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Old 06-30-2016, 02:24 PM   #15
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So sorry for your loss, really they adopt us.

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Old 06-30-2016, 04:45 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone.

We are empty nesters, and the dogs get a lot of attention... they encourage us to walk and get out, so we have lots of love to give.

Once we get on top of the grief, we plan to give another rescue a forever home.
Our bigger concern is Cole.
He is a people lovey, and very sweet, he likes little dogs, and has a sweet spot for Lab's, but does not like puppies, or Boxer's or Shepard's..
We have some work to do with him...

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Old 07-01-2016, 06:58 PM   #17
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She is alert.
All of us dog-lovers know and feel the pain of your loss.
We all share your burden with you.

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Old 07-01-2016, 07:06 PM   #18
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After losing many dogs through the years that always had siblings... dogs definitely grieve the loss of their furry brothers and sisters... sometimes very deeply. its our experience that the grief is virtually gone when a new pup joins the family...

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Old 07-22-2016, 09:00 PM   #19
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Well, its been a month now.
We got her ashes back, so she is home, and they did a wonderful job.
A lovely classy Ceder box, a ceramic paw print, and a certificate to say it was her.
We took the pictures we had, and put them on a shelf at the top of our staircase, with her ashes, collar and leash.

Our Insurance (Pet's Best), were wonderful and caring, and got us a check for the surgery quickly, and even covered the Cremation.

It's been hard.
Walking just Cole around our neighborhood, people just ask where is Moose. The mailman cried, the neighbors cried, she was just that known and loved.

Some odd things...
I woke one night to her soft woof, and realized it was not her...

We also had a really odd moment with Cole.
He went to the Toybox, took out a ball, and took it upstairs... I passed him by, and he looked at me, tossed the ball in the air, laid down, and looked up at the place we setup her ashes and pics. I am sure he was inviting her to play. I called my GF up, and he did it again... we both broke down.

Cole has been good... he seems to have relaxed into the lower energy dog he wants to be without her constant stimulation, and he sleeps a lot.

He is eating fine, and enjoys our walks as normal, but I notice he seems to be craving both people and dog attention.

We bought him a kiddy pool today, and he had fun splashing about in it!
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Old 07-23-2016, 06:05 AM   #20
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Beautiful pictures, and thanks for sharing this story.

🏡 🚐 Cherish and appreciate those you love. This moment could be your last.🌹🐚
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Old 07-23-2016, 01:34 PM   #21
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Key air, thank you for sharing this heartfelt story and pictures. It strengthens your story and clarifies it for those of us reading. I must admit....looking back at all your pictures and reading ....especially, "Cole bringing the ball to is sister" ....brought me to tears. Moose waits for you all. God bless you and help you deal with your grief. Evelyn.
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:31 PM   #22
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One moment I had not shared...

This was the morning after she passed...
We woke, and I looked out across the bay to see this.

We felt Moose was saying "See Ya Later" as she crossed the Rainbow Bridge...

Cole is settled in.
I swear he got more grey in the last 3 months... maybe I did too!
Here he is staring down a Preying Mantis at the weekend!

I have started looking at other dogs, but its hard.
Moose cannot be replaced, but to know there are Dogs out there that we could love, that are being euthanized because they are Pitt mixes, or unwanted..
Robyn will barely look at all, and cries if she does.
Time will heal.
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Old 09-06-2016, 10:25 PM   #23
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Yeah, it's so hard. Quinn died almost 12 years ago. It still hurts even though there are many others in our lives now.

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Old 01-25-2017, 10:05 PM   #24
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Thought it was time for an update.

Time has healed us a little.
Cole is doing OK, but seems to get anxious at times, when we meet people and other dogs.
We had him assessed by a trainer and the feedback was good. The trainer said he did well in his pack even with a boisterous young male Husky mix, who he warned off without over reacting.

I have looked at lots and lots of dogs up for adoption online but very few popped out at me. Every time one did, Robyn pushed back.

The was one who seemed to fit the bill, and was with a local Charity called "Little Red Dog" here in Orange County, California. Her name was Claudine, and she was a Huskey/Lab mix, about 18m old. We went to meet her at a local adoption event. I loved the look of her, and her reaction to seeing Cole was darling, as she cocked her head this way and that while watching him. The upfront meeting went well, and they just met and mingled. I was in, but Robyn was not feeling her.
They asked us if we could foster her and see how it went, and Robyn agreed, in principle.
The next day we found out that she was adopted by a family that came later.
It was not meant to be.

We also offered to foster a Blue Nose Pitt, called Chee, that was going to a high kill shelter if there was no takers, but that too fell through and we dont know why.

So, Christmas came and went, and I felt I was just looking and waiting for the right dog to come along...

Then, 2 weeks ago, on a Sunday morning, I got my normal email of pets up for adoption, and scrolled through, when one just leapt off the page at me. I was upstairs, and forwarded it to Robyn's phone, as I have dozens of times... and waited for a reaction...
She came up about 2 mins later with that look on her face. She said "She is really cute, can you get more info?".
I called the shelter but they were closed, and Monday too.

Tuesday came, and I called at 9.05am.
They gave me the info they had. A female, came in as a stray, about 4 months old.

Within an hour, I was in the car, on the way to where my Airstream is stored, which just happens to be within 10 miles of the shelter.

Arrived at the shelter, was given which block she was in, but I took my sweet time, looking and talking and loving up every dog that was open to my advances. Some were not, sadly.
I got to the cage, and was greeted by this face....

She looks to be a real mutt... I see hints of Pitt, and maybe German Shepard.. but she is cute as a button, actually quite calm for a pup, and loved me up like a champ.
My heart melted. I took pics and sent them to Robyn.
I took video, and showed her later.
That Saturday, I drove Robyn out to meet her.
The reaction between the 2 of them was priceless... Robyn cried openly when the dog scrabbled under the bars with her paws to get closer.

We went to the office, as it was a done deal. We wanted her
Only then did we get a huge shock. They don't adopt a dog to the best family!
It's a lottery!
You come on a set day, put your name in a hat for the dog you want and the winner takes the dog home, that day!
No home check, no yard check, or tests... nothing!

So that's where we are... waiting for a shot at taking the dog we have fallen for, to our loving home.

If its the right dog, I guess it will be... but we are taking 10 family and friends with us to increase our odds!
Until then, we are holding our breath!
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Old 01-26-2017, 04:35 AM   #25
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Lottery? Makes no sense to me...

What a sweet pup. I hope it works out for you.
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Old 01-26-2017, 05:06 AM   #26
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Lottery makes no sense to me either. Makes you worry about the other dogs that were adopted out. But, best of luck. Will be keeping my fingers crossed for you.
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Beautiful, Lumatic!

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