He went peacefully in his sleep...

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    Apr 12, 2010 6:20 PM GMT
    My oldest dog, Ch. Premier's Rudolph Valentino "Rudy" passed away in his sleep last night. He would have been 12 in October. He had been showing signs of slowing up due to his age ... but no outward signs that sent up any red flags.

    I am devastated. It is hard enough to make the decision to put down a faithful companion when it is their time...but to find that they have slipped away in the night has shattered me. I just wasn't prepared for this...

    This is the first time I've lost a pet that I have known from their first breath when I helped whelp him ... until the very end. He was a great companion and confidant that I will now carry in my heart until we meet again on the other side...
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    Apr 12, 2010 6:24 PM GMT
    My sympathy.

    Perhaps take condolence in the fact that he went at his own time and you didnt have to make the decision to put him down. ...Altho I am sure you would have liked to have been able to say good-bye. ... icon_cry.gif
  • Timbales

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    Apr 12, 2010 6:32 PM GMT
    I'm very sorry for your loss.
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    Apr 12, 2010 7:02 PM GMT
    Yeah, tough loss. Hard on you, but perhaps easiest on your dog, who likely never woke up from a sudden heart attack. We had a family dog die like that when I was very young, was told next morning I wouldn't be seeing "Mitzi" anymore, who was about 15.
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    Apr 12, 2010 8:00 PM GMT
    For whatever it's worth, you have my sympathy. It's very difficult when a beloved pet dies.
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    Apr 12, 2010 8:12 PM GMT
    I've lost several pets... it's always hard.
    It's something I think about every time I get a new one, I wonder how I will come to say goodbye to them... it's what we sign on for.

    I take great comfort in knowing that if I love my companions and do my very best to care for them and make their lives happy, care free and fulfilling that I've made the world a better place... and more importantly, I made *their* world a better place.

    It bums me out that you couldn't be with Rudy when he passed, I'm sorry.
    I know my girls are going to die, I have a 16 year old cat and 6 & 9 year old greyhounds.
    If I have my way I will be able to hold my girls when they take their last breaths and when they go I will able to stroke their little faces and remind them that they were loved with everything I had... my heart will break each time like it was the first.

    But the love is worth the heart break... it always is.
    I'm so sorry for your loss.
  • EricLA

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    Apr 12, 2010 8:14 PM GMT
    I'm so sorry for the loss of your best friend. I hope your memories of happier times give you comfort.
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    Apr 12, 2010 8:16 PM GMT
    Garth Stein"He died that day because his body had served its purpose. His soul had done what it came to do, learned what it came to learn, and then was free to leave."

    I know this doesn't help, but this quote is from a book I read and will never forget. I found great comfort in reading, The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. Cried my eyes out, but helped with the loss of a dear friend. It's told from the dog's point of view - good read.

    So sorry to hear about your loss.
  • RSportsguy

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    Apr 12, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    My sympathies to you Front2back! It sounds like Rudy was a wonderful friend!
  • coolarmydude

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    Apr 12, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear of your loss. My Mom had to put down her dog late last year and it was a sad thing, even though we knew his health was rapidly deteriorating. My black lab is about middle age and it saddens me just to think that this is his last decade.

    The thing that makes it so hard is that each dog has his own personality just like we do and it's those little quirks that make us emotionally respond to them and enjoy their company. When they pass away, even if it was expected, you immediately begin to notice their absence, even if they were sleeping, up against your back...

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    Apr 12, 2010 8:22 PM GMT
    I'm so sorry to hear about this... my thoughts are with you.
    And Rudy, thanks for being a good dog.
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    Apr 12, 2010 8:45 PM GMT

    Hey our condolences to you...we've lost that way.
    Now, when we have to have a vet do it, we have him come to the house. We feel this is better than the vet's office where we feel there's often the smells and sounds of pain.

    -Doug and Bill

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    Apr 12, 2010 9:08 PM GMT
    Front2Back, I am most sincerely heartbroken for you. I send you every comforting thought. To be a guardian for a dog (not an owner, not a master, but a real friend) is among the most noble and the most rewarding endeavors any man could undertake. Your grief is evidence of how well you cared for and served him, and how much, how very much he was and always will be loved. And yes, he will be waiting for you, and doubtless lead you to a special place for men of your calibre.

    If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where
    they went --
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  • baldone

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    Apr 12, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    my deepest sympathies to you...i know that its never easy loosing a pet,i have 2 boys and to not be able to say goodbye when it is their time would devestate me.....
    many hugs from cleveland
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    Apr 12, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
    So sorry for your loss. My partner and I had to put one of our dogs down last year and it was the only time we have cried in front of each other. I know how devestating it can be. Maybe you can take some small comfort that Rudy, in all likelihood, went painlessly and peacefully in his sleep. My thoughts are with you.
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    Apr 12, 2010 11:13 PM GMT
    So sorry to hear your news.
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    Apr 12, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    FRONT2BACK saidMy oldest dog, Ch. Premier's Rudolph Valentino "Rudy" passed away in his sleep last night. He would have been 12 in October. He had been showing signs of slowing up due to his age ... but no outward signs that sent up any red flags.

    I am devastated. It is hard enough to make the decision to put down a faithful companion when it is their time...but to find that they have slipped away in the night has shattered me. I just wasn't prepared for this...

    This is the first time I've lost a pet that I have known from their first breath when I helped whelp him ... until the very end. He was a great companion and confidant that I will now carry in my heart until we meet again on the other side...


    I'm sorry to hear that, dogs are great. People who have never owned their own pup can never understand the bond that is formed between a dog and man icon_sad.gif Hope you're doing well man.

    Here's a poem that might make you feel better. icon_biggrin.gif

    As much as I loved the life we had and all the times we played,
    I was so very tired and knew my time on earth would fade.
    I saw a wondrous image then of a place that's trouble-free
    Where all of us can meet again to spend eternity.

    I saw the most beautiful Rainbow, and on the other side
    Were meadows rich and beautiful -- lush and green and wide!
    And running through the meadows as far as the eye could see
    Were animals of every sort as healthy as could be!
    My own tired, failing body was fresh and healed and new
    And I wanted to go run with them, but I had something left to do.

    I needed to reach out to you, to tell you I'm alright
    That this place is truly wonderful, then a bright Glow pierced the night.
    'Twas the Glow of many Candles shining bright and strong and bold
    And I knew then that it held your love in its brilliant shades of gold.

    For although we may not be together in the way we used to be,
    We are still connected by a cord no eye can see.
    So whenever you need to find me, we're never far apart
    If you look beyond the Rainbow and listen with your heart.
  • BlackBeltGuy

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    Apr 13, 2010 12:07 AM GMT
    im sorry for your loss, i keep saying im gonna not get another one and i always do. there will be the right time when you do feel safe to get another pet
    lots of luck and yes you will see him on the other side. trust me on that
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    Apr 13, 2010 12:07 AM GMT
    Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Rudy. I can tell you're a great dog owner and I'm sure Rudy enjoyed a long, fun life under your care. I know the sudden passing is rough on you, and one good thought is that Rudy didn't have to struggle and linger in illness. I've had a number of great dogs and loved them so much. Hopefully, the memories you have will sustain you in the days and years ahead.

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    Apr 13, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    F2B, my condolences, my thoughts are with you. May you only remember the joy he has brought you.

    Stay strong.
  • myklet1

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    Apr 13, 2010 12:37 AM GMT
    My thoughts are with you and only time can heal these wounds like no other.

    Read the poem "Rainbow Bridge". It keeps my sanity with my three losses. I still get very emotional. It is hard to lose the one thing that loves you no matter what, and the one thing that never does you wrong. I am sorry for your loss.
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    Apr 13, 2010 1:05 AM GMT
    HUGS

    The unconditional love becomes complacent, until such time as it taken away, then the complacency becomes all too apparent and overwhelmingly profound.
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    Apr 13, 2010 1:05 AM GMT
    awww icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 13, 2010 11:57 AM GMT
    thank you all for the kind words...I appreciate them all.

    Scott (Mr. "he made my birthday so incredible" icon_smile.gif) came and spent the night. He just held me and let me sob.

    My (our?) other two dogs were pretty quiet last night, just sitting on the couch with us...at one point Scott pointed out that Tommy had Rudy's eyes...something that I never really noticed. He asked questions about when Rudy was a puppy, how he did as a show dog, as a sire (he hated breeding bitches ... must have gotten that from me!) and ultimately as a champion veteran returning to the dog show ring. It was wonderful to share my pictures and memories of Rudy with Scott...he knew what I needed to do.

    I will miss that little bugger...but I guess Rudy knew that I'd be ok once he left. I am happy and my life has clarity that I haven't had for many years. Plus it is a gift to look at two of his kids and know that he is there...

    Thank you all again...Kevin