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Old 12-27-2005, 07:45 PM   #29
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So sorry.

We to have a shelter rescue, and they show so much gratitude. I will keep Spot in my thoughts. Although this will not help your pain, but remember his pain will be over. Cancer is such an ugly thing.


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Old 12-27-2005, 08:13 PM   #30
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Chaplain Kent, these are the posts that tear at me the most. I've been in your position enough times to know it is not a pleasant one. It's the price we pay for the unfettered love that our pets share with us.

Please know that when you do make the decision that awaits that it is the right time and that in doing so you are showing the love that you have for your pet to do what you must.


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Old 12-27-2005, 08:34 PM   #31
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Chaplain Kent, My heart and prayers go out to you, your family, and Spot! I too have always surrounded myself with pets and getting through their loss never gets any easier. One of my Collies just turned 13 and while he currently is doing fine I can see him slowing down. I pass each hoilday and wonder whether this will be the last spent with him. I try to give him extra hugs and treats and make every minute count. Life is fleeting and precious; you can't take any moment of it for granted. Love Spot and know that he appreciates everything you've done for him. I'll be thinking of you. Diane
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Old 12-28-2005, 06:05 AM   #32
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Lots of company, but it still hurts a lot

I'm a member on a different forum (Martin Guitars), and the Topic concerning losing a pet, either suddenly by an accident or having to "put one down", always draws a multitude of responses!

I still remember Oct 6, 1986 with sadness so I know what you're into. Take some solace in the fact that several people are pulling for you and know you'll make it pass the hurting phase. He gave you his best, now its your turn to do him a favor. Fog
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Old 12-28-2005, 10:52 AM   #33
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For the LOVE of animals

Chaplain Kent,
I share for you the sorrow in having to make a decision for your pet's declining health. Pictures and memories of the good times you have shared with SPOT, will give a bit of comfort in future times.
I have a rescue center dog, named Baity. He loves camping too! Kev
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Old 12-28-2005, 11:00 AM   #34
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It is tough losing a friend - we lost our 15 year old cat to cancer in September. He was losing a lot of weight and had become uncomfortable, so reluctantly we made the decision. He had been a family member almost as long as my sons.

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Old 12-28-2005, 12:39 PM   #35
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Spot Died

Spot died today. He stopped eating yesterday and stopped drinking water today. My wife and I had established signs, with the help of the vets, that would let us know when it was time for Spot. Even though he could still stand and greet us, when he stopped eating we knew the time had come.
I stayed with him to the end. He laid peacefully on the table and smiled as I rubbed his ears. There was no pain and now he is free of the burden the cancer caused in his back leg and hip. I will miss him a lot.
I am very grateful for all the heartfelt responses this post has received. Being a chaplain, even retired, I am often at the other end of the sympathy chain. Now I can feel the healing that the outpouring of love and concern can bring at a time like this. I of course appreciate the prayers for my wife, myself and Spot. He was part of God's wonderful creation brought on earth for a purpose.
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Old 12-28-2005, 12:45 PM   #36
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I'm very sorry for your loss. It is something of a blessing that Spot let you know when the time had come, so you wouldn't have to make that awful decision we all dread. At least when he quit eating and drinking it is a sure sign that things are going downhill, and you could step in and give him the easy way out without suffering, even though it increases your pain to do it. It's the last, most selfless gift we can give to them.

Take care and know we are thinking of you.

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Old 12-28-2005, 01:39 PM   #37
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Sending heartfelt sympathy your way from Florida! Spot is running free now and will always be with you!
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Old 12-28-2005, 03:33 PM   #38
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I'm so sorry to hear about Spot. It's fortunate you were able to be with him at the end, though, and he is now free from pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Old 12-28-2005, 03:54 PM   #39
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chaplain kent

i've been following your post here and recalling each of my dals and the peaceful pain that the end brings.

it may be too soon for this but here is a writing from eugene o'neill that a close friend and dog lover, gave me years ago when my first dal died in his sleep as an old dog.

i hope it offers you some comfort too when the time is right...of course it applies to any dog regardless of shape or size.


I, SILVERDENE EMBLEM O'NEILL (familiarly known to my family, friends, and acquaintances as Blemie), because the burden of my years and infirmities is heavy upon me, and I realize the end of my life is near, do hereby bury my last will and testament in the mind of my Master. He will not know it is there until after I am dead. Then, remembering me in his loneliness, he will suddenly know of this testament, and I ask him then to inscribe it as a memorial to me. I have little in the way of material things to leave. Dogs are wiser than men. They do not set great store upon things. They do not waste their days hoarding property. They do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have, and to obtain the objects they have not. There is nothing of value I have to bequeath except my love and my faith. These I leave to all those who have loved me, to my Master and Mistress, who I know will mourn me most, to Freeman who has been so good to me, to Cyn and Roy and Willie and Naomi and -- But if I should list all those who have loved me, it would force my Master to write a book. Perhaps it is vain of me to boast when I am so near death, which returns all beasts and vanities to dust, but I have always been an extremely lovable dog.
I ask my Master and Mistress to remember me always, but not to grieve for me too long. In my life I have tried to be a comfort to them in time of sorrow, and a reason for added joy in their happiness. It is painful for me to think that even in death I should cause them pain. Let them remember that while no dog has ever had a happier life (and this I owe to their love and care for me), now that I have grown blind and deaf and lame, and even my sense of smell fails me so that a rabbit could be right under my nose and I might not know, my pride has sunk to a sick, bewildered humiliation. I feel life is taunting me with having over-lingered my welcome. It is time I said good-bye, before I become too sick a burden on myself and on those who love me. It will be sorrow to leave them, but not a sorrow to die. Dogs do not fear death as men do. We accept it as part of life, not as something alien and terrible which destroys life. What may come after death, who knows? I would like to believe with those my fellow Dalmatians who are devote Mohammedans, that there is a Paradise where one is always young and full-bladdered; where all the day one dillies and dallies with an amorous multitude of houris, beautifully spotted; where jack rabbits that run fast but not too fast (like the houris) are as the sands of the desert; where each blissful hour is mealtime; where in long evenings there are a million fireplaces with logs forever burning, and one curls oneself up and blinks into the flames and nods and dreams, remembering the old brave days on earth, and the love of one's Master and Mistress.
I am afraid this is too much for even such a dog as I am to expect. But peace, at least, is certain. Peace and long rest for weary old heart and head and limbs, and eternal sleep in the earth I have loved so well. Perhaps, after all, this is best.
One last request I earnestly make. I have heard my Mistress say, "When Blemie dies we must never have another dog. I love him so much I could never love another one." Now I would ask her, for love of me, to have another. It would be a poor tribute to my memory never to have a dog again. What I would like to feel is that, having once had me in the family, now she cannot live without a dog! I have never had a narrow jealous spirit. I have always held that most dogs are good (and one cat, the black one I have permitted to share the living room rug during the evenings, whose affection I have tolerated in a kindly spirit, and in rare sentimental moods, even reciprocated a trifle). Some dogs, of course, are better than others. Dalmatians, naturally, as everyone knows, are best. So I suggest a Dalmatian as my successor. He can hardly be as well bred or as well mannered or as distinguished and handsome as I was in my prime. My Master and Mistress must not ask the impossible. But he will do his best, I am sure, and even his inevitable defects will help by comparison to keep my memory green. To him I bequeath my collar and leash and my overcoat and raincoat, made to order in 1929 at Hermes in Paris. He can never wear them with the distinction I did, walking around the Place Vendôme, or later along Park Avenue, all eyes fixed on me in admiration; but again I am sure he will do his utmost not to appear a mere gauche provincial dog. Here on the ranch, he may prove himself quite worthy of comparison, in some respects. He will, I presume, come closer to jack rabbits than I have been able to in recent years. And for all his faults, I hereby wish him the happiness I know will be his in my old home.
One last word of farewell, Dear Master and Mistress. Whenever you visit my grave, say to yourselves with regret but also with happiness in your hearts at the remembrance of my long happy life with you: "Here lies one who loved us and whom we loved." No matter how deep my sleep I shall hear you, and not all the power of death can keep my spirit from wagging a grateful tail.
Tao House, December 17th, 1940

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Old 12-28-2005, 05:14 PM   #40
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Chaplain Kent;

So sorry to hear of the sad news of Spot.

For you and many others that question.....When we lost Aby our Golden to Cancer 3 years ago I came upon this "comforting" thought and like to think that our Aby, Sasha, Fluffy and Nikki will be there waiting for Spot to show him the ropes.

They are all playing together in a timeless place until the day we can be together again.

Peter and I send you a hug of support and condolence for your loss.

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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