Dog questions and comments: Start a new thread forum: saying good bye

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ImageMoonhowl
Dec 29, 2011 4:45 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
I tend to pop in and read...as a lurker more than anything, but today I find my heart broken and the need to share the love and beauty that was my beloved Chester.

Chester was born September 17, 2002 and passed away today, December 29, 2011. He was a headstrong, happy and most gentle Springer Spaniel, but most of all he was my Buddy. I will sorely miss him.

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ImageLance
Jan 3, 2012 7:32 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Thank you very much for sharing a photo and letting us know about it. Dog people know the loss of a dog is the loss of a family member.
If you would like to write a bit more about Chester to share I would be happy to help you with it. I find it can be very healing even though difficult to do so.
I know it can be tough right now but I hope you enjoy your New Year.
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ImageMoonhowl
Jan 3, 2012 10:30 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Thanks Lance. It may take a while, as Chester appeared to be fine Wednesday morning and gone just past noon on Thursday. It still hasn't sunk in that he is gone.

One of his favorite things on walks or at home in the evenings was to gently hold my hand in his mouth. My husband teased that that was the closest Chet could come to hand holding.

He was my "squirt gun" dog.
What I don't know is why books are written.
ImageLance
Jan 3, 2012 10:44 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
I know what it is like and still have flashes of my Vizsla that died over 2 years ago. Never forgotten as long as we have our fond memories; his article is here along with others. Give yourself some time.
Squirt guns do not seem to work on one of my current buddies, the tan one in the banner - he barely even looks up when squirted. Good idea overall though and works wonders on cats!
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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ImageMoonhowl
Jan 4, 2012 3:17 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
They do have a unique way of weaving themselves into the tapestry of our lives. Chester was the "youngest" of the pets I have lost. He was 9 and all the others have been 14 or 15 years old. Which gives me concern as 2 of the 3 cats in residence are entering their 16th year. I always say, Never again, and yet, I cannot imagine life without dogs and cats. Guess that makes me a glutton for the inevitable grief of their passing.
What I don't know is why books are written.
ImageLance
Jan 5, 2012 11:40 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
I do know some people that say they can't have children or pets because they are too afraid of the pain of loss but they will never the joys of them either. If you live in fear of the pain of loss than you will never know the joy of having such wonderful companions. Grieving over the loss can be painful but I would much rather enjoy as much of life as I can and deal with the hardships as they come. Challenges abound even without pets, family or children but I prefer to concentrate on the good times, enjoy the company of happy and positive pets and people and look forward to more. I can't imagine not having companions of one type or another.
Nothing wrong with looking forward to new personalities in your life as I know you will not forget the ones from before. You are not a glutton for grief but maybe a glutton for fun and joy.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
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ImageMoonhowl
Jan 6, 2012 10:13 AM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Yup. If i have learned nothing else in 60 years, I have learned that you can not full appreciate joy without grief to temper it...happiness without sorrow to balance it. While I will always mourn the loss of each beloved furry member of my family, I could never have known the joys without them. I feel that knowing each of them has made me a far better, kinder soul than had i not. So here's to all my dear old pets....Thank you for the unconditional love you each so freely gave.
What I don't know is why books are written.
ImageLance
Jan 6, 2012 10:23 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
Question authority, guide in wisdom
Well said, thank you again for sharing.
Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground -- the unborn of the future Nation. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations.
Dogs; Family Fun Unplugged; Perennials, Annuals, Veggies; Happy Birthday Wishes
mom2goldens
Jan 7, 2012 6:59 PM CST
Name: Linda
Carmel, IN
Moonhowl...I'm so sorry for your loss. Having lost 2 dear goldens over the past 2 years, I understand how difficult it is, especially at such a young age. Chester (that was my dear dad's name) was such a beautiful dog. I smiled when I read how he liked to hold your hand in his mouth. As the owner of goldens who have had this trait, I understand what that meant to you. Please know that Chester is in a good place, and hold tight to your special memories of him.

Linda
ImageMoonhowl
Jan 8, 2012 12:22 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Thank you, Linda.I know you understand having lost two dear companions yourself.

Chester was an inherited pup. Just a couple months after a close friend got him, my friend was hospitalized with cancer. I agreed to babysit with Chester....and agreed to keep him when my friend passed away a couple months later. I am sure Jack was waiting for him with open arms.
What I don't know is why books are written.

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