The real Prancer

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    Feb 12, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    For those of you who know me and my screen name's namesake, we had to put down our beloved Prancer this past Monday. As many of you know, it is one of the truly hardest decisions to make. But I know he is not suffering now. He will live on in memory and in my screen name.
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    Feb 12, 2010 8:47 PM GMT
    I'm so sorry to hear this. Know in your heart you made the right decision even though it is so hard to have to do. Our pets are like our family members - take the time to celebrate his life and remember him with happy thoughts. May you find inner strength and peace of mind. Blessed Be my friend.
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    Feb 12, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    Tom, so sorry to hear this. I've had to put pets down before too, and it's a unique type of heart-wrenching. I hope you feel better soon.

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    Feb 12, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    Thanks men, have been through it several times before, but this has been the worst. Prancer was truly one of those really special dogs, who touched many people who knew him. Have had a lot of support from friends and family, which has helped too.

    Gracie has been missing him very much. Just giving her lots of special love. will get her a new friend soon, but need to give us all some time.
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    Feb 12, 2010 9:00 PM GMT
    Reading your post was hard. My adorable dog is 16 and very arthritic. The handwriting is on the wall.

    Heartfelt sympathies.
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    Feb 12, 2010 9:05 PM GMT
    Thanks Tex, Prancer had cancer and had lasted a year after he had a leg amputation. So, though I know it was truly inevitable and going to have to be at some point, was still very hard. But I believe they trust us for all those decisions, even the hardest one. Have strength.
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    Feb 12, 2010 9:07 PM GMT
    Aww, now we'll have to change the lyrics to "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
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    Feb 12, 2010 9:50 PM GMT
    My heart goes out to you.
    I lost my three dogs the same year, aged 13, 12 and15.We had to put
    two of them to sleep. Since then, I decided that I would never open my
    self to that kind of pain ever again. and decided never to have pets again,
    since their lifeline is not compatible with ours.
    Being a Muslim, most other Muslims will probably kill me for saying
    that the only consolation that I can derive is that in my next reincarnation
    (v unIslamic) they will be there as my real family.
    Please accept my deepest sympathy.
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    Feb 13, 2010 12:16 AM GMT
    Sorry. From your profile pics, Prancer looks like a samoyed. I have a samoyed named Akkar. We recently found out he has diabetes and has gone completely blind. Big guy is hanging in there though. Putting a dog down is always really hard, but he is at peace now.
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    Feb 13, 2010 2:55 AM GMT
    I am so sorry to here this Tom. I know having to put my dog down recently was quite harsh and you were there for me, so if you need anything throw me an email.
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    Feb 13, 2010 2:58 AM GMT
    that sucks man...was a cute dog
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    Feb 13, 2010 3:23 AM GMT
    i'm really sorry to hear that. it's always difficult to be the one to make that kind of decision. just know that prancer's in a better place now and that you did the right thing. my thoughts are with you.
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    Feb 13, 2010 3:32 AM GMT
    So sorry to hear about your loss. I went through this 6 weeks ago and I still catch myself expecting her to be there.

    Big Hug!
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    Feb 13, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    I appreciate the kind words gentlemen. It is really such a terrible thing their life spans are so much shorter than ours, but I simply have to reason that is so we can give more needing animals forever homes and let them touch us with their unconditional love more.

    Yes, he was a Samoyed and he too, fought hard and long to stay with us. As they do live longer now due to better care, they are more at risk of our same diseases. So stange, but I wouldn't change the time I spent giving him special care for anything.
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    Feb 13, 2010 3:28 PM GMT
    Much sympathy and many wishes for a quickly-healed heart.
    Prancer, thank you for being a good dog who bright joy to Tom.