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We lost a good friend today...(7 posts)

We lost a good friend today...rwbadley
Jun 12, 2003 8:31 PM
A beloved family pet retired from life today. Eighteen years. She was older than our son by six months, she watched him grow up.

They really are part of the family, it sure hurts to lose 'em.

Why do we have to get old?
re: We lost a good friend today...Jon Billheimer
Jun 12, 2003 8:37 PM
Sometimes losing a pet can be as hard as losing a relative, maybe even harder depending on the circumstances. I think one of the reasons is that our pets on the one hand are always dependent on us, like our children. On the other they give of themselves unquestioningly, something that we as people never or rarely do.
I feel for ya' buddy!Live Steam
Jun 13, 2003 6:14 AM
Pets are very much a part of us. Their loyalty is unyielding. Their dependency on us is based on total trust. They are little sounding boards when we are down and little clowns when we are happy. I am sure you will miss your good friend for quite some time, but it looks as you provided her with a happy and long existence.

I had to put my cat down this past year. He was 16. The poor little guy's lungs war riddled with cancer. It was one of the harder things I have ever had to do. Being a bachelor, he was the only one to greet me at the door when I came home - that is until the future Mrs. moved in. She says he was like my little shadow because no matter where I was in the house, he would always be near. I still miss him and it was a year last week that he died.
re: We lost a good friend today...DougSloan
Jun 13, 2003 7:55 AM
I had a dog, a Norwegian Elkhound, who was with me from age 1 to 17. Growing up, I never knew a time without her. While at times I might go days without thinking about her, it sure did hurt when we lost her to old age. You're right, it's tough.

Why do we have to get old? It's better than the alternative.

Doug
Thanks guys, much appreciated...rwbadley
Jun 13, 2003 8:03 AM
Growing up, we also had Norwegian Elkhounds. Great beautiful smart dogs.
Saddest darn thread of the new milleniumNo_sprint
Jun 13, 2003 9:00 AM
Sorry to hear about your loss. Like most of us, I've experienced it myself.

Big dog person here always. In addition to our Collie's and blond lab, a couple years ago the family black lab was so old and riddled with cancerous tumors that one afternoon she couldn't even walk or move, just whined under the nook for some time. Dad and I had to pick her up and carry her into the car. We carried into the vet and had to put her to sleep. These days, her being over 73yrs, it's not often I see my Mom cry.
Sorry for your loss...Brooks
Jun 13, 2003 10:19 AM
My friend Triton and I are sad for you. Triton, by the way, is a Guide Dog for the Blind puppy that we are raising. He will be with us for a little over a year and then leave us for his intensive training. Yes, it will tear our hearts out, but we knew that going in. If he doesn't make it as a working dog, we will have first choice on getting him back. I like having him in the office every day (as do my co-workers) and we all miss him when he goes to my wife's office.

We lost a cat to coyotes a few years ago and we still think of him and have pictures posted of him. We have three others cats, too. The memories are good and will always be with us.

My sympathies,
Brooks