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Old 04-04-2008, 01:04 PM   #1
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Things we learned from Toby

Yesterday Toby went to doggie heaven. A good friend of ours just sent along the following things we learned from him. I think they're fitting.
  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
  • Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
  • Take naps and stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp and play daily.
  • Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you're not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
  • When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout ... run right back and make friends.
  • Bond with your pack.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Lynn
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:37 PM   #2
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I'm sorry to hear about Toby - losing a pet can just be the worst thing. Your friend sent you some good reminders, though, and thank you for sharing them with us.
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Old 04-04-2008, 02:12 PM   #3
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My sympathies on losing your friend.

Those are certainly words of wisdom - how very true.
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:37 PM   #4
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whooo boy...our sympathies are with you.

It is VERY difficult to lose such a good friend.

Surely another will find you when you are ready...

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Old 04-04-2008, 03:41 PM   #5
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I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Each time someone's beloved pet dies, I think about how I will feel when one of my small friends leaves me. I know you gave Toby the best while he was with you. I always feel that there is another special guy out there that needs me and he will find me whether I am ready or not. Perhaps Toby has already sent someone to comfort you, who knows.
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:48 PM   #6
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So sad...........it tears my heart apart when I learn of a beloved pet's passing.

My thoughts are with you and my prayers are with Toby.
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Old 04-04-2008, 04:40 PM   #7
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We've actually got one more hurdle. Two years ago we lost Amanda doggie, too, and also had her cremated. Now Toby's is joining her. When we receive Toby's ashes from the crematorium, we plan to take the two of them up onto a special mountain meadow overlooking the valley. It was one of their favorite places to run and play. And that's where we'll spread their ashes together.

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We've actually got one more hurdle.

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Hi Lynn, that is what we plan on doing when Scout joins our Chief and your Toby and all the other pups who have loved us no matter how grouchy, grumpy and ecetera we have been.

God Bless Toby and those he left behind, I will leave a message for Chief to make sure he shows him around Doggie Heaven.


All the best in your time of healing.


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Old 04-04-2008, 05:09 PM   #9
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We've actually got one more hurdle. Two years ago we lost Amanda doggie, too, and also had her cremated. Now Toby's is joining her. When we receive Toby's ashes from the crematorium, we plan to take the two of them up onto a special mountain meadow overlooking the valley. It was one of their favorite places to run and play. And that's where we'll spread their ashes together. Lynn
Lynn - So sorry to hear of your loss. We had to put our much loved Great Pyranese (sp?) down last year - her arthritis just got too hard on her. She was cremated also. Judi & I will also be cremated when our time comes and we decided last night that when we're all gone (including the aging Border Collie we rescued), we will have our ashes all mixed together and spread all over our small ranch'ita here in Central Texas. A way to stay together, forever.

Just a thought. Try to keep your heart open for that next little one that finds its way to your door needing love & attention.
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Yesterday Toby went to doggie heaven. A good friend of ours just sent along the following things we learned from him. I think they're fitting.
  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
  • When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.
  • Let others know when they've invaded your territory.
  • Take naps and stretch before rising.
  • Run, romp and play daily.
  • Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.
  • Be loyal.
  • Never pretend to be something you're not.
  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
  • When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
  • No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout ... run right back and make friends.
  • Bond with your pack.
  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Lynn
Sorry about your pooch.. Where did I see this same post at today???? SAM
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Lynn,

So sorry to hear about the loss of Toby. I know he was a good companion to you and you have many fond memories of your time together. You, your family and Toby are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Lynn, losing a pet is hard, and the longer they have been with you, the harder it is. I think your plan to spread their ashes together is a good one.
A couple of things I have learned from my experience doing something similar:
1- If the remains are in a container that is secured by screws, take along a screwdriver.
2- Stand upwind while spreading the ashes.
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Old 04-04-2008, 05:43 PM   #13
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Yep, standing upwind is really important up here in the spring! Southern Rockies = windy spring.

@ibgl6. I posted pretty much the same as a reply on Stew's RVRoadStew.com, where another participant had just posted about his pet, too.


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So sorry for your loss. I look at Clancy evey day and wonder what my feelings will be like when his time comes - at 12 years for a Lab our time together is shrinking.

There are plenty of new friends out there waiting for you to pick them up.

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