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Old 06-18-17, 07:11 PM   #1
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Rough weekend

12 years ago I bought a little copper beagle rabbit dog named Retta . Mainly because she wasn't being cared for right. she had already had too many pups , she was skinny her hair was rough . I brought her home we chase many rabbits she has been retired for the last few years just chasing rabbits out of the garden and waiting for me on the porch when I get home from work . I made an appointment for next Saturday to have her put to sleep . but she is going down hill fast and I must try to move that date up to tomorrow if possible Because I can't let her suffer .

We raise and sold hunting dogs when I was growing up and losing a special dog when I was 17 , I put up fences to not get emotionally attached to dogs since then . Well Retta could get over, under or around any fence ever made . She has manage to get through the fences of not getting emotionally attached to dogs .
We have had her in the Garage babying her and feeding her her favorite foods this weekend .
I am 6 ft tall 300 lbs and in most things tougher than a pine knot . I can see tomorrow already I will hold till the end and cry like a baby for a little hound dog that I have been blessed with being in my life
This is mainly a tribute to a faithful friend
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Old 06-18-17, 07:29 PM   #2
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Sorry for your loss.

Not looking forward to a day some years in the future when I might have to do likewise.
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I have said it before here and elsewhere, I have grieved harder for a couple of dogs than for any human I have lost.

It's hard to lose one of the special dogs, they are a gift beyond value.
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Sorry for your loss, Roy. Dogs are fantastic creatures. All we can do is enjoy what time we have with them. And honor them by remembering the joy they brought to those around them.
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Yeah that's a rough one. The inescapable price you have to pay for having a friend like that. But she had a good life because of you.
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In 2 hours I will take Retta my beagle on her last ride I am grateful for her being a part of our family these last twelve years. I will be grateful for her not suffering any longer .I carried her around to her spot on the front porch we have sat with all morning. I will miss her
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I have said it before here and elsewhere, I have grieved harder for a couple of dogs than for any human I have lost.

It's hard to lose one of the special dogs, they are a gift beyond value.
Same here but with cats. I've got one who is getting closer to the end and I hate it, but know I've got to do my best for her while I still can.

Peace be with you my friend.
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That really sucks.

Reminds me of the end of Where the Red Fern Grows, which I read a million times growing up. I read it with my oldest when he was about 6, at the end I was having trouble reading because I was choking up, so I had him read it 'as reading practice'. After he finished he curled into me and wept like a baby.
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I stayed home from work and called the vet first thing this morning . She said she could get her in at 1:30 today . She left this world held in my arms with my wife petting her head . I had dug her grave yesterday. We brought her home wrapped in a purple fleece blanket. I put her in her bed in the blanket and covered my hunting jacket she laid on any time she could when we buried her I am actually better since I know she isn't suffering now . Even with the hurt right now my life is better for having her
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I stayed home from work and called the vet first thing this morning . She said she could get her in at 1:30 today . She left this world held in my arms with my wife petting her head . I had dug her grave yesterday. We brought her home wrapped in a purple fleece blanket. I put her in her bed in the blanket and covered my hunting jacket she laid on any time she could when we buried her I am actually better since I know she isn't suffering now . Even with the hurt right now my life is better for having her
Thank you for all the kind words
Just know that you gave her a wonderful life. She was a lucky pup.
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Sorry for your loss, I had a beagle when I was a kid, he looked very much like your dog. I had to take my kids dog to be put down a few years ago, I was with him as he passed, I cried like a baby. Pets enrich our lives so much, which is great, but this makes it so much harder to say goodbye.
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I hate to say it, but that's how it's supposed to feel. It means you were a good owner. It sucks, though.
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My first dog died at home - we knew he had heart disease and thought he would be comfortable living his last days with us... it was awful to watch him waste away and then his heart finally betrayed him; he went out screaming in pain.

My second dog got cancer and died peacefully at the vet while her tail was still wagging.

Both of them are in cedar boxes on my mantle now.

These are the lessons of life.


Third dog is an absolute joy.
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*sigh* you have my sympathy. you're not alone. hang in there big guy
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Thank you for the kind thoughts and words . We have to make a trip 2 hours north of here tomorrow. A friend from up in that area alerted us to a tiny little year old beagle that looks like a fit for our family. We are going to stop and see if she is a fit for our family . She won't replace Retta . But she needs a home and we have a hole in our family even my wife's dog acts different . There has only been 3-4 years of my life that I didn't have a hound of some kind. From pictures and the description of our friend Hopefully I will be spoiling a new little hound this time tomorrow
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Our Jack Russell was diagnosed with cancer, and underwent a major operation to remove it. The cancer recurred a couple years later, requiring another surgery. We were worried that she wouldn't pull through, and how tough it would be when she died. But the last surgery is now more than 10 years ago, and she celebrated her 18th birthday last month. She still gets around on her own, has a good appetite, and likes attention, but she is hard of sight, and harder of hearing. Her nose is the only thing that works as it always has, and she can sniff her way around even if she can't see.

Dogs are wonderful companions, they are always happy to see you, and love you no matter what your faults. Owning dogs is an adventure, and I can't imagine home being home without a dog.
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Abby Grace After a long first day with her new family . Two hour car ride . She Will never Replace Retta I don't want her to. But she has a future as my new friend .
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Looks like she is settling in nicely. Hope she is past the "chomper" stage....We are training a new dachshund pup who is currently a little piranha.
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Sorry for your loss, they do become family. We waited 4 months before we found a shelter dog puppy to again have the companionship, laughs and devotion dogs bring. We'll never forget Squirt, but I think he'd want us to continue giving a good home to another lucky dog, just as you have done.
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we were planning on waiting a little while . We found out that Abby needed a home and we were going up in that area anyway. Our late son is buried up there and we go up 2-3 times a summer to make sure his grave is taken care of. she seemed to be a fit for our family . so we brought here home . The friend that alerted us volunteers some at the SPCA there and knew of our loss .
she also knew she would be spoiled if we got her
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I hope the new pup fills the hole left behind. Cheers!
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Sorry for your loss.
It’s been one year now since I lost my dear Basenji soulmate, so I feel you.

Try to find some comfort in the knowledge that you gave her wonderful years (and vice versa).

Courage!
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Abby Grace After a long first day with her new family . Two hour car ride . She Will never Replace Retta I don't want her to. But she has a future as my new friend .
I love what your saying here.
You’ll remember Retta forever. Actually, you’ll soon be comparing her to your new friend spontaneously I believe.

Your new friend will be different yes, but wonderful nonetheless too. See it as a new adventure...

Because I was quite emotional about the loss of my (first) dog, I wasn’t ready to think about another dog. But the family vote won... In retrospect a good decision: you work through your loss, and look out to a hopeful future where you’ll be giving another soul a chance at having a good dog’s life. We went specifically with a shelter dog (from a trusthworthy organization!) kinda out of respect for our first dog (special story), and because we are.

Godspeed!
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I love what your saying here.
You’ll remember Retta forever. Actually, you’ll soon be comparing her to your new friend spontaneously I believe.

Your new friend will be different yes, but wonderful nonetheless too. See it as a new adventure...

Because I was quite emotional about the loss of my (first) dog, I wasn’t ready to think about another dog. But the family vote won... In retrospect a good decision: you work through your loss, and look out to a hopeful future where you’ll be giving another soul a chance at having a good dog’s life. We went specifically with a shelter dog (from a trusthworthy organization!) kinda out of respect for our first dog (special story), and because we are.

Godspeed!
I have called Abby Retta a dozen times . They are different dogs for sure Not only in looks but personality too. I do not believe either dog is full blooded beagle Retta had basset hound in her was short and stocky and on the timid side . Retta was a copper beagle most coppers have short for a hound ears Retta had longer ears and turn out front feet of a basset Abby is thin and leggy and out going I think she has rat terrier in her . she has longer legs and deep chest of the rat terriers . she also is the squirrel chasing-est beagle I have ever seen and acts like a tree game dog and much as a rabbit dog . She carries her self like a terrier like she is built on springs From my years of raising training and hunting rabbit dogs I know both of these breeds have been crossed with beagles many times in the past . We will see this fall what she likes best . It isn't fair to not hunt a dog that has 200+ years of hunting instinct bred into them . To me watching a good hunting dog work is a thing of beauty
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