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    Let a friend go...

    I let our 6 year old male Saint go Wednesday afternoon.

    He had terrible legs and had always been 'limited' in what he would/could do...but it was all he knew, so he got along okay. He'd obviously been having problems the past few months, and in the last couple days had issues with the porch steps on at least two occasions... falling down once, and getting 'stuck' (scared) on the way up another time.

    Our vet gives them a 'sleepy shot' beforehand, which allows us humans to just hold them while they actually go to sleep, before proceeding with the IV. I chose to leave before the IV, although they'll let you stay for the rest if you want to.

    Here is Dillon in happier times a couple years ago, with LOML and grandbaby Grace. He was very tolerant with her.


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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Aw man, KC, I'm real sorry to see the news. I got a hint it was coming a while back in one of your other posts, but it's always hard when that time finally comes. I'm sure he knew he was loved.
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    Oct 2006
    bummer man! my guys are getting old and i don`t look forward to the time...
    dillon`s runnin`-n-jumpin` now..
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    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    KC, I hate to hear that, but I'm sure he had a good loving life, that you got to share, lucky you.

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    Nov 2006
    Kirk, I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved pet. Our pets are a extension of our family, we love them while we have them and sadly miss them when their brief time with us is gone.

    We have Labs, several years ago my wife lost her Lab Tusa and I found the following poem and gave it to her, hoping to help ease her grief....maybe it will do the same for you and your family.

    Rainbow Bridge

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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    Nov 2006
    Between Aledo and Fort Worth, TX
    KC, I'm saddened to hear about Dillon. I think I remember you saying something about his health a few months ago at SMC. Ditto the poem from Steve. The hurt will never go away, but it will get easier to tolerate. It's a good thing you have some other dogs...they really do help in the transition. Jim.
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    Dec 2006
    Charlotte, NC
    I hate hearing that. I am sorry for your loss. Our furry friends are such a big part of our lives.

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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Truly sorry to hear of your loss. We had to put our blue merle to sleep about 14 years ago. It took 7 years for us to get around to getting Lokai (my avatar). He's now 7 and the LOML and I dread the day he will leave us.
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    KC..........My sincere sympathies for the loss of your friend! It's been 9 years since we had to do the same thing with our 2 friends. It wasn't easy but it was harder to watch them suffer as the joy of life had left their eyes as their health worsened. I miss ours......When the LOML and I retire in 3 years...I'll have another....or two.......My sympathies my friend!

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Toronto, Ontario, CANADA
    Kirk, I know just how hard a decision that was to make, and I feel your pain.
    Cheers, Frank

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