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Can You Be?

post #1 of 11
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1995 - 2010

I've had worse days in my life, but I can't recall when the last one was that was worse than today. Our beloved Keeshond, Pogo, has been having serious problems the last several months. He had lost most of his hearing, could not see for the large cataracts in his eyes, and has spent most of his time sleeping. We went out of our way to care for his needs and pay attention to him when he was up and around. Of late, however, he began to worsen and was having balance and bowel control issues. Finally, he decided that he wasn't interested in food anymore like he was. Kathy and I knew the day would come when he could not function any more, and that we would have to put aside our wants and desires in order to do what was right in terms of his daily suffering. Today was that day.

At 10:00 am this morning at the Bandera Veterinary Clinic, Pogo departed this world for whatever follows for beloved pets and family members. He left without pain and is suffering no more. It has been an exasperating and tear-filled day here at Casa Gordita, and I expect that to continue for some time to come.

Pogo was found as a young dog wandering in the country, wet and mud-coated, with no clue as to his origins. After a trip to the vet and a good cleaning up, several attempts were made to locate his owners, and then to find him a good home, as we already had a dog. None of these efforts panned out, and so we decided that he would make his home with us. He was a smart, active and playful guy, and a source of much pleasure and love for our family.

I encourage any of you who knew him to remember him fondly for who he was, and know he is better off now than he has been of late. In response to the question posed in the title of this piece:

"Can you be the kind of person your dog thinks you are?"
post #2 of 11
Sorry for your loss ...
post #3 of 11
I'm real sorry for your loss that's the hardest thing I think I ever had to do.He will be missed and time will pass and Pogo will set you up with another friend that you can share you families love with .I look at it that he had a best friend too.
post #4 of 11
I'm sorry to hear about Pogo. Deciding when to say goodbye is never an easy decision to make. Know that you did the right thing, and Pogo is much happier now.
post #5 of 11
Lost my Lab Molly, best friend and hunting companion to old age last year..........not an easy thing to experience.

I feel your pain!

Take care, John
post #6 of 11
Prayers sent for POGO. AMEN I just had to give my buddy a hug.
post #7 of 11
My boxer boy, Rocky, sends his best wishes and thanks you for posting because he just got extra ear rubbing and head scratching. He is also VERY glad for SMF because he gets to test the finished product with Dad before any of the rest of the family gets to try it. And Dad only wishes he could be as good a man as Rocky thinks he is.
post #8 of 11
sorry to hear....it's never easy.
post #9 of 11
I am sorry to hear of the loss of Pogo. Making the decision to help our friend out of his pain is a difficult decision, but the right one. I am a better person for having my dogs....
post #10 of 11
Oh man, so sorry for your loss. Luckie and Jackpot say they will met him in doggie heaven.
post #11 of 11

I have felt that pain

3 years ago we had to put down our 2 boys . wobbles and jazz were chihuahuas and as anyone that has ever owned huas knows ,They are prone to heart problems in ad vanced age. wobbles was 13 and jazz was 14 . 3 months ago we decided that we were ready for a new friend and we adopted and welcomed Tiny into our lives . tiny is the same color and pattern as wobbles and is an apple head hua like jazz,
He has won our hearts and become our newest family member.
The pain subsides but never goes away. but the time will come when you will want to get a new friend. Please adopt a friend and keep them safe.
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