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Goodbye Mr. Alex we will miss you.


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About 3 1/2 years ago after Eric lost his dog I started this thread to celebrate our best friends while they were still with us. http://www.brianenos...opic=90620&st=0

This evening we took Alex in and said our last goodbyes. I have always had dogs so this is not the first time I have been down this path but Alex is different. I've never had an Aussie before and even beyond the great joy and at times unbelievable frustration their intelligence brings they have a connection with you like few other dogs. Leslie and I rescued him when we first met and he has been our inseparable companion for over 8 1/2 years.

Good-bye Mr. Alex

The way you ran to our car when we picked you up that first day.

How you ate Rachael's cake, how you always had to have your way.

All the frisbees you snatched from out of the air

All the vacations we took, all the naps that we shared.

The mountains we hiked, all the miles that we ran.

The joy that you brought the woman I love like no other can.

The way you cocked your head as you listened to me ramble.

How you finally let me help you as you grew old and stumbled..

You will live on with me in these memories until my days also draw to their end.

Thank you for having made our lives so amazingly rich that this moment tears my heart apart.

Good-bye my old friend, good-bye.


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Awww Rick, I am sooo sorry. I have known that pain and will know it again. It never gets any easier. I read this somewhere and it is so true!

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa , and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.427687_10150677770738330_607733329_9340883_1497444256_n.jpg I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you’re not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

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