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(Some Guy)   Farker watched the light leave his 10 year old labrador's eyes a half hour ago. Give your dog a big hug for me, and remember not to feed your dog any turkey skin, fat, or bones on Thanksgiving   (dogs.thefuntimesguide.com ) divider line
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2012-11-21 08:14:20 AM  
My condolences, subby. It's always rough to lose a treasured friend.
 
2012-11-21 08:17:01 AM  
Did you not know any better? And who the hell celebrates Thanksgiving on Tuesday?
 
2012-11-21 08:17:53 AM  
Sorry to hear that. I haven't had a dog in years, but we're watching my sister's 2 dogs now as her father in law is on his way out of this life. You know those 2 dogs in that hyperbole and a half blog? Reminds me of them in many many ways. Sometimes I really miss having pets.
 
2012-11-21 09:03:16 AM  
Sorry for your loss subby.
 
2012-11-21 09:05:47 AM  
Hate to hear that. Lost one a couple of years ago; her replacement's at my feet now.
 
2012-11-21 09:17:28 AM  
My parents told me that my dog is fading fast, and that this Thanksgiving will probably be the last time I see her.

So yes, I'm going to give her a huge amount of hugs.
 
2012-11-21 09:22:26 AM  
I remember doing that with my 1st pup. You have my sympathy there subby.
 
2012-11-21 09:34:59 AM  

Rincewind53: My parents told me that my dog is fading fast, and that this Thanksgiving will probably be the last time I see her.

So yes, I'm going to give her a huge amount of hugs.


Yea, my parent's dog has terminal cancer and probably less than 3 months to live.

Needless to say she will have a full plate of Thanksgiving food complete with all the trimmings.
 
2012-11-21 09:35:00 AM  
Sorry to hear that. But look on the bright side, now you can go get a cat.
 
2012-11-21 09:37:30 AM  
I have a foster cat, but I will give him big hugs as well. Sorry, subby.
 
2012-11-21 10:05:10 AM  
Holy downer, Batman.

:(
 
2012-11-21 10:10:35 AM  
I'm sorry for your dog's loss.
 
Somebody's getting a PUPPY for X-mas!
 
2012-11-21 10:23:43 AM  

brap: Somebody's getting a PUPPY for X-mas!


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2012-11-21 10:29:27 AM  
Sorry man. I just reunited my dawg after being away for four months. I missed the little guy like crazy.

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We think he's some sort of Dachshund / Mini-Pinscher / Rat Terrier mix.
 
2012-11-21 10:38:09 AM  
Now I'm remembering my golden retrievers Jake and Toby. The latter once got a turkey leg off the kitchen table while my back was turned.
 
2012-11-21 11:15:41 AM  
So sorry, Subby.
 
2012-11-21 11:34:48 AM  
I'm sorry subby. Anyone who says that because it was a pet, that it hurts less, deserves a cockpunch.
 
2012-11-21 11:36:25 AM  
Sorry. My dog's 14 so I know it's coming, but I don't want to think about it.

He's also been blind since he was 6. Resilient, that one.
 
2012-11-21 11:53:43 AM  
Sad to hear, subby. :(
 
2012-11-21 12:18:53 PM  
I am sorry subby...

/my mothers dog favorite thing to do on thanksgiving was lick the butter off the butter dish (that was on the dining room table) when no one was paying attention... I miss that dog
//my dog is 3, her name is Chuck... first purebred I have ever had... all others (including cats) were strays that just walked in our front door... Chuck is not from a puppy mill... friend had two mini-schnauzers
///got Chuck in exchange for Depeche Mode tickets...
////Hubby hates it, but Chuck sleeps with us... usually in between us...
 
2012-11-21 12:23:27 PM  

God Is My Co-Pirate: Now I'm remembering my golden retrievers Jake and Toby. The latter once got a turkey leg off the kitchen table while my back was turned.


A couple thanksgivings ago, I went to visit my cousin's place, brought my beagle Dewie with me. It was a crowded gathering, so we were all eating with our plates in our laps on the patio. When people started getting food, I went to wrangle Dewie up to keep him from pestering people and my cousin told me it was OK, that everybody there was a dog person and knew how to defend their plates. The second I left him go he went straight to her, jumped up, and took a big chunk of turkey off her plate.
 
2012-11-21 12:24:45 PM  
Sorry for your loss, Subby. Such a hard thing to do. I still miss my Jewels after four years. She lost out to cancer.

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2012-11-21 12:28:18 PM  
Sorry for your loss subby.... that sucks
 
2012-11-21 12:42:57 PM  
My sympathies. Lost my buddy of almost fifteen years around this time last fall. Miss him . The girl is still going fairly strong. She's always been queen of the house, but now, she's a tyrant.

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2012-11-21 01:29:50 PM  
So sorry, subby. I just lost my Great Dane, Justice, last month. She was 7 1/2 years old and in renal failure.

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It does get easier. You know they're only around for a short time in your life and you give them more love to make up for it.
 
2012-11-21 01:30:16 PM  
Nothing we can say will make the pain go away.
Take comfort in the knowledge that your dog knew that you loved them.
So sorry for your loss,I know it hurts.
*Hug*
 
2012-11-21 01:40:21 PM  
The hardest part is now having to lick the peanut butter off your own balls...
 
2012-11-21 01:41:13 PM  
I've never been much of a dog person, but as someone who grew up with a mother cat and her three sons from birth to death on each of them, you have my condolences. I don't honestly think it ever gets easier, but they bring far more joy than pain.
 
2012-11-21 01:43:22 PM  
My dog is slowly going that way. Eleven solid years, and I fear her tumor (inoperable) is making her life worse. She doesn't complain, and lives her days as usual, but...

I'm gonna hug her once I get back from work.
 
2012-11-21 01:52:51 PM  
Oh gods. I am so sorry. Big hug for you and big hug for my boy.

/good dog
 
2012-11-21 02:06:34 PM  
At least he wasn't alone when he passed, subby. He was loved and had a good home and he had a good life because of you. Sorry for your loss. Take care of yourself.
 
2012-11-21 02:10:38 PM  
We recently took in a Bernese whose owner passed away. He is possibly the best dog we ever have had. I started looking several months after our lab crashed. We had her since a puppy, she had passed all the tests for a service dog, save her size, so we got her:
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My older son and Shotsie on a friend's boat

Beautiful, attentive, and fun. It broke my heart when it was time. I ne'er thought I'd replace her, but on vacation I met one like Cody and realized it was time to move on, not to mention our younger pooch always had a constant companion and we could tell she was lonely. Now I feel so lucky to have him but he's eight and his breed won't typically go beyond ten or so... Too short of a time. But isn't that the same for all of them?
 
2012-11-21 02:12:01 PM  
Sorry subs...I am not a fan of the canine but i have lost a couple of dogs when I was a kid...it sucks. Gods Speed over the next few days.
 
2012-11-21 02:22:29 PM  
Our gurl HunnyBunny is gettin near that time, my deepest condolences subby! She's been around for well over 10 years now, not even sure exactly how old she is.

/can't figger out image linky thingy but she's a GORGEOUS golden retriever/lab/mutt

She's getting extra huggles today though for sure!

/dusty in here
 
2012-11-21 02:26:36 PM  
I'm so sorry subs. Being with them when they go is so incredibly hard but you'll be glad you were.

[Sad]SB Time

I grew up with a pit bull mix we took in off the streets Tampa. We found him at the soup kitchen of the homeless shelter my mom worked at. It was a renovated firehouse, so he became Sparky the Firehouse Wonder Dog (I was ten, what do you want). He had mange and such bad heartworms that he wasn't expected to survive the treatment that we couldn't afford to get for him anyway. Word got out that we'd taken this dog in and he needed this treatment and the volunteers and staff at the homeless shelter raised the money for it. He survived the treatment and lived a long happy life with us for 14 years until we had to put him down.

I was there with him when he went. Our eyes met as his were drooping shut for the last time and he gave me this look that I'll never forget, his eyes got kind of soft and I swear he smiled. Like he was saying, "Hey, don't worry about it. It's all good. I had a farking blast with you. Thanks for everything."

That was about ten years ago and I haven't been able to get another dog. Don't know if I ever will.

/SSB


I'll be thinking of you today, subs.
 
2012-11-21 02:37:37 PM  
Incredibly dusty in here... going to give my old boy his pre-turkey day bath now after the big hugs he's already gotten, he's bound get more while I tell him how good he is for taking his bath. So sorry for everyone's loss who's posted here. They've all lead amazing lives their short time with us because you are all amazing people.

/my boy is 12
//yet he just galloped inside after a walk and pounced on a toy
///can't even imagine my own devastation when he decides it's time to go
 
2012-11-21 02:50:23 PM  
Losing a good dog is hard and I don't envy you at all, Subby.

I hope everything works out for you.
 
2012-11-21 02:59:59 PM  
My complete sympathies. Hugging my Aussie right now for you.
 
2012-11-21 03:15:44 PM  
My son shot a possum hunting last weekend. He burned it in our fire pit. My dog ate what was left of it yesterday. I hope she doesn't get sick.
 
2012-11-21 03:21:50 PM  

OregonVet: Did you not know any better? And who the hell celebrates Thanksgiving on Tuesday?


Subby here, my boy didn't die from turkey. He had a tumor rupture a blood vessel and bled internally. Wagged his tail until the end and died in my arms while my father and I comforted him. He wasn't in any pain and didn't give any signs of fear. I added the article to remind other Farkers how to have a safe Thanksgiving with their pooch(es)
 
2012-11-21 03:24:54 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Sorry to hear that. But look on the bright side, now you can go get a cat.


Already have a prissy tuxedo. She's in charge now.
 
2012-11-21 03:30:23 PM  

cabbyman: The hardest part is now having to lick the peanut butter off your own balls...


Thanks a lot for that, got my father and I chuckling :)
 
2012-11-21 03:57:55 PM  
Thank you all for your kind words and fond rememberances. Work was a little tough to get through this morning, but I'm feeling better already. We're going to take him to be cremated in about 20 minutes and I'll tell him he's a good boy one more time.

Again, thank you all and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
 
2012-11-21 04:02:01 PM  

Loaded Six String: Thank you all for your kind words and fond rememberances. Work was a little tough to get through this morning, but I'm feeling better already. We're going to take him to be cremated in about 20 minutes and I'll tell him he's a good boy one more time.

Again, thank you all and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.


You too, hun. I hope you and yours have a better holiday season; just remember how wonderful of a life that he lived because of you and your love for him... He'll be waiting for you on the Rainbow Bridge, tail a'waggin' :)
 
2012-11-21 04:14:05 PM  

Loaded Six String: Wagged his tail until the end and died in my arms while my father and I comforted him.


I know from experience how hard that is. You have my sympathy.
 
2012-11-21 04:43:53 PM  

OregonVet: Did you not know any better? And who the hell celebrates Thanksgiving on Tuesday?


My family celebrated Thanksgiving on Tuesday, because my wife will be working all weekend. She's an veterinarian at an emergency clinic and will be busy digging turkey bones out of dogs. True story.

Also, it's good to see the rest of Fark is capable of empathy.
 
2012-11-21 05:20:51 PM  
Sorry to hear subs..

My wife took our fostered retired racing greyhound to the vet today ( he had been having a nosebleed that wouldn't stop). They found a mass. We won't know if its malignant or not for a week or so but after extensive research I know it's not going to be benign. We were planning on making his adoption official on Friday but that is on hold now. The rescue says they will try radiation if it is cancerous and they understand if we want to return him, but we have already bonded with him and I know after the hard racing life he needs a good home however brief it will be.

Again my condolences to sunny and every other pet lover in this thread. It's tough to lose something that you have bonded with no matter the amount of time.
 
2012-11-21 05:58:59 PM  

Loaded Six String: Subby here,


I felt like a dick after my boobs. I apologize. I know what it's like. After trolling FARK for ten years I just reflex in certain ways. No excuse and I hope you find comfort soon.
 
2012-11-21 06:01:36 PM  
My condolences subby. Below is a pic of Astro. I still miss him very much after many years. Never have I had a friend like him.

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2012-11-21 06:36:34 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Sorry to hear that. But look on the bright side, now you can go get a cat.


that's true. get a few.
 
2012-11-21 07:20:55 PM  
My condolences. My JoJo is 11, and slowing down a bit. He still barks like a Nazi when the misses and I dance however..he's my little boy.
 
2012-11-21 08:20:41 PM  
A little over two years ago, I held Angel (the white one in the photo) in my arms as she slipped away. I'm so sorry for your loss, subby. I'm glad you were there for your forever friend's final moments.

It does get better. I'll hoist one for your friend tonight.

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2012-11-21 08:22:09 PM  

OregonVet: Did you not know any better? And who the hell celebrates Thanksgiving on Tuesday?


Nice to know no grief is too personal or painful for some asshole to piss all over it. Stay classy, OregonVet.
 
2012-11-21 08:25:26 PM  

OregonVet: Loaded Six String: Subby here,

I felt like a dick after my boobs. I apologize. I know what it's like. After trolling FARK for ten years I just reflex in certain ways. No excuse and I hope you find comfort soon.


Well, wish I could retract the harsher part of my reply. It takes guts and integrity to apologize. Well spoken, sir.
 
2012-11-21 08:28:51 PM  

dualplains: Our eyes met as his were drooping shut for the last time and he gave me this look that I'll never forget, his eyes got kind of soft and I swear he smiled. Like he was saying, "Hey, don't worry about it. It's all good. I had a farking blast with you. Thanks for everything."


When Angel was fading she kept lowering her head and starting to close her eyes, then jerking awake as if to say "I'm fine! I'm still awake! Don't worry about me."

The SO, both my kids and I held her and told her she was a good, good dog; that she'd done a great job and always did her best and we were very, very proud of her; that we loved her and would miss her, but it was okay for her to go now.

She looked at each one of us steadily for a few seconds each, then -- I swear -- smiled and said "Okay. I'm just going to rest now." And then she laid her head down, sighed contentedly as if she was falling asleep after running in the yard all day, closed her eyes and stopped breathing.
 
2012-11-21 09:00:33 PM  
tears are streaming down my face for subby and all who lost their good beloved friends. i am so sorry. Subby, i heartily recommend drinking heavily for a long time. XXXOOO sweetie.

my precious Chow-Chow is my constant companion. at 12 she is seeing some hard days. i'm gonna give her extra hugs and scritchins tonight.
 
2012-11-21 10:37:55 PM  
Every time we hug my dog, he squirms and tries to run away. He's not a fan of the hugs.

It's been 10 years since my parents last dog, the one we got when I was 12, my parents moved about 4 years ago .. It still doesn't hit me until the dog doesn't come running to me when I visit. My dad passed this year, and although that's been rough, I still have a brief "Where's Cerberus?" moment when I walk into the new place. :(
 
2012-11-22 12:40:19 AM  
I'm really sorry, subby.

/I'd hug my felines but I watched the light leave their eyes too...worst days of my life
/there really is a light isn't there
/maybe they're all hanging out together somewhere; I hope so
 
2012-11-22 01:07:30 AM  
I feel for you subs. My last dog to go was a lab mix. I don't remember ever having to yell at him. The smartest dog I ever known. I think he even sensed it was his time to go.
 
2012-11-22 01:49:18 AM  

Loaded Six String: OregonVet: Did you not know any better? And who the hell celebrates Thanksgiving on Tuesday?

Subby here, my boy didn't die from turkey. He had a tumor rupture a blood vessel and bled internally. Wagged his tail until the end and died in my arms while my father and I comforted him. He wasn't in any pain and didn't give any signs of fear. I added the article to remind other Farkers how to have a safe Thanksgiving with their pooch(es)


I'm sorry you lost a friend.

You reminder is good advice for all of us with pets.
 
2012-11-22 03:10:57 AM  
Subby, My sincere condolences. I have lost many cats during my early years. They always seemed so insignificant. The First time I had a lost a dog that I truly loved and was connected with was a German Shepherd named Ace. I was the last person to be w/ him alive. It was a late summer day in N. IN (just out side of South Bend) and I went to my sister's house to kill a few hours between tests. Ace and I played ball and Frisbee for about an hour. When I had to go back to class he chased me down the driveway. After my tests and I got home my mom made call my sister. My mom didn't want to tell me. My sister game me the news.

I still get sad when I think of Ace. He was a present for my sister from my bro-in-law (their 1st anny). I feel that helped him grow his personality. He was my dog when he was very young and we had a very special bond (over the 14+ yrs).

I now have a Shepard / rottie mix now that I saved my GF's parents. I've had her several years (at least 4 yrs) and she's turning 12 or 13 this Jan. She has almost as smart as Ace when she wants to be. It is hard to replace that love and bond you have but it will get better. You will never find a replica, but I am sure you can find and nurture a similar personality.

My prayers are with you and good Subs.

Here's a pic of Bella w/ glaring Green Eyes

/Yep, she has gotten lots of hugs and belly rubs tonight.
 
2012-11-22 03:15:48 AM  
Your dog was a good brave fella, Subby. I'm sorry you lost him. You and your dad saw him off right proper though. That's good too. I hope it will ease the hurt a little.

I miss my Blackie Collins. Something went wrong with his mouth and it got so bad that finally he cried with pain when he tried to eat the soft food I made for him.

Had to sit down and logic it out and it was cold logic and it hurt. But he was hurting more and I had an obligation to this little animal.

I couldn't leave him all alone in there with the vet, so I stayed with him and held gazes till the pain went away.

Swaggering little kitty dude is out there somewhere in the stars, waiting.

I'm gonna go pet my Miss Jasper FatCat now.
 
2012-11-22 04:05:19 AM  

PaulieattheTap: I went to my sister's house to kill a few hours between tests. Ace and I played ball and Frisbee for about an hour. When I had to go back to class he chased me down the driveway. After my tests and I got home my mom made call my sister. My mom didn't want to tell me. My sister game me the news.


BYW, I "Aced" my tests that Day. So as his spirit has been and still is with me, I know your dog's spirit will always be with You! Good Luck! I hope you have a wonder Turkey Day!

/ Prayers and thoughts are are with You!
 
2012-11-22 06:25:29 AM  
Dogs truly are man's best friend and the anthropomorphism nonsense that is 'Caturday' should be replaced with a dog-day afternoon ( or whatever).

There, I said it.
 
2012-11-22 06:26:20 AM  
Also, sorry for your loss subby.
 
2012-11-22 06:43:14 AM  
Subby, I'm so sorry for your loss. And during the holidays too. I hope you are surrounded by loved ones who understand what you are going through, and give you comfort during this time.

Like others here, my computer is giving off a helluva lot of dust suddenly. And my lap-pug is wondering why Mommy is crying right now.......
 
2012-11-22 06:49:56 AM  
I don't measure my lifetime in years, I've been measuring it by how many cats and dogs I've owned. And God, I'm getting old.
 
2012-11-22 10:55:05 AM  
So sorry for you subby! I hug my pup a big hug every day...

/I do usually feed him a raw turkey neck for Thanksgiving though. Never, ever would give him cooked bones though!
 
2012-11-22 11:34:15 AM  
Out of curiosity, why would you not feed your dog turkey skin? I never allowed my dogs to eat any "people food" anyway, but I am curious as to why turkey skin would be bad for them.
 
2012-11-22 12:35:33 PM  

Balchinian: Out of curiosity, why would you not feed your dog turkey skin? I never allowed my dogs to eat any "people food" anyway, but I am curious as to why turkey skin would be bad for them.


Turkey skin is currently thought to cause acute pancreatitis in dogs.
 
2012-11-22 05:16:07 PM  
I made the call yesterday to let my 17 year old orange tabby go. He was in massive organ failure.

......damn, it's dusty in here.
 
2012-11-22 05:44:54 PM  

Balchinian: Out of curiosity, why would you not feed your dog turkey skin? I never allowed my dogs to eat any "people food" anyway, but I am curious as to why turkey skin would be bad for them.


Some dogs are more sensitive to fat than others and develop the acute pancreatitis described above, However, I know plenty of people who will even use things like hot dogs as training treats. When my GSD was a puppy I used cut up hot dog during most obedience classes.

I think it depends on your dog and how much he gets in relation to his size. That said, better safe than sorry and if you want to give your dog a yummy treat then lean meat would be a much healthier [and completely safe] alternative...

/my dog will work just as hard for plain chicken
 
2012-11-22 11:19:12 PM  

dhaskins: I made the call yesterday to let my 17 year old orange tabby go. He was in massive organ failure.

......damn, it's dusty in here.


:(

you did the right thing for your poor cat

it's never easy

*hug*
 
2012-11-23 02:54:51 AM  
Subby, I want to offer my condolences on the loss of your companion. We lost Rufus Maximus last October (the cat in my profile pic, he made it to twelve before his lungs filled up with liquid) and reading everyone posts here tonight re-opened all the missing him I hold in my heart. We got two new kittehs, Lucy and Chunk...but I still go out to the garden and talk to Rufus at least once a week. Anyhow, I hope everyone loves on their pets a little extra tonight, and that everyone had a wonderful holiday. Take care.
 
2012-11-23 09:18:36 AM  
I am most sincerely sorry for your loss but you have your pal a great life. I know it hurts and pity the folks that simply cannot identify - regardless, it's like losing a best friend, losing an arm, losing part of your heart - it's like all of those combined.

/tips hat
 
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