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    Quite Possibly the Most Touching and Saddest Photo I've Ever Seen

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    My wife and I have been in sighthound rescue for over 25 years.
    First greyhounds, then whippets.
    I miss every one of them every day. They were all my best friends.
    When I saw this photo it just about knocked me over.

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    We just lost (13 Feb 2020) our Chihuahua. She was a rescue, about 2-4 years old and we had her for 12 more years.

    She developed a case of doggy flu and even though she was drinking water, she lost most of her appetite.

    Three days of going to the vet for an IV each mornong and picking her up at 5:00.

    She was sitting on a potty pad on the bed, between my wife and I.

    She stood up, stretched and stood up on her hind legs, licked and kissed my wife, walked over to me and lay in my lap, and just quit breathing.

    Our baby was gone, without ever crying out, whimpering in pain or gasping for breath. She was just gone from this mortal life.

    Of course it's tough, but we'll live on with her, and the other Fur Babies we've lost over the decades, but without sadness, we'd never know happiness.

    Itzy Bitzy Baby Ladybug
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    Adopted: April 2008
    Died: February 2020
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    Feels gotten from photo.
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    Wow. When my Boston Terrier " Creole" passed suddenly 6 years ago I grieved like I never have before. More than when my father died. It shocked me how much it affected me. Our new boston "Ruby" is now 5 and she is the most amazing puppy ever. I think that God sent her to us. If there's no dogs in Heaven I don't wanna go!!
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    Thinking of the animals that I have loved and lost brings a tear to my eyes. My Golden Chow rescue was only about 8 years old when he was diagnosed with inoperable bladder cancer. After researching, I got him into a research program at Purdue College of Veterinary Science and we drove down once per month for his chemo and test. They provided the chemo for the interim two weeks that I had administered locally. He achieved a 50% remission after a couple of months and I thought we would beat it, but then he stopped responding to the chemo had had bad side effects. We switched meds but to no avail and our trip down there four months after the first I had to drive home alone. I was devastated.

    We swore that we would not seek another for at least a few months, to travel and grieve, but saw photos of our Border Collie mix rescue and went to meet him. That was five+ years ago and I get apprehensive with every bit more grey hair that our guy gets now.

    In honor of Rusty, I still send contributions to Purdue for the excellent and caring treatment that we received.

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    We've had several pups over the decades and we miss every one of them. Like Czechbiker, when our last Beagle passed I swore no more. Then we read about a Beagle rescue outfit that specialized in lab animals that had outgrown their usefulness. Now we're on our third Beagle (3 years old when we got her last year) and she's the most special yet. Well, they were all special in their own way.
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    Czechbikr's picture made me post.

    The passing of a friend brings pain of loss equal to love and friendship shared. I can't tell you how many have gone to their reward but every one lived life to the fullest as best we could muster for them.

    After 40 years of dog ownership (can't tell if they own me or the other way around) there's no love like that of a dog. I don't want to remember what it's like to come home to a dog-less house. I have always had two or more (currently five). They are a gift. Every one is unique but they all bring joy and love to a home. Old enough now to know that every dog that comes home is home forever, and you accept the inevitable loss for the time together.

    I learned recently that dogs see us not as masters but as friends. I always knew this in my gut, but seeing it in print brought a new understanding and respect to our relationships.

    Shoji - chow-akita, sweet, tough girl. At her favorite place to roam when we could still do that, Eagle Rock Reservation. One day she simply went to sleep under the dining room table. Man, do I miss hiking that place with her. RIP.



    Wolfie aka Corgi-man, everyone's best friend. Estimated 15 years when he left us. Picked him up at the Newark NJ humane society shelter. 300 Barking dogs and the the only corgi I had ever seen or even heard of. Sweetest most outgoing dog. RIP.
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    They give us so much more than we give them and we owe it to them to let them go when it is time. I urge everyone to be present when they take their last breath so that they don't have to do that in the company of strangers. For those of us in advancing age, who worry about adopting a pup who may live 15 years or longer, there are senior dogs that have found themselves in shelters through no fault of their own and they are the last to be adopted.

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    You are raised to leave your parents, you raise your kids to go out on their own. Your pups you raise to stay by your side. Unfortunately they are not blessed with staying as long as we would like. You never forget a good dog. Their face and habits are never forgotten. I'm gonna tell you what I tell everyone who I know who grieves from the loss of a furry little kid. Dog's don't die, they just go home. They are too good and pure for this world. They are better than us. Your dog had the fortunate opportunity to pass in a way many dogs don't. You should be extremely thankful for that. The last thing your pup felt was love and safety. You two will meet again one day and my condolences to you and the misses.
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    Sorry for your loss. Pet do become a member of our family's
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