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I lost a piece of me this weekend....

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I'm sorry to hear of your loss. My wife and I have always had lots of pets ever since we've been married (35 yrs), and have had to go through the same thing several times. It's not easy and it doesn't get any easier. Right now we have five dogs of various ages, so I know we will have to go through it again; but I wouldn't give up the joy they bring to us now for anything. Hang in there and try to remember the good times.

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I thought I would bring this thread back to life since it has been awhile since I have visited it. It was nice to see some posts back in March. All is well now. We still miss Abby terribly but have come to grips with her passing. She sits on my mantle above our television in our living room, ashes and urn, watching over us constantly. It was tough to pick up her ashes that day as the only other visit to the shelter was dropping off her body. Chloe, our other golden is doing great. I have found more time to give her on an individual basis. She was actually the better behaved of the two and loves to be outside with us as the weather gets nicer. Abby loved to roam the fields around our house and Chloe would always follow along. Now she just stays in the yard with us.....well, most of the time. I have no thoughts at this time of getting another puppy. I don't know that I ever will. Chloe seems to be doing fine and we include her in our daily travels when we can. Maybe one day I will feel the urge to train and love another but for now, Chloe is enough. I hope everyone is doing well and reading back through the posts, am thankful again for all the support I received. Now get back to work on your displays.....I am way behind already!!!


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I just saw this post. My condolences. A few years ago I had to have my cat to sleep. I had him 23 years. A few days later I got a card from our vet with this poem in it called, The Rainbow Bridge. I pass it on to you and your family.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.

There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.

There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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God Bless

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I, like so many others, can so relate to how you feel. I'm so glad so many have shown their support for you here, because there are lots of people who just don't understand how devastating it is to lose a pet. As an adult, I have even shed tears over the loss of a beloved hamster who was my only companion when I was going through tough times. I hope Abby is in that special place over the Rainbow Bridge, playing with our first little doggie Duchess and our cat Dinah (14 when she died two years ago) and even Twinky the hamster.

My prayers go out for you that you are somehow comforted in this time of loss.

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Wow! I just came across this thread today and it really hits home! I have twin boys and a Golden Retreiver. She is 13 almost 14 and slowing down tremendously. My thoughts are with you and your family. As you know, as time goes the pain lessons, but we never forget a family member!

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