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  1. #1251
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    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    Ice, sorry to hear about Hook. Hope it’s localized and you can get some more time with him.
    Thanks. It's pretty well spread. Started him on chemo and prednisone today. Maybe 9-10 months at the outside the vet says, but substantially less with no treatment. Right now he's himself so we're just gonna take it as it comes but we're not gonna let him suffer.

    Ava gone unexpectedly last spring. Lily is 15 and spry but at 15, it can't be too long. And now Hook. Feels like the last days of the pack around here, poor little Bode's not gonna know what to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Striker View Post
    goddamnit I hate this thread.

    my sympathies to everyone.
    Quote Originally Posted by ACH View Post
    I am sorry for your loss Austin.
    That was a touching tribute, it's clear Maddie had a great life with you.
    RIP Maddie.

    :::

    Ice, sorry to hear that about Hook.

    [/heavy sigh]
    My sentiments exactly.

    Very sorry for your loss Austin.

    Hope you have many many more days with Hook, Ice.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinFromSA View Post
    It pains me to make this post, but just wanted to share a bit of the great life of my little buddy who left us on Monday evening. Maddie (a super fit German Shorthaired Pointer/Lab mutt) was already a few years old when I met my wife and I was glad to get nearly a decade with her. She was 13 when she died, so definitely lived a good and VERY full, active life.

    Here she is as a pup:
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    We had fun skiing Red Lodge together after the mountain closed. Here she is hauling balls down the mountain chasing my wife:
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    We lived in Lewistown for a while, where she LOVED her daily swims in the Big Spring Creek:
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    At Crystal Lake, MT:
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    Then living in Big Sky afforded her the best life a dog could EVER ask for with many, many, many hikes:
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    When we had our children, she became a wonderful nanny dog (there's that lab for ya), who guarded our newborns like a hawk:
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    Bud sadly for the old girl who wanted nothing more than to have children around, she was elderly by the time we had them. She LOVED kids and would always freak out when any children were around. She started to become a bit more stoic and aloof than she used to be. Here she is looking pensive out our back door which overlooked a beautiful mountain ridge:
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    She had been going downhill for nearly a year now, but lately her hip dysplasia really caught up to her and she couldn't get up on her own or lay down. We took her to the vet to get a wellness check and they informed us that her time was getting near. We took her home and I ran to the grocery store to buy her a big juicy steak. Have been really pampering her these last couple of weeks with lots of yummy treats, cuddles, and all the table scraps she'd always begged for but never got until now.
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    After a rough weekend where it was clear she was suffering, we knew it was time. It was tough for us to accept, as she was a tough old thing and NEVER wanted to indicate pain in front of our other dog who was really starting to try and assert herself and take over as alpha, so she never cried, whimpered, barked, or anything. Took it all in stride like the tough little badass she was. I went to the store on Monday to buy her more steak and a big slab of bacon for her which I cooked up an hour before she died. Her final meal:
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    Lastly, here's some dock diving stoke from Flathead Lake. Man that dog was athletic:


    When we took her to the vet, I carried her in since she could barely walk. We laid down her favorite big blanket for her, and she curled up and put her head on my lap. She seemed very much at peace for the first time in a while. After she went to sleep, I bawled like a little baby (which I wasn't expecting since I never do, we wrapped her up in the blanket, and took her to some land my sister lives on where we got to bury her by an old oak tree. We gave her a nice little funeral, all said a few words about our favorite memories with her, the kids gave her one final pat on the head, and all participated in shoveling the dirt. It really was beautiful and a good send off for a rad dog who brought our little family a ton of joy.

    You'll be missed, ol' girl. Thanks for the great journey we've had together.

    Great tribute - Thank you...

    Condolences... tj

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    Many thanks to all for the kind words and condolences. It really has helped a ton to share a bit about and celebrate her life with you all. It was good for me to look back over my pictures (I have hundreds more) to help me remember just how good of a life we had together. You guys are the best!

    Happy trails, ya old mutt. You were quite the mountain dog:
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    And sorry about Hook, iceman. That's the toughest thing about having these furry companions, but I suppose what we gain from them makes it all worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinFromSA View Post
    Many thanks to all for the kind words and condolences. It really has helped a ton to share a bit about and celebrate her life with you all. It was good for me to look back over my pictures (I have hundreds more) to help me remember just how good of a life we had together. You guys are the best!

    Happy trails, ya old mutt. You were quite the mountain dog:
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    And sorry about Hook, iceman. That's the toughest thing about having these furry companions, but I suppose what we gain from them makes it all worth it.
    Having them leave is always really tough. I am not a religious man, but nothing would make me happier than being with all my dogs again at the end of my time here.
    Really sorry about your loss Austin. That tribute made me cry.
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    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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    I'm sorry guys

    My 11yo mutt is still looking good, just needs a mommy, if only for a couple years.
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    No longer stuck.

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    Just an uneducated guess.

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    Sorry Ice and Austin. +++VIBES+++ sent
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    ― Milton Friedman

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    or two

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    Austin - sorry, my friend. She couldn't have hoped for better "hoomans". Forrest - same to you and Loki. Ice - vibes...

    Tough seeing this thread every time it surfaces, but it also makes me remember which is an awesome thing. Salomon's passing is coming up on 2 years now, and it still hurts every time I think of him, but not always in a bad way.

    We have our little mutt Chloe now, and she's a totally different creature...and I wouldn't want it any other way. Dogs are a gift.
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    Put our 14 yo Greyhound down last week.
    She had been slowing down for the last few years and was on a few different meds to manage pain, but then a new limp brought a Bone Cancer diagnosis and she just couldnt get comfortable anymore.

    A number of y'all met her in NYC when she lived with us in a small 1 br apt. We got her about 10 years ago fresh off the track. She was an amazing apartment dog. Sprinters, not marathoners so burst of energy, then lay around.
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    She transitioned well to suburban life and helped raise my son. Literally he would use her to help walk & has only known life with her. Its been a tough week but wife, son, and younger greyhound Gracie are getting used to the new normal.
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    She will be missed but what a wonderful life she had and we with her.

    Thanks B, you were a star.

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    Sorry to here Austin, Ice and Woodz. All good pups.
    In order to properly convert this thread to a polyasshat thread to more fully enrage the liberal left frequenting here...... (insert latest democratic blunder of your choice).

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    The touching tributes to all of these pups makes my eyes well up. I have a few older dogs and dread the day that is coming.
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    Tough thread but good one. Dog people, like ski people, are and always will be my tribe. I've met enough of you to know that if you are posting on here then your dog had one hell of an adventure and was lucky to have you as an owner.

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    +++++vibes++++
    A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.
    ― Milton Friedman

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    Woodsy, so sorry to hear about your pup, sorry but I don't know her name. Hang in there man.

    Hook has had 2 rounds of chemo and he's on prednisone and Denamarin for his liver and I did some research and tried to get him on this turkey tail mushroom extract that he hated and wouldn't go near so I got him on chewables that he tolerates if they're mixed in his food. Who knows if they're having any effect. He's been doing amazing, like a puppy running around, but last night he took a turn and today he's not good. Maybe this shit weather is just depressing him, I know it's taking a toll on me. I probably shouldn't have opened this thread today.

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