Goodbye my friend

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    Aug 18, 2012 10:59 AM GMT
    Monday August 13th 3:00pm I took my canine companion of 17 years for his last walk.
    We stopped on the earthen side of Rainbow Bridge and I removed his leash and collar, knelt down and we nuzzled heads to show our affection…… one last time.
    I cupped his head in my palms and watched as the transformation began.
    Ancient eyes that are hazed and drooping became clear and bright.
    Dull yellowed fangs turned ivory white and sharp.
    His white gray muzzle becomes the amazing steel blue that earned him his racing name, Boddee Blue.
    His head rose as his neck swelled with the strength he used to counterbalance his running stride.
    His chest and shoulders swelled over once boney structures and vertebrae down his back became hidden under thick tubes of powerful muscle.
    Twisted, half paralyzed hind legs were now tall and supported by sprinter’s quads.
    Air starved panting is replaced with easy, rhythmic, effortless breath.
    Boddee became the race ready athlete I knew……all those years ago.
    Familiar sounds from the other side of Rainbow Bridge perk his ears. He hears his bother Cutter and his sister Roxie. I lean in, and whisper in his ear, “I see ya soon then.” And he is gone.
    Goodbye my friend.
    And hello Caesar and Cleo.
    The family grows once more.
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    Aug 18, 2012 11:23 AM GMT
    Very beautiful tribute... I'm very sorry for your loss.
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    Aug 18, 2012 11:28 AM GMT
    That was beautifully touching.icon_cry.gif
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    Aug 18, 2012 12:45 PM GMT
    Damn you
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    Aug 18, 2012 12:50 PM GMT
    dustin_K_tx saidDamn you


    What he said.. icon_cry.gif

    Sorry for your loss
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 18, 2012 12:50 PM GMT
    Very sad, but touching and glad you took the time to share this with us.
    Certainly very sorry for the loss of your great companion, I can imagine it was a very tough process.

    Thoughts certainly with you!
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    Aug 18, 2012 12:54 PM GMT

    *sighs* I can relate.

    Our 17 year old went about 3 months ago. Our 16 year old is failing but still wanting to squeeze the juice out of every day, so he's hanging in there.

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    Aug 18, 2012 12:58 PM GMT
    oh thats amazing.

    my dog was my best friend for 12 years and we grew up together (when i was 10-22yrs old). words can't describe. she was the best. she slept with me, and she'd come running into my room whenever there was a storm. i never got to say goodbye. towards the end, i knew she was getting old, having difficulty getting up and walking. i was on 3-month trip to australia when my dad had to put her down. i came home and she wasn't there anymore and i asked why they never told me (i used to call every week) and he said that he didn't want to ruin my trip, and that it got so bad that they couldn't wait. i was so depressed, and she would come to me in my dreams. she still does now and then.
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    Aug 18, 2012 1:12 PM GMT
    Gixxer.. i'm your neighbour..your'e supposed to msg me for support on these things...
    MMMhhhhhh!
    **sad**
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    Aug 18, 2012 1:33 PM GMT
    ByeBitch.gif
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    Aug 18, 2012 1:35 PM GMT
    Truly sorry for your loss.

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    Also, it was a beautifully written tribute.
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    Aug 18, 2012 1:36 PM GMT
    ^ jk ;]

    I really liked the imagery of the poem and thought it was quite moving, however, I think the last two lines kinda detracted from the emotional and personal importance established in regards to your canine friend.

    It was resonant and pretty damn great up until that point, and then I was like ''oh: shade''.

    Just sayin' =]
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    Aug 18, 2012 1:38 PM GMT
    What a beautiful tribute...So sorry for your loss....I had to put my 16 year old dog down 2 months ago. I miss her coming to great me at the door when I got home from work and I really miss the noises she made at night while sleeping.
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    Aug 18, 2012 1:40 PM GMT
    Gixxer1K saidMonday August 13th 3:00pm I took my canine companion of 17 years for his last walk.
    We stopped on the earthen side of Rainbow Bridge and I removed his leash and collar, knelt down and we nuzzled heads to show our affection…… one last time.
    I cupped his head in my palms and watched as the transformation began.
    Ancient eyes that are hazed and drooping became clear and bright.
    Dull yellowed fangs turned ivory white and sharp.
    His white gray muzzle becomes the amazing steel blue that earned him his racing name, Boddee Blue.
    His head rose as his neck swelled with the strength he used to counterbalance his running stride.
    His chest and shoulders swelled over once boney structures and vertebrae down his back became hidden under thick tubes of powerful muscle.
    Twisted, half paralyzed hind legs were now tall and supported by sprinter’s quads.
    Air starved panting is replaced with easy, rhythmic, effortless breath.
    Boddee became the race ready athlete I knew……all those years ago.
    Familiar sounds from the other side of Rainbow Bridge perk his ears. He hears his bother Cutter and his sister Roxie. I lean in, and whisper in his ear, “I see ya soon then.” And he is gone.
    Goodbye my friend.
    And hello Caesar and Cleo.
    The family grows once more.


    I've been there several times as the light has gone out. It never gets easier.
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    Aug 18, 2012 1:51 PM GMT
    Nah, I think it's just my allergies making my eyes water.....I swear. That was sweet and sad and beautiful. I'm going to give my dog an extra treat and an extra hug in honor of your Boddee.
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    Aug 18, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    METAMORPH saidByeBitch.gif


    Out of context???
    Time and place???
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    Aug 18, 2012 1:58 PM GMT
    Thank you guys. Really appriciate your thoughts.
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    Aug 18, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    Anocxu saidGixxer.. i'm your neighbour..your'e supposed to msg me for support on these things...
    MMMhhhhhh!
    **sad**



    oops.......sorry
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    Aug 18, 2012 2:03 PM GMT
    Very sorry for your loss. I've been through this. You learn to value every day with your buddy knowing the time together is too short.
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    Aug 18, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
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    Anocxu saidGixxer.. i'm your neighbour..your'e supposed to msg me for support on these things...
    MMMhhhhhh!
    **sad**



    oops.......sorry


    It's all good..
    Mhhhh!
    **Sad**
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    Aug 18, 2012 2:11 PM GMT
    Anocxu said
    METAMORPH saidByeBitch.gif


    Out of context???
    Time and place???



    I often find humour to be of great comfort in times of grief.

    Each to their own, I guess.
  • Hammer89

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    Aug 18, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    Very sorry for your loss. Dog lover/owner myself here and this made me tear up.
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    Aug 18, 2012 2:22 PM GMT
    That was beautiful.

    My oldest dog is is probably about 17 years old right now (not sure exactly - he was a rescue dog) and I dread that my partner and I might have to decide before too long that it is kinder to put him down than force him to keep going.

    My thoughts are with you Gixxer1K.
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    Aug 18, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
    Can't think of a better way for a much loved friend to go than with the company of the person he loved most in this life.

    I have dogs waiting for me on the other side of the rainbow bridge - and I know they'll be whole and happy again when I next see them.

    *Big Hugs*
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    Aug 18, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
    So sorry to hear of your loss, but thank you for sharing. The thought of all my canine friends I had growing up, came racing back into my mind....such fond memories.