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Posted: 9/16/2009 12:59:14 PM EST
My most loyal friend for the last 14 years who we rescued from a Border Collie rescue when my son was just 5, and I had to put her down today, overcome with a cancerous tumor affecting her liver and pancreas. It never gets any easier.

R.I.P Suzi. No more pain, girl. :(

Suzi's the one in front.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:00:35 PM EST
No, it never gets any easier.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:03:06 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:04:04 PM EST
They become family. Sorry for the loss.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:05:04 PM EST
Sorry dude.

Hope the kids can cope.

Not easy when a loyal family member goes.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:05:28 PM EST
Originally Posted By Strykewolf:
No, it never gets any easier.

Amen, it doesn't

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:05:29 PM EST
Sorry to hear that. Godspeed.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:07:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 1:08:00 PM EST by gman556]
Sorry for the loss my friend

I just lost my little buddy a week ago, and I still look for him around the house, and then I remember

It's hard to let go.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:07:32 PM EST
You know when you take them in that someday they will break your heart, but there is nothing in this world that compairs to the love, loyalty, dedication of a dog. Everytime I go through it I swear never again, but I keep getting another fully knowing what the future holds. Just reflect on the sheer joy they provided and know that you gave them the best life they could have. Then let time diminish the pain.

My condolences.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:07:49 PM EST
No; it does not.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:09:52 PM EST
my dogs have always been a part of my family.
when the last one died i cried like a school girl. Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:10:41 PM EST
Brother: it just got much, much easier for her. Because you did the right thing by ending her suffering, instead of prolonging it to avoid your own pain.

She's chasing acres upon acres of squirrels as we speak, and sleeps under the bacon tree.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:11:19 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:11:28 PM EST
I believe dogs have souls and one day you will be reunited with her.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:14:26 PM EST
Sorry to hear about your loss.

I had a Blue Heeler "Jake". He was me running partner for 12 years. He died in 04, and I still miss him badly.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:15:30 PM EST
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Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:19:37 PM EST
Stupid. Silly. Just a pet.

Thats what I used to think, then we got dogs. Sure does change your mindset once you own them. Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:22:09 PM EST

Sorry for your loss.
It never does get easier, but know that you made her time here the best it could be!
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:22:55 PM EST
Beautiful dog! So sorry.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:23:19 PM EST
My cocker spaniel had cancer. She was 14 yrs old. She struggled for over a year, one day my dad said "that dogs been good to you, you need to be good to her." That was one of the worst days of my life, I know how hard it is for you right now, but it will get better. Time heals all.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:27:46 PM EST
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Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:37:17 PM EST
Sorry for your loss, been there a few times myself and it always breaks your heart.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:38:21 PM EST
As a person who rescued two border collies myself, I really feel for your loss.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 1:41:56 PM EST
I'm very sorry for your lose.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 2:35:49 PM EST
Prayer sent.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:11:45 PM EST
I know your pain. Had my border collie/rott mix pass away on Mothers day. Still brings tears to my eyes.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:14:05 PM EST
very sorry
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:16:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 3:28:29 PM EST by Dog1]
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:23:05 PM EST
I know the feeling had to put down my 10year golden Monday-sucks
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:24:20 PM EST
sorry man
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:36:56 PM EST

Sorry to hear about that.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:38:27 PM EST
All dogs go to heaven.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:39:12 PM EST
They are little angels.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:39:59 PM EST
Sorry guy.

I know and feel your pain.

Make sure you quickly follow one of the saddest days in your life with one of the happiest. There is a litlle pup right now looking over the top of her box waiting for you to come.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 3:43:10 PM EST
Never easy and grown men do cry. Sorry man.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 4:14:46 PM EST
It's never easy, sorry man.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 4:21:47 PM EST
Sorry to hear... you are 100% right on that. From one border collie lover to another, you have my condolences.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 4:33:11 PM EST
Thought we were going to have to put my wife's little buddy down yesterday due to a possible stroke. As of this evening, he has been able to stand and walk around enough to pee on stuff, so we'll see. It's truly amazing how attached we can get to our four-legged friends. They really are a gift. I'm really sorry for your loss, prayers sent for you and your family.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 4:36:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 4:37:02 PM EST by MedPig]
Lost my Malamute to a stroke. Listening to her struggling to breathe, knowing the Vet was only open from 8-12 (Saturday), I think I sat with her from 6 AM to 11, before deciding I had to do the right thing. We discussed old times, and she had her head in my lap, but finally, I knew it was time. That was 2003. Still miss her.

Sorry for your loss.

Link Posted: 9/16/2009 4:57:50 PM EST
Sorry to hear. I can empathize...I have two Border Collies, and the older is 14 and really struggling. I'm dreading the day when I have to put her down. My kids grew up with her.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 4:59:45 PM EST
Her pains are over.

Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 5:05:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2009 5:06:10 PM EST by fxntime]
If you were a good master then she got all she wanted out of life.

Dog ask for very little but love and some food and in return will spend their entire life making you smile. Sounds like a pretty good tradeoff.

I still think about my last one, Mitzi, miss her but she still brings a smile to my face when I think of her antics.No one can ever take the good memories one has about a dog, they linger forever.

Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 5:13:47 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 5:17:26 PM EST
Sorry for your loss. The memories will always be with you and over time the pain will ease my friend.

Rainbow Bridge - Author unknown

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 5:19:15 PM EST
Nothing brings a grown man to tears faster! I just went through this also and am looking to rescue another one. Sorry for your loss.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 5:19:27 PM EST
Sorry for you loss
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 5:20:57 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 5:30:12 PM EST
Sorry to hear that.
I had to put down my little Sheltie last year.
It was like putting a little old lady to sleep.
Good luck.
Link Posted: 9/17/2009 7:50:40 PM EST
Sincere thanks for all the prayers, well-wishes, and sympathy. I read each and every response... 49 folks who took time to reply to what was my feeble attempt at a cathartic post dealing with the death of a beloved pet.

You guys are awesome, man. Thanks and hat's off to every one of ya, and I mean it most sincerely. What an awesome crew we have on ARFcom...second to none!

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