Geggles
It will be 2 weeks tomorrow since I said goodbye to our beloved choc lab,Charlie boy.I would like to say that it has got easier to deal with,but if anything it feels harder.
Charlie was indeed a one off character,stubborn and a devil of a dog to walk.I could never stay mad at him for long,I guess it's that unconditional love he gave us come rain or shine.
Maybe when some time has passed I will consider getting another dog,but somewhere done the line we will have to go through this again.
It's taught me that time is precious and that when they leave us there is no second chance to get them back.I know in time it will start to ease and when I'm ready I can open my heart to another big daft boy.
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DavidSanchez
Im sorry for your loss Geggles. I just wanted to share something I found on a Lab website as Im biased towards Labs and think they are the greatest gift in the world and I lost my bff (white lab) to bone and lung cancer 23 days ago. This story affected me as my goofy lab sprained her tail from wagging (didnt even know that was possible)

DOGS NEVER DIE. THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO. THEY GET TIRED, AND VERY OLD, AND THEIR BONES HURT. OF COURSE THEY DON’T DIE. IF THEY DID THEY WOULD NOT WANT TO ALWAYS GO FOR A WALK, EVEN LONG AFTER THEIR OLD BONES SAY:” NO, NO, NOT A GOOD IDEA. LET’S NOT GO FOR A WALK.” NOPE, DOGS ALWAYS WANT TO GO FOR A WALK. THEY MIGHT GET ONE STEP BEFORE THEIR AGING TENDONS COLLAPSE THEM INTO A HEAP ON THE FLOOR, BUT THAT’S WHAT DOGS ARE. THEY WALK.

IT’S NOT THAT THEY DISLIKE YOUR COMPANY. ON THE CONTRARY, A WALK WITH YOU IS ALL THERE IS. THEIR BOSS, AND THE CACAPHONIC SYMPHONY OF ODOR THAT THE WORLD IS. CAT POOP, ANOTHER DOG’S MARK, A ROTTING CHICKEN BONE ( EXULTATION), AND YOU. THAT’S WHAT MAKES THEIR WORLD PERFECT, AND IN A PERFECT WORLD DEATH HAS NO PLACE.

HOWEVER, DOGS GET VERY VERY SLEEPY. THAT’S THE THING, YOU SEE. THEY DON’T TEACH YOU THAT AT THE FANCY UNIVERSITY WHERE THEY EXPLAIN ABOUT QUARKS, GLUONS, AND KEYNESIAN ECONOMICS. THEY KNOW SO MUCH THEY FORGET THAT DOGS NEVER DIE. IT’S A SHAME, REALLY. DOGS HAVE SO MUCH TO OFFER AND PEOPLE JUST TALK A LOT.

WHEN YOU THINK YOUR DOG HAS DIED, IT HAS JUST FALLEN ASLEEP IN YOUR HEART. AND BY THE WAY, IT IS WAGGING IT’S TAIL MADLY, YOU SEE, AND THAT’S WHY YOUR CHEST HURTS SO MUCH AND YOU CRY ALL THE TIME. WHO WOULD NOT CRY WITH A HAPPY DOG WAGGING ITS TAIL IN THEIR CHEST. OUCH! WAP WAP WAP WAP WAP, THAT HURTS. BUT THEY ONLY WAG WHEN THEY WAKE UP. THAT’S WHEN THEY SAY: “THANKS BOSS! THANKS FOR A WARM PLACE TO SLEEP AND ALWAYS NEXT TO YOUR HEART, THE BEST PLACE.”

WHEN THEY FIRST FALL ASLEEP, THEY WAKE UP ALL THE TIME, AND THAT’S WHY, OF COURSE, YOU CRY ALL THE TIME. WAP, WAP, WAP. AFTER A WHILE THEY SLEEP MORE. (REMEMBER, A DOG WHILE IS NOT A HUMAN WHILE. YOU TAKE YOUR DOG FOR WALK, IT’S A DAY FULL OF ADVENTURE IN AN HOUR. THEN YOU COME HOME AND IT’S A WEEK, WELL ONE OF YOUR DAYS, BUT A WEEK, REALLY, BEFORE THE DOG GETS ANOTHER WALK. NO WONDER THEY LOVE WALKS.)

ANYWAY, LIKE I WAS SAYING, THEY FALL ASLEEP IN YOUR HEART, AND WHEN THEY WAKE UP, THEY WAG THEIR TAIL. AFTER A FEW DOG YEARS, THEY SLEEP FOR LONGER NAPS, AND YOU WOULD TOO. THEY WERE A GOOD DOG ALL THEIR LIFE, AND YOU BOTH KNOW IT. IT GETS TIRING BEING A GOOD DOG ALL THE TIME, PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU GET OLD AND YOUR BONES HURT AND YOU FALL ON YOUR FACE AND DON’T WANT TO GO OUTSIDE TO PEE WHEN IT IS RAINING BUT DO ANYWAY, BECAUSE YOU ARE A GOOD DOG. SO UNDERSTAND, AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN SLEEPING IN YOUR HEART, THEY WILL SLEEP LONGER AND LONGER.

BUT DON’T GET FOOLED. THEY ARE NOT “GONE.” THERE’S NO SUCH THING, REALLY. THEY ARE SLEEPING IN YOUR HEART, AND THEY WILL WAKE UP, USUALLY WHEN YOU’RE NOT EXPECTING IT. IT’S JUST WHO THEY ARE.

 

I FEEL SORRY FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE DOGS SLEEPING IN THEIR HEART. YOU’VE MISSED SO MUCH. EXCUSE ME, I HAVE TO GO CRY NOW.”

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Geggles
Thanks Dave,that was both comforting and tear jerking in equal measure!
Sorry for your loss also,I too think labs are the best.To think your dog sprained it's tail by wagging it so enthusiastically just about sums them up.
We did go for some wonderful walks and saw some stunning sunrises and sunsets,mind you I think Charlie was more interested in chasing small deer.
Thank you for your kind words.All the best.
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Bdoggie
I am truly sorry for your loss Geggles. I can't offer much in the way of help right now. I too am lost in the darkness.

I've had a number of black labs in my life time and they were some of the most wonderful friends I've ever had. My heart goes out to you. You and Charlie are in my thoughts and prayers. See him on the Rainbow Bridge, he'll be waiting.
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