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12/21/10 8:32 P

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I am so sorry!!! It is so hard especially at Christmas time.


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Just posting a goodbye to my oldest puppy, Kodi, who passed away last week, at age 14 after outliving all predictions for his Cushings Disease. He was a deer-chasin, ball-playin', frisbee-fetchin', water-lovin', back-talkin', big furball of a pillow for my daughter as they grew up together. We earned a CGC together, and he was her baseball & softball mascot for years.

He died just 2 days past the anniversary of his adoption. A once-in-a-lifetime dog who will be missed, though we are glad to see him at his well-deserved final rest.
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Love that!!!

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What better way to say it...

"Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened" emoticon

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This is sad, because there are so many of us who have had to say our final goodbyes to our special friends, and then go on without having the comfort of wagging tails, or loving barks greet us no matter how often or how short a period of time that we may be out of sight.

We are left behind, with broken hearts, and so often even the knowledge that our wonderful pet is no longer infirm or old, does not give ease to our grief.

I am so sorry to hear of all the 'new' losses, and can only tell you from the bottom of my heart that while the pain never, ever goes away, it does get easier to bear with the passage of time.



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We just found out our little mix, Tanner, was full of cancer. We took him today to have him put to sleep. He was 10 years old. I cannot stop crying. This is awful. He had all of us around him. He was such a sweet sweet dog!

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Lizmeyer - so sorry for your loss of Miska, its never easy, especially when you find them dead. Last year with Arwen's litter we had a puppy who was having issues, we bottle fed him, etc; left to take my dad to work (gone maybe 15 minutes) came home, counted the puppies, everyone was fine and well. Went to talk to my mom in the office, didn't hear anything funny I was out of the room maybe 10 minutes, came back and I was missing a puppy. I found him dead, we think a bigger puppy got on top of him, and Mom lay down, he got smothered. It was horrible finding him.

Hugs to your family during this difficult time, my deepest sympathies and condolences.

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Today was a bad day. Courtney got home and went to let Miska out and she was dead. Miska was born in our house in our closet. She was the only puppy in the litter. She was a beautiful Newfoundland that had a beautiful spirit. Her mother, Baby, died a few years after Miska was born. Now that Miska, Pepper and Baby are gone, all we have left of that line is Magnus. I love his so much and want him to live longer than the rest of his family. That is the one huge downfall of having and loving big dogs - they have shorter life spans. My head hurts from crying so much. Poor Miska. I loved her so much.

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Last Sat. we had to put our loved family dog down...
R.I.P. Max I Love You!
He was a Rottie Pitt mix....(a rotten pit LOL!) who was the best dog ever. He was with us when our children were still home and loved everyone of my grand babies... Life will not be the same with out him. I miss him so much....

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This is in memory of my sweet angel Sitka. He passed one year ago yesterday. I lit a candle for you in remembrence. Mommy missses you every day! You were my best friend, and the best dog I could ever have. I have a hole in my heart that will never be filled. I ache with your loss, but am comforted by the thoughts of you happy, in no pain, and your body is strong and healthy at the rainbow bridge.

Some days were very hard for me, but I was always ok when you were here and healthy. You made me happy. Now you aren't here, and sometimes I am not ok, I just can't get happy. But I am trying, it just will never be the same!

I treasured every minute of our 15 years together my sweet boy. I know you are doing your snorts of happiness when I talk to you. Have fun, walk the perimeter, when your done, lay down and watch over your "domain"!

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I'm so sorry for your loss! I'm sure Anna is being shown around by my Sadie, who went to the Rainbow Bridge on August 16. Sadie will have a tennis ball or stick in her mouth, so they should get along great.

It's so hard, and the emptiness is overwhelming. One day at a time...

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Well, I am qualified now -- Anna is on the rainbow bridge -- collar and leash on, ready for a walk, prancing with a sock in her mouth -- because she couldn't ever greet anyone without footwear in her mouth. Sure miss her greeting when I come home.

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I'm not fully qualified to write in this topic, as my dog has not passed on yet. But I know you'll all understand where my mind is at, and may have some suggestions I have not yet found. My golden retriever has fibro sarcoma - a large growth on the side of her nose which has now invaded one side of her mouth. She's still bouncy most of the time. She can no longer chew enough to get treats out of her Kong toys - but is still a pro at pulling stuffing out of a toy and shredding used facial tissues! I noticed she was having problems eating -- trying to just chew on the 'healthy' side of her mouth, so I'm now softening her food by giving her part dry (which she has always had) and part canned, and adding a little additional water to soften the dry chunks. You might laugh if you looked in my freezer -- because you'd find a frozen sock or two -- I dampen them, freeze them, give them to her to hold in her mouth. Started with a couple official freezer chew toys, and I added a couple socks to the mix. She thinks that's a great treat, and it makes me feel like I'm doing something positive. Poor thing isn't allowed on the carpet anymore due to the drool (sometimes a bit bloody), so I now use the computer and watch TV in the hard-wood living room to keep her company.

Sigh - it's times like this I wish I was still a kid and didn't have to be the grown-up faced with making the looming end-of-life decisions. I'm not at that point yet, but at the rate this thing has been growing, it's only a matter of time. I hang onto this thought: when I had my prior Golden put to sleep 10 years ago, it turned out to be a good thing to hold him in my arms as he relaxed into a peaceful death -- and I realized at that moment how very un-relaxed and tense he had been for months, even when he appeared to be sleeping, he was tense.

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even mine emoticon even my dog died in my arms and I wouldn't be able to convey my feelings any better than you did with your poem.

A big hug! emoticon

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My thoughts are with you Rotten Kid.

What Cancer Cannot Do-it cannot invade the soul, it cannot suppress memories, it cannot kill friendships, it cannot destroy peace, it cannot conquer the spirit, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot silence courage, it cannot cripple love, it cannot corode faith


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On June 25, 2009 (my dead sister's birthday) my beloved chihuahua, Tico died in my arms after spending 15 years as my best friend. It has been a year now and I still cry often over this heart wrenching loss. I wanted to share the poem that I wrote for him on the day he died.

Tico My Beloved

My beloved pet and best friend,
You were my faithful companion until the end.

Together were we for over 14 years,
Now that you're gone I'm nothing but tears.

Tico my love what will I do,
To live life without you I haven't a clue.

By your side 'til the end you died in my arms,
How can I go on without your sweet charms?

You were everything to me; you were my heart,
What on Earth will I do now that we are apart?

I know when its my time you'll be waiting for me,
But until that day comes my life will be empty.

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Hi. Went to bed last night thinking I did the wrong thing and that my post might be offensive to others. Perhaps not? I loved Zilla so very much that his death date is permanently on the back of a canvas I was painting (I am an artist). The canvas is far away at the moment, but plan to post the day he left and his picture in the future. Thank you so much for the reply 4SHEWOKUS. I REALLY appreciate it. Steph

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I have Steph. Both with dogs and my husband and father. It's called ADC's. After Death Communication.

What Cancer Cannot Do-it cannot invade the soul, it cannot suppress memories, it cannot kill friendships, it cannot destroy peace, it cannot conquer the spirit, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot silence courage, it cannot cripple love, it cannot corode faith


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Hi. My name is Steph. I just joined. Today I found your wonderful Team. I would like to share two experiences. I lost Zilla, my 145 pound gorgeous Bouvier des Flandres last year. I said goodbye at home. He and my daughter said goodbye forever at the vets. He was her dog. I was sitting at my desk when Zilla came to visit. I mean VISIT. He was sad that he was gone. I could feel his grief. Then, stronger, his joy at being where he was. He actually said thank you. This was an incredibly wonderful experience. A very stron one. Late last year my son lost his little, cute terrier. Pepper. After Pepper left, I expected HIM to come back and say goodbye or hello or something. Nothing happened. I asked the Lord why and all of a sudden I saw him on at dirt road, tall grass on each side and big trees. He was running the fastest that any terrier can run. Pepper died from heart worms. He was a rescue dog and when we got him he had the heart worms. Anyway, he was very very close to us and my son and I adored him very much. I think in his case, he was just so very happy to be able to breathe and he had been in ? so many homes (we do not know), that he connection was not as strong as Zillas. Zilla had a brain larger than a man and his intelligence was off the page. He has a very strong personality. I think Bouviers are the smartest dog, but, of course, I am prejudiced. I believe the smarter the dog, the stronger the message is after they leave. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Beabear-I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I wish I had magic words to help ease the pain but all I can offer is my sympathy and support.

What Cancer Cannot Do-it cannot invade the soul, it cannot suppress memories, it cannot kill friendships, it cannot destroy peace, it cannot conquer the spirit, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot silence courage, it cannot cripple love, it cannot corode faith


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In loving memory of my gentle soul chocolate lab Chelsea. She went to the rainbow bridge a year ago today. I have a candle lit as her spirit brightened everyone's lives. And I am so grateful she is no longer suffering.

A big thank you to everyone here who helped me during that difficult time she was dying. Your support and love meant so much to me.

What Cancer Cannot Do-it cannot invade the soul, it cannot suppress memories, it cannot kill friendships, it cannot destroy peace, it cannot conquer the spirit, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot silence courage, it cannot cripple love, it cannot corode faith


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I'm so sorry to hear of your lose. it's hard for a lot of people out there to understand just how much we love our dogs. I had to put my Rottweiler - Diego - down a year ago Feb. 26 and i still burst into tears when i think about it, its a lose that is hard to explain. The only comfort i have and you should to is that they are safe, happy and pain free now, they still watch over us and they will be waiting on the other side of that Rainbow bridge for us. When i get really sad i just try to imagine Diego running and playing in a big field with all these other dogs, his little stubby going, hes happy. emoticon

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Hello everyone, we lost our 7-year-old pug, Sydney, on Monday night. It was sudden, with no warning, and with no conclusive explanation on why she suffered the way she did. I seem to be dealing better than my husband (he still stayed home today, while I went to work), and I can honestly say this is one of the hardest things I have ever had to deal with in my life. Any words of encouragement from others who have had experience with pet loss would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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In Loving Memory of Zeke. He passed 2/25/10.
My little boy was 14 yrs old. He was a cocker who thought of himself as a Great Dane.
He seemed to age overnight. The last month he became confused and having a hard time getting around.
He lived a long and full life. His best friend was Kitty, who protected him from our other 2 dogs when they would get a little attitude.
It is always hard for me to say good bye. I love all my animals very deeply and it breaks my heart to let them go.
I will honor there memory by having more animals in my life to love and take care.
I to hope that they will be there to meet me when it is my time.

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My husband read "Rainbow Bridge" for the first time yesterday, and he was so filled with emotion that he couldn't even speak. He said the part about one dog breaking from the pack, sensing that we are at the bridge, really got to him. I don't have it in front of me, but I know you've all probably read it.

Over the years, we've lost a number of dogs, so if they all come running to me, it will be the happiest reunion ever. Almost all of our dogs lived long lives. Our Sheltie was 17 and our Heinz 57 was 16. Their food is better these days, and all of us on this board take good care of them, so they can live a long life if they don't have an illness that shortens it.

We also have parrots, and they can live a long time, even outliving their people. I had an African Grey that could talk up a storm, and he died very suddenly
at only 17. I had hoped that we would live together for a long, long time. I wish my dogs could have a longer natural life span. They leave us too soon, regardless of how old they are.

Right now, I am without a dog because our beloved Dalmatian died a couple of months ago of old age and chronic kidney failure. She died at home, and I'm glad that she could be here with us when she crossed the bridge. God, thank you for our pet friends!


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I've been having computer issues for quite a while now, so haven't been here recently.... I'm so sorry to hear of all the losses people have had to deal with lately, and my deepest sympathy to each of you as you deal with the absence of your special friends. Time will help the healing process, even if you can't believe that right now.

Melissa - (ROTTMOM) Thank you so much for your very kind words about my Lucky. He was indeed a special lad. I also wrote about my first year without him, if you are interested in reading that also. The pain is still there for sure, but it IS easing finally.. His ashes, 'travel' collar, and 'paw print' are still on one side of my desk, with the last picture I have of him, taken just 3 days before he died on the other side of the desk - so he is with me still.

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So sorry to hear about Breezie. It's always hard, but in the end it's the right thing to do. Lots of open fields and squirrels to chase now, without any pain to slow her down!

"The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character. So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love" Jimmy Buffett


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My sister's little black poodle had to be put down today. She was 12 and been sick a couple weeks, they tried all kinds of medicine she's been to the Vet alot. She stopped eating and drinking they left her at the Vet's the last 2 days with an IV but her kidneys were shutting down and she developed a heart mummer. They said they couldn't do any more for her she had gone from 13 pounds to 8 in just those few weeks. It's so sad to make that decision. I had to with a Yorkie I had rescued and it never gets any easier. My 3 Yorkies I have now are my kids and two are 11 years old now and they both have health issues. My youngest is 6.

May little Breezie rest in peace. emoticon

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It is pretty easy to make a frame then pour quickrete. Just clear the spot to fit your frame over, mix your quickrete with water and pour, smooth it out, let it set up a little then write whatever info you want. You can get the flat black stones at craft stores or sometimes at lumber stores to make paw prints, or press in other objects such as a pebble border, bells, crosses, imprints etc..

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My Lady dog has been gone for 4 years now and she still is in my heart. She taught me so much about patience compassion and how to have fun, she helped me raise my daughter, comforted me was my companion and my friend. She was so ugly everyone always asked what it is that? I would answer a dog. She was a austrailian shepard terrier mixed with mini shcnauzer and we had the papers to prove she was a mutt. I miss here so much. She was 16 years old when we had to put her down. Her heart would not give out even when her body was falling apart.

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Hope and IMAPARROTHEAD, my condolences for your losses. It's so sad and gutwrenching to say goodbye to our furbabies. Know that they will always be a part of you and you gave them so much love and happiness during life.

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That is so sad. I know what you are feeling. I miss hearing the toilet lid close on the toilet after Goliath took a drink.

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My deepest condolences Hope208. On Monday Feb.1st I went through the same thing as my dear old Chippydog needed me to let him say goodbye. He became sick on the weekend and by Monday was in a great deal of pain. Turns out it was a liver tumor and I chose to let him go. The vet's office staff were wonderful and we stayed with him and said goodbye. He was just over 15 years, a good long life for a wonderful dog. I will miss the softest dog ears ever!!

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Our family said good bye to our fearless leader of 14 years on 1/31. We went to church and when we came home he was lying in the yard unable to get up. We have a doggie door that all the dogs can come and go as they please. Goliath either slipped on the snow or the two other girls roughed him up. We are not sure. However his hip was dislocated and he was in so much pain. Our options were to sedate him and put the hip back in place and tape the leg for two weeks or put him to sleep. We all agreed he would be in too much pain. I held him while the entire family surrounded him as he passed. It was a very hard decision. He is now in no more pain. He was a husky and the only dog my oldest grew up with. We have two other dogs who also went through the grieving process.

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Losing a pet is just awful. I have been through it too. Last year I had to give away one of my dogs because she was cruel to my smaller dog. It was gut wrenching to sacrifice one baby for another, but she was hurting him and luckily, I found her a good home.

I lost my dad 7 years ago to cancer. The dog I gave him died 2 years later. I loved his little dog and she and my dad were kindred spirits. When his little dog died, it was like losing him all over again. I know he's feeding her lots of treats in heaven.





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I am so sorry for your loss. My Dad has had 2 dogs named Molly.

I have 8 dogs buried on my property, (80 acres). Do any of you have a suggestion or knowledge on making head stones from concrete mix? I have the grave circled with white fencing now, but that gets bent down. I would like to place rock border and a head stone instead of fense.
I know I could purchase, but that is too much $$$$$$.
Thanks for any suggestions.

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We said goodbye to Molly our chocolate lab. She was 14 and was the sweetest dog ever. I held her as she passed and I know that she is in a better place but I still miss her so much.

Dear God, Please help me not to gag and tie up my children.


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Sometimes there are special dogs that come into our lives. I have had many dogs over the years, but there are dogs (and cats, to be fair) that we have a special bond with.

Lucky and Rychen were lucky to have such great owners. Not just because of the good care you took of them during life, but also knowing when it was time.

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Kathy, I read Lucky's story on your SP, and I bawled like a baby! It took me back to saying goodbye to Kessler last September, and how difficult but necessary it was. Your relationship with Lucky reminded me too, of my relationship with Rychen. He was my special baby, my momma's boy, always by my side, stub wagging and smiling. How big the holes are in our lives, once they have left us.

You are a wonderful dog mom and have made your pups' lives so full and happy. Be proud and know that Lucky really was lucky in so many ways, especially that you and Meaganne were part of his life.

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Melissa (ROTTMOM), I'm so sorry to hear that you too have had to deal with the loss of not one but two special friends within just a few short months.

As Meaganne said, we lost the last two of my breeding program within 6 months of each other - mother and son. Thanks for stopping by her page and admiring everyone, especially my Luck. He was a very special boy for many reasons. I wrote about some of the highlights in his life a few weeks after he died - it's on my page, if you're interested in reading it.

When the time is right for you and your husband, there will be another set of paws that move into your hearts and home.

Kathy
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Marrrbo, yes, it gets so quiet once the paws are no longer there padding around the house. Hugs to you.

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DODDSM, your Lucky was so beautiful! I peeked at your Spark page and you have had some gorgeous dogs. I'm so sorry for your loss. Thanks for the kinds words. I can't wait to move and have some fur love running around my house again!



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I had 3 dogs. Now have one. I know what you mean about the "quiet" part........ emoticon

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Rottmom- so sorry for your loss, it never gets easy especially loosing both boys so close to each other. We lost the last of my parent's breeding program (Aug 08, Jan 09) almost 6months apart from each other. I know when we lost Luck (Jan 09) it still has my Mom grieving for her dog, he was her baby since he was born (and had so many start up issues).

When you are ready, you will be able to open up your heart again to dog(s). My deepest condolences go to you and your husband at this difficult time. Soon you will be able to remember the good things instead of all the suffering.

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First, I want to send condolences to all who have lost beloved furbabies. I know your pain all too well.

In January í09 we lost our youngest Rottweiler, Rychen, at only 5 years old. He was very healthy, happy, and active. One day he just got up, ran toward the Christmas tree (which was still up in our living room), and collapsed on the floor. We still donít really know what happened but presume it was heart-related or possibly a brain aneurysm. He was gone almost instantly, and a huge part of our world was ripped away. We had brought Rychen home 5 yrs before as a puppy and he was such a sweet little mommaís boy! We still grieve for him to this day.

After losing Rychen, we were so grateful to still have his adopted ďbrotherĒ, Kessler. Kessler was a rescued Rottweiler. When we brought him home shortly after getting Rychen, the two were fast friends. They really acted like best buds and it was a joy to watch them romp together. In July Kessler went to the vet for his shots and for an exam of a lump we had recently noticed on his neck. The vet aspirated the lump and said it was clearóno cancer. Whew. Two weeks later, Kessler was having difficulty breathing. The lump had grown in size and we assumed it was causing the breathing problem. Back to the vet. This time, the first vetís partner examined Kessler and took lymph samples from his rear leg. He suspected Histiocystic Sarcoma. It is an aggressive form of cancer that can be in the spleen, lungs, nervous system or other areas. We waited for the lymph results but Kessler was deteriorating quickly. One morning he was coughing blood and we just knew. That same morning we took him to the vet for the final time. Our boy went to sleep in my arms. After putting him down, we got a note from the vet's clinic that the tests showed it was indeed Histiocystic Sarcoma. As hard as it was for both DH and me, we knew we were releasing Kessler from his suffering. It was the last gift we could give him.

So we have been 5 months without any dogs. It has been very quiet and lonely in our home. We will get more dogs eventually, but right now Iím in the middle of a job location change and we will likely be moving. Neither of us wants to put a new dog (or dogs) through a move so soon. So we are waiting. Itís hard, but we have our loving memories of Rychen and Kessler, and we know that they want us to have some new furbabies very soon.


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VGIMLET, I am so very sorry to hear about the puppies. As Meaganne already said, we have had some disasters over the years, but thankfully have never lost an entire litter - close a couple of times, but not all.

If the vet thinks it was just a fluke, then she will probably be fine the next time. We had one stillborn in this past litter, and then struggled with one wee lad for 10 days before losing him. It is never easy whether they have been with you for years, a few days, or even just a few minutes! I know people who have lost the Mom during a bad delivery and had to hand raise an entire litter, which is another whole nightmare!

Enjoy your boy for now, and remind him that he just might get to have 'some fun' again in the not so distant future!

Kathy
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I am so sorry for all your losses. Take comfort that you did the right thing for your friend and remember fondly all the joy they brought.
My husband and I now have 4 cats and 1 dog and over the years we have lost 2 cats and 1 dog. It is never easy but the rainbow bridge is beautiful. It is never easy and never does get easier but they give such love and joy and there are so many needing love that you have to keep your heart open.

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Such sad stories! You are in my thoughts and prayers- so are your puppy angels1 emoticon

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I am with you on the no breeding LOL... This summer was my first (real) experience with the breeding/whelping and I have to say not sure I would do it again... I know how to now, but still its devastating, especially if you have a puppy that you doesn't survive, or you work on and work on and dies later.

Hugs, and remember that there will always be another litter or (puppy) for you to get. Have to wonder what went wrong....I always second guess, and ask the "what if;s" about.


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