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    Default Aster 6/1/99 to 8/27/14

    Two days ago I had to put down my 15 year old Springer, the one in my avatar. I got him when he was six months old. He was a kennel dog and needed a lot of socializing, not an easy task. I trained him but discovered that he wasn't very birdy so he became a pet. Then one day when he was eight I took him afield and we hunted the edge of a mostly frozen pond. He flushed a black duck which I dropped into six foot high Phragmites. He didn't see it fall but I sent him. He came out with a crippled hen. I lavished praise on him and watched the happiest dog in the world. From that day on he was a different dog and I did not hesitate to take him hunting. We hunted pheasants, ducks, and preserve birds. His last hunting trip was when he was 11. Too much arthritis in the hips. We dealt with some health issues but nothing too bad. Adequan worked quite well. However his legs just got too weak and I realized it was his time.

    On his last day I cooked him rice pilaf and fed him cracklings, his two favorites. He was snacking on cracklings right up to the end in the vet's office.

    Aster was my buddy and he will be missed.
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    My deepest sympathy on your loss. He was a beautiful dog who lived a happy life and you did all that love could do for him.

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    Sorry. My Springer made it 15 years. I fed him cheeseburgers on his last day.
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    So sorry George. It is so hard! There life here is too short. Take care.
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    Sorry for your loss. I am sure he will be missed.
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    George, I'm very sorry. It sounds like the two of you had a great time during those 15 years.
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    It is always hard, no matter what age. Still...he was a lucky boy to find you and you were lucky to find him.
    Rest in peace, good boy Aster. You were loved.
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    So sorry for your loss. I too am going thru weak hind legs in my 15.5 year old Springer/Border Collie mix. I know our time is short and I dread the day I lose my heart dog.
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    George,

    Very sorry that her time finally came. You might recall that I shared a similar front yard picture of my springer & 2nd dog with you many years ago. Your avatar still reminds me of my Sally every time I see it.

    I went through the same steps and understand your feelings. Unfortunately this is one of the responsibilities we accept as their caring owners.

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    I am so sorry to hear of your loss......... What a great looking dog. And a great buddy. My sincere condolences.
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