathies. ::handshake::

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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby djknife13 » Thu May 17, 2018 12:39 am

Been there, and it was one of the two worst days of my life. I really feel for you.____Dave

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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby philco » Thu May 17, 2018 12:42 am

I've been down that road myself and only those who have can really understand how difficult and painful it is. It's part of the price we pay for the love and devotion of a good dog.
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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby Steve Warden » Thu May 17, 2018 12:51 am

I, too, have been there.
May the Lord bless you with His peace.
Take care and God bless,

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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby LongBlade » Thu May 17, 2018 1:05 am

I'm really sorry WB :( .. The hurt of losing a best friend is never easy for anyone... I can relate as it is soooo hard and nothing I look forward to again myself.. My guy "Blaze" is getting up there and the inevitable will happen - he had a malignant mast cell tumor a few years back that was successfully removed but he went into anaphylactic shock in surgery and almost died - the vet revived him... but when the vet told me what happened she cried as did I - she knew how much I love my guy... I slept on an air mattress with him for 2 weeks while he recovered because he couldn't come up the stairs to our bedroom - my wife and I sat with him all night when he came home from surgery as he was not comfortable and we gave him the unconditional love he always gives us.. You know WB the unconditional love of a dog lasts a lifetime in our hearts despite their short time with us... be well WB and let his memories help you through this time of grieving knowing that he is now in peace.. ::handshake::

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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby stagman » Thu May 17, 2018 1:39 am

Had to do it 4 times over a 38 yr period...a ruff, ruff go for sure WB
A wish for fast healing for your whole clan


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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby zzyzzogeton » Thu May 17, 2018 1:59 am

Sorry to hear about your loss. It's always hard to loose your best friend.

I recently had one of my dogs run over 4 days short of her 10th birthday celebration by a person who never even hit the brakes. Spice, my red heeler, got out when the back door of a shed blew open. Spice was total naive with respect to vehicles as she sent her 10 years as a house dog who had a 2 acre fenced yard to play in and didn't have a clue how to act around moving vehicles.

My mother was out in the road 50 feet from Spice chasing her down and I was 100 feet behind my mother. The truck just barreled past us and hit Spice. THEN the truck's brake lights came on. The woman driving the truck would have run over a child in the road the way she was driving.

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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby glennbad » Thu May 17, 2018 2:13 am

I've had to put a few pets down over the years. It's so hard, I feel sad for you and your pup. You guys had good years together though. I know that's hard to think about right now, but you have fun memories to look back on, I'm sure.

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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby treefarmer » Thu May 17, 2018 2:39 am

Most folks know where you are coming from. That old dog has been one of the family for years, just think he was 98 years old in dog years. What a wonderful long life for him to have been loved by you!
Like all the others, I too have been there and done that way too many times.
So many times I hear folks say, "I'll never get another dog", but in a short time there usually is another pup to fill the void and they soon become part of the family.


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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby rea1eye » Thu May 17, 2018 2:55 am

Sorry to hear of your loss WB. We had to put 2 of our dogs down in the past 2 1/2 years.
It is never easy.

We were so sad when we were talking to the vet and asked why the time passed by so quickly and
why dogs just can't live longer lives so we can be with them longer. She thought for a second and
then said dogs give us so much love and companionship in their short life that we humans cannot
really understand. Science, history, or philosophy can never explain the bond that develops
between man and his dog.


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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby Mumbleypeg » Thu May 17, 2018 3:15 am

Sorry to learn about the loss of your freind. It's an ordeal most of us have had to through. Be assured you did the right thing for him, and the alternative would have been worse. You have his lifetime of good times together to remember.


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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby TwoFlowersLuggage » Thu May 17, 2018 5:59 am

Yup - been there. The latest time was Dec 2016. We got another pup in April 2017 - and as much as I miss our previous girl, our new girl is also simply awesome. I believe in honoring the friends that are gone while also moving forward with our new friends.
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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby TripleF » Thu May 17, 2018 8:48 am

So sorry bud.

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Re: Damn That Was Hard!

Postby kootenay joe » Thu May 17, 2018 12:58 pm

Dogs are special. There is no other animal that devotes it's life to an animal of a different species, other than a few of us humans. And a dog demands nothing in return.
Your dog obviously had a fine life with lots of outdoor time and the freedom to follow his nose, which is a dog's favorite activity.
Unfortuntately only a few dogs get to live this good life. Many are abused daily despite their unconditional love.
I think the best way you could honor Jackson would be to provide a good home for another dog.
Dogs need you because there are more good dogs than there are available good dog owners. Jackson would be pleased to share his former owner.

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