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Never in my entire life have I ever felt such a gaping hole in my heart. And it hurts so bad.

Today I lost my best friend, Hickory. He was a beautiful Golden that somehow managed to get even those petrified of dogs, to adore him. He had that lovable charm, and such amazing trust and devotion in his deep amber eyes.

He was diagnosed with bone cancer over a month ago, and I remember crying when the doctor came in saying, "I have some bad news." He had been limping one day, and I told my parents the first time I noticed. We waiting a week, to see if he just had a sore muscle or something. But he kept limping. I didn't know just how serious this would get until we did take him to the vet and found out his terminal disease.

When the vet here in my new home came in to inject my baby, I sat down with him, while he lay on the floor, petting him. The vet said it would take a couple of minutes before he would pass. So I continued to pet him as she finished off saying, "You're a good dog, Hickory. Wait for me, okay?" And he passed on.

It was only ten seconds.

My little darling was ready to go, he had gotten his wings, and now, never before, I prayed that there was a heaven, and a God, and that I would see my little boy when I died.

I miss him so terribly. I miss him coming up to me, cuddling next to me, or grabbing his duck stuffed animals as I said, "Hickory, hunt 'em up! Fetch them birds!" Bless his heart, he always loved scaring those mallards up in the air for my dad to shoot. I also miss talking to him. Many would find this ridiculous, but that dog was smart and understood what I said. He loved me unconditionaly, even if I ignored him for something else, or yelled at him, or got annoyed with him. He still loved me. And I love him.

Now it's hard to stare at that leash and that collar that should be around his neck. And this house, and my heart, will be a lot more lonlier without him.

"Hunt up them birds in Heaven ya old Hound Dog. Until then, see you there."


Posts: 881
What a handsome boy. I'm so sorry for your great loss. Hickory was your best friend and companion and his leaving left a huge hole in your heart and'll be going through some enormous pain and it's important that you grieve.

That beautiful spirit of his that you helped release will always be near you and part of you.

Please share some stories about him. You might also want to put this in the grief section so more people see your message.

Sending you many hugs,


Posts: 1,205

Hickory is just so beautiful  The photos are great, love the one in the snow.  I am so sorry that he had to leave you, but you will meet him again one day.  You did what you had to because you loved him, and to hold him in his last moments was a great gift for him.  I know how much you are hurting.  Thinking of you, Love Di xxx


Posts: 7
Thank you both. And I think I will put this there. I appreciate all of your support. Without any of that, I don't know where I'd be.


Posts: 55
Hey TK,

How are you doing?  Been thinking about you!


Posts: 26
So sorry to hear about Hickory. My sheltie Taz as well had a charm and gentleness that both dogs and people responded to and I think it makes you love them even more when they are so giving of themselves to everyone, and yet so devoted to you as well. Hickory clearly has a wonderful soul and it just shines through in those pictures so well! Hope you are doing okay and will soon be able to just have wonderful thoughts about the times you had together.

Taz, Dearly loved by Mary Jo, 4/28/95-5/25/08
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Posts: 39
He is so beautiful! Your post made me cry but his pictures made me smile. I can tell how much he was loved. I am so sorry for your loss.

Barkley's Mom


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I grieve with you,i see in Hickorys pics the light of a well loved soul.I also Monday had to lay to rest my beloved Taffy,at 2 yrs young ,because of seizures.
Someone who visited my site saw my tribute to Taffy and recommened this site,so im here for healing also,God Bless.


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what a sorry for your loss..I can tell hickory will be so missed.
- jgs
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