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Online GSOgymrat

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My dog passed away today
« on: February 06, 2007, 02:01:42 AM »
My partner and I had to put our standard poodle Levi to sleep today. He was almost 14 years old and recently had a prostate infection which weakened him. He had stopped eating and was unable to stand up on his own. My partner travels for days at a time and Levi was my constant companion. I took him with me all the time and many people knew me as the "guy with the giant poodle". I've never been so attached to a pet and had never had to have an animal put to sleep before. I rarely cry but I've been tearful all day. He had a good life and his end was peaceful but we are really going to miss him.

Levi at seven months:

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2007, 02:04:57 AM »
Ford, I am so sorry. There are few things worse in life (to me) than losing a pet (companion, rather) of many years.

Beautiful dog. My only words of consolation: at least he lived a full life with two great guys.

 :'(
Jay
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2007, 02:18:52 AM »
Ford.

I am so, so sorry.  I love the picture.  Yes, I can certainly see the two of you making a great couple.  My white, deaf boxer was my constant companion when I was recovering from PCP and letting him go was the hardest thing I had ever done. 

I share your grief.

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2007, 02:21:50 AM »
I am so sorry to hear that your dog passed on. They become like family.  So sad! I know how bad I felt when my dog passed away. My heart goes out to you.
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2007, 03:04:07 AM »
Ford,
I'm really sorry to hear about your loss.....pets are just incredible companions to us, especially in those times when people can let us down.

My condolences to both you and your partner.

Big bear hugs,
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2007, 03:47:47 AM »
Ford,

Losing a beloved pet is always tough, especially when you've shared your life with him all of his life.  I offer sincere condolences on your loss.

As sad as you are now I hope you can soon find consolation in the fact that Levi had a wonderful, full life with you and passed away knowing he was loved.  He fared so much better with you than many other dogs fare with their owners, people who don't understand the commitment, love, and attention most dogs need.   People who dump a pet off at the pound because the animal has outworn its novelty.  Levi had a tranquil ending to a happy life, without prolonged suffering or pain.   

I hope you're feeling better soon.  I know I'm nearly recovered when I can look at a picture of the recently deceased without a well of tears in my eyes, eventually able to see and remember the good times.

Again, sorry for your loss of Levi.

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2007, 04:42:42 AM »
I am sorry for your loss. I'm sure he knows he had a great life with you and he is no longer in pain...
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2007, 05:19:12 AM »
Oh Ford,

I know the pain must be unbearable. It is like loosing a child.
Knowing that you have given him the best of lives is a small, but important consolation.

Go out in nature when the pain gets too overwhelming. You will then be able to feel close to him again.

I once heard this saying : "dogs are a temporary gift". You certainly cherished yours..

Levi will now rest on top of the rainbow, where all animals go.... I'll look up the next time I see one.

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2007, 05:34:58 AM »
Ford,

I'm so sorry for your loss.  I certainly understand your pain.

(((BIG HUGS)))

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2007, 05:52:20 AM »
I'm so sorry love!((many many hugs ))

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2007, 05:54:08 AM »
Hey Ford....
What a great pic.....looks (and sounds) like Levi was a true friend and part of the family......such a warm and friendly looking dog (you have competition!)....but really know that Levi enjoyed the wonderful care that you and your partner gave him....including your (unselfish) decision to end the pain and allow him to make a transition into "doggy heaven".....

Peace to Levi, you and your partner....

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2007, 06:02:24 AM »
Ford....


              You have my deepest sympathies....I personally know how pets become part of the family and are considered as
immediate family members.  I had Ms Peepers for sixteen years and I cried when she died.  I feel for you good buddy....
What a beautiful creature...  When the time is right....add another to your family and I suspect
you'll find yourself a little less alone in the world.  Hang in there........
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2007, 06:57:32 AM »
I'm so sorry for your loss...
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2007, 06:58:01 AM »
I've liked Levi ever since you first posted that picture, and often wondered what it'd be like to have a dog like that. I'm so sorry he's gone now.
Creighton
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2007, 07:17:36 AM »
Ford, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2007, 07:55:39 AM »
Oh, Ford. I'm so sorry to hear about Levi. Losing a dear member of the family is a rough ride, to be sure. Words just pale in comparison to the love they give.

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2007, 07:58:29 AM »
((((Ford))))

You have my sincere condolences. It's so hard losing a loved animal.

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2007, 08:11:28 AM »
Oh, what a heartbreaker. He was so handsome and BIG! My partner and I have 6 dogs and we dread the day we will have to deal with this part of their time with us. Sorry for your loss, guys.
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2007, 08:41:54 AM »
My deepest condolences.

I know what it is to loose a dog. It will take some time to get use to being without him but you have the comfort to know that you gave him the best life you could.

My mother tells me that her grandmother once told her that when doggies die they go to heaven and when we die they are the first things we see and since they know how to swim they help us cross a large river in heaven and guide us to where God is. I am sure Levi is up in heaven just have a good old' time with all the other puppies and doggies.
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2007, 08:54:22 AM »
Ford, I'm so sorry. Go ahead and cry whenever you want. My ex just lost his dog after 14 years 2 weeks ago. I'd never seen him cry before.

Take care of yourself, and know that Levi had a great life with you guys.

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #20 on: February 06, 2007, 10:20:25 AM »
I am so sorry.  I remember when my cat died.  He got sick after being attacked by raccoons (I hate raccoons >:().  We was so weak, he'd just come over and lay beside me, you could tell he was in pain..so we put him down.  Its hard to do.
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2007, 10:35:13 AM »
I'm so sorry, Ford.
They steal our hearts.
RIP, sweet Levi.

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2007, 10:45:56 AM »
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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Ford,

I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Levi.  Remember him as the healthy, happy dog he was.  I know you can never replace him, but hopefully in time you will be able to have another dog to share your life with. I am sure Levi would want that for you.

Dan

Hopefully Levi & Oscar are playing together accross the Rainbow Bridge.
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2007, 11:12:19 AM »
I am sorry about your loss. Levi was a beutiful dog. I had a poodle for 17 years and we also had to put her to sleep. I was holding her when the vet put her the injection until I felt she could no longer hold her head. It was the saddest experience in my life. I can understand how you feel. I spent most of my childhood with her.
This is a picture of both of us.
Feel better soon, Ford.
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2007, 11:30:34 AM »
Very sorry you had such a sad day, Ford.  Having been through this with my ex-partner, I remember removing all the traces that I could think of which would be a glaring reminder at a painful time, but, of course, you always forget something.  And with a dog, the time arrives when you would have gone for a walk but now don't.  I wish you well, Win
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #25 on: February 06, 2007, 01:00:17 PM »
Sweetie and I send heartfelt condolences. I can tell you loved him very much, I'm also sure that he understood that too.
I've been fostering a dog whose owner committed suicide, and he definately went through a grief period. This tells me that our furry friends understand more than we humans give them credit for.
I'm sorry for your loss.
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #26 on: February 06, 2007, 01:41:01 PM »
I am so sorry about your dog, Ford.   Take comfort in knowing that he had a very good life, and was so much loved.

R.I.P. Levi

He was certainly a beautiful dog.

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #27 on: February 06, 2007, 01:44:43 PM »
Oh Ford, I am so sorry to hear this! I for one know how much a pet, well a companion, can mean. The loss is significant because they are there when you need them most, and they love you unconditionally!

It sadens me that you are sad...

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies, and ((((hugs)))) !!

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #28 on: February 06, 2007, 02:41:57 PM »
Ford, I am so sorry. Levi was a beautiful boy, and looks so happy in your picture together. Take comfort that you provided him with a wonderful home.

I truly believe in the Rainbow Bridge, you will see Levi again. Our babies come into our lives for a short time, but their touch will last forever.

My sympathies to you and your partner. I will light a candle in Levi's honor.

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« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2007, 03:13:58 PM »
Ford I'm so sorry to heard about your dog, acept my deeples condelences I personally have to dogs and there are my babys, so I do understand how pets can be part of our family   :-*
take care my friend :-*

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« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2007, 04:06:17 PM »
Ford,
I am truly sorry to hear about Levi. My heart goes out to you. An animal shows us the true meaning of unconditional love.  I'm sure he is missing the two of you as much as you are missing him but he is free from pain and someday you'll be reunited. We put our Jake down November 2005 and I miss him everyday. We have our 3 other dogs but none are like or will ever be like Jake.
Take care!
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« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2007, 05:08:16 PM »
Oh, I am sorry. It is good that you were "there for him" at the end though. We have a responsibility for our companions and its hard to let them go sometimes.....gee sounds like I am talking about a lover.  But its almost the same.
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« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2007, 06:22:06 PM »
So sorry for your loss!

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« Reply #33 on: February 06, 2007, 08:06:03 PM »
Ford,
   I truly am sorry about Levi. As a dedicated dog lover, I can understand what you are going through. Good luck in the next few weeks, I'll keep you in my thoughts....
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« Reply #34 on: February 06, 2007, 08:56:27 PM »
So sorry to hear of your loss, it is painful to loss one of our four legged companions. I recently lost mine of 15 years and I cherish the times he has come to visit me in my dreams. Iím sure Levi is feeling much better now and out of pain.  Enjoy your great memories you have shared and those special times that he comes to appear in your dreams

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« Reply #35 on: February 06, 2007, 09:16:42 PM »
Ford,

So sorry to hear of your loss.  Pets are simply the best -- unconditional love always.  Sounds like you were both lucky to have each other.  I know how much you will miss him. 

Hugs,

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« Reply #36 on: February 06, 2007, 10:54:43 PM »
Ford, I found this little poem that I think is a nice tribute to Levi :

If it Should Be

If it should be that I grow frail and weak,
and pain should keep me from my sleep,
then you must do what must be done,
for we know this last battle can't be won.

You will be sad, I understand,
but don't let grief then stay your hand,
for this day, more than the rest,
your love and friendship must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years,
what is to come can hold no fears.
Would you want me to suffer? So,
when the time comes, please let me go.

Take me where my needs they'll tend,
only stay with me until the end,
and hold me firm and speak to me,
until my eyes no longer see.

It is a kindness that you do to me,
although my tail it's last has waved,
from pain and suffering I have been saved.

Do not grieve, it should be you,
who must decide this thing to do.
We've been so close, we two these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

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« Reply #37 on: February 06, 2007, 11:54:48 PM »
Ford, Sorry you lost your friend. Hope things get easier . Cristy

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« Reply #38 on: February 07, 2007, 12:08:27 AM »
Ford, I am so sorry...  Thats one of the hardest things to do... It just is..  Dont wait to long to find another pal.

Love,

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #39 on: February 07, 2007, 12:14:44 AM »
I am sorry about your pet,  I know they are not replaceable but when you are ready make sure you get another one from an animal shelter they sure could use some love such as the one you have given.

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #40 on: February 07, 2007, 02:14:16 PM »
If the day comes that you look into another companion, I have been trying to find a good home for the dog I have been fostering. He belonged to my son's girlfriend Christy. She shot herself three days after Thanksgiving. I have had Noah in my home since. He is a very sweet animal that has had an incredible journey. He has been shot twice by people trying to break into Christy's house. He has a healed surgical scar on his rear leg from an extensive surgery to repair a badly broken leg when he was a puppy. He had been hit by a car. When people see him, they only see what he is, instead of what his character is. Even with all of the love I have raised him with here, he still cringes when i reach out to pet him. I think he had been hit, but I'll never really know. He is a pit bull with one quarter Dalmation, so he is white with black spots. Not trying to be pushy here, just offering a suggestion, if you find yourself considering another companion.
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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #41 on: February 08, 2007, 09:19:24 PM »
Thanks to everyone for the sympathy and kindness. I'm still adjusting to Levi not being here. I keep looking where he used to lay, expecting him to be here when I walk through the door, etc. I know we will not be getting another dog any time soon. My partner doesn't want to get another dog but I know some day we will.



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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #42 on: February 13, 2007, 08:19:21 AM »
Thanks to everyone for the sympathy and kindness. I'm still adjusting to Levi not being here. I keep looking where he used to lay, expecting him to be here when I walk through the door, etc.

 :'( He was a cute dog and he looked full of personality. Remember the good warm times

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Re: My dog passed away today
« Reply #43 on: February 13, 2007, 10:46:43 AM »
Wow, Levi was handsome. He is in doggy heaven probably driving all the bitches wild.
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