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Old 08-16-2004, 18:42   #1
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Bad weekend - gtoodbye to my best friend

Claus finally let me know it was time to go. 11 1/2 year old Rottweiler that was the sweetest dog in the world. The mast cell tumors all over his skin apparently finally invaded his organs. He couldn't stand, eat, or control his bladder and that all happened in the space of a week.

This wasn't a dog I got as a pup. I had his mom (lost her 2 years ago this october to cancer), and I was there when he was born! Mom didn't lactate for the first week, so i had to play mommy and tube feed the pups every couple hours for a week. To say we bonded would be an understatement. By the way, that was finals week. I did not do well.

I was hoping he would stick around to me his new lil' buddy (see the Boerboel thread), but it was not to be. It would have been selfish of me to try to keep him going any longer.

I was talking to a neighbor and telling her I might have to take him to the vet to be put down, and she said she had heard of a much better way. A friend of hers had a mobile vet come to the house. She got the number for me, and I talked to the vet. Very nice and compassionate lady. Sunday, she and her tech came over and took care of things as I fed Claus little pieces of steak. He really wanted them, but could only chew on then a little and spit them out.

When they were done, a couple guys came and picked Claus up for cremation. In a couple weeks I'll get a small wooden box of his ashes, with his name, an inscription, his paw print and a lock of hair sealed in glass on top.

I know I did the right thing, but I'm a mess right now. I keep catching myself looking for him in his lounging spots.

Here's a pic:
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Old 08-16-2004, 18:43   #2
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Old 08-16-2004, 19:24   #3
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Sorry to hear about your loss.

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Old 08-16-2004, 19:24   #4
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The right thing can be very difficult. Sleep well. Your final act for Claus was the kindest. I'm sorry for your pain. (He's beautiful.)
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Old 08-16-2004, 19:57   #5
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I'm so sorry for your loss. He'll be waiting for you when it's your turn to cross the rainbow bridge. Not the sick old guy that you saw today, but the strong healthy pup that you remember.


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Old 08-16-2004, 20:47   #6
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I am crying for you ;1

I was hoping Claus would get to met your new puppy too. He still will though.

Hang in there. It is hard. I put my Alf down about a year and a half ago. I had him for over 19 years... I still miss him too. I guess I always will.
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Old 08-16-2004, 21:20   #7
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Re: Bad weekend - gtoodbye to my best friend

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I was talking to a neighbor and telling her I might have to take him to the vet to be put down, and she said she had heard of a much better way. A friend of hers had a mobile vet come to the house.
I'm sorry for your loss.

We had to help our last two old dogs along these past few months.

The first was my 13 year old Aussie who was very afraid of the vets. So our vet, who is a personal friend, stopped by one evening on her way home from work and we all sat down on the front lawn and helped him along. He is now out in the pasture resting comfortably.

Our 16 year old mutt loved to ride in the car and loved to visit the vets, so I took her into the office for her last goodbyes two weeks ago. She came home in a nice cherry box.

God bless.
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Old 08-16-2004, 23:12   #8
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Saying goodbye to a good friend

Scowan007 I feel sorry for you, I know how painful it is when we have to say goodbye to our pets. The pain will eventually pass, and you'll be able to look back with fond memories.

You obviously loved him a lot to release him from his suffering.
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Old 08-16-2004, 23:50   #9
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Oh my hell Scowan.......

I am sitting here with tears running down my face. As you know I had to make the same choice exactly 5 weeks ago today in fact. I had to make that choice in the span of 5 minutes because Josh was not going to come back as his old self.......

There is something I will post when I get back home (I am at work right now) and I plan to print it up and put it in Josh's shadow box I am going to make.......

Just know what you did was the right, humane thing to do. What a life that old boy had with you, but what a hole his absence is going to leave in your soul and in your heart.

God Bless you Scowan......I think the good Lord above got one heck of a dog when he took Claus......my heart is really hurting for you my friend......
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Old 08-17-2004, 07:48   #10
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here you go Scowan and everyone else who has lost a pet buddy.......

.......grieve not,
nor speak of me with tears,
But laugh and talk of me
as if I were beside you.......
I loved you so--
'twas Heaven here with you.

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Old 08-17-2004, 08:14   #11
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Hang in there Scowan007. Sounds like you and Claus had a lot of good times together.






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here you go Scowan and everyone else who has lost a pet buddy.......

.......grieve not,
nor speak of me with tears,
But laugh and talk of me
as if I were beside you.......
I loved you so--
'twas Heaven here with you.

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Old 08-17-2004, 12:54   #13
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Thanks peach!!

And thanks to everyone else, as well!!!

Its nice to know you're not alone when you feel like you are.
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Old 08-17-2004, 13:05   #14
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So is the new boerboel puppy still coming?





seriously, claus was lucky to have you. And you were lucky to have him.
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Old 08-17-2004, 13:13   #15
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mhambi,

Thanks for the kind words.
Yup- Getting the boerboel end of the month. Not the one I was initially getting, that deal fell through.

here's a pic of Iggy at 5 weeks.
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Sorry to hear that scowan! He'll meet you on the rainbow bridge!!
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Old 08-17-2004, 20:58   #17
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scowan, sorry to hear about your loss. Hang in there. As mhambi said, you two were lucky to have each other.


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Sorry to hear about your dog, a friend at work just had to do the same thing on Monday. Hard thing to do, but almost always for the best.
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Old 08-17-2004, 22:05   #19
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what a beautiful pup.

its horrible when you have to make that decision, but its the best thing to do.

there is a special place in Heaven for good puppies, and you'll see him again someday.
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You have done the right thing, as hard as it is. It is better then let them suffer.
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