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  1. #1926
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    Aw man, I’m so sorry scrublover, that’s really tough knowing what lies ahead. I hope you and Princess Lumpy can enjoy the time you have. Peace.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    Iím sorry to hear that scrub. Iím sure you and lumpy are gonna make the most of what youíve got left though and sheíll appreciate you helping her out when sheís ready.

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    Man, this thread is hard to read, really hard. But gotta do it, as in better to love and lose. It's just the way it is - when you say hello, if form holds, you know you're going to be saying goodbye. But you do it anyway, because it makes your life so much better, and if you do your part right, theirs too.

    10 years or so ago said goodbye to our crew of three within a fairly short period of time. They'd been with us a dozen years, and it ripped our guts out. But not long after we took a couple more in, and now they're still doing well, but getting up there. It gets harder every time.

    Happy for the good life you were able to share, and feel for you now.

    Beams.

    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post
    Not at the bridge yet, but we have maybe a couple weeks. The last week led to going in for a checkup this morning, whereupon they discovered an enourmous splenic mass. Fuck. Princess Lumpy is living up to her knickname. We've already decided againsta nything invasive. Lily is nearly 14, and we're not going to put her through that. The minute she stops eating/drinking/bathrooming/wanting to go for her walks or seems otherwise too uncomfortable, we have a very good vet who will come to the house. I can deal with patients dying all damn day long, but this fucking hurts. I should have taken more pictures when she was younger.

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  4. #1929
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    Enjoy this time with her. It's so hard, but truly a blessing to be given the chance in advance to say goodbye. Vibes to you and your fam.

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    Had to say goodbye to Kiva last night. He was such a good boy! Loved his kids more than anything else…and so loved back. He was 8 1/2 years old, basically normal until Thursday. Really punky, took him to the vet and riddled w cancer. Skiing was easily his favorite pass time. Goodbye buddy

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  6. #1931
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    Damn...so sorry for your loss. He was a gorgeous boy

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    Rest easy Kiva -endless fresh powder runs ahead!
    Condolences to you and the family detrusor

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    So sorry. What a big, handsome fluffball he was. Such a noble breed. Take care.

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    Rest in powder Kiva, very sorry for such a sudden loss for you and your family Detrusor. That’s horrible.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    too early
    rip kiva

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    Not sure if this belongs in here or in Doggie Stoke, but I thought it deserved sharing of an incredibly well-lived doggo life:

    Bobi, a Portuguese Mastiff and world's oldest living dog, passes at age 31.


    Looked like a total sweetheart too; RIP Bobi.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    It's just a dog.

    31 is really hard to fathom. Amazing dog

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmillsSkier View Post
    Not sure if this belongs in here or in Doggie Stoke, but I thought it deserved sharing of an incredibly well-lived doggo life:

    Bobi, a Portuguese Mastiff and world's oldest living dog, passes at age 31.


    Looked like a total sweetheart too; RIP Bobi.
    awww what a handsome puddle of a dog

    And i learned a parenting-related fun fact:

    The purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo broke a record held by Australian cattle-dog Bluey, who died at 29 years and five months in 1939.

  14. #1939
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    It's just a dog.

    Although this thread is a tough read, it was good to have insight into when to consider making a call to the vet.

    I fear I may have waited too long though and my companion of almost 14years walked off during a walk on the Oregon coast a couple of nights ago and no one has seen him since. The community here has shown up and spread the word to look for him. Heís a husky and has been off on his own countless times. Once turning around near 8000í on mt hood only to find him curled up next the my truck in the parking lot hours later. I feel that if he wanted to be found or needed help heís smart enough to make it happen but I canít stop thinking the what ifs.

    Yogis health had been declining over the year, mostly pooping in the house but still peeing outside. He would still go on walks with us but we could tell he had a tough time with his lower back. Itís such a tough call to make, and i decided to see if he could make it to our 14year anniversary in January as he hadnít been getting any worse in the last few months.

    This weekend was a family trip to the Oregon coast, we arrive and I decide to get the dogs out(we have another 8year old goldendoodle) for a walk before everyone arrives and the house gets busy. Itís 430 and dim light but I donít bring a headlamp. As weíre walking, I get Yogi excited to run in the soft sand and love to see him enjoying himself as he rarely does anymore. I think, this is how I would want to spend the last week with Yogi. Go on a trip to the coast, just us two and soak it in before I make a call to the vet. He does some zoomies and we play wrestle for a couple of laps. Itís getting dark so we head back, as we crest the dune to leave the beach, Yogi goes right. I donít think much of it as thereís smells everywhere and as I keep walking, he doesnít follow. I go back to where he last was but I canít see him and itís getting darker. I think maybe heís taking another path to the house, just a 1/4mile away so I slowly make my way to the house but he doesnít show. I go back out with my cellphone light to try and follow his tracks but canít see where he went. I go back to the house and grab a headlamp and stay out for a couple hours looking for him. Family members drive the streets hoping he hears the sounds of our car. Nothing.

    I know it was his time and likely wondered off to pass alone but itís so hard to not be there with him or know heís comfortable. Iíll never know if i shouldíve made the call to the vet earlier but i can be thankful that he chose to go off in a beautiful stretch of coastline, far away from any highways but close to town and a state park where he can find help if needed.

    We leave today to head back to Portland. I donít know yet how itíll feel to leave him behind, weíre only a couple hours away if we do get a phone call. The community here has been amazing and brought me to tears seeing so many people out looking for him every morning.

    Yogi was my first dog, heís been the single biggest stressor in my life for the years weíve been together. Always shredding things and not listening but I would be anxious too if I was part wolf and kept inside. We biked, skied, ran, and spent time at parks as much as possible but itís still not easy to run his energy off 7 days a week. Multiple times I had to consider rehoming him but my family and friends always stepped in for support. My now wife was so accepting of him and his ways, itís a large part of why weíre together and now have a growing family. Something I donít think wouldíve worked out the way it did without Yogi and for that, Iíll be forever grateful.

    I hope I can update this in a few days, that we have found Yogi and have another tall tale to tell but for now, writing about him has been a positive outlet for me.

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    Tough deal, benk - I am sorry...

    I urge you to continue the Search to your satisfaction
    ( and if you are already there,,, so be it. ! )

    it sounds like Yogi is a challenge and a 'load' and I recognize and I appreciate the role he played in your relationship with your (now) wife
    ( my red-heeler was similar for us ) ;

    Thank You for the Life you share with Yogi, and I hope you find peace in the resolution.
    With love

    tj

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    Yogi come home buddy...
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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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    Looks like youíre in the Gearhart area. Lots of elk and other wildlife around that could easily distract a dog. I grew up there, the community will definitely help you. Iíd leave some clothing with your scent behind at the house youíre staying at, might lead him home. Best of luck, come home yogi.

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    Thank you, weíre in Manzanita this year and heís surrounded by the ocean, town, Bayside Gardens, and the state park so someone will see him if heís out there. But yeah, a lot of elk, deer, rabbits to distract him. Also a lot of wild food out there Iíve found if need needed calories. Thereís also a lot of cozy spots where the deer and elk bed that he can shelter from the winds.

    Going to go check a few more spots before we leave town and have a little goodbye at the beach incase we donít hear anything.

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    It's just a dog.

    Put up a sign in Manzanita news and espresso, lots of traffic through there. The owners name is Star and sheís a great lady. Signs in the Sand dune and light house bars plus the grocery store, will cover out reach to pretty much all locals.

    Thereís also quite a few coyotes around which may have lured him out. That or a dead seal/whale on the beach.

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    Thanks, weíll do that before leaving. Did another swoop this morning and have covered pretty much the entire spit all the way from town to the jetty over the last 3-days.

    Iíll probably never find out but I donít know what is harder, having him leave without closure or having to put him down. We were within weeks of making the call. I have cherished the last months together as he became closer with us more and wanting more pets which was new for him.
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    Iím aware of the coyotes, recent cougar sightings, and bear in the area but Iíll choose to picture him cozied up in grasses or under a thicket of pine trees

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    The parting is hard with our canine companions, either way -

    I will echo the suggestion for signs... when I lost ACE I searched for ninety of ninety-six hours ( the county called and told me where his body was found ).


    I think liv2ski said it better,

    Yogi come home


    heartbroken for you, benk

    skiJ

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    Here’s hoping for a reunion and a goodbye on your terms, benk.

    But if that doesn’t happen, I hope you savor all those wonderful memories until you see each other again one day.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    I see hydraulic turtles.

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    Make sure to talk to the state park rangers if it was out on the spit. The year rounders cover from there all the way to Ecola in cannon beach. One of the rangers, Beau is about the chillest rad dude you could ever meet. Wouldnít surprise me if heíd spend some time patrolling the area on foot.

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    That is rough to hear, benk
    I hope he turns up for you!

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