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Old 01-20-2010, 08:40 AM
 
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I had to put my Dalmatian Sneakers down on Monday. She was 15 yrs, 4 mos and 4 days. Sometime on Sunday night, she had a stroke which caused blindness in her left eye and motor control problems in her back legs.

While she could have coped with the left eye blindness, I felt that the it was in her best interest to put her to sleep due to not being able to walk anymore.

She had a good long life and knew she was loved.

I'm having a lot of grief with this, more than any other dog I've had. The thing is she was such a sweet dog. She would head-butt my wife and I, kind of like a cat. We figure this was her way of "petting" us. I'm not used to the quiet in the house. No greeting when I come home, no patter of little feet. And I never realized how I could hear her breathing when she was asleep until it was gone.

Fortunately, I got a video camera for Christmas and I got one short clip of her walking at the park, just last week. I watch that short video each day.

I know I'll get over it and I know I'll get another dog, but I'm not sure I can ever find one as loving at Sneakers.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:49 AM
 
Location: California
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My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Sneakers sounds like she was a wonderful member of your family. It doesn't seem like it now...but time will help heal the pain you are feeling. Of course, She can never be replaced, but maybe someday She can share a piece of your heart with another furkid. Remember the good times with her.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I'm so sorry, John. I know how painful it is to lose a much loved dog. When My 11 year old poodle, Dani, died I actually had to take annual leave for 3 days because I was so sad and seemed to cry at the drop of a hat.

What I try to remember is that the amount of sadness we feel is equal to the amount of joy we had with our baby. It's an equal trade off and the thing to do is remember the joy. It helped me a lot.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I am so sorry for your loss. You will never forget Sneakers and will probably continue to talk to her as we do with our Simon, who we lost on Thanksgiving weekend. The pain will subside but I don't think it ever goes away entirely. I agree that you need to remember the joy and all the fun things that you did together. In time, you will be ready for another dog and like all of us, at some point, go through this again. My thoughts are with you.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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So sory for your loss. It's never easy when a beloved pet dies. She had a long and good life with you and you did right by her at the end. Hugs.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:37 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Just wanted you to know that there are many of us who know how you are feeling. Sneakers was very fortunate to be such a well-loved member of your family and to be treated with love and respect at the end of her life. I know how painful this has been. Wanted to offer my condolences.
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Old 01-21-2010, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Wichita, KS
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So sorry for your loss. It sounds like you guys had a very long time together. I hope the best for you in the coming days.
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:43 AM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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She had a good long life and knew she was loved.
Great quote.

Sorry you lost your pet.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Historic Springfield
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I'm so sorry for your loss, and helping your dear friend to the other side was the most selfless act we can give. You shared many wonderful years, and as time passes, the happier memories will be the one that you remember the most. I've been there and know all too well how difficult it is, but know that she's now forever happy, healthy and surrounded with the purest love.
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Old 01-25-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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sorry for your loss
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