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Sivous of Tomsan was her name but I called her Sissy. She was an 8 year old German Shepard.  She came in from outside Saturday nite but did not stop to get a treat. She went right down to the basement (she liked to sleep down there cause it was cool). My husband gets up early and found her at 3 a.m. The vet said maybe her heart , or some sort of tumor that ruptured inside.

I just miss her so much and cannot imagine life without her. She was always there for me when my husband worked long hours. 

I know someday we will probably get another dog or a cat, but, I cannot go there now.

Thanks so much for listening. This is a very special site.

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What a beautiful strikingly beautiful girl. You must have been so proud of her. You must still be so proud of her. I know it is so hard to deal with this grief. i know my words won't make you not feel this pain. i am sorry. there is one thing you must think of though, She left you so dignified. There was no question in your mind as to what you should do. You didn't have to go through a long illness with her and still loose her in the end. You didn't have to make that horrible descision that nobody should ever have to make. She left you in such a dignified majestic way,the way she lived her life. She loved you and will be with you always. If you hold her in your heart ( all the good she was) then you are never ever truly alone she will always be with you.
Again i am so sorry for your loss.

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Sandy...I'm so sorry for your loss what a beautiful girl she Loudpurring said, she went on her journey to the bridge on her own terms and spared you the pain of making that decision for her...We had to  make that decision for my Tai-Chi 4 months ago and we still question ourselves with all the what ifs....
Sissy, watch over your mommy and remember how much she loves you..
Tai-Chi's mom Lisa

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Thank you so much for your comforting words. I appreciate them very much.


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Dear Sandy~


When I opened your thread today, my heart just stopped......your Sissy is GORGEOUS & always will be. I just put my beautiful black German Shepherd, Onyx, to sleep last month. I know what you are going thru & I can feel your pain. I wish I could take some of it away.

Please know that Onyx (she was my baby girl) was there to meet your Sissy at the Bridge & they are together.....playing, healthy & whole. Just close your eyes for a few minutes & picture this ~ Our 2 *stunning* black German Shepherd girls leaping thru a meadow full of wildflowers & chasing each other. I just did & it brought some *comfort* to my heart. I hope that it will have you as well.


Sending you & Sissy's beautiful spirit many blessings~


Pami & the precious spirits of Onyx & Cloudy


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Your baby is the most beautiful Shepherd I have ever seen, and I had one myself years ago!!!  What a precious black beauty.  So sad she was taken before her time.  Thank God it was fast, and you didn't have to make any decisions, like I will have to, pretty soon with my Kirby.  I know that is little consolation to you right now, but at least you know there was little you could do.

My friend had a Dalmation and one day, it just dropped and died in her driveway as she was getting ready to take her for a walk.  She had just turned 10.


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Dear Sandy, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Sissy, what a beautiful girl she was.   She is now free of ailments, and running around the Rainbow Bridge making new friends.   May all of the lovely memories you have of her bring you comfort in the difficult days ahead.   We feel your pain,  Hugs from Houston,   MsSavion


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I'm sorry for your sudden loss of Sissy.  She is absolutely beautiful.  I had to do a double take, my sister in law had a black shepherd and your Sissy looks just like her.  Sissy will always be in your heart, you have a love bond that can not be broken.  I truly believe our furbabies will all be waiting for us at the Bridge. My heart goes out to you.  

You will be in my thoughts and prayers,
Nina Maria's Mom

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Dear Sandy - I am so sorry you lost your beautiful girl. My heart goes out to you. Today marks 2 weeks since I lost my baby and best friend of almost 16 years, Savanna, my constant companion. some how we gather the strength to carry on but things are different at my home without her as they are at yours. She slept beside me every night. your post brought tears to my eyes, i feel your pain. our babies are never here long enough and i know i was so blessed to have had Savanna for 15+ years. It sounds like you and Sissy had a special bond that not even death can break. you will always carry her in your heart. She knows how much you loved and cared for her. i count my blessings i found this site because with the help of all the kind souls that feel the same helps so much. we are all here for one another. it has helped me more than i imagine making the video, getting Savanna's pictures together and writing about her, oh what memories, just like you and your girl, i am sure. you and Sissy are in my thoughts and prayers. Your friend, Elaine

here are a few lines i would like to share with you:


In death they were not parted.

2 Samuel 1:23

The one best place to bury a good dog is in the heart of his master.

Ben Hur Lampman


Theā€¦, in life is the firmest friend,

the first to welcome, foremost to defend.

                                Lord Byron




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Dear Sandy,

I'm so very sorry for your loss.  Sissy is magnificent and so beautiful. She left on her own terms.   My Cicio did the same.   I know how very painful this is for you and will be for quite some time.  Please come and share some stories of your beloved Sissy.  You gave her an unusual name and I'm curious about it's meaning.

I have always loved German Shepherds but was never blessed with the presence of one. 

Sending you many hugs,


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I am sorry for your loss. Three years ago my parents had a two year old Chihuahua mix that abruptly died on their back patio, through the necropsy they found out that his death was due to a tear in his aorta. It was such a traumatic event due to his young age and that there were no visible signs of anything being wrong. The vet said it was very unusual.

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Oh, Sandy, my heart is breaking for you and your husband.  

I am so very sorry you have lost your beautiful German Shepherd, Sissy.  It is hard enough when we our babies are chronically ill and we are expecting them to pass, but to lose one this way, so unexpectedly, has to be one of the most difficult things in the world.  The utter shock of it.  My heart goes out to both of you.

I have lit an internet candle for her under SISSY at AurichWolf's Light a Candle Here thread on this grief board.  You can find the candle by going to that thread's first page (AurichWolf's first post) and looking for the little Light a Candle icon.  It will burn for the next 48 hours.

We would love to hear more about your precious girl, when you feel up to it, and if you feel it will help you grieve.   We have all suffered losses, and will be ready to listen with open hearts.

Hugs and prayers,


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   I am so sorry for the losss of your beautiful Shepherd girl, Sissy.The beginning is very painful when we lose our furbaby.Within six weeks I lost my mother and my baby Jingles.I was a mess.Now 3 months later I can think of the happier days.I will keep you in my prayers.I'm sure Sissy and Jingle have met at the bridge already.

                                                           Mary Anne
                                                           Jingles mom

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Thank you all so much for the kind words.  I have read them over several times and they have touched my heart.
Well, a little about Sissy...
She liked to chase rabbits that got in "her" yard
She just realized about 2 years ago that if she barked at the door, we would let her inside
She would get silly crazy when I gave her a bath, she would lay down and I couldn't get her up when I was trying to dry her off. Then she would get up and run as hard as she could thru the house. Something about getting wet just tickled her funny bone. Like when she was outside , if she got her face wet, (she always waited at the door for us to wipe her feet) she would do that funny flopping over on me thing that would almost knock me over.
She would bark really loud and sort of growl when I said "Mean dog".
She loved people so much, didn't care much for other animals but loved, loved, loved people.
When I was training her as a puppy, I use to take her to work with me. I always took her into the bathroom just incase someone came in while I was in there. From that time on she always wanted to come in the bathroom with me. So, when I got up in the morning, she would always be there.
My DH always got up earlier, so , he would close the bedroom door (not all the way) and she would never come in unless she heard me get up and start walking. Then she would bust thru the door.
Whenever she would sit by me she always extended her foot for me to hold. I remember one time at the vets , she was doing that. They were all laughing, saying "oh it's not gonna be that bad Sivous"!
We bought her a squeaky duck for Christmas.  I told DH we should wrap it up.  So, I did and put it under the tree. She never bothered any of the presents. One morning I heard the duck squeaking.  I said to DH "why did you give that to her now".  He didn't. She went in and picked that "one" present out from under the tree and opened it.  She knew...
She was my special friend and I use to kiss her on the nose.

I am glad she did not suffer, and thank you for reminding me of that.
She did have arthritis in her lower spine and she sort of skipped a little when she ran.  I think DH and I had thought about that many times, that maybe there would come a time when she wouldn't be able to walk.  I thank God for not letting her got thru that.

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and caring about  our special dog that you didn't even know.  You would have loved her...

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I forgot, I wanted to thank you for the lighting the candle for Sissy. That was special...

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