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Old 02-16-2008, 01:59 PM   #21
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I'm so sorry, it is so difficult to loose such precious companions. We also put our 9 yr old cat down last month. Cancer. When you are ready I agree go look at a shelter for a new friend. The only thing sadder then putting a loved pet to sleep is knowing there are so many pets waiting to be loved.

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Old 02-16-2008, 02:21 PM   #22
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Our four legged friends.....

This thread hits home for us.

We had to put our 14 year old Shetland Sheepdog down last Monday-Feb. 4th.

The only way to describe it is that they are a true member of the family.

For our 9 year old daughter - the loss is profound.

We thought we'd wait a year to get another dog.....Didn't work out.
We will be on our way to pick up an 8 month old Sheltie next Sunday.

You only have one chance for your child to be a part of raising a pet like that. We decided that the opportunity was too great to wait that extra year.

We're less sad now with the decision but, the loss is still very tough indeed.

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Old 02-16-2008, 02:38 PM   #23
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Thank you all for the responses to my post. It helps to know that others understand the pain. I am doing better with the decision, but the hole in my heart will be there for awhile. I am still looking for her, and I swear at times I feel that she is still here. I have stopped a few times and looked back because I thought I heard her footsteps on the tile floors in the house.

I have promised my husband that we would take a nice long break before we take another fur ball into our lives. I think I will definitely look to adopt from a shelter next time. I have had more than one vet tell me that mixed breds are heathier in general. Although Tootie had a nice long life, we saw her suffer a great deal from her digestive problems and spent several thousand dollars on hospital stays.

If any dog knew she was loved, she knew. She also knew that she owned me instead of the other way around.
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Old 02-16-2008, 03:08 PM   #24
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I swear at times I feel that she is still here. I have stopped a few times and looked back because I thought I heard her footsteps on the tile floors in the house.
I have similar experiences and that's what I called our cat's "ghostly presence" in my previous post. Our cat used to have a rountine. She slept on the second floor, and usually around 10:00 pm she would come down to have a snack before heading back upstairs. When watching TV, I would always be able to see her shadow when she was climbing those stairs and I would hear the last step squick as she stepped on it. And the other night, I swear, from the corner of my eyes I saw that exact same shadow moving up the stairs and I heard the squick... It freaked me out for a minute. I figured I need to stop watching Ghost Hunters...
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:40 AM   #25
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After 4 years, I still choke up and have to stop talking about my 17-1/2 year old kitty dying. I feel like a fool, but I cannot help it.
Love is not foolish.

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