Another sucky day tale

Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: coalkirk On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:27 pm

Rick,

Don't know how I missed this post but I'm very sorry for your loss. Most of us know the pain you feel. We do the best we can do for our dogs and I can tell by how you speak of him that Opiey had a very good life. Only thing I can tell you is that it does get easier with time.

Terry
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 4:28 pm

Sorry to hear about this Rick. I guess it's human nature to second guess yourself after losing a family member, human or not. I have no doubt you did your best - no need to second guess. Time is a healer. Take it easy.
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:19 pm

Been spending the past couple of days looking through the computer for pics.

I appreciate all the comments. They help. I guess we all have been there at 1 time or another. It's getting easier but it is hard to walk only 1 dog in the morning. Of course he is appreciating getting all of the attention right now. And he didn't have to share the Christmas morning handouts from the family breakfast...

The grandkids were born after we got him and of course he has been a big part of their lives as well They got me a sympathy card, keychain, and a small pic frame with 2 pics in it. So I wanted to get some others to put in there.

Here are 2 of happier times.
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Sitting by the pool keeping watch over everyone
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Relaxing after a hard morning fishing in Canada
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And NO I DID NOT SPOIL HIM AT ALL !!!!! lol


Rick
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:47 pm

very good pics! hang in there
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Fri May 24, 2013 7:50 pm

Well yesterday we had to put down Opiey's pal Grady.

Grady has been the only pet we had after losing Opiey. The wife liked him because he was big and impressive looking. She used to make him go outside with her after dark. And he would willingly go. He and I would walk the front field together every morning before work. And he would be with me at night. Usually under my chair while I sat at the kitchen table on the laptop. Or under my feet if I was on the recliner.

Last fall he developed a growth of some sort in his abdomen. The vet said at his age of 12 it would not be a good idea to operate. That at the size of it he would probably live another 2-3 months. He gave us pain pills for him if needed to comfort him. Well he survived another 7 months.

The past 2 1/2 months he could no longer make the trip up the stairs to the bedroom and his bed. He would pace the hardwood floors at night. So I bought an inflatable queen mattress to sleep downstairs with him. He absolutely loved it as I would allow him into the bed with me. Actually I loved it as well since I no longer got screamed or poked due to my snoring !!!!

Last week he could no longer get into the bed so he would just lay at the head of it on the rug. 2 days ago, he could not get out of the swimming pool. I had to lift his hind end over the top step. Then yesterday morning, he could not even get up at all. We both knew it was time to call the vet. So yesterday afternoon we both left work to go home to get him for his last ride in the vehicle. We had to wrap him in his mattress pad to carry him to the car. We stayed with him while he got his injection petting him the entire time....... And his tail never stopped wagging.


R.I.P. Grady


Here he is sitting alongside the wife while we fish at our pond:

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Stoker Coal Boiler: AA 260 heating both sides of twin farmhouse
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri May 24, 2013 8:01 pm

R.I.P. indeed Grady. You guys gave him a real good life as he did you in return Rick.
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Fri May 24, 2013 8:04 pm

I am so very touched that you gave him the love and care enough to sleep and comfort him in his last days. It truly shows the person you really are, and I am proud to know you. I am sorry for your loss. RIP Grady
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri May 24, 2013 8:05 pm

SuperBeetle wrote:Rick, I am very sorry for your loss.

Same. I'm so sorry.
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri May 24, 2013 8:40 pm

Sorry you had to say goodbye to Grady. He certainly lived well under your care. Bless both & your wife for caring that deeply.
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: samhill On: Fri May 24, 2013 8:55 pm

Sorry for your loss as well Rick, seems like it's happening all too often, you did right by him.
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri May 24, 2013 11:17 pm

Sorry to hear this man. You gave him the best life he could possibly have, and he lived a happy life. That's our job requirement as pet owners, & you've done yours exceptionally well my friend.

To Grady, and Opiey. :cheers:
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: anthony7812 On: Sat May 25, 2013 12:00 am

I truely feel for ya Rick, its hard to loose a family member.
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: coalkirk On: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:14 pm

Been away from the forum for a week or so. Very sorry to hear about Grady. You can judge people by the way they treat their animals for sure. You are a very good person. Grady was lucky to have you in his life.
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: samhill On: Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:20 pm

Got this from a Therapy Dog friend & thought it might fit here. http://www.bogartsdaddy.com/bouvier/sto ... Heaven.htm
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Re: Another sucky day tale

PostBy: whistlenut On: Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:02 pm

It is sad to lose and good friend, but when you think of the loving journey all of you have had over the years, don't you wish that in our final days that we are surrounded by the love and kindness you have already provided your beloved friends.

Those tears will dry and the memories will last a lifetime. Think of our brothers and sister, parents, and grandparents......... speaking of a special pet they had to say goodbye to years ago......and the joy they get just in recalling the pleasant memories as if it were yesterday. We sure miss all of them; people and pets, but we sure learned about LIFE while sharing their company. Life is a journey, not a destination, and we all need to keep that in mind. Nuff said.....
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