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Losing Cleo
American Spectator ^ | June 21, 2012 | Ben Stein

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.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bereavement; pets
This is Ben's heart rending account of the end of his beloved German short-haired pointer, Cleo. My heart and prayers go out to him because I lost an equally loved dog person, Brother, a little one a year ago and it still hurts when I think of him and his death. I adopted a new dog, a Great Dane named Canute after the only Danish king of England. Canute, a wonderful dog, is now a year and four months old, but even he and my other dog, Ulysses, can't fill the hole in my heart Brother's passing left.
1 posted on 06/21/2012 2:09:44 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

funny how dogs can fill an empty space in our lives...


2 posted on 06/21/2012 2:11:59 PM PDT by brivette
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To: libstripper

Waiting for you just across the Rainbow Bridge.


3 posted on 06/21/2012 2:15:06 PM PDT by Hulka
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To: libstripper

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......


4 posted on 06/21/2012 2:17:00 PM PDT by Kimmers (Fair isn't everybody getting the same thing, fair is getting what you need to be successful)
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To: libstripper

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.


5 posted on 06/21/2012 2:17:11 PM PDT by DNME (A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright. — Robert Heinlein)
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To: libstripper

Losing a pet is never easy. At least Cleo knew the love and support she had receved.


6 posted on 06/21/2012 2:17:37 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: libstripper; Joe 6-pack

Please ping this one over to Joe-6Pack.


7 posted on 06/21/2012 2:19:23 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

8 posted on 06/21/2012 2:27:54 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: libstripper

As a dog lover, I know the pain well. Best wishes to Ben as Cleo journeys across the bridge.


9 posted on 06/21/2012 2:28:17 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: libstripper

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.


10 posted on 06/21/2012 2:32:37 PM PDT by Freestate316
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To: libstripper
I lost an equally loved dog person, Brother, a little one a year ago and it still hurts when I think of him and his death.

Lost my beloved Sheltie 2 years ago and thoughts of her still bring tears.

11 posted on 06/21/2012 2:35:38 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: libstripper

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.


12 posted on 06/21/2012 2:41:29 PM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: libstripper

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.


13 posted on 06/21/2012 2:47:20 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: cport

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.


14 posted on 06/21/2012 2:47:42 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Running in circles and screaming is not a strategy.)
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To: libstripper
Our pit bull Brandy and husky/golden mix Koko both lived to the age of sixteen - having them put down was difficult but necessary. The vet mailed us a card with this poem which I thought was very kind.

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 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 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

15 posted on 06/21/2012 3:04:29 PM PDT by dainbramaged (If you want a friend, get a dog.)
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To: freekitty

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)


16 posted on 06/21/2012 3:05:53 PM PDT by osagebowman
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To: cport

“...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.


17 posted on 06/21/2012 3:13:18 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: cport

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.


18 posted on 06/21/2012 3:37:44 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

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.


19 posted on 06/21/2012 3:53:17 PM PDT by KGeorge
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To: libstripper

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.


20 posted on 06/21/2012 3:55:54 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: cport
I like dogs as much as the next guy, but assigning personhood to dogs and other animals helps in the devaluation of human life,

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.

21 posted on 06/21/2012 4:00:34 PM PDT by OldPossum ( "it's" is the contraction of either "it is" or "it has"; "its" is the possessive pronoun)
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To: osagebowman

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.


22 posted on 06/21/2012 4:04:11 PM PDT by tenthirteen
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To: libstripper

My dog Wink died in September. I still grieve. Dogs matter, they really do.


23 posted on 06/21/2012 4:17:39 PM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: cport

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.


24 posted on 06/21/2012 4:29:36 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: osagebowman

It’s so hard to lose them.


25 posted on 06/21/2012 4:33:07 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: libstripper

26 posted on 06/21/2012 4:36:23 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: libstripper; Quix; Darksheare; null and void; TigersEye
As some of you know, I was in a horrible roll-over in January,
and lost two my dearest friends in the world;
Tiapam and Cardhu (FReeper names).

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

RAINBOW BRIDGE - (click here and turn your speakers on.)


27 posted on 06/21/2012 4:49:21 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: libstripper
We had to have our 12 1/2 year old Ridgeback put to sleep last Saturday. He had three tumours on his liver alone, and more on his other internal organs. I spent Saturday morning holding him in my arms as he writhed in pain. Around 2:00 we brought him to Tufts small animal hospital. He had only been diagnosed on Thursday afternoon. He was the best dog we've ever had.

I understand how Ben must feel, but I can't read the article.

I'm so sorry for the loss of your beloved Brother.

28 posted on 06/21/2012 5:21:13 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

((((HUGS)))), Trisham - my heart feels your loss!


29 posted on 06/21/2012 6:41:44 PM PDT by yorkie
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To: libstripper
Ben Stein Bump


30 posted on 06/21/2012 6:51:59 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: libstripper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ythp1PmYF8&feature=player_embedded
The Divinity Of Dogs - Ben Stein


31 posted on 06/21/2012 6:59:46 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: tenthirteen

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)


32 posted on 06/21/2012 7:49:13 PM PDT by osagebowman
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To: yorkie

Have tried replying . . . may email you.

Very grieved to hear of your furry friend’s graduation.

Sigh.

Prayers for your recovery process in every respect.

LUB,

HUGS.


33 posted on 06/21/2012 8:56:56 PM PDT by Quix (Time is short: INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: yorkie

Thanks, yorkie. You’re very kind.


34 posted on 06/22/2012 6:52:54 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: yorkie

Drats.
Double drats.

Dunno what to say.

How are you holding up?


35 posted on 06/22/2012 11:42:30 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: OldPossum; All

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.


36 posted on 06/22/2012 9:05:10 PM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: cport

I see, bringing Hitler into this...


37 posted on 06/23/2012 4:43:22 AM PDT by OldPossum ( "it's" is the contraction of either "it is" or "it has"; "its" is the possessive pronoun)
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To: OldPossum

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.


38 posted on 06/25/2012 7:43:08 AM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: cport

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.


39 posted on 06/25/2012 9:21:11 AM PDT by OldPossum ( "it's" is the contraction of either "it is" or "it has"; "its" is the possessive pronoun)
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To: OldPossum
I understand your well stated position, and agree that we can disagree and still be conservative "teammates". I do appreciate you polite and intelligent discourse on the matter, and your willingness to entertain my point of view.

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.

40 posted on 06/25/2012 12:54:21 PM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: OldPossum

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.


41 posted on 06/25/2012 12:58:01 PM PDT by cport (How can political capital be spent on a bunch of ingrates)
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To: Joe 6-pack

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.....


42 posted on 06/27/2012 9:23:18 PM PDT by LadyBuck (In the immortal words of Jean Paul Sartre, 'Au revoir, gopher')
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