Skip to comments.Losing Cleo
Posted on 06/21/2012 2:09:38 PM PDT by libstripper
Sad, sad day. Cleo, our ancient German short-haired pointer, is barely able to walk. When she does walk, she tends to fall down in her own mess. For this majestically beautiful girl, it must be deeply upsetting. She cannot go up or down the steps in Beverly Hills, and she is extremely hard to carry.
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
funny how dogs can fill an empty space in our lives...
Waiting for you just across the Rainbow Bridge.
I think we all have similar stories of having to say goodbye to our much loved pets.....I have had to say goodbye to 2 dogs within 18 months this past year.....we hold their memories in our hearts......
I’ve got three doggie funerals expected in the next 2 years, and the pain is already being felt.
My sympathies to Ben and to all dog lovers. They are ephemeral and we must seem like immortals to them. Their loss comes too soon and too often.
Losing a pet is never easy. At least Cleo knew the love and support she had receved.
Please ping this one over to Joe-6Pack.
As a dog lover, I know the pain well. Best wishes to Ben as Cleo journeys across the bridge.
My heart goes out to him, and to you as well libstripper. Our little pembroke welsh corgi is only 20 months old, but I know that one day my heart will be broken when we say goodbye. Still, the love and joy that they bring into our lives makes it all worth it.
Lost my beloved Sheltie 2 years ago and thoughts of her still bring tears.
So you lost someone who loves dogs? is that what I read when you said you lost a dog person? I like dogs as much as the next guy, but assigning personhood to dogs and other animals helps in the devaluation of human life, IMHO. Sorry for your loss though.
I too know the pain now. I am loosing my sweet Keeley to bone cancer. She is only 6 and 1/2 years old. I am doing every thing I can to keep her longer and without pain.
For some of us, especially those of us unable to have children, pets become very important.
Our pomeranian isn’t just a pet. He’s a member of the family.
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.
Dont let your grief then stay your hand.
For this day, more than all the rest,
Your love for me must stand the test.
Weve had so many happy years.
What is to come can hold no fears.
Youd not want me to suffer so;
The time has come -- please let me go.
Take me where my need theyll tend,
And please stay with me til 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 Ive been saved.
Please do not grieve--it must be you
Who had this painful thing to do.
Weve been so close, we two, these years;
Dont let your heart hold back its tears.
We are so sorry. Cancer is such a scourge; we lost our Golden/Brittany to lymphoma and she was such a happy, loving dog. Every pet we have had, or now own, have such unique personalities, each loss hurts.
LSAggie (posting on hubby’s account)
“...but assigning personhood to dogs and other animals helps in the devaluation of human life,”
I’d take my dog over obama or holder any day of the week. I’m not quite sure about calling them human OR valuing them in any way.
I feel sorry for you. It seems you have never known the love, compassion, and true nobility of a wonderful dog. After all, “dog” is God spelled backwards.
God Bless him. There is no “less painful” way to lose one of our fuzzy babies & no such thing as “prepared”.
And God Bless you, libstripper. It takes a few years, but even then, it’s still sometimes pain management.
Both Y’All are in my prayers.
The only way to partially fill the vacuum of a departed dog is to get another, but even that is only a inexact substitute and not a true replacement due to their unique personalities. Enjoy each day fully with your friend while you can.
By your choice of the word "like" we know of the depth of your feelings toward dogs.
I think of the dogs I have known and compare them to the overwhelming majority of the human beings I have known and the dogs win, hands down.
We likewise lost our Louie (a Yorkie) to lymphoma. He got sick in November and we got him well. He had a strong five months, seemed he was not ever sick at all, and then the cancer came back attacking his colon. We had to put him down in April. But, I swear, he has not left. He lives on in our hearts and there are numerous signs of him around our house yet. He was five years old. Losing him has broken our collective hearts. I just know we’ll see him again.
My dog Wink died in September. I still grieve. Dogs matter, they really do.
I like dogs as much as the next guy
Some “next guys” don’t like dogs. My dog is part of my family, person or not.
It’s so hard to lose them.
Pam's little dog has been living at the home of her birth brother,
Little Bit, where she has been adored and loved since she was born.
She would have been 16 years old in October.
Today, Pam's little yorkie, d'Ogee
Made her trip to Rainbow Bridge.
Your Mommy is waiting for you,
sweet darling d'Ogee....
Her ashes will be scattered with Pam's on July 21st.
Cleo and Brother and d'Ogee are playing together
This evening, at Rainbow Bridge
I understand how Ben must feel, but I can't read the article.
I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Brother.
((((HUGS)))), Trisham - my heart feels your loss!
The Divinity Of Dogs - Ben Stein
We tried chemotheraphy on the Golden/Brittany but the vet was never able to get her into remission, the disease was just too aggressive, and she was not a fighter, she just wasn’t.
Our next rescue came with a maligant mast cell tumor, and I just sighed and told the vet that I could really pick ‘em. He was able to remove enough margins that she remained cancer-free for seven years until her death at age 11 from liver disease (which she fought for 22 months). I’ve only seen her once, in a dream, and she was healthy, happy and racing through beautiful fields,
This time we adopted a 10 yo Aussie Shepherd mix and a 3 yo pointer-setter mix. They get along beautifully; we’ve never had two dogs at the same time, and they make us laugh with their antics.
LSAggie (posting on hubby’s account)
Have tried replying . . . may email you.
Very grieved to hear of your furry friend’s graduation.
Prayers for your recovery process in every respect.
Thanks, yorkie. You’re very kind.
Dunno what to say.
How are you holding up?
Listen I’m not trying to put anyone down for loving dogs, I have enjoyed many dogs as well, especially my Shep-mix, Flash. And of course it’s easier to like a dog more than people, they display unfettered affection and all you have to do is feed them and play with them and give them a place to sleep. But it’s still a dog in the end. My “depth of feeling” or implied lack thereof is based on a value system that holds human life above animal, no more, no less. After all, Hitler doted on his dogs, so I can assume his depth of feeling towards dogs was higher than mine.
I see, bringing Hitler into this...
Old Possum, I’m not trying to imply that anyone on this board is the equivalent of Hitler because they love dogs, just using an extreme example to make the point that just because someone loves dogs doesn’t necassarily make them a good person and conversely, because someone doesn’t assign personhood to dogs or other animals does it make them a bad person. If dogs (and other animals) are made into equal status as humans with rights, it becomes easier to devalue human life and subjugate them to the same status as other beasts of burden, in other words, property.
Here’s where we fundamentally disagree: “a value system that holds human life above animal, no more, no less.”
I don’t necessarily hold human life above animal in all instances. Of the dogs that I have cared for, I cannot think of a single one whose life and value I would place beneath that of all criminals in the world and, and I would add, beneath that of a helluva lot of non-criminals I have come across in my life. I have had the displeasure of dealing with total jerks and I would not give a damn if all of them were to disappear from this earth right now. But the dogs I have had to pleasure of knowing and have lost, those are the creatures whose return would be precious to me.
You can hold such concepts of human life as always being worth more than animal life but we cannot agree on that fundamental belief and probably never will.
P.S. In evaluating a person, if I know that that person has a lot of bad characteristics but still loves dogs, to me that alleviates some of their “badness.” In other words, a person who loves dogs cannot be totally bad in my view.
If you, on the other hand, don’t like dogs, that means nothing to me. Different strokes, you know.
I do hold people that are needlessly cruel to animals in contempt, but hold abortionists and despots in even higher contempt, and these issues are where the root of my point was when speaking of human life and the devaluation of it. Maybe my trigger was quick to trip when I saw the "person" comment, and was generalizing for the masses when referring to the slippery slope between animal rights, personhood, and devaluation.
That being said, I would never place an animals life above yours, even though I don’t know you. I would rescue you and yours from a fire before a dog.
We had to put down Old Lady (white shepherd) VERY recently.
She’d almost made it to her 16th birthday, but was in so much pain and suffering...lost her hearing, her bearings and needed so many pills just to settle down every night...
We’ll never have another like her...Our Dear Girl, hard to remember a time without her. The younger kids, at ages 12 & 13, have never known life without her, and so they are mourning too.....