It was bound to happen. Our dog, my shop dog, got old and we had to put her
She was a Chocolate Lab and adopted our family after being traded between 3
previous families. 2 months before we were adopted we had put down our 10
year old Great Dane and I was not really ready for another dog quite yet but
the price was right. I really did not have much to do with her but as time
passed she chose me to be her companion over the other family members and I
grew very fond of her. She was a natural in the shop and I often found her
under a pile of shavings at the far side of the planer. She loved laying
out in the shop with me and keeping all the cats and squirrels at a safe
distant. She never met a person that she did not like. But, as I
mentioned, she got old and arthritis started to take its toll starting about
a year ago. Little by little she had more trouble getting up and down but
never showed any sign of being in pain. At Thanksgiving last month a 2 year
old nephew crawled all over her with never any sign of discomfort or
disapproval. This month she turned 14 years old. She was a great dog and
I'll miss her for a long time to come.
Because a new dog helps to relieve the pain of a lost friend we got a new
family companion today. We went for a Great Dane again and let her spend
some time in the shop this after noon. She watched with interest and
curiosity. She was 2 months old yesterday.
Giving up a dog is hard. Sorry to hear you had to make that tough
My dad's maid is a Dane owner. Her recent acquisition was 3 months old
when I met 'it'.
What a delightfully goofy animal. If I wasn't so busy, I could go a dog
Congratulations. Pictures, please!
Truly goofy, Polly, our old Dane after 6 years, discovered that we had
ceiling fans in every room and was scared to walk under them so she walked
the perimeter of the room keeping an eye on the fan if it was on. And if a
door was not Wide open she would not go through it. A 100 lb Great Dane
balling her eyes out because she can see you through the door but because
the door is at a 45 degree angle she just could not bring herself to pass
through the opening. ;~)
You and Kim certainly have my sympathy as I too know how hard that is
to go through.
I was never actually able to give up my old Shepherd. After saving him
from the population control efforts of our city, I had him for almost
14 years. Like many Shepherds, he was completely loyal to me, and in
his case never cared for anyone else but me.
He is still with me... I had him cremated and his ashes are in an urn
with his collar around it on my mantle.
Hang in there... a new dog is a tonic for all.
My brother had a dog, Smokey, that had to be put down this past summer.
Bob buried him in the back yard by the fence. My Dad loved that dog
and with good reason. Smokey was the sweetest dog I had ever been
Dad died a couple of weeks ago and, when we went to the funeral home to
finalize the arrangements, we were each give a small velet bag full of
wildflower seeds to plant in memory of Dad. Bob, immediatly knew where
he was going to plant the seeds: Right on old Smokey's grave.
Dick "misty eyed" Durbin
Sorry to hear of your loss. I've had dogs my entire life, and I know what it's
like to lose an old friend. Someone once said that it's good that dogs are
with us only for a (relatively) short time, else we could not bear it when
Yes, it does. Good luck with the new family member!
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
If you want to become a diplomat, get a cat.
If you want to practice being a parent, then have a
friend for his or her life - get a dog. If you have
a kid, have him or her grow up with a dog - a lab
or golden retriever preferably.
If you want a great dog get a lab. If you want a goofy
great dog - that can be mischivous as hell - get a
chocolate lab. Nitro earned his name by his third
month on this planet.
If you want to learn of loss - own a good dog.
If you want to know that death isn't the end
owning a dog for its lifetime will give you a
pretty good start. You will have many reminders
of that as you go about your daily life - memories
of your dog at every turn for a while, then less
often but often enough to know there's still
hanging out with you. If they're in your thoughts
and in your heart they're not gone - just not
visible and impossible to "scritch".
Getting a pup around 7 weeks is when they
do their imprinting. You're now his/her
mother/father/ pack leader and unlike most
animals, that animal will die for you - without
hesitation or question.
Losing a good dog is hard.
A real pity would be that you never had a dog.
Enjoy the new pup. Teach him well and treat
Sorry for your loss Leon. Do a search for Rainbow Bridge and you'll find a
long list of sites of a poem for passed on pets. It's worth looking at a few
of them as one has an addition to it for abused pets and children.
Hope your new shop dog is around for a long time to come.
Having met her, I can attest to that, and am truly sorry to hear that, Leon.
I still hear the collar of our Golden, "Belle", who we had to put down two
years ago, tinkling through the house on occasion.
Sounds like the new shop dog will be able to help you move equipment around
when she grows up.
I've had to say goodbye to 3 dogs. Each time it gets harder. They each had
there own personality and all shared there love in good and bad times. I've
learned to understand why the backwards spelling of doG is what it
is....unconditional and all forgiving love
Ciera was our 3rd also. We thought we were going to have to put her down in
April of this year and again in August but she kept coming back from a bad
bout. I guess that made it a bit easier as we had a few months to get used
to the idea but it never really hits home until you loose what you have to
come expect to see and hear from a companion each day.
I'm so sorry. I've had dogs all my life and losing one is
always hard. My condolences. Not that he lacks for affection
but it reminds me to go hug Damien, my hound/border collie mix,
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