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Old 01-21-2015, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Candy Kingdom
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I am not a dog owner, but I am a cat owner. However, when I saw this on Yahoo! when checking my e-mail, I wanted to read it (I have thought about having a kitty bucket list for my cat when her time nears the end - she's 9, so she has many years left... knock on wood). Oh man, water works!

I have to say my favorite is 6/11:

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Cuddle as much as possible
Sure Gizelle was bigger than me, but she never knew it. After I discovered she was dying, dog hair on my once-forbidden bed and slobber on my face didn’t seem to matter as much as spending time cuddling with Gizelle. She helped teach me that love is the most wonderful gift I can receive, and it is the best thing I have to give. My lap became her desired seat, and it was awesome.

Though, 11/11 is where the water works really took off:

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Sit on the beach in the winter
I was told Gizelle wouldn’t make it until Christmas, but in January we sat by the ocean in Maine as it snowed the day before she died. Part of me wondered if this was her plan all along, to take me on an adventure, knowing we’d end up on a deserted beach alone. The sky was white, the trees were bare, and even the birds were hiding. The whole world felt lifeless, and it was hard to believe this beach was once filled with rainbow-colored umbrellas and cute boys lathered in SPF. It was then I realized that I was okay with letting Gizelle go. Just like I had faith that the trees would sprout lime green leaves again and kids with yellow buckets would splash in the water once more, I had faith I’d carry Gizelle with me. Even in the emptiness of that beach that day, I could see Gizelle running free long the shore, rolling in the sand, awkwardly spooked by approaching waves. I knew she would live on through my experiences, and that I gave her the best life I could. And that to me was infinitely healing.
I actually feel like writing a poem about this because the image is so beautiful. I do think letting go an animal as well as a human we love so much is painful, but when we realize that our loved ones live on through our experiences, memories and everything else, there is a sort of healing to it.

Sorry for the water works, but I had to share this! I think all animal lovers could relate!
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:54 PM
 
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I have a dog with cancer, and she means the world to me, she has a great life, but she is super happy just doing the daily car ride, trip to the dog park, pet store, getting to chew on good things, eat good food, playing with her toys and get her daily massage - she loves her vibrating massager. But I doubt she would get much more enjoyment out of being dragged clear across the country so I could take her picture in Times Square. But hey whatever floats your boat.
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Candy Kingdom
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Gizelle's owner is a travel writer and PR Travel woman, so I guess that's why a doggy bucket list was created. I would love to do a bucket list for my cat, but my cat gets freaked out being in a car and in a cage in weird places. I guess when her time comes, just make it as comfortable as possible. I lost my other cat suddenly 3 years ago - we think she had a heart attack and just died. We took her to the ER (sadly, a half an hour drive) and they couldn't revive her. Very sad. But, she was 18.
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Thanks for sharing.That owner now has all those great memories and photos and that is priceless. When I knew Dash's cancer had won and I would soon be letting him go. I left Jazz and Dazzle at home and Dash and I went through a fast food place and I got him a burger and fries and shared a chocolate shake with him. We sat on the bluffs overlooking the ocean beach he loved so much and ate our meal. I think he thought he had died and gone to heaven having junk food! The next day we went to say good bye to a dog play group we met every Thursday and one of the women had gotten a burger for him which he happily ate then looked at her wondering where the fries and chocolate shake were? That evening I drove around and he and I visited all the places he had loved going stopping long enough to get out and take brief walk at each place. The next day he was ready to go and walked into the vets the not shaking in fear like he usually did and layed down on the dog bed they had put in the room as he waited for his next journey to begin. I like to believe he was a peace with what was coming and I was left with some great last memories of him. I miss him but thoughts of him make me smile I tend to see him on that cliff enjoying that long forbidden junk food meal.
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Candy Kingdom
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Thanks for sharing.That owner now has all those great memories and photos and that is priceless. When I knew Dash's cancer had won and I would soon be letting him go. I left Jazz and Dazzle at home and Dash and I went through a fast food place and I got him a burger and fries and shared a chocolate shake with him. We sat on the bluffs overlooking the ocean beach he loved so much and ate our meal. I think he thought he had died and gone to heaven having junk food! The next day we went to say good bye to a dog play group we met every Thursday and one of the women had gotten a burger for him which he happily ate then looked at her wondering where the fries and chocolate shake were? That evening I drove around and he and I visited all the places he had loved going stopping long enough to get out and take brief walk at each place. The next day he was ready to go and walked into the vets the not shaking in fear like he usually did and layed down on the dog bed they had put in the room as he waited for his next journey to begin. I like to believe he was a peace with what was coming and I was left with some great last memories of him. I miss him but thoughts of him make me smile I tend to see him on that cliff enjoying that long forbidden junk food meal.
Awww, that's so beautiful! We have done things like that with some of the cats we have owned over the years too. My aunt has one dog, she's 11 and has arthritis. She's a mountain dog, so I think she has hip issues too. I know when I'm dog sitting, I indulge her a bit. I like cuddling with her.

I guess I got really over emotional with this piece because Sunday is the 2 year anniversary of my grandma's death. We were close and the ending of this article reminds me of the times I had with her, even when she had cancer. I miss her terribly, but I like writing about all the memories. Those memories often bring a smile to my face.
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Montana
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Very nice piece.
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Thanks for sharing.That owner now has all those great memories and photos and that is priceless. When I knew Dash's cancer had won and I would soon be letting him go. I left Jazz and Dazzle at home and Dash and I went through a fast food place and I got him a burger and fries and shared a chocolate shake with him. We sat on the bluffs overlooking the ocean beach he loved so much and ate our meal. I think he thought he had died and gone to heaven having junk food! The next day we went to say good bye to a dog play group we met every Thursday and one of the women had gotten a burger for him which he happily ate then looked at her wondering where the fries and chocolate shake were? That evening I drove around and he and I visited all the places he had loved going stopping long enough to get out and take brief walk at each place. The next day he was ready to go and walked into the vets the not shaking in fear like he usually did and layed down on the dog bed they had put in the room as he waited for his next journey to begin. I like to believe he was a peace with what was coming and I was left with some great last memories of him. I miss him but thoughts of him make me smile I tend to see him on that cliff enjoying that long forbidden junk food meal.
I remember that day for you and Dash. I cried then when you told us what you did and I'm weepy now (but smiling through it) hearing it again. It's as beautiful now as it was then.
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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I remember that day for you and Dash. I cried then when you told us what you did and I'm weepy now (but smiling through it) hearing it again. It's as beautiful now as it was then.
Thanks Dawn as I wrote that for those few minutes Dash and I were again on the cliffs enjoying our meal that is what I love about memories as when you recall them you are transported back to that time if only for a moment of two. I really do encourage people to make some special memories especially when you know time is limited. That last year of my mom's life I did that too and when I miss her which is often I just recall some of those memories.
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Old 01-22-2015, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Candy Kingdom
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Thanks Dawn as I wrote that for those few minutes Dash and I were again on the cliffs enjoying our meal that is what I love about memories as when you recall them you are transported back to that time if only for a moment of two. I really do encourage people to make some special memories especially when you know time is limited. That last year of my mom's life I did that too and when I miss her which is often I just recall some of those memories.
That's so true! I wish I did that with my cat that died 3 years ago. But, I did that with my two other cats (they both died nearly 10 years ago) and my grandma. I might not have the means to do what the author of that article did, but I can make something special in my own way.
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