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johnboy

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Lucky Dog is gone.

I never wanted a dog. Never had one as a kid and didn’t want dog hair on my clothes or to pick up crap in the yard.

Then one day my wife called while supposedly on a shopping trip. She wanted to bring home a Shih Tzu for my daughter. (still can’t spell it without Google’s help) “Go ahead” I said, “but you two take care of it and keep it out of my way.” I didn’t want the smelly thing around, but thought it might be good for my daughter who has a learning disability.

Thirty minutes later I was looking a bundle of fur bouncing around the living room floor that couldn’t have weighed more than 4 or 5 pounds. I actually laid down on the floor to get a better look and the little rascal comes right up to me and licks my nose! I fell hook, line, and sinker!

That was 16 years ago. We took Lucky Dog (my daughter named him) everywhere with us. The first time out for an overnight at a little country motel, he awakened us in the middle of the night barking so loud I almost jumped out of bed. Just as I was about bury him under the covers to keep us from getting evicted, I realized the television set was burning and thick, acrid smoke from the plastic case was filling the room. I have no doubt that we would all have died in our sleep from smoke inhalation had it not been for Lucky!

As a bicycle biking family we knew we had to acclimate him to riding with us. I purchased a big Wald newsboy basket, mounted it on my World Sport, and away we went. He loved to ride and all I had to say was, “bikes,” and he would do that dog thing of running to the door and barking as if to say, “Well are we going to ride or stand around here talking about it. Our longest ride was 40 miles.

Our pet was a happy, healthy member of the family for many years and I could bore you with countless “Lucky Dog stories,” but I have learned that all pet owners have their own personal litany of fun times.

Unfortunately the last couple years have been hard on the little guy. He became blind in 2014 and deafness had set in. His sense of smell had also deteriorated to the point that he couldn’t smell a dog treat until we put it right up to his nose.

The final straw came with paralysis of the back portion of his body so he could no longer walk or stand. It was indeed pitiful to see him try to walk or stand and evacuation was extremely difficult for him. I have had 5 surgeries in the past 6 years, kidney stones, and diagnosed with Parkinson’s and well aware of quality of life issues. That’s why I support the right to die. 

I’m still able to do many of the things I enjoy, but came to realize that Lucky Dog’s time had come and I would not sentence him to a life without sight, sound, mobility, and increasing health issues.

We opted for pet euthanasia. It was the hardest thing I ever did but he died peacefully, released from the trials and tribulations of ill health.

I guess it won’t hurt so much as time passes, but I miss him……oh how I miss him. 


MITEMPLAR

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God Bless you and your Family,

You are not alone. Yesterday, 11/19/2018 at 0958 my Wife and I Euthanized our precious boxer due to complications from Lymphosarcoma.

We are all blessed that we don't pick our companions, THEY pick us. 

Just know that you're not alone. 

God says this too shall pass, and of that I am certain.

Be strong.
johnboy

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I can't remember ever crying in my lifetime until Lucky Dog died.  I usually keep my emotions to myself, but not this time.

What is it about our pets that creates such a strong bond?  

To this day, I still sometimes think I hear his bark or little feet running around the kitchen floor when I'm in the basement.

Saw a T-shirt advertised the other day:  "If my dog can't come, I ain't going"

That was how I felt for 15 years and it sure is hard to break the habit.
Always__there

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My heart goes out to You !
Know that others Also feel your Sorrow.
Part of the family they are.... My wee man-chihuahua, made it to 16y and I, never experienced such anguish as this before. 
Be at Peace, in knowing Lucky knew he was L-O-V-E-D.
Immerse yourself in thoughts of Happier times-To Memories......
For the love of ''OUR'' fur pets......

Sherry
johnboy

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Thanks for your kind words.

Couldn't resist posting a photo of my little guy.

When we got up to speed his ears would flop out like wings and he was a big hit wherever we rode.

I made the placque on the front of the basket and I thought it resembled him.

RIP buddy. [image] 
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