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Old 03-20-07, 09:24 AM   #1
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Awwww....Pancho :(

I just got off the phone with my parents. Pancho, our family's loyal companion of 15 years, faced with a long and painful decline after a long and happy life, was put to sleep today. He's been such a big part of our family for such a long time, it hasn't really sunk in yet. However, I think it's the little things that I'm going to miss most: when I lived at home, he used to sleep on the rug beside my bed; later, when I visited during holidays, he would move from his hallway pillow to my bedroom rug at some point during the night, so he was always by my bed in the morning.

We originally got him when we moved from Vancouver to Tokyo and realised that our crazy whippet-pointer-lab-etc cross would be absolutely miserable in a large Asian city (we gave him to friends with a farm in the interior of British Columbia). Pancho was our "cat" and our "compact dog", the only natural-born Canadian in the family apart from my dad. He became known to the shopkeepers in our neighbourhood, and was taunted by the gigantic Tokyo crows. He accompanied us on weekend trips to the lake district around Mt. Fuji, where my sister and I would race him down hills on our bicycles, and then take turns bundling him into our jackets and riding along the roads between the rice paddies, with his head sticking out under our chins.

He managed the move to Hong Kong admirably. He loved running along the beaches in Repulse Bay and Stanley, and in the country park around the reservoir at Tai Tam. He joined us on weekend hikes up the hills of Hong Kong island, even at the height of summer, when he would collapse, panting, in any shade he could find if he got too hot. He picked up the habit of hunting small birds, much to the consternation of our wonderful (and very Buddhist) Thai helper, Tum, who utterly adored him. On the other hand, he once saved the life of a frog by barking at a snake that was about to eat it (whether this was a case of gallant bravery or general dimwittedness is perhaps a question best left unanswered).

As he became older, he became a wonderful curmudgeon. You could have set your watch to his demands for walks -- never noisy, but always insistent. And, once on a walk, he had very definite ideas about where he would go, exactly how long he would go there, and when it was time to go back.

I was not there for his last move, to Singapore, but visited last summer and saw him in high spirits, exploring the lush botanical gardens, and revelling in the wide open grassy spaces. At home, he still had his annoying habit of blending into the carpet, which frequently led to him getting punted across the room. He still loved sembei, the Japanese rice crackers, though having lost many of his teeth, they could prove hard to chew. He still acted like he was on crack after a bath, when he would race around the house with his ear to the floor, responding to the slightest movement by rocketing off in the opposite direction. He still proved entirely susceptible to tummy rubs, which would send his legs into spasms.

And every morning when I woke up, I still found him sleeping on the rug beside my bed.

Pancho, we will miss you.







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Old 03-20-07, 09:27 AM   #2
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Soory to hear. It's tough to lose a friend.
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Very rough indeed.....sorry bud.
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Thanks, guys. And thanks for reading my rambling -- I needed somewhere to let it out. Off to bed now... tomorrow is another day
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Been there and done that, so I know what you are feeling. Just remember all the good times that Pancho had and be glad that he is no longer suffering. Sorry for your loss.
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What a beautiful eulogy, gbcb. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. ((hugs))

Pancho sounds like a wonderful companion who really loved his life. So glad he was able to be such a heartwarming part of yours.
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I'm really sorry. He sounds like a great dog. He was really a good looking one too. I have lost a few pets to age or illness and it's hard. I soon will be going through it again and sometimes it's hard to keep from being sad already. I know how it feels. They become such a part of your life. Keep his memory alive.
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Thanks for all of your kind comments. I sent this link to my sister, and she told me that reading your responses made her eyes well up again. "Very sweet people" she said... and I'm inclined to agree.
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The thing you have to remember is, Pancho fulfulled your life and you, his. ((hugs)) to you, goobers.
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Old 03-21-07, 05:55 AM   #13
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my cat died ate the age of 19 about 4 months ago. i am only 15 so he has been with me my entire life. it was very hard losing him, but just try to remember all the good times you had that make you smile not cry because hes no longer with out.
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Sucks losing pets. I lost my cat last year. He was 20.
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Sorry for your loss. Always remember the good times.
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So sorry to hear gbcb. Losing a family member, regardless the species, is always hard.
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I just got off the phone with my parents. Pancho, our family's loyal companion of 15 years, faced with a long and painful decline after a long and happy life, was put to sleep today. He's been such a big part of our family for such a long time, it hasn't really sunk in yet. However, I think it's the little things that I'm going to miss most: when I lived at home, he used to sleep on the rug beside my bed; later, when I visited during holidays, he would move from his hallway pillow to my bedroom rug at some point during the night, so he was always by my bed in the morning.

We originally got him when we moved from Vancouver to Tokyo and realised that our crazy whippet-pointer-lab-etc cross would be absolutely miserable in a large Asian city (we gave him to friends with a farm in the interior of British Columbia). Pancho was our "cat" and our "compact dog", the only natural-born Canadian in the family apart from my dad. He became known to the shopkeepers in our neighbourhood, and was taunted by the gigantic Tokyo crows. He accompanied us on weekend trips to the lake district around Mt. Fuji, where my sister and I would race him down hills on our bicycles, and then take turns bundling him into our jackets and riding along the roads between the rice paddies, with his head sticking out under our chins.

He managed the move to Hong Kong admirably. He loved running along the beaches in Repulse Bay and Stanley, and in the country park around the reservoir at Tai Tam. He joined us on weekend hikes up the hills of Hong Kong island, even at the height of summer, when he would collapse, panting, in any shade he could find if he got too hot. He picked up the habit of hunting small birds, much to the consternation of our wonderful (and very Buddhist) Thai helper, Tum, who utterly adored him. On the other hand, he once saved the life of a frog by barking at a snake that was about to eat it (whether this was a case of gallant bravery or general dimwittedness is perhaps a question best left unanswered).

As he became older, he became a wonderful curmudgeon. You could have set your watch to his demands for walks -- never noisy, but always insistent. And, once on a walk, he had very definite ideas about where he would go, exactly how long he would go there, and when it was time to go back.

I was not there for his last move, to Singapore, but visited last summer and saw him in high spirits, exploring the lush botanical gardens, and revelling in the wide open grassy spaces. At home, he still had his annoying habit of blending into the carpet, which frequently led to him getting punted across the room. He still loved sembei, the Japanese rice crackers, though having lost many of his teeth, they could prove hard to chew. He still acted like he was on crack after a bath, when he would race around the house with his ear to the floor, responding to the slightest movement by rocketing off in the opposite direction. He still proved entirely susceptible to tummy rubs, which would send his legs into spasms.

And every morning when I woke up, I still found him sleeping on the rug beside my bed.

Pancho, we will miss you.







Cute dog, sorry to hear that you lost a family friend.
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Thanks again for all the kind comments. I find that I'm feeling much better about the whole thing now -- he really did have a good, long life, and sharing stories about him with my parents and sister has brought back a lot of fun memories. ((hugs)) to you all — or whoever wants them, anyway
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I could always use a hug, gbcb. Thanks!
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