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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:40 PM

Despite his arthritis and 15.5 years, he was happily running in his funny galloping way just three days ago, but this morning Thomas woke up and could not support the weight on his back legs. Poor old guy struggled and tried to stand up but could not - he looked so surprised when his body let go of his bowels, he simply had no more feeling back there. I know lots of you have been through this - it was very hard saying Good-bye to my old buddy. Thomas, sweet guy, we will miss you and hope you are running free in heaven with no pain, no arthritis - only lots of squirrels to chase. We love you.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:52 PM

So sad.Been there also..
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 08:52 PM

Esther and Patrick,

It's so sad to lose our loved four legged furkids. Our thoughts go out to you both.

We're dedicated pet lovers and always own about 4 rescue dogs. This poem has always been our belief and we wanted to share it:

The Rainbow Bridge

inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,

Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run,

When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,

Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play,

Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,

For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,

Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,

Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,

Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;

Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past,

The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,

Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever,

And then, side-by-side, they cross overÖ together.

© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:06 PM

I'm sorry for your loss. I like the Rainbow Bridge poem and was going to post it, but I see another animal lover beat me to it.


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:29 PM

We have lost both of our beloved pets within the past 8 mo. to complications of age. Our sympathy to you.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:35 PM

It's never easy, but you know that he is at peace. Our heartfelt condolences to you.


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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:52 PM

Very sorry to hear this. I lost my 14 y/o cat Paprika exactly one year ago today, and I have been thinking about him all day, so my sentiments are especially heartfelt.
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Posted 20 April 2012 - 09:53 PM

Patrick and Esther, my heart goes out to you both. There are many here that understand your loss and feel your pain. I wish I had words that would ease some of that pain, but no such words exist. I just hope that you can find peace, knowing that Thomas had friends such as yourselves, who gave him many years of happiness even to the end.

Dog On Loan

I'll lend you for a little time, a dog of mine God said.
For you to love while he lives and mourn when he is dead.
The years they may be six or ten or even as few as three.
But will you, 'til I call him back, take care of him for me?

He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from Earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this dog to learn.

I've looked the wide world over, in my search for masters true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give him your love, not think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call to take him back again?

We answered in sincerity: Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joy this dog shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness, and love him while we may,
And for the happiness we will know, we'll ever grateful stay.
But shall the angels call for him much sooner than we planned,
We'll know the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:24 PM

So sorry for your loss. We know this is so hard. Be Well, Ann and Jerry 27' Lazy Daze MB http://fulltimeusa.com/

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 04:48 AM

Iím sure all animal lovers share your pain. I know that day is coming for us with our 12-year old Buddy and I am dreading it but at the same time I am making the most of the time he has left. We have had dogs in our family all my life but Iíve never been more attached to one than I am to Buddy. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 05:05 AM

You have our heartfelt condolences. It slowly gets better as much time passes.

We lost the first of our beagle sisters last November and it still hurts.

Be well.


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Posted 21 April 2012 - 06:21 AM

My heartfelt condolences to you. It is so difficult to lose a much loved buddy and friend. I'm sure that Thomas felt loved and had a wonderful life. He is now at the Rainbow Bridge enjoying himself and not in pain. Our beloved Greta (avatar picture) went to the Rainbow Bridge in 2006. My DH met her in 2010 and they crossed the Bridge together. I'm comforted knowing that they are both pain free and in a better place.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 06:40 AM

So sorry for your loss. Pets become our kids and its just like losing one of our kids. He is in a better place at Rainbow Bridge, that we know.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:01 AM

Ester and Patrick,

I offer my sincere condolences. You will be in my prayers.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:39 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. I know it hurts to lose a loved one, no matter how many legs they have.

We feel a bit of it with you. Been there, done that a number of times now. Somehow, it never gets any easier...

Take care, love each other, remember the good.


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Posted 21 April 2012 - 08:40 AM

Thank you, everyone - the poems, prayers, and your kindness touched my heart - thank you for understanding. I keep looking for Thomas and thinking I should take him for a walk or feed him - I have been through this before and know it will get better, but here at Day 2 - it still hurts.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 09:08 AM

So sorry. Been there, done that and will again until itís my turn. I miss them all. Itís the fundamental mystery of life, isnít it?


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Posted 21 April 2012 - 10:47 AM

Sorry for your loss,My daughter just got home from work and called to say she just found her kitten had passed away while she was at work.Very sad indeed.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 11:57 AM

May I also add my sincere condolences......this is never an easy time for any Pet lover whether its ones own beloved Pet or anothers! My heart breaks for you and may God Bless you and your family at this time of grief and sorrow.
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Posted 21 April 2012 - 02:01 PM

I'm truly sorry for your loss. There is no consoling the loss of a loyal friend.

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