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freedbaby 07-13-2015 06:55 AM

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

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Leeroyjenkins 07-13-2015 06:58 AM

Oh man I'm crying in my coffee :(

Sorry for the loss. If it makes you feel any better I have a few good pups over the rainbow bridge waiting to welcome Maverick with open arms, she will be in good company. Good dog

triplenet 07-13-2015 06:59 AM

Sincere condolences .... I have had dogs my entire life - and had to put many down ... Always a hard thing to do ... Best regards...

worthless 07-13-2015 07:02 AM

So sorry for your loss. You made the right decision and I know how tough that is first hand. Exactly what happened to my buddy Stick at the end.

Wish your family the best.

Striperk9 07-13-2015 07:02 AM

Man, that is tough. So, so sorry for your loss. Dogs are not only a part of your life but they are ways to mark the landmarks of your life. I've lost many over the years and they do not get any easier.

Watching old family movies always bring tears to my eyes because one of my old friends always pops up in them.

Obviously she was loved and you were blessed because you cared so much for her. If that Rainbow Bridge exist, we will see them all again. I sure hope it does....

Dang, had to close my office door. Sitting here crying like a baby thinking about my old buddy Shiloh...

SeaMonkey1 07-13-2015 07:11 AM

Very tough, but it sounds like it was time. Be strong, you are doing the right thing.

Your Buoy Rob 07-13-2015 07:14 AM

Damn, man. Sounds like a lotta good years there. Strikes close to home - I got my little girl Sandy at about the same age/place in life 8 years ago, and she has been there for all of the same adventures you describe earlier in Maverick's life.

Really sorry to hear it.

cparkerc 07-13-2015 07:14 AM

You are doing the right thing. Maverick deserves to be out of pain. Hang in there.

Brezinup 07-13-2015 07:17 AM

Sorry for your loss.

TheBobcat 07-13-2015 07:19 AM

Sounds like she had a great life. Sorry for your loss. No amount of time will erase the memory of a good dog.

HarleyFLHP 07-13-2015 07:21 AM

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No words from anyone, can sway your anguish right now. I know it's hard, but try thinking of the all the good times you shared. I put down my fair share of awesome dogs and it sucks. She will be waiting for you someday at rainbow bridge bro. My deepest condolences. :(

I had to say goodbye to my Rosco several months ago. I feel your pain bro.

spraynet 1 07-13-2015 07:21 AM

Sorry for your loss!

ericinmich 07-13-2015 07:23 AM

Sorry for your loss, beautiful wright up about some great memories. And as on person said, dogs provide landmarks in our life, groups of memories. I'm on my 3rd dog since I was 25, a newfie, then a golden, and now another newfie. Great memories that can't be taken away and 2 of the hardest days of my life saying goodbye...

Eastport205 07-13-2015 07:25 AM

My deepest deepest condolences.

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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Freeebird 07-13-2015 07:28 AM

Sorry man, that's tough. We know going in that our pets are going to break our hearts all too soon, but it's never easy losing one.

PCBerryMan 07-13-2015 07:28 AM

I am a dog guy myself couldn't imagine living without one. I have had to put down my dog a couple times in my life. Sounds like Maverick lived one hell of a life! Sorry for you loss.

coores14 07-13-2015 07:31 AM

One year ago next month I had to do the same thing. My best friend is up there waiting to romp around with Maverick. Thoughts and prayers go out to you, buddy.

Cracker 07-13-2015 07:31 AM

Very sorry for the loss of your dog... They become part of the family..

Lprizman 07-13-2015 07:32 AM

Damn sorry...

wdkerek 07-13-2015 07:40 AM

heart is heavy for you man............

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