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Posted July 02, 2014 - 10:29 PM

For the last 15 years, Remmy was my Dads faithful companion. Always in the woods with him, near to him while he worked, she was rarely out of sight as he did his daily routine.

Since he passed, she has been less apt to come out of her coop and very recently, her hips began to give her a lot of trouble. She didnt seem to be in discomfort, but over the last 24 hours, that changed.

It was really hot and miserable here and she spent most of the day in the shade. Mom and the kids took her water and food because she wasnt wanting to walk much. At the end of the day, we began to worry about her and we were right. By this morning, she was unable to get up. Her back legs had completely failed.

It became my duty to take her out of her misery.

She had picked a spot to crawl to that wasn't far from a nice resting spot. She always liked to be near the activity and she even crawled a little closer as I dug a hole. The pain was getting to her because she began to wimper. I think that was the first time I've ever heard her make that noise.
We all said our goodbyes and then they left me and her alone.
I thanked her for taking care of my Dad all those years and asked her forgiveness for having to do what I knew I must.
And then I did the second hardest thing I've had to this year.
We will all miss her and the empty coop will be a sharp reminder for a while, but am thankful she is no longer in pain.
Like any member of the family, she will be irreplaceable, but I hope Mom sticks to her plan for another dog soon. The farm won't be the same without a Dog.

RIP Remmy, thanks for being a faithful companion and one of the best dogs I've had the pleasure to know.
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Posted July 02, 2014 - 10:56 PM

Very sorry for your loss, I also lost my pup last year "Bubba" it's a hard thing to deal with. Having a new dog will help but you can never replace a best friend, just make new memories with a new one.


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Posted July 02, 2014 - 11:01 PM

Sorry Alan,


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Posted July 03, 2014 - 04:23 AM

Sorry for the loss of a family pet and the added pain you are feeling.


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Posted July 03, 2014 - 04:27 AM

R.I.P. Remmy.  She knew what was going on and wanted to be with your dad.  He must have been the one that filled her with life the most.  I don't envy you having to do the deed but you did her a favor.  My brother went through the same thing with his dog recently.  It's a tough thing.


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Posted July 03, 2014 - 04:37 AM

Sorry to hear of it, hard to let go sometimes, may she rest in peace.

 

Regards.


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Posted July 03, 2014 - 04:48 AM

R.I.P. Remmy! Sorry for the loss of an old friend, Alan. That duty is always hard to complete.


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Posted July 03, 2014 - 04:49 AM

Sorry for your loss. My hunting buddy is 13 years old. I know his time on this earth will probably not be long. May she rest in peace.
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Posted July 03, 2014 - 04:50 AM

    They become part of the family and are hard to let go, when my shepard had to be put down it was very hard I had had him for 13 years.  After that I swore up and down-NO MORE DOGS-  I spent 3 months being miserable and grumpy till my wife took me to the animal shelter to get another dog!!  I dint think I can go without a friend like that.  Something about a dog, they miss you when you sleep and are always there to welcome you home.  Sorry for your loss.

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Posted July 03, 2014 - 05:50 AM

 I'm sorry for your loss. They always become a family member not a dog.


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Posted July 03, 2014 - 06:03 AM

Sorry to hear about the loss. They become family members, not just a pet. 

I lost 2 in 3 months in 2012, I held the Bassett in my arms as the vet put her down, her spine gave out and she couldn't walk, made it 11 yrs.

Thankfully my Boxer went on his own after we left 3 months after her. 

I said no more to the wife, 2 left was enough...we now have 3 again  :D


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Posted July 03, 2014 - 06:11 AM

That is a hard day indeed Alan. It takes some time to get past it but eventually everyone who enjoys having a dog around will get another one. When our Rotti passed on I removed everything that would remind us of her. It seemed to make it easier for us. 


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Posted July 03, 2014 - 06:15 AM

Sorry to hear this Alan.

I've been down that road 5 times now. It's a tough thing to do.

I hope your mom does get another dog, to keep her company.


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Posted July 03, 2014 - 06:16 AM

My sincerest condolences. The hardest thing in life is to lose a child. Our dogs become our children and best friends. We lost Coda (a Newfie) 5 years ago and I don't have the heart to replace him. This is partly because of the pain and partly because of the tick borne diseases that killed all three newfies over the last 20 years. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 03, 2014 - 06:19 AM

Very sorry its a  hard thing lose a family member


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