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  •  It's so rough. (23+ / 0-)

    My old guy, predecessor to my current mutt, spared me a lot of self-doubt by making it absolutely clear that he was done.  It broke my heart to see him like that.  He was always so happy and interested and lively.  Thankfully my vet did a wonderful job of sending him to his next life with gentleness and grace.

    Wish I could say something to make it better, but it just takes time.

    I will say this -- in spite of everyone's advice, I find it eases the pain greatly to get a new animal in place of the one lost.  It doesn't erase the grief one iota, but it brings new life into the house.

    Just sayin', Chief.  :)

    "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." -- Willie Stargell

    by Yasuragi on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 01:49:50 PM PDT

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    •  So so true, Yasuragi. (12+ / 0-)

      I thought it was too soon after putting my boxer Sally down last year, but the opportunity arose to adopt another and it felt right.  Then a week later I saw this:

      A Dog's Last Will and Testament

      Before humans die, they write their last Will & Testament, give their home & all they have to those they leave behind.  If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask…

      To a poor and lonely stray I’d give:

      - My happy home
      - My bowl & cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys.
      - The lap, which I loved so much.
      - The hand that stroked my fur & the sweet voice which spoke my name.

      I’d Will to the sad, scared shelter dog, the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.

      So when I die, please do not say “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand.”

      Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope and give MY place to HIM.

      This is the only thing I can give…
                              The love I left behind.

      ---Author Unknown

      The universe was speaking and I heard as the shelter dog I adopted turned out to have been abused.  She is doing beautifully now, but we still have a little way yet to go.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 03:21:40 PM PDT

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