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I was outside messing with my wife's car and as always my buddy Brady was there with me. After a few minutes went buy I called out to him but no answer nor did he come running like always. I walked to the end of the driveway and there he was collapsed. I got to him and he was having a hard time catching his breath. I knew it wasn't good. I called my wife at work and her and my son came as quick as they could and we got him to the vet about an hour after he went down. They took some ex-rays and found his chest was full of cancer. That was strange because just a month ago he had a full check up and seemed fine. There was nothing that could be done and I had to do what I had to do because I didn't want him to keep suffering. I am a total mess and my heart is broken. Being disabled he was by my side all day every day and I will miss him terribly. Goodbye my good friend I will never forget you.



 

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Im so sorry, Pets truly become family members and your loss will be hard. My thoughts go with you during this time of sadness.
 

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Sorry to hear that. I've also dealt with the loss of a four legged pal. I feel your pain and know how incredibly hard it is.
 

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Thanks for the kind words guy's, It really helps.
 

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I add my sympathy, having gone through this a number of times myself. I'd recommend that you add another friend as soon as you feel ready, as this will greatly help in the grieving process.

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I am very sorry for your loss, TC. Dogs are awesome and I believe that they are "man's best friend." Their love and loyalty can be astounding. I know you will miss Brady.
 

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I am truly sorry for your loss. I imagine your loved one is in a better place. I like to think we'll someday be reunited with all the pets in our families.



Words may help comfort, but somehow fall short of doing justice to those closest to us. Many such as you share a deep, lasting bond with their canine buddies. We could all benefit from practicing one or another of their honorable traits: patience, tolerance, kindness, loyalty, forgiveness and more.



Here's an anecdote I'd like to share (it's an adaptation of A Man and His Dog Go To Heaven the wonderful tale by Earl Hamner Jr., an American television writer and producer.):



The Man and his Dog



A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years. He wondered where the road was leading them.

After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road. It looked like fine marble.

At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.

When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.



He and the dog walked toward the gate; and, as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?'

'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered.

'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked.

'Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up.'

The man gestured, and the gate began to open. 'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog, 'come in, too?' the traveler asked.

'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.'

The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.



After another long walk and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed.

There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside leaning against a tree and reading a book... 'Excuse me!' he called to the man. 'Do you have any water?'

'Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there. Come on in.'

'How about my friend here?' the traveler gestured to the dog.

'There should be a bowl by the pump,' said the man.

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.



When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

'What do you call this place?' the traveler asked.

'This is Heaven,' he answered.

'Well, that's confusing,' the traveler said. 'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'

'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell.'

'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?'

'No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.'
 

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I too am very sorry !! I understand your grief and do hope you can remember the good times and put the bad memories aside.
Be Well
 

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Sympathy is with you. One of my dogs is up there in age...and I know the day will come. Not that it will make it any easier. Hopefully you find another companion to fill the void.
 
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