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Please keep Susan in your thoughts and prayers tonight as she lost her beloved "Patience" today.

"Pay" was a 17 year old dowager empress that Susan referred often and affectionately to as the "antique cocker". As a puppy, I think she was initially named more from a position of hope than fact.

When I asked Susan some time ago, how she got into the dogs games, her response was "two words: Patience - Survival".

She was 20 pounds of feisty, independence and ferocious devotion. A fistful that Susan's father declared at one time, "this is the worst dog we've ever had in this family!"...but I suspect that statement was made as a left-handed paean to who she was.

Susan often said that Pay trained the labs first before she had a chance to.

Patience introduced Susan to obedience and agility competition, out of a need for keeping this highly intelligent animal in a job that kept her from spending her idle moments gnawing on the Ferragamo shoes, opening doors and gates, and authoring a general state of mayhem.

One thing led to another, and now Susan's life is filled with labradors in various stages of training and achievement - but all filled with Susan's talent and love.

Patience occupied, throughout her life, a quiet post of supremacy and dominion, but always keeping Susan first and foremost in her sphere of realm.

Susan - as those who know her would expect - provided her a wonderful life, as she does with all her canine family. And she held her gently as the vet provided Pay the release from the 'surly bonds', Pay's final act being chomping enthusiastically on some liver treats.

Her body had failed her but her spirit was alive and well. And lives on in Susans's heart and memory.


I'm so glad I had a chance to meet her - and Susan will miss her terribly. In a way, she started her on a path and helped to make her who she is with dogs.

Godspeed little Patience, I'm sure you've already barreled past St. Peter at the Gate....


Lydia
 

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Prayers coming. 17 years is a long time to share together. I'm sure the memories are overwhelming. It's good to know many dogs have been blessed by Patience's love and life.

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17 years is a long time and I'm sure she'll be missed -- thoughts and prayers go out to you
 

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Oh, Susan. My heart goes out to you, it truly does.
Selfishly, I had so hoped to meet Patience but will now settle for hearing all your wonderful tales of the worst, and best, dog in your family.
There is no doubt in my mind Patience was just as blessed to have you as you were to have her.
You are in my prayers. I know your girl left an enormous hole in your heart.
Take Care,
Becky
 

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Sorry Susan. :(

God's-speed to Pay, and we will pray He comforts you tonight.
 

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Susan I am so sorry for your loss. 17 years is a gift - but I know that does not make it any easier to say good bye to Pay who was such a huge part of your life. You will be in my thoughts.

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Susan-

Hugs in your direction. From everything I know about you, you don't know what the words "just a dog" mean. While you gave Patience the very best life (Lydia wrote about this so well, so that even those of us who have never met you & Patience feel we have), you also gave her the last gift you could-which was to let her go peacefully. It hurts like hell, but we owe them at least that.

I'm sorry for the empty spaces in your heart & home & while I don't know exactly how you feel-I have a very, very good idea.

Please take care & try & let Patience come back in memories. I don't think the good dogs ever really leave us.

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Susan,

It's hard enough for me when a long distance RTF member loses a dog. But when a local friend loses one, it hurts that much more. I'm sorry that her time finally came.

I'm happy for you and for all those darn labradors, that she kept them in line, right up until her final days as the queen of the pack.

I'm sorry....big hugs to you Susan.

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Susan
So sorry for your loss
 

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Prayers.....

:( Sorry to hear of your dog. It is never easy to lose an old friend ......
 

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So sorry about your loss Susan. The old ones are such a big part of our lives and we do take them harder. I have an old girl I am now nursing along and I think her fiesty nature is what keeps her still going. I almost lost her last week while I was on vacation but my best friend Kathy kept her going and she is better because she is home and they determined she really needed her mom. Her devotion to you hopefully will be the memories you hold in your heart and soothe your pain because you loved her enough to release her from hers.
 
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