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Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Pat
Date: July 22, 2006 09:03PM
Missed a trip to Legoland with the kids due to work.

Then came home and found my best friend had checked out for the last time. Curled up right next to where I would have been sitting if I was home.

Probably best the kids were not around, and better the wife is not here to 'console' me. I don't deal with grief real well.

So goodbye friend, may our paths cross again someday.

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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 22, 2006 09:06PM
I am so sorry. At least the rest of the family was spared the initial visual shock.

What breeds was he? He looks vaguely Staff terrier. Looks just like a friend's lab/staff named Puck.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: July 22, 2006 09:10PM
I'm so very sorry. The death of a beloved pet is extremely hard to handle; I know that painfully well.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Stephanie
Date: July 22, 2006 09:11PM
sad smiley

I'm sorry, but at least he died in peace (I know that's little consolation, but it's always good to think that he didn't suffer)
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: iaJim
Date: July 22, 2006 09:12PM
Sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is a big deal.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: July 22, 2006 09:12PM
Quote
Pat
Missed a trip to Legoland with the kids due to work.

Then came home and found my best friend had checked out for the last time. Curled up right next to where I would have been sitting if I was home.

Probably best the kids were not around, and better the wife is not here to 'console' me. I don't deal with grief real well.

So goodbye friend, may our paths cross again someday.


Old Native American belief is that the dogs you care for and hunt with on earth will escort you in heaven.
Nothing that gives so much love, and loyalty can last.
My heartfelt condolences for your loss.

BGnR
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: July 22, 2006 09:16PM
I have had this on my wall beside my computer desk for about ten years.

"Man & Dog

Native American Legend

One day the Great Spirit placed humans apart from the animals. The Great Spirit then began to open a huge bottomless canyon in the earth to make the separation permanent.

Dog looked at human and then turned back to his animal friends. The chasm grew wider. Dog again looked at human but again turned back to his animal friends.

The chasm grew wider still.

Finally, at the last possible moment before the chasm was too wide to jump, Dog took a mighty leap and forever joined humankind. It is that way today."

BGnR
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: CJsNvrUrly
Date: July 22, 2006 09:16PM
I am so sorry. What was his (her?) name?
What happened?




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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: rgG
Date: July 22, 2006 09:18PM
It is very hard to face the loss of a beloved pet. I am sorry your friend is gone.



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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: D-Rod
Date: July 22, 2006 09:32PM
I too am very sorry for your loss.



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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: spacescape
Date: July 22, 2006 09:33PM
I'm so sorry for your loss... sad smiley
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 22, 2006 09:36PM
My condolences... loss of a pet is truly like losing one of the family...




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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: blooz
Date: July 22, 2006 09:36PM
Just keep the good times with your pet in your mind. Knowing you gave him love and a good home will be a comfort one day.



And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
—Friedrich Nietzsche
Western Massachusetts
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: DaviDC.
Date: July 22, 2006 09:40PM
Aw man, that sucks.



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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: mick e
Date: July 22, 2006 09:45PM
mick e can't even begin to imagine what it will be like when Fido moves on. You have our condolences - from mick e and Fido:





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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: mstudio
Date: July 22, 2006 09:47PM
When We Meet Again
------------------

I was laying on the couch early one day
a dog was barking; from where I couldn't say
I got up from the couch and went outside
then off I went out into the countryside

I took a path thru the bushes and trees
but the sound of that bark kept nagging at me
I followed the path till I came to a river
I reached for a branch and caught a sliver

Under an oak tree I sat down to rest
I watched all the bird's fly from their nests
After awhile a group of ducks waddled by
then a fox gave chase so they decided to fly

I walked down the river past a small ridge
and down in the meadow there was a bridge
Down by the bridge thru the fog
I saw what I thought was the barking dog

Like a bolt of lightning in the dark
I knew right then that was my old friend's bark
I looked thru the fog toward the bridge again
and sure enough there was my old friend

As healthy and beautiful as the day we met
I ran down thru the meadow to greet my pet
She ran thru the meadow at such a fast pace
it was like the old days when we used to race

I hugged and kissed her as she licked my face
all her sickness was gone there wasn't a trace
We were together again after such a long time
the sun was shining and all was fine

We walked toward the bridge together again
then we crossed it together me and my friend
This is the way I know it will be
when we meet again my pet and me

John Quealy
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: vicrock
Date: July 22, 2006 09:50PM
Huge condolences - hope this helps:

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: davester
Date: July 22, 2006 09:51PM
Man, that is rough. My dog is a constant companion...I'll be at a loss when he goes. Remember the good times.

Dave



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: July 22, 2006 09:54PM
So sorry to hear about that -- it's something even a kitty person understands.

If it's any consolation at all, I asked not long ago if I might be so fortunate as to find those circumstances instead of having to have it done ... and was told it wasn't likely.

I hope yours went without pain. Be a little glad that he/she was in their favorite spot and that it wasn't at your command.

A tiny saving grace.

BGnR -- I hope there is a saying like that for the cat as well.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: July 22, 2006 10:06PM
Pat,

My dog, Bo, who passed on last summer, will be there to greet him and show him around.


I get the feeling they'd get along great.



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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Thrift Store Scott
Date: July 22, 2006 10:06PM
Pat, I'm so sorry for your loss.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: earache
Date: July 22, 2006 10:10PM
Old Drum

Senator George Graham Vest won a court battle and the ears of dog lovers everywhere when he paid his famous tribute to the dog during the 1870 Burden vs. Hornsby court case in Warrensburg.

Gentleman of the Jury, the best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it the most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him and the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.

Gentleman of the Jury, a man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that encounters the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies. When the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even to death.

[www.warrensburg.org]



earache
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: GeneL
Date: July 22, 2006 10:29PM
Just got out of the hospital to find your post as my first view.

So very sad.

Can't add too much right now, but I know it helps, some… that others care.

I hope you'll take the path to healing by saving another sweet, loving critter from euthanasia.

Let the one that you save heal your heart, if that's possible right now.

I didn't see my little Precious for almost a week and it was amazing how she responded when I got home.

I'm so grateful for the opportunities I've had too experience love with the pets that had me.

I wish you well.

GeneL



Precious says, "I missed my Daddy!"
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: JoeM
Date: July 22, 2006 10:48PM
Just came in from walking with my girl who's laying down right beside me. I'm looking down at her sweet face and imagining what you must be feeling. I am so sorry. I'll add my condolences to those above. Hope your memories will bring you some solice at this rough time.



JoeM
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: July 22, 2006 10:49PM
Quote
Jimmypoo
BGnR -- I hope there is a saying like that for the cat as well.

I wrote this for a very good friend of mine, many years ago, after she told me Boo! was gone. Since the day I met her, and Boo!, she told me about growing up with Boo!:

Boo!
Since the day I first realized.
You were there.
You followed me everywhere.
At first I imitated you, on all fours.
But I couldn't stay there for long.
They said that we humans must walk upright.
But I knew secretly that I was cat, just like you.
I was always jealous of your four on the floor.
Joining you on all fours as often as I could.
Me whispering, and laughing, you meowing, and mewling.
We would make plans as I dressed you for the ball.
You looked so beautiful in your ribbons, and bows.
You loved our dances, and parties.
Never turning down an invitation for high tea.
I soon went off to school meeting new friends.
But none of the greeted me at the door.
Every day, rain or shine.
You were there.
You understood me. never questioning, never asking.
Just knowing.
We were constants.
We were traveling companions.
You loved our new apartment.
You even approved of some of the boyfriends.
Some you just turned your nose up.
Those ones were shown the door.
You were my compass.
Guiding me through the darkest of times.
You were there.
Twenty-two long years.
You were there.
Twenty-two, too short years.
You were there.

BGnR
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Pat
Date: July 22, 2006 11:02PM
Thanks everyone, I really do appreciate it.

I held it together until I had to hand her over. Then I pretty much gave in. It's been a long, long time since I've let it go. A long time.

The worst part was being in the vets office. They were basically rolling 'em in. And quite a few that made it there alive, weren't coming home. It was bad. The heat has thinned the pack. It was 112º here today, still 103º now at almost 9PM. While I have some solace in knowing that she had full access to the house and plenty of water while I was gone, hearing what some of the other people had put their pets through was disturbing. Locked in garages, lot dogs with no shade, etc. Just broke me up even more.

For those who asked, her name was Sasha, she was a Lab/Terrier stray that we picked up off the street.

Well, there's no one here to watch me shame myself. So, I'm going to do it the old school way. Just me and a bottle, then feel twice as bad as tomorrow. Unfortunately, knowing that isn't going to stop me.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: laarree
Date: July 22, 2006 11:32PM
Pat, I'm so sorry about Sasha. Was she ill, elderly, or
was it the heat? It sounds like you gave her a good life
and that she was well-loved and cared for after you
rescued her.




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*We are just a quarantined people under an evil sun.*
--- Richard S. Shaver
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Greg the dogsitter
Date: July 22, 2006 11:37PM
Our strongest condolences.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: wave rider
Date: July 22, 2006 11:40PM
Pat, I'm so sorry you lost your Sasha.

Good friends are very tough to lose; my glass is raised in her memory...

=wr=
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: JoeBob
Date: July 22, 2006 11:47PM
Very sorry to hear of your loss.
I will give Jack and Jill some extra attention in the morning in Sashas honor.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Monster
Date: July 23, 2006 12:15AM
Very sorry to hear this, I've lost more than one best friend in the past, and still occasionally get choked up thinking about them, my condolences go out to you and your family.





The Taoist Zhuangzi said, "Good order results spontaneously when things are let alone".
The sociologist, and historian, Adam Ferguson described the phenomenon of spontaneous order in society as the "result of human action, but not the execution of any human design".
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: dmann
Date: July 23, 2006 12:24AM
Cooper Dog and T.J. Kittycat join me in extending deepest condolences. My sister was in your same terrible situation three weeks ago and I feel your pain.

DM
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: $tevie
Date: July 23, 2006 12:28AM
I'm so very sorry to hear about Sasha.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: stephen
Date: July 23, 2006 12:33AM
So, so sorry.

I moved back in with my parents about four years ago briefly, and our beloved dog Nick became filled with tumors. My Dad (an MD) went to extraordinary means to try to ease his comfort and keep him alive.

I remember when they took him to the University of Georgia vet school for a last-attempt surgery... and when he climbed in the cab of the truck, he turned back around and licked me tenderly on the cheek... I mean, yeah, dogs do that all the time, but I swear, it was like he knew it was goodbye.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 23, 2006 01:46AM
Pat, I'm so sorry about your loss.



It is what it is.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: max
Date: July 23, 2006 07:09AM
Extremely sorry.
My first dog was named Sasha. A husky/shepherd mix a faithful companion who also saved me couple times.
I do feel for you....
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: DharmaDog
Date: July 23, 2006 08:25AM
I'm very sorry to hear of your loss.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Kiva
Date: July 23, 2006 08:37AM
I am sorry as well. My namesake is turning 12 next month and I'll be surprised if she makes it to 13 - but you never know.

Although it is painful, when a loved pet dies, in some way, it is their final gift to us: for grief helps make us human and puts us in touch with our own mortality and relations with others. If only we could live every day so connected.

Best thoughts your way.

matt



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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: testcase
Date: July 23, 2006 09:03AM
Deepest condolences on your loss. I'm sure Sasha will always be in your heart.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: July 23, 2006 11:30AM
Condolences from us as well.

I held my cat of 20+ years when they put her to sleep (she was deteriorating fast; feline leukemia) back in late 1999. That was probably one of the toughest things I've ever been through.

(Oh, and I've missed many a great days with my family due to work. That's a bad yearning. I make up for it best I can when I can but remember it's your working that helps them have the fun, both when you're there and when you're not.)







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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Silencio
Date: July 23, 2006 01:55PM
My condolences for your loss.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Michael
Date: July 23, 2006 02:32PM
I add my condolences, as well.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Blurb
Date: July 23, 2006 03:15PM
My sincere wishes that with time you will heal from your and your family's loss of such a dear member. May the saddness and emptiness you feel now be soon replaced by all the wonderful memories of life with Sasha.



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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: birdmanjeff
Date: July 23, 2006 04:26PM
There are no words that could comfort me in the same situation, but we here, human, feathered, and furry, are very sorry for your loss.

"Our hearts have joined the thousands for our friend has stopped running today"
-from Watership Down by Richard Adams



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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: chas_m
Date: July 23, 2006 10:03PM
I still think about my old dog Hans at least once a week.

He died in 1979.

It's not easy to lose a beloved pet, but it will get better. She lives on in your heart, free of suffering and full of love.

Best wishes.



chas_m




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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: decocritter
Date: July 23, 2006 11:42PM
I am so sorry for your loss of Sasha.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 24, 2006 12:14AM
i, too, am very sorry for you. a little choked up thinking of my first pet dying when i was about 25. now, the family dog that lives with my parents is getting very old and it's hard for her to move because of arthritis and obesity. i don't know how it will be when she dies. it's going to be awfully, awfully tough, though. she's a complete member of the immediate family and has been for more than 12 years.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: billb
Date: July 24, 2006 07:50AM
Tears are a part of grief.
They're normal.
Without them, you wouldn't be.

I've had a few dogs during the course of this too short life.
The one I still feel bad for was 'Happy'. Hit by a car at 23 months. Robbed. The rest all lived long lives and passed from natural causes, some in their sleep, some put down for pain.
The spot I buried him in the woods is still discernable by the small depression in the forest floor 30 years later. Buried him where he loved to be.

I'll bet you were great friends.
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Re: Gotta be one of the worst days of my life.
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: July 24, 2006 05:03PM
Aloha Sasha...
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