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« on: May 09, 2007, 04:51:13 AM »

Sad news...James Pup, my dog whose picture I use as my avatar, developed bloat and had to be put down.

He was 9, which is a pretty good age for a Great Dane

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2007, 11:51:06 AM »

Sorry to hear that. I'm an animal lover myself, and it's always hard to lose one when you've made friends with it. It's sad that we get so attached to creatures who almost always predecease us. Garrison Keillor (who I always like) expressed this rather well in his poem In Memory of Our Cat, Ralph. I know it's about a cat rather than a dog, but I hope it can bring you a bit of comfort.

When we got home, it was almost dark.
Our neighbor waited on the walk.
"I'm sorry, I have bad news," he said.
"Your cat, the gray-black one, is dead.
I found him by the garage an hour ago."
"Thank you," I said, "for letting us know."
We dug a hole in the flower bed
With lilac bushes overhead,
Where this cat loved to lie in spring
And roll in dirt and eat the green
Delicious first spring bud,
And laid him down and covered him up,
Wrapped in a piece of tablecloth,
Our good old cat laid in the earth.
We quickly turned and went inside
The empty house and sat and cried
Softly in the dark some tears
For that familiar voice, that fur,
That soft weight missing from our laps,
That we had loved too well perhaps
And mourned from weakness of the heart.
A childish weakness, to regard
An animal whose life is brief
With such affection and such grief.
If such is weakness, so it be.
This modest elegy
Is only meant to note the death
Of one cat so we won't forget
His face, his name, his gift
Of cat affection while he lived,
The sweet shy nature
Of this graceful creature,
The simple pleasure of himself,
The memory of our cat, Ralph.
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2007, 04:55:04 AM »

Hey, its always sad to say goodbye to a dog..."Other Superfriends" is a good forum to post this in...
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2007, 08:16:47 AM »

I wondered about your handle --I thought it must be in reference to the great cartoon series James Hound.

My condolences.

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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2007, 12:10:39 AM »

Pets can become like true members of a family, because.. they are!

I lost my dog a LONG time ago, and I still think about him all the time.

RIP big guy  Sad
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2007, 01:09:22 AM »

thanks guys...I appreciate it
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