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She's 16 years young but still, 16 years old...The time has come.

Old 07-13-2015, 04:29 PM
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I think we all get a tear in our eyes when reading these posts. My condolences to you and your family but you did the right thing and did what was best for Maverick regardless of how difficult it was for you to make that decision. Maverick is resting east tonight and no longer in pain.
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:51 PM
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So sorry mate. It hurts more than ever for awhile , but a new one eases the pain.
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Old 07-13-2015, 04:56 PM
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Worst thing in the world to go through.

It's hard to do, but focus on the good times and look forward to seeing him again on the other side.

Thoughts are with you and your family.
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:57 PM
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Well said.

Hug your wife! You two have something wonderful.
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Old 07-13-2015, 07:12 PM
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Jameson Parker wrote a short article in the DU magazine about 20 years ago called "Eulogy".
Was such a touching story, especially to any man who has ever had a best friend who was 4 legged and loved with perfect love. Story stuck with me all these years. One of the hardest things I've ever done is having to put a friend to sleep. Read here:
http://www.ultimutt.com/eulogy.asp
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It's always difficult for me when I see these posts on the loss of a pet.

They come to us and give us all the love, comfort, attention and loyalty that they can - never ending and unconditional. They depend on us for SO much, but we depend on THEM for even MORE.

I always feel that out of love and respect for them we owe it to ourselves to bring them back in the form of another pet. Seems to me to be the best way to start the healing process.

So sorry for your loss.

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Old 07-13-2015, 09:26 PM
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I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I am 27 and single and pick up my new Chessie pup next week and have already thought about how much of my life the new pup will be involved in over the next 10 years. Well wishes to you bud.
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:40 PM
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I'm sitting here w tears running down my face. I deal w this everyday and it's getting harder instead of easier. I tell ppl that the only time I know that God screwed up was letting large pet birds live 60+ yrs and dogs living 10-15!! Kills me everyday. Know that your buddy will meet you in a better place! Had a pastor tell me once that dogs have no soul and don't go to heaven. My response - Heaven is a perfect place so it must include pets!!! No response. Know that you did the right thing and live life. You two will hopefully meet again!!!!!!
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Jay,

I feel your pain, I have a golden starting to show all the signs.

Be strong brother.

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Old 07-13-2015, 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by freedbaby View Post
My pup Maverick, is the only one in the family who knew me before a wife or children were ever even a thought in my head, she knew all the girls I brought home in my early 20's, she knew the days when I somehow miraculously made it home safely even though I probably shouldn't have, she made countless road trips with me riding shotgun in the truck...hell she has probably logged thousands of miles.

She licked all three of my children to give them the "seal" of approval the day they got home from the hospital, she used to let them lay on her when they were infants all swaddled up in their blanket...she was never protective, didn't have a mean hair on her back, unfortunately was never the brightest dog but she made up for it in love and sweetness.

She loved the bay like you have never seen, she would lay up on our deck taking in that south wind like you've never seen...she'd even "lick" the air!

The time has finally come, she is 16 years young, still show's affection which is the part I have the hardest time with... but she can't get her back legs up underneath her anymore, she has no control over her bowels, she hacks all night like she is taking her last breath and she basically doesn't move all day. Her whole body is just giving out...she shakes and trembles all day and night from pain.

It saddens me but it's time...my wife is taking her this morning as I type this. I just couldn't go (I know, call me whatever name in the book you want)...I said my good bye's and promised her the south wind all day long, endless supply of her favorite treats and no more pain.

An acquaintance of mine was engaged in about 1999 and took his fiance' to the Dallas Mavericks game where the "Rescue A Dalmatian Society" had a booth...he and fiance' came home with another dog, "Maverick" . Relationship goes south and neither one of them had a place for either dog. My best friend and I were living together at the time, about 22 years old...he agreed to take the Chocolate lab and I agreed to take the Dalmatian. It all happened really quick but what an addition to my life she was.

Good bye Maverick, rest in peace... you were the most amazing addition to my life and I will never forget you.
You type well with blurry eyes and a wet keyboard.

"Maverick" will be your next boat's name.
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:08 AM
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Very sorry, I feel your pain.
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Thank you all very much for your kind words...As I read each and every one of your posts, I realized what great community we have.

Go hug your furry kiddos, give them a treat and take them to the dog park...thats all they want from us.
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Reminds me of that book "Of Mice and Men" when Carlson took Candy's dog out and put him down. Page 24.
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One of the toughest things you will ever have to do. Only those who have walked in your shoes, truly understand the difficulty that comes with the realization that it is Time. Condolences to you and your family in this difficult time. Dwell on the good times Maverick brought you and that you brought her.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:45 PM
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I know how you feel....we are coming up to 1 year since we put our black lab Hershey down. We had her since she was barely weaned and had 15 years with her. She was like the perfect dog, never even growled at anyone, tail always wagging. Never jumped on anyone, never jumped on our furniture. I would let her out to do her business and she never left the yard. When she wanted to come in she would bark once at the door to let us know she was done. I'm sure your dog was the same in knowing when someone was down. It was like she could read our minds and her job was to comfort us. I can't believe how much it still hurts almost a year later. We keep her ashes in our bedroom with her collar and favorite toy.

On a lighter note, my best friend had to put down his lab.....he said it would have been easier to put his wife down than the dog! LOL

This was the last day of her life. Over the years we had surgery done on her twice for cancerous tumors. She stopped eating and could no longer hold herself up when she did her business. I knew it was time when she was laying in her own urine because she couldn't stand up any longer.
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These are tough enough to read w/o the pics, now I'm a mess. I'm so sorry.
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:01 PM
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It is tough to do,but it must be done. Had to say goodbye to part of our pack in January of this year. Still think of him often.
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:05 PM
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I'm sorry for you and your family's loss freedbaby.

Sucks beyond all else. Keep your chin up. You'll meet Maverick again one day.

Bless up my friend, my heart goes out to you.
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Sorry for your loss. I am sharing your pain today. We had to put our 12 year old golden down today also. My 11 year old son is really struggling to make sense of things.
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Sorry for your loss. I am sharing your pain today. We had to put our 12 year old golden down today also. My 11 year old son is really struggling to make sense of things.
I'm very sorry for your loss. I never thought it would hit me so hard to watch her die. I still tear up even now and it's been almost a year. The cat in the picture was totally lost after we put Hershey down. The cat would look all over the house for Hershey, she would meow as if calling Hershey. She never did that before.
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