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Old 01-31-2008, 08:58 AM   #99
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My turn to carry the weight

Rick and Sandi,

I am very sad to hear about Belle. Just scroll back and look at the posts with Chief's avatar and you will know I understand with your pain. Please let me give you something that helped me get two weeks down the road:

Please remember you are not alone.

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Dear John-

It was because of your post back on Nov. 11, 2007 that we have been following this thread. We have shead a few tears over Cheif and have not mentioned Belle for we felt this thread was more for Cheif than anything else. The comfort is that we are not alone and that possibly Cheif and Belle have met and become great friends!
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To the Moms & Dads of all those beautiful furkids who have travelled to the Rainbow Bridge....

The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand,
The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land,
The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains...
For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.
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Rick and Sandi,
My condolences to you for your loss of Belle. She'll be with Chief and all of our loved pets that have gone before us, waiting at the bridge to be reunited with you in the hereafter.
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We're very sorry to hear about Belle. Sounds like she had a life other dogs only dream of! I'm sure she knew how much you loved her. Take care.
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What a rough but loving decision you and Sandi made for your Belle. All best thoughts are coming your way today from your friends on the Forum. ~G
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Rick & Sandi...sorry. I could'nt even read that prayer you posted or I'd be a mess. We're thinking of you guys.
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Life feels pretty rotten when we have to go through this. What makes it less painful is knowing that we are paying back in a very small way all that constant love with a true act of love on our part - stopping their pain.

I've learned that the best way to show that love is, when the time feels right, to offer another pet the chance to come into our lives and share in our lives once again.

You are in our thoughts today.

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Rick and Sandi, I'm sorry to hear about your beloved Belle. I know from experience the pain of saying good by to a dear furry friend, but time will heal the wounds that decision has left...at least I am waiting for it to. Don't rush into finding a "replacement" for Belle. You won't find a replacement, only another friend to fill the void she left.

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Don't rush into finding a "replacement" for Belle. You won't find a replacement, only another friend to fill the void she left.

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Thank you Tom and everyone for your thoughts and prayers. No rush, we will miss her and travel a bit alone before we decide which path we will choose. No, Belle can never be replaced and will always have a special place in our hearts. It takes a very special dog to be an Airstream dog.

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Hello all, been a while since this was in the new post column but I wanted to give you an update. It has been one month since Chief went to Doggie Heaven to chase eternal frisbees. Alison and I are learning some things this week. You think it is over but its not, not by a long shot.

One month out is really a time to reach out. The fracas of condolensces have died down, things are getting back to normal and then it hits you, he is gone forever. This is really a tough time. It is far more real and the sadness has much more depth.

So the point of my writing to Belle's oweners and all the others who have lost is we know its not over. Now is that long hallway between losing a pet and being OK. We have not gone away, we are just waiting to lend a hand.

I re-read some of those posts and pretty much not much to do with Airstream's so the off topic lounge, here we come.

Advice? Maybe now is the time we should ask all those who have lost recently, as recently as forever ago: "How you doing?" and just be ready to listen.

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Thanks again for all your thoughts and prayers last month and now.

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John, I have no words of wisdom or even first hand knowledge of how difficult this is for you. Kai and Samm are the first dogs I've ever owned and are young and healthy. I dread the day that I'll be faced with the decision that you and other members have been through and only hope that this caring commmunity will be here when I need a shoulder to lean on. Keep strong and remember the good things.

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I don't think the grief ever goes away completely. Shortly after we brought Alki home as a puppy I lost my first pet, a cockatiel named Conti. She had been with me through thick and thin for ten years, through high school ups and downs, college, getting out on my own, and getting married. We came home from work at lunchtime to check on Alki puppy and she was having an attack of some kind, and when I picked her up she died in my hands. That was 13 years ago, and I still miss her like it was yesterday. Every now and then we'll do something that reminds us of her, like having popcorn, and how she used to sneak up and dive in to the bowl, or how she liked to sit on my shoulder and play in my hair, or hop over and chew up the corner of the magazine you're reading I still have a few books and magazines with 'beaky marks'. She never accepted Dave, she would sit suspiciously on his knee and watch him while we were watching TV, and if he tried to pet her she'd hiss at him and fluff up. Sometimes I would pet her until she closed her eyes and then let him take over, and when she peeked to see who was petting her she'd get all out of joint and hiss at him again!

The next time we moved after she died I found her box of toys and thought 'I can't throw this away, what if she needs them?' It just doesn't seem like they can possibly be gone forever after being such a big part of your life for so long.

Now we're preparing to get a new puppy this weekend, and I know someday Alki will be in the memory column with Conti and Cotton Kitty, and Lucy, Baby Niles the parrot, and all our other friends who have passed before. But they fill our lives with such joy. The house would be cold and empty without them. I try to give them the best lives possible while they're here, and let the ones who remain cushion the blow when they leave.

There's nothing to do but keep plugging along. Hang in there, and know others have trodden down that same road before. Not sure that helps, but it's all too true.
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It doesn't just go away . . .

To John and to Rick and Sandi and to all others who have lost a pet ~

John, you are right. Grief over losing our irreplaceable pets doesn't subside as quickly as some would believe. I think Stef is right, it doesn't really ever go away completely. Being OK is going to be on a different time-table for everybody. I lost my sweet Maggie on June 2, 2007. Even yesterday on the way home from work my eyes were filling with tears knowing she wasn't going to be there to greet me. But the tearful times are less now than they were six months ago, or even two. I'm OK because I'm also learning and accepting that these moments will continue perhaps for years.

Years out even when we are OK something can trigger the heartache to come back in waves. I don't know why it hurts so bad. Maybe part of it is because we know they depended totally on us and gave us complete and unconditional loyalty and love in return. Maybe it's just because we are human and they were nearly so. Thank goodness we all still have the capacity to feel, even it's grief. If we lose the ability to grieve, then the sweetness of their memory will be lost as well.
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