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  1. #461
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    Coth is helping. I know many of you have gone through this too.

    She was my companion. Always following me everywhere. Dynamite is very quiet, hasn't even tried to bark at the dogs next door today.



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    jingles for you heart and family Cnigh.

    Lean on us, so many have lost our four legged loved ones.

    Please know what when you cry for the loss of your consistent companion, that you do not cry alone.



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    So sorry for your loss. You all fought the good fight. RIP Shade.
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    Cnigh, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Your sweet girl knew she was loved every minute, and no dog can ask for more. Shade will be waiting for you over the Bridge...


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    cnigh, I found this in my archives and thought of you. It has helped me when grieving. I hope it can help you too, in some small way.


    THE JOURNEY

    When you bring a pet into your life, you begin a journey - a journey that will bring you more love and devotion than you have ever known, yet also test your strength and courage.

    If you allow, the journey will teach you many things, about life, about yourself, and most of all, about love. You will come away changed forever, for one soul cannot touch another without leaving its mark.

    Along the way, you will learn much about savoring life's simple pleasures - jumping in leaves, snoozing in the sun, the joy of puddles, and even the satisfaction of a good scratch behind the ears.

    If you spend much time outside, you will be taught how to truly experience every element, for no rock, leaf or log will go unexamined, no rustling bush will be overlooked, and even the very air will be inhaled, pondered, and noted as being full of valuable information. Your pace may be slower - except when heading home to the food dish - but you will become a better naturalist, having been taught by an expert in the field.

    Too many times we hike on automatic pilot, our goal being to complete the trail rather than enjoy the journey. We miss the details - the colorful mushrooms on the rotting log, the honeycomb in the old maple snag, the hawk feather caught on a twig. Once we walk as a dog does, we discover a whole new world. We stop; we browse the landscape; we kick over leaves, peek in tree holes, look up, down, all around. And we learn what any dog knows: that nature has created a marvelously complex world that is full of surprises, that each cycle of the seasons brings ever-changing wonders, each day an essence all its own.

    Even from indoors you will find yourself more attuned to the world around you. You will find yourself watching summer insects collecting on a screen (How bizarre they are! How many kinds there are!), or noting the flicker and flash of fireflies through the dark. You will stop to observe the swirling dance of windblown leaves, or sniff the air after a rain. It does not matter that there is no objective in this; the point is in the doing, in not letting life's most important details slip by.

    You will find yourself doing silly things that your pet-less friends might not understand: spending thirty minutes in the grocery aisle looking for the cat food brand your feline must have, buying dog birthday treats, or driving around the block an extra time because your pet enjoys the ride.

    You will roll in the snow, wrestle with chewy toys, bounce little rubber balls till your eyes cross, and even run around the house trailing your bathrobe tie - with a cat in hot pursuit - all in the name of love.

    Your house will become muddier and hairier. You will wear less dark clothing and buy more lint rollers. You may find dog biscuits in your pocket or purse, and feel the need to explain that an old plastic shopping bag adorns your living room rug because your cat loves the crinkly sound.

    You will learn the true measure of love - the steadfast, undying kind that says, "It doesn't matter where we are or what we do, or how life treats us as long as we are together." Respect this always; it is the most precious gift any living soul can give another. You will not find it often among the human race.

    And you will learn humility. The look in my dog's eyes often made me feel ashamed. Such joy and love at my presence. She saw not some flawed human who could be cross and stubborn, moody or rude, but only her wonderful companion. Or maybe she saw those things and dismissed them as mere human foibles, not worth considering, and so chose to love me anyway.

    If you pay attention and learn well, when the journey is done, you will not be just a better person, but the person your pet always knew you to be - the one they were proud to call beloved friend.

    I must caution you that this journey is not without pain. Like all paths of true love, the pain is part of loving. For as surely as the sun sets, one day your dear animal companion will follow a path you cannot yet go down. And you will have to find the strength and love to let them go. A pet's time on earth is far too short - especially for those that love them.

    We borrow them, really, just for awhile, and during those brief years they are generous enough to give us all of their love - every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left.

    The cat that only yesterday was a kitten is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun. The young pup of boundless energy wakes up stiff and lame, the muzzle now gray. Deep down we somehow always knew this journey would end. We knew that if we gave our hearts they would be broken. But give them we must for it is all they ask in return. When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead - young and whole once more.

    "Godspeed, good friend," we say, until our journey comes full circle and our paths cross again.


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    Claddagh, I have tears streaming down my cheeks. I'm losing a cat who is much too young, and this has truly struck a deep chord with me.
    Mystic Owl Sporthorses
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    Oh clint, I am so sorry about your cat. However much time they have with us, it is NEVER long enough.

    Please know that we are thinking of you as you travel down this terrible road.



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    OP - my heart goes out to you; sending hugs from Florida. It is a time that pretty well sucks.

    Claddagh - that was an amazing post, which will surely bring all of us to tears but it is so right on the money. I lost my 7 yr old dog suddenly to IMHA in Dec, now watch the 12 yr old like a hawk and am bonding with the recently acquired 2 yr old.
    We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........



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    I`m having a very hard time. My heart hurts so much for her.



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    Oh cnigh, we do feel your pain. It's so incredibly hard...Hugs.
    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanuel Kant



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    I am so sorry. Sending warm hugs from Texas.



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    This really touched me

    I Only Wanted You

    They say memories are golden
    well maybe that is true;
    I never wanted memories
    I only wanted you.

    A million times I needed you
    a million times I cried;
    If love alone could have saved you
    you never would have died.

    In life I loved you dearly
    In death I love you still;
    In my heart you hold a place
    no one could ever fill.

    If tears could build a stairway
    and heartache make a lane;
    I'd walk the path to heaven
    and bring you back again.

    Our family chain is broken
    and nothing seems the same;
    But as God calls us one by one
    the chain will link again.

    Author - Vicky Holder



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    I just saw this thread and wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss, there really are few things in life harder than the loss of a four legged soul mate. I know I miss my special girl every day and I am sure I always will, that is the price we pay for having them in our lives.

    I hope you can find some peace in knowing that you did all you could for her, it is so obvious that she was very, very loved and had a wonderful life with your family **hugs**

    Jane, I am sorry to hear about your cat
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    Donella, thanks. He went downhill quickly yesterday, and he was put down last night. I rescued him when he was a four week old kitten, and he was only two. Harry was a great guy, and I miss him so.
    Mystic Owl Sporthorses
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    Set aside time for grieving, and try be comforted by the knowledge that if she could be there to comfort you, her first thought would be that today is a good day for a walk-
    and give a nudge or a paw or enthusiastic bark and with wagging tail she would lead you on to new adventures; always living in the present and joyously anticipating the future.

    She will be there in your heart always now; young and vibrant, she would want to ease your sadness in any way she could, and celebrate with you each day you go through.

    Peace will come eventually and acute grief will be a memory, overcome by love.

    Condolences on your loss.



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    Shade is home.

    We picked up her ashes tonight.



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    Bittersweet. She's no longer in any discomfort. Im so sorry



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    It really is bitter sweet. I am glad to have a part of her back and be done with it.

    I still cry, but it is good to talk about all the wonderful things she did.

    My family are all dog lovers and want me to get another dog. We will wait until Dynamite is spayed and then I will let myself start looking for a puppy.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cnigh View Post
    It really is bitter sweet. I am glad to have a part of her back and be done with it.
    when I got my dogs back, it always undid me again for a time. I am so sorry cnigh.



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    I was thinking of you today. I have the ashes of all of my departeds on a shelf, except the horses, and they'll go with me when its my turn.

    We just have to keep going, don't we? We've got more love to share, and certainly more heartache. But its the love that makes us do it again and again.



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