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I Just Lost My Beloved Wolfhound (Vanity)
December 4, 2004 | McGavin999

Posted on 12/04/2004 7:42:52 AM PST by McGavin999

I just lost my beloved Wolfhound this morning. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma in October and was doing really well. He died of complications as a result of the chemo.

Jamie was the best dog in the world. I never even had to train him, he just always did what I asked him to do. He was one of those good natured protectors. You know the type, they didn't bark, they just got between you and whoever. Since he weighed 192 lbs nobody ever bothered to test him, they just kept their distance. You could take him anywhere, he had perfect manners. And he was so funny, he'd make you laugh until the tears streamed down your face.

He was my best friend, and my heart is broken.


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Please forgive the vanity
1 posted on 12/04/2004 7:42:53 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: Howlin; Miss Marple

FYI


2 posted on 12/04/2004 7:43:30 AM PST by McGavin999 (George Soros just learned a very expensive lesson-America can't be bought.)
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To: McGavin999

Sorry to hear that. Irish Wolfhounds are terrific dogs. .....gentle giants.


3 posted on 12/04/2004 7:44:27 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: McGavin999

I am so very sorry. My Tippy died on April 26, 2003. I am still in mourning. It hurts to lose a best buddy.


4 posted on 12/04/2004 7:46:28 AM PST by Jemian
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To: McGavin999
My condolences. I can understand after losing my pet a little less then a year ago.


5 posted on 12/04/2004 7:46:29 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: McGavin999

Nothing to forgive. Losing a beloved pet is very sad. I had to put my shepherd down in 2002 and still miss her giggle.

Just have a good cry. We understand.


6 posted on 12/04/2004 7:46:46 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: McGavin999

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...


7 posted on 12/04/2004 7:46:52 AM PST by RtWngr (Being tolerant of the intolerant is pretty stupid actually.)
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To: McGavin999
Oh, McG....I'm so sorry. They just don't live long enough, these BIG dogs. I know, I've one that is now 10 - about average lifespan for his breed. I worry everyday about losing him....and he shows so many signs of decline.

I wish I could give you a hug. It's terrible to lose a constant and faithful companion.

8 posted on 12/04/2004 7:47:18 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: McGavin999

You are certainly forgiven for the vanity. I am so sorry you have lost a dear and trusted friend. I lost 3 dear friends last year but the good news is I have gained 2 more. May there be a sweet puppy in your future.


9 posted on 12/04/2004 7:47:25 AM PST by Ditter
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To: McGavin999
I was talking with Pastor Jim Marstaller, in Naples, Maine the other day, we were talking about dogs, cats, kids and heaven.

You know, you have every reason to believe that your pet will be in heaven, or at the very least that there will be dogs, cat and very other animal ever created in heaven.

It is only man that must comply with John 3:3 to get into heaven, animals seem to have a free ride.

Hope this helps.

10 posted on 12/04/2004 7:47:37 AM PST by newsgatherer
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To: McGavin999

I'm sorry for your loss. My uncle has two of them. Never once heard them bark or saw them make a sudden move towards anyone.


11 posted on 12/04/2004 7:47:50 AM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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To: McGavin999

So sorry to hear. I had to have my dog put to sleep some years back, and it still hurts. I was almost 40 at the time, but I cried like a baby.


12 posted on 12/04/2004 7:48:32 AM PST by weezel
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To: McGavin999
I'm so sorry for your loss. We lost our beloved dachshund four years ago, and we still miss him. They are our children who never grow up. I have to believe that your dog is in Heaven, waiting for you to join him some day. In the meantime, I'm glad you were blessed with such an amazing friend.
13 posted on 12/04/2004 7:48:35 AM PST by Uncle Vlad
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To: McGavin999

No problem with the vanity. I lost my Woofie (I did not name her) some time ago and I still miss her. You truly have my sympathy.


14 posted on 12/04/2004 7:48:41 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: McGavin999

One of the more worthy vanities. I'm very sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.


15 posted on 12/04/2004 7:48:55 AM PST by rabidralph (George W. Bush, the other Body Hammer)
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To: McGavin999

You have my deepest sympathy ...I have three Boston Terriers that are getting up in age ; one is almost blind now , and naturally my wife and I are dreading the inevitable day when each of them passes on . You might appreciate this . It makes me cry with joy at the possibility ...

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...


16 posted on 12/04/2004 7:49:01 AM PST by sushiman
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To: McGavin999

(((McGavin999)))

When I married my husband, he had two kids from a previous marriage who came to live with us within a few months of our marriage. They were 13 and 14. They had a wonderful Golden Retriever who protected me from the only dog I've ever been afraid of.

The guy across the street was in the Mafia and had a trained German Shepard who patrolled the dead end street where we lived. He was always lose and frequently in our yard.

WHenever I left the house, the Golden would chase the Mafia guy's dog far away from me and he always made sure I was protected. When the Golden died a few years later, I was devastated. Some dogs can become our very best friends and we never forget them.


17 posted on 12/04/2004 7:49:18 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists and international criminals than they ever captured or killed)
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To: McGavin999

Nothing to forgive... condolences on your loss.


18 posted on 12/04/2004 7:49:27 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (I'm here because I'm not all there.)
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To: LakeLady

ping


19 posted on 12/04/2004 7:50:32 AM PST by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: Jemian

Same here, My 15 year old cocker spaniel (Ginger) had to be put down. Best friend even now. I miss her. Gone since 10/15/03.


20 posted on 12/04/2004 7:50:53 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens.)
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To: McGavin999

I am so sorry for your loss. Just be happy for the time you could spend together.

God bless.


21 posted on 12/04/2004 7:51:05 AM PST by Skooz (Kerry Voters = Parasites of Freedom: 56,936,504 Americans obeyed Osama's orders)
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To: McGavin999
Sorry to hear of your loss. My friend just loss there wolfhound and they told me how great a dog he was!
They truley are man's "Best Friend"
22 posted on 12/04/2004 7:51:48 AM PST by Osprey (Osprey)
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To: anniegetyourgun
They just don't live long enough, these BIG dogs.

Ain't that the truth. .....especially English Mastiffs, Great Danes, and Irish Wolfhounds. ....often times only living 6 -8 years. I've been lucky with my (150+ lb) Newfoundlands, both living to 12. .....and I miss both of them.

23 posted on 12/04/2004 7:51:53 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: RtWngr

Thank you, that's exactly what I needed to read. I held him and told him to wait for me, he looked so frail. He was such a beautiful dog, and just last week he was strong and full of energy.


24 posted on 12/04/2004 7:52:04 AM PST by McGavin999 (George Soros just learned a very expensive lesson-America can't be bought.)
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To: McGavin999

I'm so sorry. We also lost our gentle giant awhile back and it just broke our hearts. His name was Jack and he was a huge American Bobtail and never hurt a fly. I know how hard it is when you lose a beloved pet that is so much a part of the family. Please know that you're in my prayers. God Bless.


25 posted on 12/04/2004 7:52:38 AM PST by cowgirlcutie (wor)
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To: McGavin999

If ever a vanity was warranted it's in a case like this. I'm sorry for your loss. I have a nine year old Black Lab named Hobbes that I love like my child and I understand your attachment. Blessings to you in this time.


26 posted on 12/04/2004 7:52:50 AM PST by Syco
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To: McGavin999

I'm sorry for your loss. The large breeds are such special friends and companions. Many years ago, we had to put down our large male Bouvier des Flandres, Mac, after a long illness. It was heartbreaking. We had to wait several years before we were ready to bring another Bouvier home. Now we have Maggie, who is 8 years old.

Keep the good memories close to you.


27 posted on 12/04/2004 7:52:59 AM PST by Spottys Spurs
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To: McGavin999

Sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure he was a "good dog." Bet you made his life wonderful. Think on the good memories and know prayers of comfort are being sent.


28 posted on 12/04/2004 7:53:08 AM PST by KTpig
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To: McGavin999

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss.  The connection between man and dog is a special one.  Deepest condolences, McGavin.

 

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”


29 posted on 12/04/2004 7:53:48 AM PST by South Hawthorne (Zell Miller- No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.)
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To: McGavin999
I'm sorry for your loss. I totally understand...losing a pet is like losing a child, or best friend.

I firmly believe that our pets go to heaven. When our adorable little mutt Cognac got out of the yard many years ago, my mother went looking for him but to no avail. It was late at night and she returned home exhausted and went to sleep, planning on searching again after some rest. As she slept she had a dream. It was her mother, who had died the previous spring telling her to not worry as the "little doggie" (as she had called him) was safe and now with her. Over the night my brother had found our sweet "little doggie" on the side of the nearby parkway. He had been hit by a car. He went and buried him in the nearby wildlife refuge. It was so sad, but my mom was convinced that he was in Heaven with her mom, and I believe that too.

: )

30 posted on 12/04/2004 7:53:50 AM PST by blinachka
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To: Mr. Mojo

It's so unusual for my breed to live that long, we have a "lucky 13" club for those that make it that many years.


31 posted on 12/04/2004 7:53:50 AM PST by anniegetyourgun (Tag - you're it!)
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To: McGavin999
I'm sorry to hear it.
32 posted on 12/04/2004 7:54:24 AM PST by humblegunner (And who knows what else?)
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To: McGavin999
I'm so sorry. I still mourn pets I lost years ago. They are part of the family, after all.
33 posted on 12/04/2004 7:55:19 AM PST by SwatTeam
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To: McGavin999
I am so sorry, like others I know what you're going through, and the loss is terrrible.

One day in the future, though, perhaps you can see that there's another Wolfhound out there, it's lonely, and you wouldn't want it to go to an owner that doesn't appreciate and love Wolfhounds as you so obviously do.

God bless you...

34 posted on 12/04/2004 7:55:39 AM PST by xJones
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To: anniegetyourgun

Annie, do you have a Woofie?


35 posted on 12/04/2004 7:57:44 AM PST by McGavin999 (George Soros just learned a very expensive lesson-America can't be bought.)
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To: McGavin999

My deepest condolences. Vanities like this are good therapy. :)

Our Dusty, our mixed breed angel, died in 1996 and yes, I still mourn him, especially when dealing with our four mix-breed angels (we don't have human children around) All 4 would roll up into one Dusty, but I loves them anyway.


36 posted on 12/04/2004 7:57:52 AM PST by madison10
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To: McGavin999

I am so sad to hear that. I had a wonderful Irish wolfhound and a Russian years ago. Please post some pics when you feel like it.


37 posted on 12/04/2004 7:58:15 AM PST by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: McGavin999

Sorry to hear of your loss. It is very difficult. My dog ran away June 10, 2004 and I think of him multiple times throughout the day.


38 posted on 12/04/2004 7:58:17 AM PST by JrAsparagus
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To: McGavin999

sorry for your loss, losing a best friend and part of the family is very hard.


39 posted on 12/04/2004 7:59:12 AM PST by arly
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To: McGavin999

About 7 years ago, I found a book at Books-a-Million called "Dog Heaven" by Cynthia Rylant.

It's a beautiful book. Here is the synopsis at Amazon.com:

Curl up with Rover and take a journey to Dog Heaven, where there are endless fields for running; clear lakes filled with teasing, honking ducks; and loving angel children playing everywhere.

There are tasty biscuits shaped like cats and fluffy cloud beds for sleeping, memory trips back to favorite spots and people, and cozy homes with petting hands. Rylant uses simple, comfortable language and an abundance of careful detail to create a place of warmth and happiness.

Dressed in colorful clothing and sporting an orange scarf, God is friendly and accessible; he looks after "His dogs," making sure the biscuits are appetizing and the dreams are serene. With their simple shapes and bold lines, the bright acrylic paintings have a childlike appeal.

Brush strokes add texture and depth, while unusual color combinations glowing mixes of oranges, purples, and greens contribute to the peaceful mood.

Canines become part of the landscape; tumbling hills and rounded surfaces reflect the rapid motion of exuberant pooches running breathlessly across endless fields, while pawprints shine brightly beside nighttime stars and decorate the sides of mountains.

The reassuring story might comfort a child after the loss of a pet, but this pleasant, imaginary paradise will have a broader appeal to all animal lovers.


40 posted on 12/04/2004 7:59:14 AM PST by Skooz (Kerry Voters = Parasites of Freedom: 56,936,504 Americans obeyed Osama's orders)
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To: McGavin999

So very sorry about your dear friend. He sounded like a wonderful companion/protector!


41 posted on 12/04/2004 7:59:52 AM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: McGavin999

It may sound foolish to say "I understand", but I think I do. I know it really hurts and I'm glad you posted this for all of us to be reminded how special a pet can be.


42 posted on 12/04/2004 8:00:16 AM PST by lindor
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To: McGavin999

I am so sorry to hear about your dog. Losing a pet is truly devastating because for a lot of us they have become part of the family. They take a little piece of our hearts with them when they go.
Again, my condolences to you on your loss.


43 posted on 12/04/2004 8:00:23 AM PST by KJC1
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To: McGavin999

My thought are with you. We have a 6 year old Lab who is our little boy...


A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly
occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that the dog had been dead for years.
He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble.
At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.
When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother of pearl,
and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold. He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

"This is Heaven, sir," the man answered. "Wow! Would you happen to have some water?" the man asked.

"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up." The man gestured,
and the gate began to open. "Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked.

"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets." The man thought a moment and then turned back toward
the road and continued the way he had been going.

After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road which led
through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he approached the gate,
he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.

"Excuse me!" he called to the reader. "Do you have any water?" "Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there"
The man pointed to a place that couldn't be seen from outside the gate. "Come on in."
"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to the dog.

"There should be a bowl by the pump." They went through the gate, and sure enough,
there was an old fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the bowl and took
a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.

When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree waiting for them.

"What do you call this place?" the traveler asked. "This is Heaven," was the answer.

"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was Heaven, too."

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's Hell."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

"No. I can see how you might think so, but we're just happy that they

screen out the folks who'll leave their best friends behind."


44 posted on 12/04/2004 8:01:06 AM PST by Harry Pothead
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To: McGavin999

Do not fret the vanity. Our pups are family members, and it hurts like crazy when we lose them. Took me 3 years to get over my Sammy.

That was a mistake, so we now have Penny and she is my best friend.

I know this doesn't ease the pain, only time can do that.


45 posted on 12/04/2004 8:01:18 AM PST by clyde260 (Public Enemy #1: Network News!)
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To: McGavin999

No apologies needed. We love our dogs like family.


46 posted on 12/04/2004 8:02:16 AM PST by SirLurkedalot (Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah!!!)
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To: McGavin999

I am awfully sorry to hear that, neighbor. Nobody loves you like your dog does.


47 posted on 12/04/2004 8:02:25 AM PST by backhoe (-30-)
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To: McGavin999

So sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Jamie.

I've been through it more than a couple of times and was always surprised by the depth of loss and grief that followed.

It's something that non-dog lovers just can't seem to grasp.

Be comforted in knowing you gave your dog the best and loved him dearly. He knew and appreciated that every day of his life.

My Newfie, Skeezix, passed on almost eight years ago and it still brings tears to my eyes as I write this.

((((hugs))))


48 posted on 12/04/2004 8:03:25 AM PST by mplsconservative (Old media = lies. New media = truth.)
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To: McGavin999

I'm sorry to hear that. I know how you feel, my dogs are like the children I never had.


49 posted on 12/04/2004 8:03:39 AM PST by cripplecreek (I come swinging the olive branch of peace.)
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To: McGavin999

Wolfhounds are wonderful dogs ... truly gentle giants. I've been involved with dogs for the last thirty years, not counting two our family had when I was a youngster. It's always a very sad day when you lose such fine companions, they ask for little and give so much. My advice, based on my experience, wait a period of time, perhaps a year, and when you think you're ready get another dog. You will never replace the one you lost, because they all have different personalities, but your new companion will also win your heart in their own special way.


50 posted on 12/04/2004 8:03:43 AM PST by BluH2o
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