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Lost my fur kid this morning......
Old 04-08-2018, 12:35 PM   #1
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Lost my fur kid this morning......

My old lab Coal passed this morning. Something happened during the night - he was breathing but unresponsive when I woke early this morning. Although I thought I was prepared for this time due to his age (15+ yrs), I guess you really can't be prepared.

Coal was a great companion. Being a former detection dog, I did not have him as a pup but he was my constant companion for almost 10 years. This one seems to hurt a bit more than with my previous lab (which I had from a pup until death at over 13 yrs), probably due to Coal being with me 24/7 as I was already retired when I brought him home. He traveled the country with me throughout the years and adapted readily to whatever I threw at him (RVs, boats, kayaks, paddle boards, long hikes, etc).

Dogs are great comfort..... but so tough to lose them.
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Old 04-08-2018, 12:38 PM   #2
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So sorry for the loss. Our fur babies always hold a special place in our hearts!
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Old 04-08-2018, 12:43 PM   #3
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I am very sorry for your loss. It is so very hard when we lose our fur babies. They give us unconditional love. I am sure that you have priceless memories. Hugs.
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Old 04-08-2018, 12:59 PM   #4
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Sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful dog.
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Old 04-08-2018, 01:00 PM   #5
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So sorry to hear about Coal's passing. Our dog is also with us almost 24 X 7 and he is getting pretty gray so we're cherishing whatever time we have left with him.
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Old 04-08-2018, 01:02 PM   #6
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So sorry for your loss. I cry more for the animals than the people.
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Old 04-08-2018, 01:02 PM   #7
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So sorry you lost your friend. Sounds like you gave him a super retirement!
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Old 04-08-2018, 01:03 PM   #8
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So very sorry. This is so sad to hear and I know how hard it is to deal with.
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It is akin to losing a family member. My sympathies, as our pup is 12 and every new day is appreciated.
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Bummer. Lost my Border 15 1/2 years ago - still miss him.
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Been there. One pug put down in 2016. Another is 15 and frail. But I would not trade my time with them for anything.

Hang in there.
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Very sorry to hear this. Sounds like you gave him a great life. My yellow lab Toby is now nearly 13, and still hanging in there. He goes everywhere with us, as your pal Coal did with you. I hope to have him at least a few more years.
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Lakedog I am so sorry for your loss. It really hurts losing a good friend. You can take pride in knowing you gave him a great life.
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I'm sorry for your loss. I've been there. I know it's hard, and you're right, no one is ever really prepared. You just hang in there and do the best you can.
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Best wishes in the coming days, it's tough. It sounds like he had a great life, and added a lot of joy to yours. I think that's all they ask for.

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I'm sorry. Dogs are like people only better.
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Old 04-08-2018, 03:01 PM   #17
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We have 2 dogs that are 12, one a black (and now grey lab). I dread the day.

Have you read the Rainbow bridge poem? It will make you cry.
http://furryfriendzy.org/PDFs/RainbowBridge.pdf

I have had a lot of dogs, so I bet there will be a pack waiting for me WHEN I get to heaven.
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I'm so sorry about the loss of your dog.

I lost one of my dogs a couple of months and it still makes me so sad. However, I just got a new puppy two weeks ago and that helps a lot. My other dog loves the puppy too, and she seems much happier now.
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Lost 2 cats and a dog: 18, 16 and 14. Still think of them fondly with a smile and a tear. My sympathy to you. Remember the joy!
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Best friends are hard to lose, I know I have lost a few. We are adopting more senior critters, but that's not working. We took in a 16 yo cat whose guardian had died. That cat is now 22.
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