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Posted: 8/18/2006 3:00:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2006 4:05:03 PM EDT by PghFire34Truck]
It is with a heavy heart and a tear in my eye that i say this. Today after taking my 6 y/o Dalmatian to the vet he has an incurable case of kidney stones. His bladder and urethra are full of them. Kidney failure is inevitable. Right now he is uncomfortable but not suffering. I made the decesion to bring him home for the weekend to pamper him then Monday to have him put down. The vet felt that this is the best thing i can do for him so it must be bad. Murphy was a Mascot of the McKees Rocks, Pa. Vol. Fire Dept and represented the City Of Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire. He won First Place in the Dalmatian Contest at the Pittsburgh Firefighters Local #1 19th annual Fire muster in 2003. He was Best man at my wedding to my Wife Amy. Our wedding was featured on Wild Weddings on the The Learning Channel in 2003 and again on an edition of The Insider on CBS in 2004. He has been a faithful and Loyal member of this family since we drove 3/4 the way across Pennsylvania to pick him up. So tonight and for the next 3 nights i will raise a glass and drink to my Boy... I love you Pal..............

March 8, 2000---August 21,2006

Update: Well after a long weekend and trying to make Murph as comfortable as possible, today we had him put to sleep. This was by far the HARDEST decision i have ever made. Mainly for selfish reasons i wanted him to hang on, but i knew he was in pain with no relief possible. My wife and i and our oldest daughter were there to the end when the doctor gave Murph the shot. It was a peaceful passing, he just closed his eyes and went to sleep. I am sorry i couldn't do more for him and i am sorry i couldnt take away his pain sooner. He was my best friend and my Baby Boy.
Link Posted: 8/18/2006 3:01:18 PM EDT
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RIP Murphy
Link Posted: 8/18/2006 3:01:36 PM EDT

Sorry to hear it

Link Posted: 8/18/2006 3:01:39 PM EDT

Damn that sucks.

Link Posted: 8/18/2006 3:01:44 PM EDT
Here's to good dog friends. Sorry about your loss.
Link Posted: 8/18/2006 3:03:21 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/18/2006 3:03:40 PM EDT by FlamingGlory]
I'm sorry to hear. I'll have a vodka tonic for him.
Link Posted: 8/18/2006 3:05:35 PM EDT
Remember the good times.

Link Posted: 8/18/2006 3:10:28 PM EDT
Here's to Murphy.
Link Posted: 8/18/2006 3:20:53 PM EDT
So sorry to hear about your friend.

After reading that I will raise a toast to you both.

A Long Island Ice Tea

Link Posted: 8/21/2006 4:04:43 PM EDT
Thank you all again for your toasts, i appreciate it and i know Murph will too.....
Link Posted: 8/21/2006 4:40:10 PM EDT
To a Firetruck guy that is like a brother. May he rest in peace and may there be many hydrants to water.

Link Posted: 8/21/2006 4:43:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2006 4:45:19 PM EDT by chips]
i went through this not too long ago... it really is for the better.

now go to the nearest butcher shop/meat market and get your friend a thick cut prime ribeye. then go on a ride to the nearest sonic and get him a cup of vanilla icecream. my dog ate better than i did in his last days...

sorry, i thought it was friday for some reason
Link Posted: 8/21/2006 4:43:47 PM EDT

Link Posted: 8/21/2006 4:47:58 PM EDT
I still miss my first lead dog after 20 years

Heres to your's

Link Posted: 8/21/2006 4:49:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2006 4:50:12 PM EDT by XDBACKUPGUN]
Someone needs to post the article about Pets that have "Croosed over the bridge".

Been there..........

Link Posted: 8/21/2006 4:51:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2006 4:53:04 PM EDT by opti12206]
I'm sorry to hear that man. Sounds like you did the right thing through.
RIP Murphy
Link Posted: 8/21/2006 4:53:22 PM EDT
Way ahead of ya buddy.

Sorry to hear about Murphy. You did the right thing.
Link Posted: 8/21/2006 5:02:15 PM EDT

To the good times

RIP Murphy

Link Posted: 8/21/2006 5:02:21 PM EDT
Dogs are the happiest of all animals. Though it was cut short I bet Murphy had a great 6 year life. Sorry about your loss.
Link Posted: 8/21/2006 5:04:24 PM EDT
I'm on duty, but i'll raise my can of Rockstar.

My Dalmation died while i was in basic training. They are smart dogs.
Link Posted: 8/21/2006 5:07:09 PM EDT
PghFire34Truck: I'm sure that Murphy provided plenty of happiness during his 6 years for everyone.
Link Posted: 8/21/2006 5:23:26 PM EDT
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