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Self ^ | 7/12/07 | Self

Posted on 07/12/2007 9:59:24 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack

This morning, for the first time in almost nine years, I was not awakened by my canine alarm clock. I rolled out of bed to see my best friend Timber, stretched out at the foot of my bed where he laid down last night for what would be his final sleep.

Last night when I came home from work, all seemed fine, and even though he's been showing signs of age, there was nothing unusual about his demeanor or behavior. After my shower last night, I played with my dogs for a little while before bed, and will be forever grateful that I spent some time scratching his head and belly, tossing his ball and enjoying his company on his final day. Loyal and selfless to the end, he spared me the pain of deciding where and when he should be put to sleep, and he died silently in his sleep.

Timber came from excellent blood lines, and his noble and dignified appearance was only a pale shadow of his exceptional character. He stood by me through some of the worst times of my life, literally saving me twice that I know of. He was exceptionally gentle with children, and possessed of the kind of quiet self-confidence that we admire in the strongest, bravest humans. While I resist every effort to anthropomorphize my dogs and read human thoughts and emotions onto them, I can't help but liken Timber to the old knight in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: dignified, tired, but standing his post, loyal to the very end. I can honestly say that when I picked him from the litter in the autumn of 1998, I chose wisely.

It is said that a dog assumes the personality of his master. I should be honored if the reverse was true.

RIP buddy.


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Timber 6-Pack
9/17/98 - 7/12/07

1 posted on 07/12/2007 9:59:25 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: HairOfTheDog

HOTD...If you’d let the group know, I’d appreciate it. Thanks.


2 posted on 07/12/2007 10:01:00 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack
I know its tough now but the memories will last you a lifetime. This is a Rainbow Bridge moment.


3 posted on 07/12/2007 10:05:55 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Joe 6-pack

damn...

RIP. Looks like a good ole boy....


4 posted on 07/12/2007 10:08:09 AM PDT by HOTTIEBOY (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Excellent vanity.

I took the opportunity to send it to my brother and his wife.

Their dog is near 13 years and they will soon face what your going through.

5 posted on 07/12/2007 10:09:51 AM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Doggie Prayers...

Great looking guy.

6 posted on 07/12/2007 10:11:40 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun; OKIEDOC; HOTTIEBOY; darkwing104

Thanks...


7 posted on 07/12/2007 10:22:30 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack
I recently lost one of my pack. She was 18 years old.

It does get better.

L

8 posted on 07/12/2007 10:24:43 AM PDT by Lurker (Comparing moderate islam to extremist islam is like comparing small pox to ebola.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; sinkspur; 88keys; DugwayDuke; Severa; the OlLine Rebel; naturalman1975; Abathar; ...
Oh Joe... I'm so sorry. But be proud he lived and died so loved. It's all we can do.

Ping!


Other articles with keyword "DOGGIEPING" since 12/29/04

When the body that lived at your single will,
When its whimper is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone—wherever it goes—for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

(From Rudyard Kipling's "Power of the Dog")

9 posted on 07/12/2007 10:29:51 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Joe 6-pack

Very beautiful dog, I am very sorry for you loss....~Pandora~


10 posted on 07/12/2007 10:30:24 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: Joe 6-pack

No truer love then the love of a pet. Sorry for your loss.


11 posted on 07/12/2007 10:32:24 AM PDT by Millee (Tagline free since 10/20/06)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Beautiful! Sorry for your loss.


12 posted on 07/12/2007 10:34:08 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I’ve done here today doesn’t force you to have a negative opinion of me….)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Very well written tribute, Joe.


13 posted on 07/12/2007 10:37:44 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Condolences on your loss.


14 posted on 07/12/2007 10:37:51 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Joe 6-pack; devolve; HairOfTheDog
I'm so sorry Joe. I know the pain of losing a much loved dog - named 'potlatch'!


15 posted on 07/12/2007 10:49:11 AM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_‹(•Ώ•)›_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_‹(•Ώ•)›_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_‹(•Ώ•)›_ooo_))
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To: Joe 6-pack
He was a good dog. May he rest in peace.

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,
who was born in Newfoundland May 1803,
and died at Newstead Nov.r 18th, 1808

- George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron

16 posted on 07/12/2007 10:52:54 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: HairOfTheDog; All
Timber taught me a lot about my relationship with my Master with regards to obediance, loyalty, and rendering unconditional love toward Him. Even in passing he taught me how important it is to embrace our loved ones as though it is the last time we might see them...it very well could be.

His presence was a blessing in my life and in the lives of many others, and I will be forever grateful that he spent his last night in a household that was free of anger, animosity, or ill will.

17 posted on 07/12/2007 10:54:58 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack

Oh no. Joe, I’m so terribly sorry to hear about Timber.
My heart is breaking for you.


18 posted on 07/12/2007 10:57:31 AM PDT by iceskater
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To: Joe 6-pack

God bless you and keep you in your time of loss.


19 posted on 07/12/2007 10:58:42 AM PDT by PeterFinn (Build the border fence and build it NOW!!!!!!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

I’m so sorry, Joe.

Your tribute to your faithful Timber was so obviously from the heart that my screen is all blurry.


20 posted on 07/12/2007 10:59:54 AM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Joe 6-pack
WOW, what a GORGEOUS dog!!!

Joe, I'm so unbelievably sorry to hear about Timber's passing. Having lost 2 of my own in this past year, I can completely understand how you're feeling. I KNOW it doesn't seem like it right now, but the pain WILL ease!

When you feel up to it, PLEASE visit this website: The Rainbow Bridge

R.I.P. Timber ~

Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 ~ I also thought, "As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Man's fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?"

Until we meet again ~ this is not goodbye, this is just "see you later"......

21 posted on 07/12/2007 11:01:07 AM PDT by Peace4EarthNow (Come to know Jesus as your Savior, so YOU TOO can be saved!!)
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To: iceskater

Thanks C. As you know, he and I had a storied past, and I’m glad you got to hear about some of it while he was still around.


22 posted on 07/12/2007 11:01:18 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack

Sorry for your loss.


23 posted on 07/12/2007 11:02:16 AM PDT by Clam Digger
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To: Joe 6-pack
Oh man— I’m sorry for your great loss. I’ve been there before and it’s damn tough, but some dogs just never really leave you. Sounds like Timber may be one of those for you.
24 posted on 07/12/2007 11:06:10 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: MPJackal

FYI....our buddy passed away last night. He always enjoyed those days at the range and the office.


25 posted on 07/12/2007 11:09:22 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack

I’ve admired your Timber since I first saw his picture on your home page. He reminded me of my first dog; my parents got her when I was two and she was our protector and friend for many years. My condolences on your loss, it’s hard to lose your best 4-legged friend.

LSAggie (posting on hubby’s account)


26 posted on 07/12/2007 11:17:21 AM PDT by osagebowman
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To: Joe 6-pack
So sorry, I’ve always had great dogs over the years and the pain takes time to pass when they leave us.

Lost our Beagle and Dachshund over the past years, waited six months before getting a Lab and then a Golden a few months latter. I had no problem with the breed but didn't want to compare, you can't expect the new one to be a replacement.

Again, sorry for your loss.

27 posted on 07/12/2007 11:22:09 AM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: #1CTYankee

Fortunately, I still have my “little” one, Ranger, a Hurricane Katrina rescue dog. I’m not sure which one of us is more beside ourself today, but we still have each other. Our “Werewolves of London” rendition is going to be a little flat this Halloween. Timber carried the performance.


28 posted on 07/12/2007 11:26:25 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack

I’m very sorry for your loss, but I am very happy that you and Timber became buddies. You will be reunited some day at the “Rainbow Bridge!”

The Rainbow Bridge Poem

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...


29 posted on 07/12/2007 11:32:24 AM PDT by CSM ("The rioting arsonists are the same folks who scream about global warming." LibFreeOrDie 5/7/07)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Bless Your Beautiful Boy; certainly you blessed him with your love. God is good to let us share our lives His marvelous creatures on this earth; it is my humble prayer that He will allow us to share our lives with them in the hereafter.

I have no doubt that they are there, waiting for us. I can only hope I can be as good a soul as my Dog is...

Good Dog, Timber - go Home!


30 posted on 07/12/2007 11:38:08 AM PDT by dandelion
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To: CSM
Thanks CSM. He's a dog that lived a lifetime in every second. Whether he was eating, running, watching over kids, playing, or performing his repertoir of tricks, he did nothing halfway. He was a regular at PetSmart and other dog friendly locations and won over the hearts of many children and adults that had apprehensions about "big dogs."
31 posted on 07/12/2007 11:39:09 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack; Indy Pendance; Still German Shepherd; dervish; Dick Vomer; Kozak; joesnuffy; Kimmers; ..
Joe, I'm so sorry! Someday you will see him again.

GERMAN SHEPHERD PING LIST

(Please Freep-mail me if you’d like to be on or off the list.)

32 posted on 07/12/2007 11:39:17 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

What a beautiful guy; so sorry for your loss!


33 posted on 07/12/2007 11:40:21 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (Algore wants us to reduce our carbon footprint: he wants all Republicans to stop breathing.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

My sympathies to you Joe —it is never easy to loose a beloved pet.


34 posted on 07/12/2007 11:47:29 AM PDT by arbee4bush (Our Airman Daughter KB4W--Hero, Patriot and the Love of her mom & dads life!)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Beautiful picture and tribute to Timber, Joe.

So very sad to have to lose our beloved pets, but the circumstances of Timber’s departure are as close to ideal as one could hope, I guess, and that must bring some degree of comfort. God bless.


35 posted on 07/12/2007 11:50:59 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: Joe 6-pack
Joe, I’m so sorry about the loss of your beloved Timber 6-Pack, but to be honest, the way he went is the way I wish all of ours would go to the Rainbow Bridge. He was happy, active, and loved right up to the last minute. Then, he went peacefully in his sleep. Such a nice, gentle crossing is something I wish for even for myself.
36 posted on 07/12/2007 11:54:43 AM PDT by Humal
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To: Joe 6-pack

I understand completely about that type of dog and will be giving Mocha Girl Dog (MGD) a couple of extra treats tonight to celebrate Timber’s great life. You did a great job providing a happy home for a well deserving pal.


37 posted on 07/12/2007 11:59:21 AM PDT by CSM ("The rioting arsonists are the same folks who scream about global warming." LibFreeOrDie 5/7/07)
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To: Joe 6-pack

My condolences. What a beautiful animal.


38 posted on 07/12/2007 12:20:24 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: Joe 6-pack

I am so sorry. Timber was a beautiful dog, and was a blessing to you. It just isn’t fair that dogs don’t live as long as we do.


39 posted on 07/12/2007 12:51:52 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Homeschool like your kids' lives depend on it.)
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To: ChocChipCookie
"It just isn’t fair that dogs don’t live as long as we do."

To the contrary, I think they earn their place in Paradise much more rapidly than any of us can hope to.

40 posted on 07/12/2007 12:53:34 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack

The presence of dogs makes us human..RIP Timber


41 posted on 07/12/2007 1:05:54 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Joe 6-pack

Oh hun! I am so sorry.

I know how much you loved that fella.

Hugs darlin’.


42 posted on 07/12/2007 1:14:07 PM PDT by najida (Just call me a chicken rancher :))
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To: Joe 6-pack
What a beautiful dog.

I'm sorry for your loss.

43 posted on 07/12/2007 1:15:49 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: woofie
"The presence of dogs makes us human..."

Just last week, on the 4th of July, he was ready to do battle with the sky...He always helped me *celebrate* Independence Day every year, and even when I didn't feel like going to watch fireworks, he'd always coax me outside so I could watch him thunder right back at them.

He was born the very day I flew back from a three year tour of Korea, and I picked him up at 7 weeks. It was the autumn that McGwire broke Ruth's season HR record, and tonight will be the first night since then without him.

In 9 years, he gave me a lifetime of memories I would not trade for the world.

44 posted on 07/12/2007 1:29:07 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack

Sincere condolences for your loss ... “man’s best friend” are not mere words ... beautiful memories will soften the sadness in your heart.


45 posted on 07/12/2007 1:34:44 PM PDT by Daffynition (Label Warning: Formerly known as "rainbow sprinkles")
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To: Daffynition

Thank you, and you’re right about the memories.


46 posted on 07/12/2007 1:40:14 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack

I’m sorry to hear about your loss.


47 posted on 07/12/2007 2:01:53 PM PDT by JJR RNCH (Your mother doesn't work here!! Clean up after YOURSELF.)
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To: JJR RNCH

Thank you.


48 posted on 07/12/2007 2:06:35 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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To: Joe 6-pack

I am so very sorry to read of Timber’s passing.


49 posted on 07/12/2007 2:07:11 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: Biggirl

Thank you.


50 posted on 07/12/2007 2:17:41 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack
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