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Goodbye my friend

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Sep 10, 2014 08:28 |  #1

For years, I've read the stories on some of my hunting forums about the day you had to make the decision for your dog. I've always hoped that that day would never come - that I'd go to work and come home and he'll have passed while sleeping. Of course, that's not the case.

We picked him up at 6 weeks old, driving 100 each way in the snow to get him (keep in mind that is no small feat in NC). When he was young, I bought a new leather wallet, stopped to run another errand, only to come back and find him chewing on it. In his younger years, he was overly protective (never aggressive), just protective.

He's been there as a friend when times were low. He's been a clown when we were happy. He was a big chocolate head on my wife's shoulder after her 4 miscarriages. And a big chocolate brother during her pregnancy with our 2 little ones. He's been tugged on, hit and fallen on since our little girl arrived 4 years ago. And he's been a big silly object for our 4 month old to laugh at.

As he aged, he began to have seizures related to low sugar. Each one took a little from us and a little from him. But he'd rebound and be back to himself in a couple days. It had been a long time since his last seizure when he had one about 2 weeks ago for no reason. He appeared fine, but something seemed a little off to me. Sometime Friday, he had a stroke. He struggled to walk this weekend, but got better and then took a turn for the worse Monday. Since then, he hasn't walked on his own or attempted to stand or move. It's just not in him. And we can see it in his big brown eyes.

So for lunch, we had cheeseburgers, tots and ice cream. My wife and I will spent the afternoon reliving our memories with him, shedding a lot of tears. He looked at us one last time and said "It's OK. All better." He knew.

When I made the call to my wife, she asked what I wanted to do. I couldn't say anything other than "He's not there." I stepped into the bedroom to say it as I didn't want him to hear. As I did so, I looked out the window and saw a flock of geese flying over. In 3 years, I've never seen geese anywhere near our house. As that is what he hunted the most, it was only fitting.

You have been with me for almost 15 years buddy. You weren't perfect, but neither am I. I hope you feel better and understand this is our final act of love to you. I'll think of you every time I see geese and when those leaves start changing colors as that was always your favorite time of the year.

Love you Hunter. You will be missed.

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Sep 10, 2014 09:57 |  #2

Sorry for your loss :(

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Sep 10, 2014 10:05 |  #3

Sorry for your loss but rejoice in the fact the he brings with him the same happy memories and will no longer suffer.

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Sep 10, 2014 10:14 |  #4

sorry for your loss, really sad

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Sep 10, 2014 10:16 |  #5

So sorry. May he RiP. :(

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Sep 10, 2014 10:42 |  #6

Pets can be close friends, and even a close part of the family. Clearly, he was family. Very sorry for your loss.

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Sep 10, 2014 11:08 |  #7

The only known cure for dog-loss heartache is that puppy, born 6-8 weeks ago, who doesn't yet have a home to call his own.

Been through this many times; Akela, Lupo, Raja, all gone now. My own Fenris is getting up there in years and will be greatly missed.

Thank you for sharing the story of your shared journey, and your pictures. They speak loudly of a friendship, a long partnership, and a joy in shared pursuits. Hunter had a good life and a good friend to share it with. That's all a dog can hope for.

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Sep 10, 2014 11:23 as a reply to  @ Wolfeye's post |  #8

May he rest in Peace and all the good memories of him stay with you forever.
He will always be remembered.

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Sep 10, 2014 14:08 as a reply to  @ 75D's post |  #9

Thanks for sharing your story. May he rest in peace. He will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge.


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Sep 10, 2014 14:40 |  #10

Such a heartfelt story. Thanks for sharing it with us, even if it did make me cry. I'm happy to read that Hunter had a very fulfilling life, with an awesome family. We have a Chocolate Lab, who is scared to death of bubble wrap! When a box arrives at the door, she leaves the room for fear of someone popping the bubbles that are sure to be inside. Treasure your memories!

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Sep 10, 2014 20:06 |  #11

RIP pooch..


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Sep 10, 2014 20:49 |  #12

Sorry for your loss.

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Sep 10, 2014 22:12 |  #13

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My wife and I are at the same stage with out 9-year-old rottie. She's had a rough life. Addisons set in when she was two, ACL surgery on right rear leg at 5, left rear leg a year and half later, tumor surgery on left front just a few weeks ago and it was cancerous. Doc says there isn't much we can do. Any treatment at this point would only extend her life a few months and she wouldn't have any quality of life at that point. She's still a bit active so we're keeping up her meds and hoping she hangs in a bit longer.

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Sep 10, 2014 22:18 |  #14

It's a sad day when this happens, but your pictures as well as your words show that you had a very happy dog for the time that he was in your lives.

R.I.P Hunter

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Sep 10, 2014 23:07 |  #15

Sorry for your loss. I had a dog much like your dog. My dog's name was Willy. He was a small West Highland Terrier/ Poodle mix.

He lived till about 15 1/2, then became very sick and sadly we took him to the vet. He passed away in 1989. I still miss him greatly.

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