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Adammarksmom

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Dear Archie:

Well, April 16th marked 9 months since you left.  I know that you did not just leave us behind, but you also left your demons behind.  I believe that you are once again my happy-go-lucky boy.  But I miss you.   I try not to remember you as something you were not.  I always want to remember the real you that I fell in love with.  You were pushy, and demanding, and had no concept of personal space.  You shredded everything that was not put away.  You would dance with me around the house when we thought no one was looking.  You loved to play soccer and catch bubbles and you would annoy me until someone went out to play with you.  I can't say you took my stuff and hid it all the time, because everything was yours - everything.  I am enclosing my two favorite pictures of you:  one when we first got you from the rescue agency, and one with your soccer ball.  Two hours after the soccer ball picture was taken - you were gone.  But I look at that picture often, because I see the love and trust in your eyes and we both knew that it would be okay.  I was with you till the end, holding you in my arms, and I still chuckle at your very last gift to me.  You put your head on my shoulder and started to snore....and then you were gone.  Irreverent to the end.  I love you and miss you, but I know that you are happy and free now.  I will be with you eventually, but not too soon.  I know you will wait for me.

Love, Mommy





pansy

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I have to say that is about the cutest picture I have ever seen.  What long legs for a little pup!
AmandaWI

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Happy 9 month bridgeday sweet, beloved Archie!  You are so playful, I'm sure Kodiak & Bailee are having loads of fun with you.  You are so loved and missed.  Don't forget to take time out to visit your family.

Amanda
Kodiak & Bailee's mom
brenrae

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Happy 9 months, Archie. You will always be missed, and you will always have a special place in your mom's heart. I hope there is a soccer ball for you up there.
Andyvon

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Happy 9 month Bridgeday up in Heaven Archie. I bet there's a nice, comfortable hammock for you to stretch out in after you get tuckered out from playing with all your new friends.

God Bless.
mspandie1117

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Happy bridgeday sweet Archie.  Visit your mama soon so she will know you are ok and waiting patiently for her.
Eddysmom1

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I hope you had a wonderful 9 Month Bridgeday Dear Archie!  Your Mommy and your whole family miss you and love you so very, very much!!  Be sure to visit them soon, and often! 

Hugs

Linda
Eddie & Sarah Ann's Mom
hiker11

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A very happy 9 month bridge day darling little Archie!!!!

I absolutely LOVE the pictures, SO adorable, what a sweetheart!

I love your letter to Archie, so touching and he sounds like such a character, I'm sure he is playing with lot's of soccer balls in Heaven.
My thought are with you, many hugs..

Kate, angel Raleigh's mommy x (angels Morrissey and Boo xx)

Adammarksmom

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Thank you so much for your kind words and caring thoughts.  He was an enormous personality with many unique character traits.   If he wanted me to do something, but I was sitting in my chair, he would put his two front paws on each side of my legs, lean in really close, put his face about 3 inches from mine, and "WOOF".  Just once, unless I did not get up, or I ignored him (which was not easy) 10 seconds later, "WOOF".  I always had to laugh - and  get up.

He was a once in a lifetime dog, and perhaps he lived so completely in that year and a half, that it was time for him to move on.  I just know that I miss him.

Thank you again,  Donna

lepercann

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Donna, I think about you often.  I hope that Archie and Sophie found each other and are playing together.  -Jess

Adammarksmom

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Jess:  I often think about Sophie and the others that had the same demons.  I suspect that Archie met Sophie when she showed up to help her adjust to the bridge - knowing Archie he gave her about 2 minutes and then took her to play.  No one is sad or lonely with Archie around.  They now greet all the newbies that are there because of aggression - to let them see that they understand and how happy they are now.  Then they play soccer, lol.

I hope you are doing well.  I know, good days and sad days - well, I hope your good days outnumber your sad days.

Take care,  Donna
Adammarksmom

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7/16/2013 Marked one year since Archie left me. 

RIP Sweet boy - I love you.

Mommy
LeeLeesMama

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That photo of your baby sleeping is just so precious - it brought tears to my eyes, but it also made me smile - just little angel.  He is enjoying his freedom and waiting patiently for his Mommy.  You are in my thoughts today...

Happy One Year Bridge Day Archie! 

Lee Lee's Mama
~my girl~
Jillbeane

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Happy 9 month Bridge Day, Archie! The pictures made me smile.....I hope you met my Bailey and you are playing together!

Bailey's Mom
SharG

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Hi Donna and Archie. One year, hard to believe - today is Basil's one year anniversary. There is comfort in knowing they are happy and healthy now and, I hope, having some great play dates.

Happy 1 year Bridgeday Archie, always loved and remembered. You were such a character.

Sharon
AmandaWI

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Happy one year bridgeday sweet Archie!  I just absolutely love the picture of him sleeping in someone's lap with his hind legs up and his front legs at his sides.  What pose!  Priceless!  Archie, since you are such a clown perhaps you can send your family a funny sign to celebrate your bridgeday?  Thinking of you.

Amanda
Kodiak & Bailee's mom
brenrae

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Happy 9 months, Archie. I hope you have a soccer ball to play with up there.
KobasMom114

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The thing you said about the trust Archie had for you in his eyes in the soccer ball photo.. made me cry! It's true, I just had to euthanize my pit mix rescue Koba last month after only 2 short months together. I remember his 10 day hold I had such an amazing time with him and did everything possible to make up for the time we wouldn't have. Chasing hot dog trucks, ice cream, the beach. I remember how he looked at me like that. You can see it in the pictures as well. It hurts like hell and at this early stage of grief it feels like it will never end.  I didn't want to dull his shine by worrying when he would guard me again by biting and worrying if it would be worse, but on the other side I know he had the potential to get better and due to the living situation and my landlord's demands I was put in a situation where I didn't have as much say as I would have liked. I was only given 10 days to figure it out. I live in NY, and finding an affordable apartment in 10 days that allows a big dog is like a diamond in the rough. Also, His hip was actually artificial and dislocated upon arrival at the shelter in Oct when he was skinny, they didn't do anything for it there but were paying for surgery once I adopted him as I was a volunteer.. his appointment for his surgery consultation was a week after the incident that sealed his fate. I always wonder if it was that he was just in pain. This helps, I'm just hoping this guilt will pass soon and don't know how to rid myself of it. I hate thinking about his "aggression" in the first place being that was such a small part of him and I fear it will define him, not to me, but to others involved. I want him to be remembered for the mush he was. 
Hector0506

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Dear Archie's Mum. I registered to this forum after reading your experience with rage syndrome on and I was shocked to come here and see the picture of your dog! Archie looked so similar to my baby Hector (only a bit bigger and with shorter hair). On the first picture, with the distance, I thought it was my dog. I don't know how to understand this, as this forum and after reading your post is the first place where I decided to join and open my pain. Maybe it is a sign from somewhere that my little boy isn't lonely without me and that he is not scared without me to protect him from everyone (as I always did). It is so cruel that my baby had to have such a rare illness. Why he? And why me? I did everything to protect him from bigger dogs, from bad people, from everything. And In the end - I had to make the decision about ending his life so soon. It is cruel.. Cruel...
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