BAD NEWS ON THE BEAGLE FRONT.... .....The kind of day you don't want to face...

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 31, 2012 11:41 PM GMT
    Well guys,

    It has been a pretty tough last weekend for my partner, Will and myself.
    Looks like out of the blue, tomorrow may be Gunner's last day.....

    I haven't talked about the beagles as much recently, but a little history might be in order....
    When my partner and I first began to see each other in 1999, I remember his love of beagles. I never had one before, but he loved them. Then at the Christmas of 2000, I decided to buy him a beagle puppy for Christmas.

    It was all a surprise for him... on December 23rd, 2000, I drove him out "for a surprise". He picked a puppy that would be called Gunner and on the 26th we brought him home. Will was living locally at that time and I'll never forget what that meant to us. While Will had a few challenges with Gunner initially, he soon developed the kind of love for that dog one doesn't see often. I've learned so much about sensitivity with animals and certainly
    the relationship Will has with Gunner.

    I wanted it for myself and in 2002 (from the same breeder) Buddy came along. He's awesome.. and ultimately Mia (adopted from clients that were leaving town) and my newest beagle, Zach, who I adopted from a shelter in Kansas City over Labor Day in 2009.

    Gunner is 11 years old now... incredibly active.. bounds around like a crazed dog, much to delight of my partner who has loved him dearly.
    When you get the 4 of them together... the word "beagle pack" is the only way to describe the group....

    Unfortunately, Gunner suddenly developed an issue last week with urination.. basically he was having serious issues and come to find out he has a tumor which cuts off Gunner's urethra from functioning normally.
    Will had him diagnosed today at K-State in Manhattan.... at best, he has 2-4 months to live.

    You never know what life will bring... make it a point to cherish every damned day!

    It's been a very difficult time for us. Will isn't an emotional person, but if he goes on ahead and puts Gunner down tomorrow, I'm sure it will push his limits. Of course I'm concerned and will no doubt head to Salina to be with him. Please keep us in your thoughts over the next day.
    Thanks guys, you're awesome!.

    If I get a chance, I'll put a picture of Gunner on the thread... we had some new ones done at Christmas.
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    Jan 31, 2012 11:43 PM GMT
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    I'm so sorry. As an animal lover myself, I know this must be hard. Sending you positive thoughts!!!!
  • rnch

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    Jan 31, 2012 11:46 PM GMT
    awwwww..... Bumma!!

    So Sorry.


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    Jan 31, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
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    Feb 01, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    ugh! I'm so sorry to hear that. icon_sad.gif

    I dread the day when my dog (and cat) will have to be put down. My dog is 9 and my cat is 14, so I feel like it's coming soon. .

    Especially my cat, cuz I've had that cat since I was in the 7th grade... he's been around for like half my entire life.


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    Feb 01, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    Very sorry to hear this. Been through it, and it's the most difficult part of having a buddy.
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    Feb 01, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. Our pets our an extension of our family and are always very precious, and they give so much to us.
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    Feb 01, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    Oh I'm so sorry Christopher. I know how much you love Buddy. Thoughts of love, strength and healing are with you! HUGS!
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    Feb 01, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidYou never know what life will bring... make it a point to cherish every damned day!



    This!! The last time I saw my Mr. Dowser I rushed past him cause I was too busy picking up my W2 at my parents house so I could do my taxes. He was gone the next day. I'm sorry this is happening to your Gunner.
  • nomadfornow

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    Feb 01, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
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    Sending love and comfort to you and Will and the whole Beagle pack. I know how hard it is. Take some comfort in knowing that Gunner has lived a life filled with love and happiness.
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    Feb 01, 2012 1:26 AM GMT
    Dude, I'm so sorry. But what a beautiful story. I love beagles. Deepest condolences
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    Feb 01, 2012 1:26 AM GMT
    Awww, sorry to hear that. Remember, you guys gave Gunner a great life filled with love and that's what its all about.
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    Feb 01, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    Its terrible to lose a beloved pet and I'm sure your partner despite having a cool exterior, he's probably hurting instead. After all I'm sure Gunner is a reminder of bringing you guys close together and ultimately as partners.

    You have my condolences *hugs*

    Remember you do have your other precious beagle pack who still love you just as much as Gunner has for you two.

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    Feb 01, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    So sorry about Gunner. I'm hoping that with time, the sadness of the current situation will fade and you'll still have memories of the happy times with Gunner. That's how it is with my partner and me. Losing our dachshund Klaus was one of the saddest days of my life but I still cherish the happy times we had with him.

    My thoughts are with you.
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    Feb 01, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    AUGHHH!!! icon_cry.gif
    No matter what differences of opinion we've ever had on this site, I have always loved and admired the way you dote on your "babies." You can see your love for them all in your pics and posts.
    There are no words that anyone here can offer to ease your pain. But please, PLEASE know that I truly am so terribly sorry for this tragic diagnosis. As a pet parent of two, I can only imagine yours and your partner's anguish.

    With Deepest Regret,
    Tristan
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    Feb 01, 2012 2:58 AM GMT
    We're both deeply sorry for you and the horrible decision you're now saddled with. Please have strength, knowing your love for Gunner will get the whole pack through this.
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    Feb 01, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    Aww--poor little guy. Great that he had such wonderful Dads, though. Looking forward to a pic if you get that chance.
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    Feb 01, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    Deepest condolences to you and Will as you prepare to say goodbye to Gunner. I hope all the good memories and fun times will sustain you for many years to come. (This is what helps me though the loss of my pets. Another thing that helps me is to make a place in my home for another deserving pet. Giving a new pet a place that he or she can call "home" is therapeutic to me and helps me honor the pet that has passed.)

    Warm regards, Chris - - to you and Will.
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    Feb 01, 2012 3:35 AM GMT
    Sounds like a tough but right decision will be make.. Will be thinking of you Chris and Will.
  • RSportsguy

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    Feb 01, 2012 3:39 AM GMT
    I am so sorry Chris! I hope that you and Will can find peace in the fact that you were the best parents for Gunner! I could always see the love in your posts and your pictures that you have for your beagles!
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    Feb 01, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
    Thinking of you all Chris. Photo of Chris and Gunner at Christmas:

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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Feb 01, 2012 4:03 AM GMT
    Hi Chris -

    So sad to read your thread about Gunner -- I have two dogs as well, and I don't know what I'd do if I had to lose one suddenly. I am so sorry you're having to go through this sadness. Sending prayers and good thoughts to you, Will, and Gunner from AZ.

    Todd
  • Musicman91

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    Feb 01, 2012 6:36 AM GMT
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    Having 2 beagles myself this is tough to read. You guys are all in my thoughts and prayers. Gunner will always be with you and you guys gave him a great life.
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    Feb 01, 2012 6:45 AM GMT
    Love and hugs to you and Will.
  • Thirdbeach

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    Feb 01, 2012 6:54 AM GMT
    OMD!!!!


    Chris:
    You will find the strength to do what is right for Gunner.
    You & Will will get through this with the help of beagles & human friends.

    I went through something similar in June of 2009.
    My neighbours are going through this with their dog.

    You will have the strength to get through this, with friends to help

    Always remember:

    The greaatesst thing,
    you will ever learn,
    is just to love
    and be loved in return.


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    Rick