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  1. #76
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    Aw, shit. I was nervous seeing this thread bumped, and didn't think it would be my own post (2 above) that would make me cry.

    And then I had to go look at pictures. I might be out of commission for the rest of the day.

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    Last edited by Hutch; 10-09-2007 at 04:39 PM.

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    I agree - Buddy is my best friend in the entire world. I spend the majority of my time trying to make him as happy as he makes me. He was a shelter dog who was abused and abandoned on Teton Pass. I feel lucky every day that I am the one who got to take him home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckeeLocal View Post
    Another book, not mentioned before, Buster's Diaries: The True Story of a Dog and His Man (As told to) Roy Hattersley. It's a quick read (it was written by a dog after all and they're not very literate) but gives some insight into how crazy humans are.

    No pictures of my dogs although they have been professional models for a clothing mail order outfit.
    more great dog books....

    a dog year, by jon katz. hysterical story about a lab owner who adopts a crazy border collie. katz has written other dog books as well, but the titles escape me. here's a list:

    pam houston also writes great short stories, many of which involve dogs. enjoy!

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    I fuggin' hate it when I see this thread bumped... I get choked up every time.
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    thats awesome!

    i wish i could get a picture of me, my dog and my boyfriend sleeping. he is always in the middle and always sprawled out. he starts the night down at the end of the bed, but by the time i open my eyes in the morning, his head is on or under the pillow, sleeping like a person. he is the best heating pad in the world. also, the reason i am usually running late for work in the morning. he is just too snuggly!

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    Dakota: aka Small, Black and handsome. aka the little black dog.

    47 pounds of shelter rescued lab/chow mix love.



    A girl and her doggie... any questions?

    "Those 1%ers are not an avaricious "them" but in reality the most entrepreneurial of "us". If we had more of them and fewer grandstanding politicians, we would all be better off."
    - Bradley Schiller, Prof. of Economics, Univ. Nevada - Reno.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLOODSWEATSTEEL View Post
    From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or "That's a lot of money for just a dog."

    They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."

    Many hours have passed when my only company was "just a dog", but I did not once feel slighted.

    Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

    If you, too, think it's "just a dog", then you will probably understand phases like "just a friend", "just a sunrise", or "just a promise".

    "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.

    Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

    "Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand >that it's not "just a dog" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a man."

    So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog," just smile, because they "just don't understand."
    Just sent this to a buddy on mine who unexpectedly lost his pup overnight. Understandably, he's not here today. His kids are taking it hard, the dog was older than both of them. They've know it all their lives.....
    This is the worst pain EVER!

  8. #83
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    I got this in an email today, thought I'd share. I'm sure some of you have seen it before but anyways..

    Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife, Linda, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle.

    I examined Belker and found he was dying. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

    As we made arrangements, Ron and Linda told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

    The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

    The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

    Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

    He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?" The six-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."

    Live simply.
    Love generously.
    Care deeply.
    Speak kindly.

    Remember, if a dog were your teacher, you would learn things like:

    When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

    Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.

    Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.

    Take naps.

    Stretch before rising.

    Run, romp, and play daily.

    Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

    Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

    On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

    On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

    When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

    Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

    Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

    Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.

    If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

    When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by. All will be well.

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    +1 for dogs
    "Active management in bear markets tends to outperform. Unfortunately, investors are not as elated with relative returns when they are negative. But it does support the argument that active management adds value." -- independent fund analyst Peter Loach

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    What suprised me when we lost our Boo last month was the support from all of our friends. I mean, I know everybody thinks of their dogs as members of their family, but I didn't know other people thought of them as members of our families, too. The cards, flowers, food, etc., came as a surprise.

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    I share your sadness brother Buzz

    "For it is by muteness that a dog becomes for one so utterly beyond value;
    with him one is at peace where words play no torturing tricks.
    When he just sits loving and knows that he is being loved, those are the moments I think are precious to a dog;
    when, with his adoring soul coming through his eyes, he feels we are really thinking of him"
    - John Galsworthy, from Memories, 1924
    "When the child was a child it waited patiently for the first snow and it still does"- Van "The Man" Morrison
    "I find I have already had my reward, in the doing of the thing" - Buzz Holmstrom
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    ski on in eternal peace

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    TTT for Dana. Say hi to all our old buddies up there, girl.

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    My little lady thought it would be funto run off while I was home for lunch. She came back with crap all over her head. What a good girl! Here she is minus the crap. I sure love that dog...even with the poopy head.

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    Fuck I hate bumping this thread to morn the loss of another maggot dog, but I wanted to pay homage and didn't want to start a thread for the loss of a friends dog.
    Schoko good speed you on your journey across the rainbow bridge.

    C, I'm sure you've read this thread and all the great poems and tributes.
    I share your families grief. The hardest part of dog ownership is saying goodbye. I know how much he meant to you.
    "When the child was a child it waited patiently for the first snow and it still does"- Van "The Man" Morrison
    "I find I have already had my reward, in the doing of the thing" - Buzz Holmstrom
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    ski on in eternal peace

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    My boy was jealous of the dog stoke. Calvin, 200lb English Mastiff and his girl Lucy:


    He wants the pow back:

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    Thanks, Dibs. Right now, I'm beside myself. I can't think straight, and I miss my dog. Most of my day has been spent with my head in my hands. It happenned too quickly, and I was not ready for this. I keep telling myself that Schoko has a big grin on his face, and is now swimming with Chelsea in a 40 degree lake.

    Just a dog, my ass! A couple week ago in Cali.




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    Quote Originally Posted by BLOOD SWEAT STEEL View Post
    From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a dog," or "That's a lot of money for just a dog."

    They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for "just a dog." Some of my proudest moments have come about with "just a dog."

    Many hours have passed when my only company was "just a dog", but I did not once feel slighted.

    Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by "just a dog," and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a dog" gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

    If you, too, think it's "just a dog", then you will probably understand phases like "just a friend", "just a sunrise", or "just a promise".

    "Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. "Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.

    Because of "just a dog" I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it's not "just a dog" but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

    "Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day. I hope that someday they can understand >that it's not "just a dog" but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being "just a man."

    So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog," just smile, because they "just don't understand."
    Amen brotha!!!
    I never read that before, thank you for writing that. I can relate completely.

    Yes, they just don't understand.

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    Well fuck, now that this thread has me crying, I guess I will go walk with my best buddy.
    Quote Originally Posted by leroy jenkins View Post
    I think you'd have an easier time understanding people if you remembered that 80% of them are fucking morons.
    That is why I like dogs, more than most people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skifishbum View Post
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    I share your sadness brother Buzz

    "For it is by muteness that a dog becomes for one so utterly beyond value;
    with him one is at peace where words play no torturing tricks.
    When he just sits loving and knows that he is being loved, those are the moments I think are precious to a dog;
    when, with his adoring soul coming through his eyes, he feels we are really thinking of him"
    - John Galsworthy, from Memories, 1924
    Thanks SFB. I had a hard time with Zanik passing on Dec. 19, 2007. We had to put him down. I never did see this. Thanks buddy.

    From another board I posted:

    Not a fan of days like today
    by Buzz on Wed Dec 19, 2007 10:53 pm

    Had to put my Dane, Zanik down early evening.
    9.5 years old and he gave up the fight.
    It was time, but it is never the right time.
    The tears won't stop. It is too quiet here.

    Hardest part is my daughter asking where Zanik is.
    I hope he is playing with Kaya, our last Dane.

    -Ron
    Buzz


    a few pics of Zanik at the end.
    We now have Hayley, 4 months later, see This Thread:


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    Quote Originally Posted by schindlerpiste View Post
    Thanks, Dibs. Right now, I'm beside myself. I can't think straight, and I miss my dog. Most of my day has been spent with my head in my hands. It happenned too quickly, and I was not ready for this.
    I am very sorry to hear this C. It is harder than hard.
    Hope you and the family will mend timely.

    Best friends are the hardest to lose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schindlerpiste View Post
    Thanks, Dibs. Right now, I'm beside myself. I can't think straight, and I miss my dog. Most of my day has been spent with my head in my hands. It happenned too quickly, and I was not ready for this. I keep telling myself that Schoko has a big grin on his face, and is now swimming with Chelsea in a 40 degree lake.
    SP,
    Just heard about Schoko, I'm so sorry for you, he was a good friend, I know how hard this can be.

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    Just a $4000 bionic dog hip


    Just a few hundy for eye surgery

    Just $$$$
    having your copilot back at the helm

    FKNA PRICELESS
    "When the child was a child it waited patiently for the first snow and it still does"- Van "The Man" Morrison
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    ski on in eternal peace

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    ^^^i would empty my life savings for my mutt...in a second. good on ya.
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    I am so sorry for your loss guys. Another one found a good home though, and she is waging away right now. Notice the deceased elephant, the lastest victim.


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    our dogs love stuffed animals. my rotty chews the eyes and nose off, rips the face open, and then proceeds to take out all of the stuffing. she literally turns it inside out. kinda sick when you think about it.







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