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MStarmer 02-20-2013 08:25

This Sucks...
11/1/02 rescued a chocolate lab of unknown age from our local shelter to add a layer of security at home for our young daughter. Dog literally had it's head and whole front body stuffed inside a 5gal bucket of water playing. It was an instant bond from the first night home where she slept at the foot of my daughters bed (right under the window). This continued until recently when she was physically unable to climb up on the bed and then was forced to the cushy Costco bed on the floor. We lost her on 2/15 and the pain is almost unbearable. For people that think a pet is just a pet, I pity you.

Man's best friend is an understatement, Porsche you will be missed forever.

catalyst686 02-20-2013 21:54

Sorry for your loss, my golden passed around this time last year and I still think about him everyday.

dsa1115 02-20-2013 22:02

A couple years ago I had to put down my 15 year old female lab, and yes it's tough. First time in a long time I had tears in my eyes but after a few months, I went out and got my new honey.

MStarmer 02-21-2013 00:34

Thanks guys, I knew it would be tough but I never imagined this. I still look for her laying in her normal spots and caught myself calling for her when I let our other dog in and out. Then once the wife starts crying I start to get upset too. I just hope we did right by her and gave her the best life possible. I can't even imagine getting another animal at this point but my wife doesn't think that's fair to all the animals that need homes and someone to love them. I know she's right but my god I don't want to feel like this again.

janice6 02-21-2013 01:46

That's so hard to go through. I know your loss. But, you have to save another one, they are counting on us to live.

To many a dog is just a dog. When you look them in the eye, they are Mr. Dog.

I still haven't made an urn for my old dog's ashes. I couldn't think of a design worthy of him.

I just finished one for my Great Grand daughter. As a result of being made to face these issues, I also now have an design for him.

These things are difficult to do.

railfancwb 02-21-2013 08:00

I left a cat cemetery at the North House and now have one at the South House. The first cat in the South House cemetery actually had died before I moved, but I had promised her she could come with us...

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MStarmer 02-21-2013 11:10

Janice6 great words, very true. We have not got the ashes back yet but have been looking for something worthy of her. I kind of taken aback as to whether you want a private cremation or just a group thrown in together. I made it clear that my dog will have a private cremation and she deserves to come home,

cllrtr 02-22-2013 12:45

So very sorry. Sounds like she had a great life with you. RIP sweet girl.

MStarmer 02-22-2013 17:04

Thanks again to the posters, I come back and re-read this every day. I know everyone goes thru this loss, but it's been a very long time though for me. Porsche was my daughters first dog, her lifelong friend and protector. She was never a just "pet" to us, she was family from day one. I still can't believe how much it hurts, especially watching our other dog searching the yard and house for her. She doesn't know what to lay against now.

JDSTG58 02-28-2013 11:42

I got a German Shepard mix breed of unknown age from the pound for my uncle. My uncle had significant mental health issues. He would experience a break with reality every 2 years or so. He had that dog for 12 years and never had a break in that time. The friendship and love Spot gave to him supported him for those 12 years. Anyone who says an animal is just an animal does not understand the power they have to change our lives for the better.

sdsnet 02-28-2013 18:32

Mstarmer, I am sorry for your loss and I know what you mean. I have owned a number of dogs and cats that we rescued over the years and they all lived long and complete lives with us until the end. Our dogs and cats really are an important part of our families.

I also kind of feel sorry for people that cannot appreciate what we experience. The unconditional love and loyalty pets provide is truly special. It is too bad they cannot live longer lives. We did have a cat that lived 21 years though.

Take care,


Paul53 03-01-2013 10:56

Sorry for your loss after 10 great years bro.

MStarmer 03-01-2013 11:16

Thanks guys, 2 weeks today. It is amazing how important they become in your life and how much of a hole they leave behind.

MStarmer 03-03-2013 11:22

Wife thinks I'm crazy ranting that I will never get another dog, I don't want to feel like this again etc... Although she is very upset too I know she will want another protection dog before long. It will be based on the fact that the other dog is lonely NEEDS us to save and help him...

rover4x4 03-03-2013 18:08

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One of only a couple things that makes me sad, I am sorry you lost your dog. It's amazing at how much they improve the quality of life. There really isn't anything more gratifying thn your dog coming to the door after a long day at work. I am on my fourth Brittany Spaniel, great dogs this one is by far the best it will be a very hard day when he leaves.

GLOCK19FTW 03-03-2013 18:31

Sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine what I'll go thru when something happens to my pup.

We rescued her from the pound when she was 6 weeks old.. That was 7 or 8 years ago.

But for now, RIP Porsche :(

janice6 03-03-2013 18:58


Originally Posted by MStarmer (Post 20014780)
Janice6 great words, very true. We have not got the ashes back yet but have been looking for something worthy of her. I kind of taken aback as to whether you want a private cremation or just a group thrown in together. I made it clear that my dog will have a private cremation and she deserves to come home,

I am now trying to design a stained-glass container in the Tiffany style With a reflective metal inside liner. I love stained glass and I think it is worthy of his ashes.

RLB 03-16-2013 01:51

Sorry for your loss.
I agree with your statement about pity to those that think a pet is not a family member

MStarmer 03-16-2013 10:26

Thanks RLB, I miss her more than some people I've lost. They love you from the first day until the last, always happy to see you even after you've disciplined them etc. I can't remember the quote exactly: I wish I could be the person my dog thinks I am... something along those line anyway. I knew the day would come eventually, selfishly I was hoping later than sooner but not at the expense and quality of life for a valued member of our family. Now after a few weeks I can look back and see how immobile she had become, how much pain she must have been in before the end became apparent. They could have tried a surgery but were no guarantees on what they could do and at that point we were not sure she'd survive. Having gone thru this with family members and watched them suffer thru tubes and hoses and still end up dying just with a lot less dignity. I didn't want my dog to die on the table and not us be able to say good bye. I wanted her to know we were the ones trying to make it better for her. My daughter at her head and me around her when it was done it was us, no strangers other than one girl for the injections. I just hope that her last minutes with all of us is what she remembers and how much love we had to give her for all those years.

I can deal with the worst people society has to offer and I don't think I'd loose a bit a sleep over them but here thinking about my dog in it's little wood box turns me into blubbering idiot.

Thanks for the support from all. I know it gets easier as time goes on but it's going to take a long time.

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