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Friday, July 07, 2017


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I am so sorry for your loss. My Misha, an Akhbash dog, lived 17 years. She was with me for a full third of my life. When she started going downhill, I called our vet and said I wanted to do hospice for her. I guess I was a wuss, but on the other hand, that's what we do for our human loved ones. So I picked up the morphine and gave it to her regularly. On her last night, I slept with her and held her on the living room floor, which was where she wanted to be. Our cats came up to her one by one to say their goodbyes. I held her in my arms till she took her last breath. I don't know. It just felt like the right thing to do at the time. Ten years later, we still haven't gotten another dog.

I am so sorry for your loss. Having had pets since before I could walk, I know the despair you are feeling right now. My last time was last fall when I had to say good bye to my Maggie. Despite the pain, I agree with you that it is well worth it. There is nothing like coming home to your furry friend. You clearly did everything right and Oreo clearly had a wonderful family and life.

I'm sorry to hear that Oreo has passed. I hope your treasured memories will comfort all of you.

My Pekingese, Suki, lived 22 years. I can't remember getting her because she was there when I was really young and we grew up together. She had one eye, a broken back and tail, and no teeth in the end and was completely blind in the one eye, but she was mine and I was hers. She slept with me every night. Went with me everywhere. In the end I would hand feed her bits of soft food and pick her up to take her out to "go". The vet said for her age she was as healthy as any dog, he had just never seen a dog breed like her live so long. If 7 dog years equal one human year, she was 154 when she crawled in my lap one day, licked my face, settled down to nap and just stopped breathing. It was so gentle and peaceful. I have been crying on and off since yesterday when I think about you guys and your baby. Know that my heart aches with yours and my tears flow just as hard. I'm so sorry for your loss. You will see her again. Namaste.

My heart is with you guys. Oreo's adventures have brought joy to many. I know she parted knowing she was loved. Sending you guys lots of love.

I know the feelings you're having...been through this too many times. The last time was our lovable chocolate lab, Kis, when our vet of many years kindly came to our home and Kis was able to be put to sleep in our arms πŸ˜”
I had to start and stop reading your story three different times...too many tears. I'm so sorry you're going through this now. Losing a beloved pet is heartbreaking, but believing that they are frolicking somewhere over the Rainbow Bridge gives comfort 🐾🌈

Oh, Linda. What a beautiful, heart wrenching tribute to an amazing little soul. I wish I didn't know only too well how saying good-bye feels. And being "in" the dog world, I've had to do it more than anyone should have to. You're right - it truly is a "deal with the devil", and it never gets easier, no matter how many times you do it. My thoughts are with your entire family as you move forward in your grief...

Oh God, in tears. Just in tears. Linda, you were there for me when we said goodbye to our sweet 19-year-old Cassie in 2011, and there for me again when I lost my precious fur-son of 23 years, Joey. I know this pain so well and your incredible, eloquent words of love bring it all back again in a flood. There's nothing like this pain, and, thankfully, it will ease with time. My heart is with you and your family... so so so much. I wish I had your way with words and wisdom. I wish I could say something, anything, to ease your pain.

Linda, I know what you are going through. The shadows you thought were her, were her. She is with you now and always will be. I love you and I am so sorry you and your family are going through this pain. Thank you for loving her enough to be able to understand when she was telling you it was time to go.

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