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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 2:18 am    Post subject: A sad day Reply with quote

Please excuse a bit of self pity but I have just got home from the vets where I had to make the decision for my dog to leave this mortal coil and go chase rabbits in the clouds.

Christ, what a horrible thing to have to do - particularly as, only this morning, she was scrounging from the breakfast table and later was terrifying the local rabbit population in the village - as every good Lab should do.

The worst bit is that none of the children know yet and I have to be up in 7 hours to break the news to them.

I suppose it gets easier but everywhere I have looked since getting home has had a connection to the old girl.

At least she fully understood how the pecking order worked in the house ...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So sorry to hear that Charles, must be such a horrible thing to have to decide to do.

We looked after a friends' dog for about 10 days and we were incredibly sad when they came and picked him up, that's how attached we got and in such a small space of time. Must be hard for you all.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear about your dog Charles. I lost my Dog several years ago, she had ten puppies. The Father of her puppies (my uncles’ dog) was placed to sleep unexpectedly – still a bit upset that I didn’t say bye to him but it was the right decision at the time. Also I believe that good dogs are altruistic therefore they wouldn’t want people to get upset for them. As yourself, I watched my dog when she went to doggy heaven.

It is hard because dogs are a man’s best friend and I do have happy memories with playing with both dogs.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 5:44 pm    Post subject: Re: A sad day Reply with quote

So sorry to hear about your sad loss, Charles.
I hope you raise a glass or 2 of your finest premier cru to her memory.


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At least she fully understood how the pecking order worked in the house ...


Now she's gone who's first in the pecking order Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear. I've had to say goodbye to 2 greyhounds, 1 alsatian, 2 cockers. It doesn't get any easier. I've had a years break from dog ownership and I'm taking 'advantage' - long hols , stopovers etc, it's been hard without a dog, but as above it does have some benefits for a while. Going to be looking again in August for another retired racing greyhound, my favourite breed.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear this Charles, i too have a Lab and know how they become
one of the family.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sad So sorry to hear your bad news Charles and i know what you and the family are going through,
we had to have our Lurcher/Collie cross put to sleep a couple of years ago due to a stomach tumour and now our other one is approaching 13 years old,
although (touch wood!) still going strong and as bonkers as ever.

Remember the good times with your's mate.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not good Charles

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for your kind words.

Just about got through the first 24 hours but breaking the news to the children was heart wrenching. Got back this evening and they had made a little shrine with photos and notes that they keep checking when they go past.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to here this Charles.

Will you be having another or is it too early to say yet?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2009 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Geoff wrote:
Sorry to here this Charles.

Will you be having another or is it too early to say yet?

Regards


I'm sure we will - our life has been based around having a dog for the last 11 years and I need to start moving up the family pecking order again Wink

I was smiling to myself this morning as I was thinking about how the kids reacted - Harry blubbed for hours, Oliver had a little weep, Ella welled up but held it and Zoe went and changed her clothes Exclamation

We all handle these sort of things differently and in the midst of the sadness I still find myself watching the reactions of others and take comfort from the fact that Tally was fondly loved by many people.

Thanks, once again, to you all for your support - I may need some more in a week's time when we deal with the ashes though ...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 21, 2009 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that Charles. I remember once I midwifed my dog when I was in my teenage. At the end we kept one of the puppies. After about eleven months it was hitted by a car and died on the sdame night. I was sad for about a few days as I saw it born and placed it on my plam. He was so tiny and grew so quickly within eleven months. Then one evening the accident happened it was gone. It really hurt and time is the best medicine. Even though it is gone but you and your family will remember it in your life. Anyway that is the thing we have to face no matter what. So be happy and it still lives but in your heart. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Charles thats as bad as it gets ,unconditional love on both sides.I can't bring myself to have another dog even though i love them to bits,just couldn't take that pain again,sorry mate.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sod it!

Now one of the cats has gone and popped its clogs.

At least I am getting good at breaking bad news to the children ....
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear natural causes ?
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