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Thread: Goodbye My Friend (nmc)
Posted 14 June 2017 at 04:58:04 UK time
Clare Ravenwood, Ontario, Canada

Yesterday I had to say goodbye to an old friend...my dog, Danny. Danny had been with myself and my late wife since he was a rescued 9 month old puppy.

He had been abandoned by his owner who went into rehab. Danny, who was named Rocky, was a 6 month old half-starved, sun burned puppy with a bad case of mange and left tied to a tree in the Bronx section of New York. He had also tipped over his water bowl. The man's sister, Dani, was the one who turned him over to rescue. Used to kid people he barked with a Bronx accent!

He went into rescue where he spent 3 months being treated before he was fit to travel to a new home.

He had a great life and was spoiled rotten. He loved rides and travelled all over when I was doing US loads and was the most docile of dogs. He never growled at another animal. One day I heard him whining only to see the neighbour's Jack Russell eating my 65 pound Bull Terrier's food!!

Sadly some time ago I learned his kidneys were failing and it was a matter of time. Yesterday, his time ran out. Even the vet cried! She said that she was upset and didn't even live with him.

Danny was 12 1/2 in people years and loved until the very end and beyond.

He was a good friend, a good companion and a good dog. I shall miss him.

Clare. :-(

Posted 14 June 2017 at 10:31:26 UK time
Ray Rowsell, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Clare,

I can feel your pain. I have never had a dog in the family but my son has a Springer Spaniel, Buzz who also has a lovely personality. Coincidentally, I will be taking him for a walk later this morning. I will be thinking of you.

Posted 14 June 2017 at 11:30:24 UK time
Nigel Atkins, Northampton, UK

So sad, but you gave Danny the chance of a life he deserved.

You must be heartbroken, you have my sympathy.

Unfortunately there are so many animals that need rescuing and rehoming, very young and very old animals.

Posted 14 June 2017 at 12:00:51 UK time
LC, USA

Clare,

Very sorry to hear about your loss. My wife and I are facing a similar fate with our twelve year old Shetlander that we rescued when he was eight (our forth rescue dog), and he now has bladder cancer. His name is Eddy (spaghetti) who for the last three years worked as a therapy dog with a local PAWS group. We visited hospitals, nursing homes, and finally a reading program for kids with reading disabilities at a local library. We retired him last year when his health started to fail. His work with children was nothing short of magical.

Thoughts are with you.

Larry C.

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Posted 14 June 2017 at 12:32:51 UK time
William Revit, Tasmania

Sorry for your loss Clare-
Rip-Danny

Posted 14 June 2017 at 14:20:51 UK time
Clare Ravenwood, Ontario, Canada

Thank you all for your thoughts. I find myself hesitating to do something because I'll wake up the dog. (lol) No dog to wake up.

Someone told me to write bout it, that it helps and it does. He has gone, hard part for me is over now.

Larry, Eddy is a beautiful dog. I know how much you will miss him.

Clare

Posted 14 June 2017 at 17:40:59 UK time
W Bretherton, South Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Sorry for your loss Clare. It's 19 years since we had to have our Newfoundland put down but the memory stays with me. (Haven't had another dog since).

Posted 14 June 2017 at 18:59:13 UK time
1 Paper, Missouri, USA

12.5 years is a great run, im sure your dog knew everyday that he was loved, and loved you back the same way.


We all pass on, ... its great to know he paseed in a loving home compared to how he started out as a pup,

Hang in there hun, my thoughts arw with you

Old yeller, i doublt any of us could ever forget that film

Prop

Posted 15 June 2017 at 05:08:03 UK time
S,D, Devine, Massachusetts, USA

That's awesome that you took a dog that so deserved to be cared for and gave him/her a good life. Good on you for caring for one of gods creatures and showing compassion for a good friend! I sympathize with your loss.

Posted 15 June 2017 at 19:09:34 UK time
c j ciaffone, North Carolina, USA

Know your hurt! We have buried two already
at about 16 years each (1 black lab and
1 border collie). (Only ever had one dog at a
time so do not know how it would be
with several at once.)

Currently have Dixie, a border-collie hybrid about 5 1/2 years old. When Dixie goes, I really want to call it quits.

Getting tired of long walks when the temp hits over 90.

Posted 16 June 2017 at 22:04:13 UK time
John Hutton, United Kingdom

Hi Clare. So sorry to hear your sad news. Had dogs all of my life, and would find it difficult to be without one. They all take a piece of your heart - so different in character and temperament- but faithful to the end. Back in the early 80's, we took on a Dalmatian (liver colour) that nobody else appeared to want. He would rarely come back when you called him, but would return to you in his own time. Once on a beach near to us, he ran off and picked up a guys lunch (he was fishing), took off and ate it all! Towards the end of his time (13 years), we had seen an advert for Dalmatian pups for sale 'hearing tested'. Turns out it is a trait that some Dallies are born deaf. Never knew until then though. If Barney was looking at you, he always did as you asked..... Always think of the good times. John.

Posted 19 June 2017 at 17:02:22 UK time
Paul W 1976 1500, Buffalo, NY, thebusybeaver@gmail.com

Sorry to hear that Clare. That's sad stuff.....
Paul

Posted 19 June 2017 at 19:05:01 UK time
Clare Ravenwood, Ontario, Canada

Thank you everyone for your comments. Danny started out as an abandoned puppy but ended up with a wonderful home, if I don't say so myself, with everything a dog could want. Food, water, shelter and love.

It's a week now, I have had my "sign" that he is safe and I still find myself saying "I have to feed the dog".

I miss him, but have to face it, that he had a good life here and he didn't suffer and that it was just his time.

Clare

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