If You Love dogs......

White Lightnin'

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Damn you. I am allergic to those kind of movies. They make my eyes water!

I am sitting here on the couch, next to my friend. I know the day will come when it is her turn and it will be just as hard as each, and every one before,  has been. But for now. We run, play, sail and road trip together.

WL

 

Marcjsmith

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I won’t even look at the video...sorry I’m sure it great,  but I’ve had more then enough pets that I’ve had to assist with making the end of life journey.   It’s never easy.....


WHY DOGS LIVE LESS THAN HUMAN ? ANSWER OF A 6 YEAR OLD


Monday, March 18, 2013 in DogsOthers
This is not my story, I didn’t write this, but I truly enjoyed it, so here goes:

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker ‘s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.  Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ”I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said, ”People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The Six-year-old continued,

”Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

  • When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

  • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

  • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

  • Take naps.

  • Stretch before rising.

  • Run, romp, and play daily.

  • Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

  • Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

  • On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

  • On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

  • When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

  • Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

  • Be loyal.

  • Never pretend to be something you’re not.

  • If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

  • When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

  • ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
 

Point Break

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Point Break

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Looks good! It’s going on my list. I’ll probably pick it up as an Audible book as I have lots of credits. So back at you. This is an Awesome dog story. Awesome. Do not confuse it with the children’s version by the same author with a similar title. You want this one.

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Racing-Rain/dp/B0073C2XLW/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1540869887&sr=8-4&keywords=the+art+of+racing+in+the+rain

 

IStream

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Looks good! It’s going on my list. I’ll probably pick it up as an Audible book as I have lots of credits. So back at you. This is an Awesome dog story. Awesome. Do not confuse it with the children’s version by the same author with a similar title. You want this one.

https://www.amazon.com/Art-Racing-Rain/dp/B0073C2XLW/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1540869887&sr=8-4&keywords=the+art+of+racing+in+the+rain
I've heard this recommended here before (possibly from you) but I never pulled the trigger. It's on the way now, thanks.

 

Dorado

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24 years straight of labradors. Mostly two at a time and now they're gone. Won't be getting another dog until the wife retires in a couple of years and then it'll be a little one.

Meanwhile look what just showed up and made itself at home. I just couldn't say no

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Nettles

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24 years of Labs here as well, all of them chocolate, the first of whom was a double of the vid star.  We overlap them, so the older one can break in the rookie and they seem to be getting better as we go.  The first one was a great dog, and broke my heart when he went, but was by no measure a good dog, despite my best efforts.  He was good at some things that the others haven't been, superb at heeling off leash when he badly wanted to go sniff the other dog, but was terrible about staying put at the foot of a ladder while Dad went up to secure a hatch or halyard.  Luckily, I was a lot younger then, so carrying a 90 lb  dog down a ladder was feasible.  

They are all different, and I love them all, even when they are being Labs, of whom it has been said " They can carry an egg without breaking it across the yard, then chew through a chain link fence".

 

Ed Lada

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24 years of Labs here as well, all of them chocolate, the first of whom was a double of the vid star.  We overlap them, so the older one can break in the rookie and they seem to be getting better as we go.  The first one was a great dog, and broke my heart when he went, but was by no measure a good dog, despite my best efforts.  He was good at some things that the others haven't been, superb at heeling off leash when he badly wanted to go sniff the other dog, but was terrible about staying put at the foot of a ladder while Dad went up to secure a hatch or halyard.  Luckily, I was a lot younger then, so carrying a 90 lb  dog down a ladder was feasible.  

They are all different, and I love them all, even when they are being Labs, of whom it has been said " They can carry an egg without breaking it across the yard, then chew through a chain link fence".
I have a yellow Lab and a chocolate Lab.  The yellow guy will be 10 years old in the Spring.  Stanley is sweet, loving, absolutely too sensitive and worries about everything, but his biggest fear is that he will never be fed again (As if!).  He is also a terrible wimp, although he is bigger and older than his younger half sister, he will not assert himself over her, except she knows better than to try to eat out of his food dish.  She will always occupy the favored couch in the house and Stanley will stand next to the couch and moan until my wife or I will tell her to go to the other couch so he can have the favorite one.   Stanley can be very stubborn and refuses to retrieve anything, unless it's to eat it.  Bella, my chocolate girl is 3 years younger.  She is very easy going, obedient, compliant and well behaved, except for always occupying Stanley's couch.  Bella has mastered the 'head down, looking up at you with the big brown eyes' trick.  She could melt a glacier with that look.  Oh, she is also afraid to swim.  She'll happily walk in shallow water but she won't swim.  I have one Lab that won't retrieve and another one that won't swim.  Kind of embarrassing actually.  They are the best!

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crankcall

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One thing you can always count on with a dog, some day they will break your heart. My yellow lab, big as a bernard and smart as a bowling ball only made 8yrs. But the big idiot made for the best stories. 

We have a new lovely boxer/carolina cross, shes a wonderful dog but not a lab. Way to smart too smart to have a lab gene.

 
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