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The Rainbow Bridge - Hugs and Prayers for Backhoe
FreeDominion.ca ^ | February 1, 2007

Posted on 02/01/2007 1:37:18 PM PST by Calpernia


Prayers to Backhoe for the Loss of Taffy

Saint Francis


Blessing  all creatures, great & small.

"We who choose to surround
ourselves with lives even more 
temporary than our own,
live within a fragile circle, 


easily and often breached. 
Unable to accept its awful gaps, 
we still would live no other way. 
We cherish memory as the only 
certain immortality never fully understanding the necessary plan. "
from The Once Again Prince
by Irving Townsend

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KEYWORDS: backhoe; prayers; rainbowbridge; taffy
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Prayers up for Backhoe. He had to put his dog Taffy down due to a stroke.


1 posted on 02/01/2007 1:37:20 PM PST by Calpernia
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...

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2 posted on 02/01/2007 1:39:28 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: backhoe

I never seem to have the words when I hear about the death of a pet friend. I'm so sorry.


3 posted on 02/01/2007 1:41:24 PM PST by lysie
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To: Calpernia

That's rough. We have a dog who looks just like Taffy. Anyone know the breed?


4 posted on 02/01/2007 1:43:36 PM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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To: Calpernia

Dog Quotes

Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man without his Vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery, if inscribed over human ashes, is but a Just Tribute to the Memory of BOATSWAIN, a Dog. – Hobhouse - Epitaph, on Lord Byron's dog, Boatswain, at Newstead Abbey

So I laugh when I hear them make it plain
That dogs and men never meet again.
For all their talk who'd listen to them,
With the soul in the shining eyes of him?
Would God be wasting a dog like Tim?
– W M Letts, Songs of Leinster


At the dog-show held at our local hospital fete, there were many handsome dogs with equally handsome owners. But my attention was drawn to a small mongrel and his owner, a boy of about eleven. For nearly an hour, the boy had been gently grooming and hugging his pet in turn.

When his name was called the boy tenderly took the dog's head into his cupped hands and looked at him with all the love a small boy could show. "Now you mustn't be upset if you don't win a prize," he said, "you see, they don't know you as well as I do." – source unknown

The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic. – Henry Ward Beecher

I would rather see a portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world. – Samuel Johnson

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money. – Joe Weinstein

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace. – Milan Kundera

If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience. – Woodrow Wilson

Did you hear about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac who stays up all night wondering if there really is a Dog? – source unknown

When the Man waked up he said,
'What is Wild Dog doing here?'
And the Woman said,
'His name is not Wild Dog any more,
but the First Friend,
because he will be our friend
for always and always and always.' – Rudyard Kipling

My dog is usually pleased with what I do, because she is not infected with the concept of what I 'should' be doing. – Lonzo Idolswine

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog."
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance - a sharp, vindictive glance. – James Thurber

There is an Indian legend which says when a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven. At the head of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based upon what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge.... and which are turned away..." – Unknown



Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man without his Vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery, if inscribed over human ashes, is but a Just Tribute to the Memory of BOATSWAIN, a Dog. – Hobhouse - Epitaph, on Lord Byron's dog, Boatswain, at Newstead Abbey


5 posted on 02/01/2007 1:45:14 PM PST by Lexington Green (Medical Marijuana - - When ''Compassionate Conservative'' is an oxymoron.)
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To: Calpernia

Dog Quotes

Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man without his Vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery, if inscribed over human ashes, is but a Just Tribute to the Memory of BOATSWAIN, a Dog. – Hobhouse - Epitaph, on Lord Byron's dog, Boatswain, at Newstead Abbey

So I laugh when I hear them make it plain
That dogs and men never meet again.
For all their talk who'd listen to them,
With the soul in the shining eyes of him?
Would God be wasting a dog like Tim?
– W M Letts, Songs of Leinster


At the dog-show held at our local hospital fete, there were many handsome dogs with equally handsome owners. But my attention was drawn to a small mongrel and his owner, a boy of about eleven. For nearly an hour, the boy had been gently grooming and hugging his pet in turn.

When his name was called the boy tenderly took the dog's head into his cupped hands and looked at him with all the love a small boy could show. "Now you mustn't be upset if you don't win a prize," he said, "you see, they don't know you as well as I do." – source unknown

The dog was created especially for children. He is the god of frolic. – Henry Ward Beecher

I would rather see a portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world. – Samuel Johnson

My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can. That's almost $7.00 in dog money. – Joe Weinstein

Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace. – Milan Kundera

If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience. – Woodrow Wilson

Did you hear about the dyslexic agnostic insomniac who stays up all night wondering if there really is a Dog? – source unknown

When the Man waked up he said,
'What is Wild Dog doing here?'
And the Woman said,
'His name is not Wild Dog any more,
but the First Friend,
because he will be our friend
for always and always and always.' – Rudyard Kipling

My dog is usually pleased with what I do, because she is not infected with the concept of what I 'should' be doing. – Lonzo Idolswine

What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog."
– Dwight D. Eisenhower

I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance - a sharp, vindictive glance. – James Thurber

There is an Indian legend which says when a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven. At the head of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based upon what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge.... and which are turned away..." – Unknown


6 posted on 02/01/2007 1:45:37 PM PST by Lexington Green (Medical Marijuana - - When ''Compassionate Conservative'' is an oxymoron.)
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To: backhoe

Sorry about your pup.


7 posted on 02/01/2007 1:46:56 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: wolfcreek

I don't know. Maybe when Backhoe is feeling up to it, he will come by and tell us.


8 posted on 02/01/2007 1:48:01 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: backhoe
As soon as you feel a little better, get yourself a new puppy. Sorry about your doggie.


9 posted on 02/01/2007 1:51:29 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: backhoe

It's always sad and we'll forever miss them... but it's our responsibility.


10 posted on 02/01/2007 1:52:34 PM PST by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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To: backhoe
I often took her with me, to reassure the frequently alone women I encountered that "if my dog loves and trusts me, I'm probably not an axe murderer..."

How true that is. There's something about a person a dog trusts that is reassuring to those around them. Dogs just always seem to know.

I know how what your loss feels like, Backhoe. My sincere condolences.

11 posted on 02/01/2007 1:56:52 PM PST by Cagey
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To: backhoe
I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your dog.

This poem helped me cope when I had to be my kitty down.

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.... 

Author unknown...


12 posted on 02/01/2007 2:12:16 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: Calpernia

I am so very sorry for this loss. Losing a pet is very hard. My dogs are very important to me, and I understand how much pain this can cause.


13 posted on 02/01/2007 2:13:11 PM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: Calpernia

I'm sorry, backhoe.


14 posted on 02/01/2007 2:14:59 PM PST by processing please hold (ROP and Open Borders-a terrorist marriage and hell's coming with them)
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To: Calpernia
This is a good one I like...

Where To Bury A Dog

There are various places within which a dog may be buried. We are thinking now of a setter, whose coat was flame in the sunshine, and who, so far as we are aware, never entertained a mean or an unworthy thought. This setter is buried beneath a cherry tree, under four feet of garden loam, and at its proper season the cherry strews petals on the green lawn of his grave. Beneath a cherry tree, or an apple, or any flowering shrub of the garden, is an excellent place to bury a good dog. Beneath such trees, such shrubs, he slept in the drowsy summer, or gnawed at a flavorous bone, or lifted head to challenge some strange intruder. These are good places, in life or in death. Yet it is a small matter, and it touches sentiment more than anything else.

For if the dog be well remembered, if sometimes he leaps through your dreams actual as in life, eyes kindling, questing, asking, laughing, begging, it matters not at all where that dog sleeps at long and at last. On a hill where the wind is unrebuked and the trees are roaring, or beside a stream he knew in puppyhood, or somewhere in the flatness of a pasture land, where most exhilarating cattle graze. It is all one to the dog, and all one to you, and nothing is gained, and nothing lost -- if memory lives. But there is one best place to bury a dog. One place that is best of all.

If you bury him in this spot, the secret of which you must already have, he will come to you when you call -- come to you over the grim, dim frontiers of death, and down the well-remembered path, and to your side again. And though you call a dozen living dogs to heel they should not growl at him, nor resent his coming, for he is yours and he belongs there.

People may scoff at you, who see no lightest blade of grass bent by his footfall, who hear no whimper pitched too fine for mere audition, people who may never really have had a dog. Smile at them then, for you shall know something that is hidden from them, and which is well worth the knowing.

The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.

by Ben Hur Lampman

15 posted on 02/01/2007 2:22:32 PM PST by chimera
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To: Calpernia; backhoe
Prayers Friend. It never easy.


16 posted on 02/01/2007 2:55:59 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Calpernia; backhoe
BTDT backhoe,

It's rough.

Prayer sent.

17 posted on 02/01/2007 3:00:36 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: word_warrior_bob

He's cute; what kind of dog is that?


18 posted on 02/01/2007 3:04:35 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: backhoe

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Taffy. Prayers to comfort you.


19 posted on 02/01/2007 3:05:25 PM PST by Lillee
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To: wolfcreek; Lexington Green; Tijeras_Slim; word_warrior_bob; Calpernia; lysie; johnny7; Cagey; ...

"We have a dog who looks just like Taffy. Anyone know the breed?"




wolfcreek, we called her "The Albemarle Squirrel Hound" in jest, because she was found by animal control running wild on Albemarle Street nearby, and she hunted squirrels.

As best we could determine, she was Spitz and Chow, with some German Shepard tossed in to the mix. We still see her siblings in the neighborhood.

If you click the Free Dominion link Calpernia provided, there's more there.

Wife Emily and I thank you, one and all.

I did not write the following- it's the way I remember a certain story being told:

Heaven’s Gate

A man and his dog died together, and finding themselves on the other side life, they came upon a long and gentle road through the country.

They journeyed on until they came upon a fork in the road- to one side it rambled onwards, but to the other side were the most magnificent gates he had ever seen.

Just like the storied Gates of Heaven, wrought of the rarest metals, studded with precious jewels, and hung from vast marble columns.

Seen through them was a green and verdant land, awash with light and life and color, and inside these gates stood a dignified gentleman wearing the most elegant suit the man had ever seen.

"Welcome to Heaven," he exclaimed.

Not believing his luck ( having lived a Godly life insofar as it was consistent with a life of sin ) he started to pass inside with his old dog following, but the suited gent stopped him with a hand-

"Hold it! We don’t allow the lower orders in here. He stays outside."

Looking wistfully at the gorgeous lands beyond, the man turned around, saying, "I can’t leave my best friend behind."

And so they traveled on, until they came across another fork somewhat like the last one, except here the gates were simple oak, hung on plain brick columns, although the land beyond seemed identical to what he’d seen before.

In the gateway was a somewhat scruffy-looking older fellow, rocking in a chair and whittling on a stick of wood- so they approached him.

"Howdy, Son."

"Umm- hello. I guess you don’t let dogs in here, either, do you?"

The old gent waved the stick in front of the dog, yelled "Fetch!” and flicked it through the gates, which the dog then bounded through...

"Why sure we do, Son- all God’s children are welcome here- that first gate was just a test."

"You don’t think we’d want anybody in here who’d abandon his best friend, do you?"


20 posted on 02/01/2007 3:06:13 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: Calpernia; backhoe

Absolutely--Backhoe, so very sorry for your loss of Taffy! Prayers on the way.


21 posted on 02/01/2007 3:08:52 PM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: backhoe

Been there, done that. It sucks. It's the price you pay, and it's always worth it, even if it seems like too much right now.


22 posted on 02/01/2007 3:09:59 PM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tacticalogic; MizSterious

Thank you, friends- I swore I'd never have another dog- but already, I am missing the friendly furry face greeting me when I step in the door. They give so much, and ask so little.


23 posted on 02/01/2007 3:12:50 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: backhoe; Calpernia

"Why sure we do, Son- all God’s children are welcome here- that first gate was just a test." <<<

You have passed the test of love, and caring.

God has you trained now to love a dog, so hurry and go to the pound, walk quietly thru it, a dog will choose you.

It hurts to love and loose a dog, but think how much you have to offer the next one.

Sending extra hugs to you and your wife.


24 posted on 02/01/2007 3:24:22 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (Pray for peace, but prepare for the worst disaster. Protect your loved ones.)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Standard Poodle, click on my homepage to see what he'll look like when he grows up.


25 posted on 02/01/2007 3:35:00 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: nw_arizona_granny
Sending extra hugs to you and your wife.

Thank you.

She's doing about as well as anyone does, but those little things- like setting aside little bites of tonight's steak for Taffy, and then...

Lots of good memories, though.

That old dog-girl gave so much to us, for just a kind word and a comfortable place to stay.

26 posted on 02/01/2007 3:40:29 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: backhoe

I'm so sorry, BackHoe. On our acreage, near a natural spring, are the final resting places of Neeka and Toby. I fear it won't be too much longer before Alyeska (Siberian Husky)joins them. She is getting pretty crippled up and it just breaks my heart to see her struggle so. I dread the day we have to send her on.

God's blessings to you and yours.


27 posted on 02/01/2007 3:51:56 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: backhoe
As best we could determine, she was Spitz and Chow, with some German Shepard tossed in to the mix. We still see her siblings in the neighborhood.

She was part Backhoe and part Emily, that's what breed she was. Hugs to you both at this time.

Time for me to take Strider for a walk and then a couple of cookies. Normally it's one cookie after the walk but today it will be two, in honor of Taffy. Hang in there backhoe.

28 posted on 02/01/2007 4:00:00 PM PST by Oorang (Tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people - Alex Kozinski)
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To: word_warrior_bob; backhoe

Good advice. There is nothing like a new puppy to heal your broken heart. Even if your heart is broken because you dear friend died.

There is a poem by Rudyard Kipling, The Power of the Dog. I won't post it because it is too sad, I get teary just thinking about posting it.

God Bless you Backhoe.


29 posted on 02/01/2007 4:02:15 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Rushmore Rocks
I'm so sorry, BackHoe. On our acreage, near a natural spring, are the final resting places of Neeka and Toby. I fear it won't be too much longer before Alyeska (Siberian Husky)joins them. She is getting pretty crippled up and it just breaks my heart to see her struggle so. I dread the day we have to send her on. God's blessings to you and yours.

Thank you.

There's just me, Miss Emily, and the surviving female of a pair of cockateils around here, now.

The only redeeming thing about this was seeing how Taffy was suffering- it made the decision to let her go simple ( not easy ) to make.

We gave our friend, and child, release from misery.

Our dogs and cats love us so, that they would crawl through Hell, just to spend one more day in our presence. We have to be merciful, and wise enough, to know when to send them on to whatever is on the other side of life.

But it's one of the hardest and most hurtful things to have to do.

My kind thoughts, and prayers, go out to you and your Alyeska.

30 posted on 02/01/2007 4:06:00 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: Ditter
Good advice. There is nothing like a new puppy to heal your broken heart. Even if your heart is broken because you dear friend died. There is a poem by Rudyard Kipling, The Power of the Dog. I won't post it because it is too sad, I get teary just thinking about posting it. God Bless you Backhoe.

Thank you Ditter.

I swore my next pet would be a parrot ( so it would outlive us ) that I taught to swear like a sailor... and I was going to will it to my nieces, so they'd have to worry about the bird dying.

But we are already thinking about another dog.

Our shelters are overflowing with unwanted animals who just want a kind word and treatment.

I know that poem...

I believe it was Mark Twain who said something along the lines of "The love, and courage and loyalty that go into an exceptional human being are about average, for a dog."

31 posted on 02/01/2007 4:13:27 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: backhoe
Hi Friend,

Out on our ranch there's this one huge oak tree on the edge of the meadow which overlooks one of the creeks. Just a short walk from the house and a quiet, cool place in the summer months.

On the edge of the short bluff are Boomer, Lucky, and Skyler with their two feline friends, Scruffy and Silky who weren't quick enough. We keep the grass down and generally just steer clear of the place because it's theirs now. We'll sometimes visit in the cool of a late afternoon and just remember all the joys our friends gave us...We share this with the new members of our family, Jake and Sadie, foundlings both, purebred mutts, both from a long line of pedigreed mongrels who display all the finer qualities of dogdom...

Take care and go visit the pound, you'd be saving a life, yours and a new fried.

Rancher

32 posted on 02/01/2007 4:37:48 PM PST by OregonRancher
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To: backhoe

I know exactly how your wife feels, about saving a bite for Taffy.

I lived over 20 years with a parrot, LOL, Dink always sat on my shoulder and the first bite went to him, or else he would bite your ear.

He has been gone several years, and I still find my right hand
headed to the left shoulder, if I am not paying attention.

He lived on my shoulder, so after a time, you don't think of him being there.


33 posted on 02/01/2007 6:06:45 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (Pray for peace, but prepare for the worst disaster. Protect your loved ones.)
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To: backhoe

Your posts are bringing tears to my eyes. As a "mom" of 5 dogs, I know the pain you are feeling. As others have said, when the time is right, a new puppy will bring you joy.


34 posted on 02/01/2007 6:38:21 PM PST by RightWingMama
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To: backhoe

love


35 posted on 02/01/2007 6:56:27 PM PST by PGalt (non contradictory joy)
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To: OregonRancher; backhoe

Rancher,

You wrote just a few paragraphs but they painted a wonderful picture. Nicely done.

My son and I had to take our dog to the Vet one last time just a few months ago. As the three of us stood with Brook during her final moments I told the Vet that this must be the hardest part of all the work he does. He looked at me as he said this was so much easier than seeing an animal suffer. It only took a few seconds for me to realize how right he was.


36 posted on 02/01/2007 7:54:37 PM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey

"My son and I had to take our dog to the Vet one last time just a few months ago. As the three of us stood with Brook during her final moments I told the Vet that this must be the hardest part of all the work he does. He looked at me as he said this was so much easier than seeing an animal suffer. It only took a few seconds for me to realize how right he was."




Hard as it was to do, deciding to send Taffy off, to wherever good beings go was easy- she just couldn't enjoy even the simplest parts of life anymore.

Wherever she is, she's free of hurt, and fear, and that crippled old body.

And yes, it's still so hard. I wrote a little about it here:

http://tehsqueakywheel.com/?p=300#comment-25966

"Last night, I was up half the night with a dying, old baby of a dog- even though we mercifully did not really realize that at the time.

This night, I am up half the night with a restless, angry wife. And I do not blame her, and understand as well as one human being can understand another. We are all prisoners, inside our own skulls.

She wants to touch Taffy one last time.
( So do I, so do I, to touch and hold and smell my baby, one more, one last, time… )

But Taffygee, also known here as Lecha ( Hebrew for beloved ) has gone beyond that.

We can only hold and carry her in our hearts now; she has passed into a place where there is no pain, or age, or weakness. I hope."


37 posted on 02/01/2007 11:47:01 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: Calpernia
I know how you feel seems like the joy has been taken out of you.Animals gives us unconditional love no matter what we say to them they always love us,No matter what people say I believe that the lord has a place he keeps are love ones and one day we will see them again van impe wrote a book about animals and he said animals do have a spirit I cried less when my mother past away. then when my dogs past away I loved my mother but those dogs was my best friends. they will never be replaced. You will never fill the void I still miss my two dogs and my parrot today but the lord has a place for them.
38 posted on 02/02/2007 1:17:23 AM PST by MATSEVAH
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To: backhoe; MATSEVAH

ping to post 38.


39 posted on 02/02/2007 4:42:37 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia; MATSEVAH

Thank you both- and, Calpernia, thank you for starting this post. I just wrote this over at FD:

"Thank you all, friends.

I'm sitting here, thinking that 24 hours ago, Taffy was an hour away from traveling ( not walking, the poor old girl had lost all that the day before ) that last mile.

And it was a mercy. We set our old pal free from that failing body.

Wherever she is, there's no pain and fear.

Mayhap, one day, we'll all meet again."

http://www.freedominion.ca/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=905421&highlight=#905421


40 posted on 02/02/2007 4:56:01 AM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: Calpernia
We had to put our black Lab Sam down about 7 years ago because of cancer. She was suffering. My special needs daughter asked me what was wrong with Sam. I told her "Sam is very sick and hurts a lot. We are sending her to heaven to be with Bootsie." (My mother-in-law's recently departed dog.) My daughter scribbled a note "Dear Sam, I will miss you. I hope you feel better in Heaven. Love Dana." We still have this note and we talk about Sam's antics with a smile now.

Loosing a friend like yours is something you have to get right in your heart and your head. Time will help.
41 posted on 02/02/2007 5:11:53 AM PST by 4yearlurker ("Nothing is true,and everything is permitted"--7 th Satanic vow. Sounds like Liberalism!)
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To: backhoe

I like to think that when I go to my reward,my Sam will be waiting along the road,sitting under a shady tree ears up and wagging.


42 posted on 02/02/2007 5:25:23 AM PST by 4yearlurker ("Nothing is true,and everything is permitted"--7 th Satanic vow. Sounds like Liberalism!)
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To: 4yearlurker
I like to think that when I go to my reward,my Sam will be waiting along the road,sitting under a shady tree ears up and wagging.

I've always said that if Heaven has no room for my animals ( and the good Jewish friends I made over years of association with the Temple here ) I want no part of it.

I'll go where they are.

Personally, I think God has a place for all His creatures, and that they wait, ever-patient, for us.

43 posted on 02/02/2007 5:42:53 AM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: All
Here she is in the cab of my wrecker at age four:


44 posted on 02/03/2007 9:45:11 AM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: backhoe

Losing a beloved pet is losing a friend and a member of the family. I know exactly how you must feel about your loss, for I still feel sad about the death of my favorite dog, Chauncey, a golden retriever....the best dog I ever had (even though I now have 2 Yorkies, who are like my little children.)


45 posted on 02/03/2007 9:53:38 AM PST by Carolinamom (Whatever you voted for, you did not vote for failure -- President Bush SOTU)
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To: Carolinamom
Losing a beloved pet is losing a friend and a member of the family. I know exactly how you must feel about your loss, for I still feel sad about the death of my favorite dog, Chauncey, a golden retriever....the best dog I ever had (even though I now have 2 Yorkies, who are like my little children.)

Nobody else gives you the deep, unjudging love like your dogs do... you are the light of their world.

46 posted on 02/03/2007 9:59:25 AM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: Calpernia; backhoe; kanawa; GMMAC

Oh Backhoe, I'm so sorry!

We had to let our 11 year old dog go last October, and it's so hard.

This poem helped me, I hope it helps you.

IF IT SHOULD BE

If it should be that I grow weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.

You will be sad, I understand.
Don't let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.

We've had so many happy years.
What is to come can hold no fears.
You'd not want me to suffer so;
The time has come -- please let me go.

Take me where my need they'll tend,
And please stay with me till the end.
Hold me firm and speak to me,
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time that you will see
The kindness that you did for me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I've been saved.

Please do not grieve -- it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years;
Don't let your heart hold back its tears.

--- Anonymous ---


(((Backhoe)))


47 posted on 02/03/2007 12:57:18 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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I just want to tell everybody how much their kind wishes mean to me and Miss Emily.

Mayhap we are fools, but we adopted a shelter puppy today:

Cole, the canine Circular Saw:

As Miss Emily noted:

Backhoe and I are the proud parents of a baby boy named Cole. He is a part collie puppy and so far has:

rearranged most of our throw rugs
stolen a pair of Backho’e shoes
discovered that heaters are hot
had diarrhea twice
thrown up once
scared the daylights out of our cockatiel
tried to eat my heating pad
stolen my foot massager

and he’s only been here an hour and a half.

The house is no longer too quiet.
Puppies do sleep, don’t they?????

And he steals shoes, and the mechanic's rag I habitually keep in my hip pocket...

48 posted on 02/03/2007 4:04:58 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: backhoe

Good for you my FRiend.


49 posted on 02/03/2007 4:09:29 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: backhoe; kanawa
LOL! I have 3 words for you my good FRiend.....

The Dog Whisperer

50 posted on 02/03/2007 4:20:44 PM PST by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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