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  1. #51
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    unless you are 80 years old or have terminal cancer, when you decide to get a dog, you clearly expect to outlive it.

    My 14.5 old has not much time
    Love her blind deaf and dumb nonetheless.

    Remember the many good times, not the last pain.

    So, when your heart was broken in high school or college, the guaranteed way not to have that happen is to not open your heart.

    But if you open your heart, life is better
    “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  2. #52
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    Right, looked back through my hunting journals, and remembered how good he was. He was the king and that’s all that matters. Long live the king.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stowelen View Post
    Had to put my English Setter down tonight 11.5 years old, and the best friend I ever had, best bird I’ve ever seen. Some how just couldn’t imagine he would die, but he went down tonight. Never easy to let em go. Totally gutted right now.
    Fuck, that does suck. Death sucks.
    A salud, amor, y paz.

  4. #54
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    Positive Irations to RootSkier and Stowelen

    So hard to lose a great friend.

    I had to put down a 22 yr. old cat last Friday.

    It's the wind down that crushes me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stowelen View Post
    Sucks, no way to prepare. Dog is loyal to the end. Leaving him at the vet for cremation seems like betrayal.


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    Meh. That’s the empty vessel.

    Are you getting buried? What a waste of real estate. /Rodney dangerfield

    “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

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    Just had to put my 14 year old lab to sleep. Goodbye Bailey. Pic from younger, happier days.


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    ++vibes++

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stowelen View Post
    Had to put my English Setter down tonight 11.5 years old, and the best friend I ever had, best bird I’ve ever seen. Some how just couldn’t imagine he would die, but he went down tonight. Never easy to let em go. Totally gutted right now.


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    Sorry to hear that. Condolences, it's tough losing great friends

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuckathuntermtn View Post
    My dog is 9
    Loved running with mine. Thing is, now, she limps pretty severly every time after we go out. Last summer I ramped her up and she was good for 4-5 miles; stopped for two weeks in july and now she just can't seem to do it. (about 9.5 yrs).
    "Can't you see..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post
    Meh. That’s the empty vessel.
    Got to agree with this.

    Take some of the things he really cared about.. his collar, a much loved toy, food bowl, a ball and bury them somewhere you can visit and be closer to your memories of time together.
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    And there will come a day when our ancestors look back...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by teledad View Post
    Just had to put my 14 year old lab to sleep. Goodbye Bailey. Pic from younger, happier days.
    best wishes & RIP to Bailey

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    Fuck this sucks.

    Vibes guys. As it’s been said, “dogs only fault is that they don’t live long enough.”

    It took a while to get over losing our puppy, very different for me from an old dog. Heart wrenching but different. The only good news I have to offer is there is a little demon like this waiting for you to bring him into your home.
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  13. #63
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stowelen View Post
    Had to put my English Setter down tonight 11.5 years old, and the best friend I ever had, best bird I’ve ever seen. Some how just couldn’t imagine he would die, but he went down tonight. Never easy to let em go. Totally gutted right now.


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    Having lost two great bird dogs and many others, my heart is with you. The relationship between hunter and dog is simply unique. Celebrate that.

  14. #64
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    Vibes to all. Always feels like betrayal at the end but you have to do what’s right for them. We had to put down our 14yr old basset mix Harley, last year. We waited a couple months but our other dog Spartacus (and honestly us) were missing him and wanting a new dog.
    Got a rescue and watched Spartacus play and teach the new puppy (Ginger) things that Harley had taught him.
    Now, when I see her doing them, it makes me smile and think of Harley.
    This is her the day we brought her home. She was 3 weeks.


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    geez, 3 weeks? really? that's damn young.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teledad View Post
    Just had to put my 14 year old lab to sleep. Goodbye Bailey. Pic from younger, happier days.

    Horrible thing to go through. I just had to hangout with my dog for a minute, because her days are numbered.

    +++++Vibes to you....

    Peace be the journey Bailey...

  17. #67
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    What a beautiful little pup, so hard letting them go, but so fun to get that new pup. The process begins again.


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    I put down my 14 yr old lab last Saturday. It was really difficult. I took her up to my cottage to bury her thinking it would be a good way for some closure and I was wrong. It was almost as hard as being with her for her last breath.

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    Fack
    Know many dudes that dug a hole for a big dog. Can’t imagine the tears.
    I’ll prolly puss out and cremate

    Sitting here between a 14 y.o. And a 1 yr pup. Wondering how long the old girl can keep on. She’s tough though, and the pup keeps her moving
    “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
    Hunter S. Thompson

  20. #70
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    ^^^ my wife wanted to bury our first Great Dane in the back woods, I said fuck that...basically reliving the dog dying for the hours it would take to dig the giant hole


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