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Old 12-29-2013, 11:56 AM
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It's time......

Big doggie, named Xxxx. Homeless fella in 9/2000 had her for
her first 4 months.....and wanted a better life for her (her ribs were
showing). And a wonderful life she has had----for 14 years.

But like all good things.........(actually ALL things, good or bad)
the time has come to an end.

14 years of cuddles.14 years of being wrapped up in a ball in
front of the fireplace on cold nights---letting the warmth melt
into her bones. Knowing how loved she was.

A warm, happy, and joyful doggie-----is everything that addiction ISN'T.


Sadness? Yes and no. How can one be sad after such a long and
happy life? We have 2 others.....so it's not like we're going to be dogless.

It's her time.

How fortunate we were that she shared her time with us.

Farewell, our dear puppy of 14 years ago.........

.........and thank you.
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The only bad thing about our furbabies is that they just don't live long enough. Giving her the gift of a dignified passing is the sweetest thing you could ever do for her. She knows she was loved, and you know you were loved in return. (((HUGS)))
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:10 PM
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Dear Vale;
I just walked my pack of 12 year old pups through the forest behind my house.
They are grey and slower and one won't be walking well enough to come much longer.

We pass the place I have put their elder brothers and sisters when their time came and the Japanese Red Maple that marks it.
It is a soft ache to walk past, and also soft joy to remember.
I know from reading your posts you understand that better than most.

It is hard to let go but honorable to do so when they need you to say yes.
Peace to you today.
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:56 PM
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Oh Vale, I am so sorry about your dog. They sure do bring a lot of unconditional love and happiness don't they? Always there, always loyal (well mostly anyway :+)
We have a 12 yr old who acts still like a pup but her kidneys are slowly going. it is so very sad when you have to make that terrible decision. Thinking of you and Mrs. Vale.
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Old 12-29-2013, 02:19 PM
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Hey!!!

No sad sh*t!

Xxxx had a better run than the sound of music!
Damned dog was spoiled in every way....lucked out BIG TIME.
14 is 98 in dog years so saying she got shortchanged is a stretch.

Vale.....being TOUGH.....is anybody buying it?


(didn't think so)
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I had to say good bye to my big buddy after 15 years this past April. I had to do right by him and let him go peacefully as that is what he deserved.

Dog are the only creatures who will love you more then they love themselves.

You were very fortunate to have had his company for as long as you did.

I am sorry for your lose.
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I think Vale is a puddle of mush when it comes to his animals.
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Vale is definitely a softie on the inside. Tough as nails though! I bet your dogs appreciate every single day that they've had with you. Just like we appreciate you here!
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Don't we all wish we were the people our dogs think we are......or perhaps they see only the best in us. We could all learn a lot from those beautiful creatures.

I believe that God put dogs on this earth to teach us how to love. And because they already do it perfectly......they don't have to stay as long.

Lucky lucky dog to have had a warm place to curl up, a human buddy to scratch those spots that are hard to get to, and a full belly.

I'm so sorry that you lost your dear friend but I imagine that your life was enriched by knowing him.

gentlest of hugs
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I'm handing out a serious round of tummy rubbings to my 4 spoiled giant pups in
honor of your Big doggie Xxxxx.

Dogs are smart enough to prefer these rounds to alcohol rounds.
Wish I knew what they did much sooner.
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Vale - I'm so sorry, but I'm glad you are loving her enough to let her go. I had to laugh about the tough as nails stuff - spoiled rotten? I thought that's what we are here for?

I'm glad she had a long life with you. I know much love was shared between the two of you.

Hugs and prayers,

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Vale, when my beloved Toby's time came it was the only kind and loving thing to do but it broke my heart in a million pieces.

It took a couple of years before I could remember Toby without crying but today the memories warm my heart and tickly my funny bone remembering all the comical things that dear tabby cat did.

Your dog knew she was loved, and he would love you all the more for not making her suffer.

I wish God made pets that lived longer. At least our dear animals live well and are loved always.

Hugs because I'm not buying the tough guy bit either, not for a second.
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I'm so sorry about your dog! I always say, when the world hates us, at least the dog still loves us! My chihuahua Fred is my baby. I can't imagine loosing him.
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Thinking of you Vale. I'm so sorry about your sweet doggie. Big hug to you...
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Vale, I'm really sorry. That's a tough blow to take. One of the toughest, I think.

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Old 12-30-2013, 11:52 AM
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Thanks, Zoso (and everyone),

Want to hear something silly? I wanted her to touch 2014. That way.....oh who's kidding who
....I just wanted more time for selfish reasons.

But in keeping with my peculiar mode of trying to inject humor into places it is
borderline inappropriate-----there are gonna be a sh*tload of happy doggies 'cuz
Xxxx's stash of Tramadol (a powerful opiate) gets donated back to the vet for other pups.

It made her life better these last couple of years. Drugs are not 'bad' in the same way
hammers are not 'bad'. Useful things whose misuse can be problematic.

I don't know what I am trying to say or how I am trying to say it. Vale's rock solid
life, accomplishments, and pride in same count for nothing today. All our lives we work
so hard to acquire----to push back the night and make the world safe for those we love.

But the time always comes....when we must return to life that which is hers. Those
dearest to us do not (and never did) 'belong' to us. Western values stress acquisition as
our raison d'etre.......but don't be fooled. Free souls are not subject to--nor do they
recognize 'ownership'. How we say 'hello', how we treat each other and the souls entrusted
to our care---for their entire lives........is at least as important as how we say goodbye.

I choose today to be happy. Happy for her life well lived. Happy to spend a few hours
going over all of Xxxx's pictures (stored on computer). Dork shots. Wearing silly Halloween
costumes (borderline dog abuse)------going one year as a 'hot dog'
(big bun around her, faux mustard, Der Wienerschnitzel label).....being forced to take a
picture each New Years with a different stupid hat on....2001...2002...2003.
...the 'look' was priceless.."get this goddamned thing off me!"

(I know, pushing 'borderline' to the limit...I hope no SPCA volunteers are reading!)

Well.....2014 will see no change to this (barbaric) tradition...just different dogs wearing
the silly 2014 cone hat. They will be just as pissed when it is put on their heads for the
time it takes to snap the picture.

Goodbye's...like life....can be bittersweet. No getting around it.

May our choices always emphasize the sweet!

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