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  1. PampChefJoy

    PampChefJoy Veteran Member Gold Member

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    We had to put our dog to sleep tonight. She's 16 1/2 years old and it was her time. My children (10 & 7) are wrecks -- it's really hitting them hard. I know we'll get through it, but to be honest, this just sucks.
     
    Apr 29, 2009
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  2. smspamperedchef

    smspamperedchef Veteran Member Silver Member

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    I'm so sorry you are going through this. We had to put down 2 dogs almost 5 years ago 2 weeks apart from each other and in the middle of all of that our rabbit died as well. So, 3 animals in 2 weeks. That was so hard! One dog, my hubby's dog (lab mix) was almost 17 and was slowly deteriorating. Couldn't eat w/o leaning against the house. The other, my baby (pomeranian/cocker mix) was I think almost 15 and started all of a sudden bleeding internally.

    Let them express their feelings and openly talk about it. Did they get to help bury her or go with when you put her to sleep?
    I'm so sad for you and I'm a huge animal lover so I hate to hear about that. My prayers are with you and your family!
     
  3. cwinter474

    cwinter474 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Janetupnorth posted this in another thread, I thought it beautiful and perfect for you. I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you and your children. It is so hard on them.

    Carol




    The Rainbow Bridge

    'There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

    When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. All the animals who have 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. Her bright eyes are intent; her eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion. 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 the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.'
     
    Apr 30, 2009
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  4. Ann F

    Ann F Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Oh, Joy! I'm so sorry. I understand your heartache.
     
    Apr 30, 2009
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  5. (((((hugs)))))
     
  6. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    So sorry to hear that Joy.
     
    Apr 30, 2009
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  7. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Losing a pet is hard. You're in my thoughts.
     
    Apr 30, 2009
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  8. nldavis321

    nldavis321 Member Gold Member

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    I am so sorry Joy. Pets are such a huge part of our families. The pain will pass, but the memories will never fade! You and your family are in my prayers and thoughts.
     
    Apr 30, 2009
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  9. tlag1986

    tlag1986 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Joy you and your family are in my prayers. Losing pets is very difficult. They truly love unconditionally, and we need more of that kind of love in out lives.
     
    Apr 30, 2009
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  10. cathyskitchen

    cathyskitchen Senior Member Gold Member

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    Oh, Joy, I'm so sorry! We had to put our 12-year-old black lab to sleep in January this year, and I know how hard a decision that is. Our kids are the same ages, and we were all deeply affected by the loss of our family member. I'm thinking of you and hope that you remember her fondly for the wonderful pet she was. ((HUGS))!
     
  11. Flamingo

    Flamingo Advanced Member Gold Member

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    My heart is breaking for you and your family.... I know how you are all feeling...We have had to put 2 of our pets down and it is hard. Prayers and hope for your family...
     
    Apr 30, 2009
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  12. sk8rgrrl99

    sk8rgrrl99 Member

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    Joy, I'm SO sorry for your loss. It's never easy to say goodbye to a long time friend. I'm sure you will hold her in your heart forever. I'm sending prayers and positive energy for you and your family. Maybe planning a small memorial for her would help your family with the grieving process?
     
    Apr 30, 2009
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  13. pamperedharriet

    pamperedharriet Legacy Member

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    I'm so sorry Joy for your loss. Our other dog passed away 4 1/2 years ago and I still miss him so. We have his great niece who is 4 1/2 who is great but I still have to remind myself that they are not the same and never will be. To this day we still think of our Dusty and talk about him. Saying goodbye is never easy.

    Hugs to you and your family.
     
  14. Gina M

    Gina M Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Oh Joy - I'm so sorry for your loss. May memories of your dog always give you joy - it's such a hard thing to lose a member of your family.
     
    Apr 30, 2009
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  15. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

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    It is so heartwarming to hear there are so many people who truly love their pets -- we had a 12 y.o. dog put down a few years ago and it still saddens me -- could it have really been 10 years ago? I remember Babe" like it was yesterday. Be happy that you were able to share so much of your life with your dog.
     
    Apr 30, 2009
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  16. rennea

    rennea Legacy Member Gold Member

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    Sorry for your loss Joy, it's so sad to lose an important member of your family.
     
    Apr 30, 2009
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  17. Jolie_Paradoxe

    Jolie_Paradoxe Senior Member Gold Member

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    Joy, I am sorry you have lost one of your loved ones. I can only imagine the grief you and your family are experiencing. I am praying GOD gives you comfort and strength during this stormy time.
     
  18. twinchefs

    twinchefs Advanced Member Gold Member

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    So sorry for your loss.
     
    May 1, 2009
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  19. Nanisu

    Nanisu Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I have had to put 6 dogs down in my life and it is never easy. They are like family members, and it's hard. Thoughts and prayers coming your way
     
    May 1, 2009
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  20. BlessedWifeMommy

    BlessedWifeMommy Veteran Member

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    Joy, so sorry for your loss. I know it is especially hard on kids. I'm praying for your family.
     
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