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    I'm 66 and after the last 4-5 years wondering why I'm even still alive myself, which is why the old adage "I'll never have another dog" seems to make sense. When I was a kid we always had a dog and the dog I grew up with had to be put down when I was around 12, which was a really sad thing even then. After my wife and I got married in early 1973, we both had dogs but neither made it for our first year. In late 73 we got our soul mate, perfect dog .... a Queensland Blue Heeler that was "off color for the breed". She became our first child, best friend, helped me work cows, and became a full fledged part of our family. When we had to have her taken to the vet for the last visit in 1988 we both decided "Boo-Boo" was irreplaceable and we would not have another dog to work our life schedules around. That lasted until September of 2004 when a pristine "stray" Doberman (docked tail with intact ears) wandered up and adopted us. We called all the local veterinarians, placed ads in the "Lost and Founds" of the local newspapers and waited two (whole) weeks before we laid claim. Took her to the vet and had her spayed, shots and groomed and she was ours and named her "Guinness" (well, she was black and tan)... or better said "we were hers". During the first vet visit we were told she was probably 18 month old, and not expect her to live much past 11-12 years old. The statement was made almost 15 years ago which would have made her about 16-1/2 years old. We took her to the same vet this morning and had her relieved of her misery. Spent 3 hours after that trip trying to remove all the everyday "Guinness" objects from sight. It's going to take a lot of time to re-arrange day to day life with her gone.

    Now, the ironic part is that we have a great grandson "Wyatt" to be "born" (C-Sect) around 5:00 p.m. this afternoon. My wife will meet them at the hospital a couple of hours earlier to pick up Wyatt's 3 year old brother (Josh) to keep him occupied for a few hours before we go back to the hospital to meet the new family member. Makes for a memorable day.

    The last 4-5 years have been really difficult and/or life changing for me. Losing Guinness just adds to the pile of other events.

    Nope, there won't be another dog for me ....


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    The loss of a companion is hard for everyone, I have a collection of collars hanging in my gun room for the ones I've lost.

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    Prayers sent! Losing a life long friend is tuff!


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    I definitely can relate, and let me say so sorry for your loss, July the fifth, had to have my "best buddy" of 15 1/2 years put down. Dang it, I've been doing pretty good with the tears until now, as I write this!! Any hoo, I'm 71, and I'll never go this pain again!!! T Rex
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    I know it's heart breaking. I'm sorry for your loss.
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    Sorry for your loss, it is always hard to loose a friend. Bid congrats on the new grand son, have you got him a rifle yet & rod & reel
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    "...the first time that we said hello began out last goodbye."

    Roger Whittaker sang those lyrics about two lovers, but they hold true in many other areas in our lives.

    I keep our empty dog and cat collars in my dresser drawer.

    Another song lyric comes to mind: "Never say never again."
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    oh but there is another stray or pup that needs you. you gave the last ones good homes. without you they might have had a life of misery. give another one a good home. my wife's little dog died in her arms Christmas night 2017 that was a Christmas we will never forget. but now we have another loyal dog. she was a stray and starving, now she is safe because of us,,,,,,,,,,,,
    I have never harvested an animal but I have KILLED QUITE A FEW !

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    The memories will always have your best friend with you!
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    Sorry for your loss. Never easy. Congrats on your new grandchild.
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