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Thread: HRCH-TANKS ALOT FOR THE DANCE- MH (4/18/97-4/11/07)

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    Whenever I read of another going to the Rainbow Bridge, my heart is hurting for the loss to the owner. It's always so hard to find yourself without that loved one nearby. May the Good Lord help you through this sad period of your life. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    UB
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    You have my condolences.
    Sorry for your loss, but think of all the fun you had together!
    <--- Dooey, MH
    MHR Duckmates Fly Guy MH 05/17/94 - 07/17/08 "Flyboy"
    Candlewood Court Magician JH 1/31/02 - 8/2/12 "Magic Man"

    Richard

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    Everytime I read the things that you folks write about our loved ones that we loose, whether it be our canine family or our human family, it reminds me of how special this game and the people that make up this game truly are. I am very priviledged to be a part of such a kind and passionate group of people. Thank you all.
    David

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    David,

    My heart tightened when I read the Subject line of this thread. After reading your post, my heart is heavy and sad for you and your loss. Just remember that Dancy will ALWAYS be a part of you!

    Vicky

    Take me where my needs they'll tend.
    Only stay with me until the end,
    And hold me firm and speak to me,
    Until my eyes no longer see.

    I know in time you too will see,
    It is a kindness you do for me.
    Although my tail its last has waved,
    From pain and suffering I've been saved.

    Don't grieve that it should be you
    Who has to decide this thing to do.
    We've been so close, we two these years,
    Don't let your heart hold any tears
    Vicky
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    David,

    I know this sounds silly as I do not know you or your dog, but last night I thought of your prior post.

    I am so sorry to read of your dog. What a great name, you honoured her with.

    A Living Love

    If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will
    always remember....

    The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your
    young new friend.
    You may have spent weeks deciding on a litter. You may have asked
    numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in finding a
    breeder. Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just chosen
    that silly looking mutt in a shelter--simply because something in its
    eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home, and
    watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front
    room--and when you feel it brush against you for the first time--it
    instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the
    many years to come.

    The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later.
    It will be a day like any other.
    Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will
    look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You
    will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will
    see sleep when you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your
    friend's diet--and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may
    feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming
    emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until
    the third day finally arrives.

    And on this day--if your friend and God have not decided for you, then
    you will be faced with making a decision of your own--on behalf of
    your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest
    Spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you--you will
    feel as alone as a single star in the dark night.

    If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as
    they must. And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your
    circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or
    comfort you.

    But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the
    many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul--a bit smaller in size
    than your own--seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely
    days to come.

    And at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to
    happen, you may feel something brush against your leg--very very
    lightly.

    And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend
    used to lay--you will remember those three significant days. The
    memory will most likely to be painful, and leave an ache in your
    heart--As time passes the ache will come and go as if it has a life of
    its own.
    You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you
    reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you.
    Either way, it will still be an ache.

    But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when--along with the
    memory of your pet--and piercing through the heaviness in your
    heart--there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will
    be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have
    loved, and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living
    Love--like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals
    have wilted, this Love will remain and grow--and be there for us to
    remember. It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave
    us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we
    live. It is a Love which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave,
    perhaps to join our Beloved Pets--it is a Love we will always possess.

    (by Martin Scot Kosins)
    Field trial labradors, the wind beneath my wings,

    sometimes poop under my boots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie
    David,

    I know this sounds silly as I do not know you or your dog, but last night I thought of your prior post.

    I am so sorry to read of your dog. What a great name, you honoured her with.

    A Living Love

    If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will
    always remember....

    The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your
    young new friend.
    You may have spent weeks deciding on a litter. You may have asked
    numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in finding a
    breeder. Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just chosen
    that silly looking mutt in a shelter--simply because something in its
    eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home, and
    watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front
    room--and when you feel it brush against you for the first time--it
    instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the
    many years to come.

    The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later.
    It will be a day like any other.
    Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will
    look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You
    will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will
    see sleep when you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your
    friend's diet--and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may
    feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming
    emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until
    the third day finally arrives.

    And on this day--if your friend and God have not decided for you, then
    you will be faced with making a decision of your own--on behalf of
    your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest
    Spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you--you will
    feel as alone as a single star in the dark night.

    If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as
    they must. And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your
    circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or
    comfort you.

    But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the
    many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul--a bit smaller in size
    than your own--seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely
    days to come.

    And at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to
    happen, you may feel something brush against your leg--very very
    lightly.

    And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend
    used to lay--you will remember those three significant days. The
    memory will most likely to be painful, and leave an ache in your
    heart--As time passes the ache will come and go as if it has a life of
    its own.
    You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you
    reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you.
    Either way, it will still be an ache.

    But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when--along with the
    memory of your pet--and piercing through the heaviness in your
    heart--there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will
    be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have
    loved, and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living
    Love--like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals
    have wilted, this Love will remain and grow--and be there for us to
    remember. It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave
    us when they go. And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we
    live. It is a Love which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave,
    perhaps to join our Beloved Pets--it is a Love we will always possess.

    (by Martin Scot Kosins)
    Oh, my. So much truth.....so many tears, it's hard to see the computer screen.

    Just beautiful, Julie. Thanks for sharing it.

    Vicky
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    Thanks Vicky. I hope it helps David.

    Maybe a sticky of our favourite rainbow Eulogies could be added on the RTF. In times of grief it may help other friends.

    Thanks for the dance, would be a suggested header?
    Field trial labradors, the wind beneath my wings,

    sometimes poop under my boots.

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    Dave,I'm sorry about your dog.I know how hard today was.There is nothing I can say as well as what has already been said by everybody here.I know that all my dogs that are gone,even the ones that have been gone for a long time,still make me smile.Your dog will do that for you too.

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    David,
    My heart breaks for you. But it sounds like you and Dancy truly blessed each other.
    Take Care,
    Becky
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    Dave, sorry to learn of Dancy's passing.

    Her son, FC Tex has been staying at my place for the last couple of days (along with 17 other FT retrievers) while they train in the area. I'll have to give Tex a pat on the head tonight.
    It's such a shame that in the USA, defending Liberty has become such a heroic deed.

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