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Lucy Keltner 2003 - 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Goodbye sweet Lucy.
I remember the day we found you at the pound, and we were filling out your paperwork and a family came up to the desk to ask about "the little black and white dog in the back." I was quick to point out that she was already MINE. If we had showed up at the pound five minutes later, we might have lost you.

Then the vet told us you had distemper, but we could just take you back to the pound and get another dog if we wanted to. But of course we couldn't do that. We knew they would just put you to sleep and you were already ours and we already loved you. We kept you and you pulled through, and it was the best decision we ever made.

You loved to lick us all to death! You especially loved to lick the top of Bob's head.
You were always so patient and tolerant, even letting babies pull on your fur without complaint.
You slept next to us for so many nights. I remember when you had a run-in with a skunk and you came inside before we realized it, and ran straight to our bed and rolled around all over it! You had to sleep outside for a couple of nights until we got rid of the skunk smell -- and neither of us liked it when you slept outside.

You gave us almost 11 years of love, joy, and devotion. You were a priceless gift to our family and we will miss you always.
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    -Just happened upon your blog today, 2 months late. Just to let you know I am sorry and have been thru the same thing. Pets are so important and just like family. Here's to happier days ahead. :(
    2739 days ago
    I am SO SORRY to read of your loss!!!
    emoticon and what a wonderful Lucy dog you have had for nearly 11 years! How beautifully you write of her and if she could have told us all of her love for you and your family it would have been equally lovely!!!
    May you find comfort in your lasting memories and joys of Lucy!
    2797 days ago
    Sorry for your loss. Sounds like you had a great relationship with your dog and now you have great memories.
    2802 days ago
    That made me cry, so sorry for your loss but so glad that YOU adopted her and did not give up on her when you found out she had distemper. You are an amazing person and she was clearly an amazing addition to your family. So sorry for your loss. I hope she is in doggy heaven playing with my Sheldon! emoticon
    2802 days ago
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    emoticon I'm so sorry. She is beautiful. You were very blessed. emoticon
    2803 days ago
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    Sorry for your loss.
    2803 days ago
    emoticon emoticon

    Loving a dog means we will out live them. I know how much it hurts to lose your best friend, the one who always had time for you and loved you unconditionally.
    2803 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/28/2013 12:03:00 AM
    Lucy sounds like a character! I love the image of her licking the top of Bob's head. You gave her a good home and let her into your hearts, and it sounds like it was a match made in doggy heaven.
    Here's to all the great dogs out there and everything they add to our lives.
    Hugs and condolences,
    2803 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss. Nothing compares to an amazing dog.
    2803 days ago
    Deepest sympathy on your loss - I know how hard it is to say goodbye to beloved family member...

    2803 days ago
    emoticon what a touching memoriam, it really brought tears to my eyes. bless you little Lucy, what a gem emoticon
    2803 days ago
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    So sorryfor your loss. Hugs to you.
    2803 days ago
    Here is a nice poem by Ogden Nash:

    On a Good Dog

    O, my little pup ten years ago
    was arrogant and spry,
    Her backbone was a bended bow
    for arrows in her eye.
    Her step was proud, her bark was loud,
    her nose was in the sky,
    But she was ten years younger then,
    And so, by God, was I.

    Small birds on stilts along the beach
    rose up with piping cry.
    And as they rose beyond her reach
    I thought to see her fly.
    If natural law refused her wings,
    that law she would defy,
    for she could do unheard-of things,
    and so, at times, could I.

    Ten years ago she split the air
    to seize what she could spy;
    Tonight she bumps against a chair,
    betrayed by milky eye!
    She seems to pant, Time up, time up!
    My little dog must die,
    And lie in dust with Hector’s pup;
    So, presently, must I.
    2803 days ago
    I am so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful girl Lucy was. emoticon
    2803 days ago
    Your letter to your sweet girl made me smile; she sounds like she was a wonderful, loving family member. I'm so sorry for your heartache.
    2803 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    CATHY1970-1 lost her dog today too. I am so sorry for both of you. A sad day.
    2803 days ago
    I'm sorry for your loss. emoticon
    2803 days ago
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    I am so sorry. emoticon
    2803 days ago
    The Power of the Dog
    Rudyard Kipling

    There is sorrow enough in the natural way
    From men and women to fill our day;
    And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
    Why do we always arrange for more?
    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

    Buy a pup and your money will buy
    Love unflinching that cannot lie--
    Perfect passsion and worship fed
    By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
    Nevertheless it is hardly fair
    To risk your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the fourteen years which Nature permits
    Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
    And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
    To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
    Then you will find--it's your own affair--
    But ... you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

    When the body that lived at your single will,
    With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
    When the spirit that answered your every mood
    Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
    You will discover how much you care,
    And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

    We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
    When it comes to burying Christian clay.
    Our loves are not given, but only lent,
    At compound interest of cent per cent.
    Though it is not always the case, I believe,
    That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
    For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
    A short-term loan is as bad as a long--
    So why in--Heaven (before we are there)
    Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
    2803 days ago
    I'm so sorry. You gave her 11 years of happiness!

    I'm so sorry you are going through this painful situation. I'm thinking about you!

    2803 days ago
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    Oh, so sorry about Lucy. Sounds like she was a great member of the family and so glad you didn't get to the pound 5 minutes later than you did! You have a lot of great memories to hold on to. Take good care.
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    2803 days ago
    emoticon It is so hard when we lose our furry family members. She sounds like such a sweet dog.
    2803 days ago
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    I am truly sorry for your loss. She will surely be missed. You gave her a good and long life. What joys our pets do give us. Be good to yourself as you grieve.
    2803 days ago
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    emoticon to the whole family.
    RIP Lucy.
    2803 days ago
    awe sorry for loss
    2803 days ago
    emoticon to you and your family during this difficult time. Lucy looks and sounds like she was a sweet girl.
    2803 days ago
    It's so hard to lose a beloved pet! emoticon
    2803 days ago
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