Post # 17
I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet is sooo hard.
I grew up with our black poodle August. My mom brought her home 2 months after I was born, so yeah, we were tight! She lived to be 18! Unfortunately the last year of her life was pretty hard on her, but putting her down was just one of the hardest things I’ve been through. I still miss her and it’s been 20 years.
@LRin2011: That poem has me crying too! Powerful.
Post # 18
I don’t have any pictures on my computer. But since 2006 we’ve lost two dogs from my childhood, my cat earlier this year, and last year we lost the dog that we took in when my grandmother died. It’s hard and I’m sorry for your loss. Our dogs were 14 and 13 (Sebastian and Pooh), our cat was almost 14 (Larry), and my grandmother’s dog was about 18 (Andi). All of our animals had to be put down due to heat stroke, arthritis (she wouldn’t eat), fluid filled lungs that couldn’t be fixed, and severe old age (in order that they were listed). I also understand the feeling of knowing your mom is hurting as she was living alone with three of the animals when they had to be put down. Stay strong and again, I’m sorry for your loss.
Post # 19
Some people have looked at me crazy when I get upset about losing a pet but they really do become a part of your family. Happy to know I’m not the only one who gets so attached.
Post # 20
Awww that makes me sad 🙁 I’m sorry for your loss. It’s so difficult. Sometimes I think about that day with my dogs I have right now and it literally makes me cry, but then I remind myself to enjoy every minute I get to spend with them. No matter how bad they can be, or how many shoes they destroy. It’s all so meaningless to be so mad at them for something that can be replaced. These loyal animals certainly cannot be replaced!
Post # 21
Aw Juno – I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. It’s kind of funny that I stumbled on this thread today because I was JUST talking about my childhood dog – Duffy – to my fiance earlier today (dad had to put her down about ten years ago).
She was SO smart we once counted how many words she knew and it was about 100 (she knew all her toys by name – the different balls, tennis ball, squeaky ball, etc – and her favorite old chewed up tennis shoe). Also, one time (this is why she was the smarted dog EVER! lol) she dropped her tennis ball down the heating duct in the kitchen and she immediately ran downstairs to the basement and waited for it to come out the heating duct THERE! Like, we were astounded that she realized they were connected (of course the ball didn’t come out but STILL!)
I still miss her – she was a good dog. I’m giving my girl (Maus, 11 years old) extra hugs and kisses in her, and your dogs, memory today……. take care.
Post # 22
@juno0522: I’m so sorry for you and your family. Sending your mom hugs.
Post # 23
Thanks for all the great stories and hugs! I really appreciate all the nice words and you taking the time to share memories with the bee.
Post # 24
omg, I just lost my childhood pet of 18 years, my cat Cinder. I grew up with 4 cats, and she was MY cat, she slept on my bed every night, walked with me to the bus stop when I was elementary school, was there for me through my first heart break and all the thugh times in high school, she was the most amazing animal…. when I moved out she stayed with my dad, who even after her passing is left with 4 wonderful little fur babies in his home. She was the last of the childhood cats, and he always asked me when would the right time be to put her down (I worked in an animal hosp. for 6 years) and I always told him, she would let us know, just like all the rest of them did.
2 weeks ago my Dad called to tell me she had gone missing. She went outside one morning – like always- but didn’t come back. She had made her decision and not put us though the pain…. I’m so sad that I didn’t get my one last good bye, but still amazed that animals always do everything they can for us, even sparing us from pain of seeing them go.
Just this past Friday I received a sympathy card from the animal hosp. I used to work at, signed by all my old co-workers, with a picture of her in there, I cried like a baby… I’ll never forget my favorite little mama kitty (even though she never had a litter, lol).