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Old 09-12-2016, 07:33 PM   #43
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Very sorry to hear this 😢

What a long and wonderful life you gave her! Was she a chihuahua/husky mix? What a sweet face!
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:17 PM   #44
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We're not real sure what she was other than chihuahua mix. Her white bits were a soft light tan-brown when we got her. This picture is about a year old. She aged rather rapidly in the last few years.

The other pups in the picture are the rest of our pack of rescues. They all get along remarkably well, even the two solid white Malti-poos brothers fit in well. The boys were running the street when we rescued them. The solid black and solid brown ones are also brothers. They are Pomeranian chihuahua mixes we liberated from a backyard breeder. The big blonde one is a Tibetan Terrier also rescued. He likes to think he is the boss, but Chocolate could set him in his place.

This picture was taken at a friend house. His young daughter absolutely loved Chocolate. She was a very sweet dog.


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Old 09-12-2016, 10:16 PM   #45
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How are you doing with your grief? Our current beagle, Lexi, is the best dog we have ever had. The picture is her hunting moles. She is 8 and I have a hard time not worrying and mourning about when she will go. I don't think another can fill her shoes. I hope you have found another great friend. Dogs are amazing and healing creatures
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Old 09-12-2016, 10:34 PM   #46
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Just saw this thread. I've had many losses of pets and people. I always know I'll feel better later, but I hate to wait. I've learned a lot from dogs. They complain so much less than humans. I have learned a lot about unconditional love from dogs. They love playing and I'm still learning about that.

It looks like you have a new dog and a cat now, so you will learn more. I'm glad to see you will continue learning. A dog (not sure about cats) will always make you a better person, and maybe even more extraordinary.

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The odd thing about grief is that the rest of the dogs seem to experience it as well. They are a little subdued, and a bit clingy since Chocolate left us.

They seem to know something is not quite right. My daughter is home for a week from college, and I suspect that's helping the other dogs feel better.

Us humans will grieve in our own way, then try to move on. We still have responsibilities to the rest of our dogs, so we will stay busy. Chocolate did live a very long life.


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Sigh. Just had to let our elderly chihuahua mix go. We got Chocolate from the local shelter about 22 years ago, when she was probably 6-8 years old.
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Oops. Major typo: we got the dog 12 years ago. She might have been 18-20 years old or so. I don't know if any dog living 28-30 years is usual....I do wish she could have, though. She will be missed.


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Sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved pet, rmkrum.


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"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."

I went right out and got a new best friend from a rescue shelter. His name is Happyjack. Right now he is reminding me time for a romp.
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I had all of the remaining dogs on my chair or close to me last night while we all watched tv.

The love is there. It's so funny...one of them worms his way into Chocolate's old spot between my side and the arm of the chair, then lays his head down with a big sigh of contentment. Dogs love their people unreservedly, no matter what. It's very calming.


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One of my best/saddest memories is walking our beloved Coupland to the lake to swim before heading to the vet for the last time (he was riddled with cancer). The walk was slow but I cherished the time (and I'm sure he did too). When we got to the water Coupland's excitement was palpable, and the joy and release of weightlessness for that one last swim on earth was a wonderful reminder of what was next. Sweet release.

Everyone urged us to "wait a while" after he was gone. The silence in the house was deafening. We now have the joy and love of our "snugglepunch," Luther, but I will never suggest that someone "wait a while." Life is too short to live even a moment without the pure love of a dog.
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I agree. Even as we have lost one dog, we have had others. They are not replacements, per se, but other friends and companions in a continuum of pets that touch our lives.

The pain as we part with them is tempered by the love we got from them and still get from the others.

Loving a short-lived animal is a commitment to caring for them during their concept of forever--if that makes sense.

You still lose a bit of your heart to them, but you can survive knowing you are giving them the gift of a good home and loving care. It's just hard to deal with the end of a good friend's life. It's not really logical to keep going through this, but love is not required to be logical.


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Sorry for your loss. We have been there many times. It get easier as time goes on. We have Eddie with us. He is a 11 year old Golden. Still in great shape but slowing down. So am I. We both have some bumps and lumps and lots of miles left in us. Eddie is number 5 in our string of Goldens. We are thinking about number 6. It would be easy to stop at 5, but coming home without 6 or 7 or maybe #8 in our lives....... dont think so.
Please give it time and focus on the great memories.
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rmkrum, so sorry for your loss. You are a good guy to rescue those dogs.
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How are you doing with your grief? Our current beagle, Lexi, is the best dog we have ever had. The picture is her hunting moles. She is 8 and I have a hard time not worrying and mourning about when she will go. I don't think another can fill her shoes. I hope you have found another great friend. Dogs are amazing and healing creatures
NorCalMatt, the grief comes and goes. I love your Lexi. (Looks a lot like my first beagle). Yes, they are busy hunters. Moles, field mice, squirrels, feral rabbits).

Lexi has many years left. Try to enjoy the now w/o worrying about the when.

I wasn't ready to get another beagle, but found one at the shelter that deserved a break. She is the first beagle that I have not had since puppyhood. She has some issues from her prior owner (some people should never own a beagle) but we are working it out.

All the best to you and your Lexi.
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