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Old 03-14-2011, 04:00 PM   #41
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Sorry for your loss, brewer. So many of us have been through this with a pet and it's a special kind of hurt.

It's coming up on a year since our beloved cat Max died. I'm doing better but reading about your Porter gets me all teared up again.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:18 PM   #42
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I like to think he and Barley are waiting for us together, like this.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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Old 03-14-2011, 04:28 PM   #43
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I like to think he and Barley are waiting for us together, like this.
Are you trying to make me cry or what? So sorry for your loss....I miss my puppy Timber every day and he's been gone 4 years now .

I'm sure that Porter and Barley are playing at the Rainbow Bridge....
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Brewer, there's a special place in heaven for dogs like Porter and Barley who were part of our families before our children came and who made our children's earliest memories so rich.
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A special life leaves us memories, and memories last forever. So sorry for your loss of Porter
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I like to think he and Barley are waiting for us together, like this.
a beautiful thought and no doubts they are doing just that. i'm so sorry, our pets are part of our lives and our families. dogs are such great critters.
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Brewer,
Sorry for your loss, thanks for sharing him with us. I had a beagle growing up, and know how they can capture your heart.
This, too, shall pass..
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Last night when I came home I really felt Porter's presence even though I could not see him. I found myself reaching out to pet the third dog when I walked in and got rushed by the two puppies. At dinner I kept looking down expecting to see him at his accustomed mealtime begging spot. Sitting on the couch, I seemed to feel him slip behind me when I leaned forward (his favorite trick to get closer). And as I tucked my older daughter in, I could not stop myself tucking him in with a blanket on the beanbag seat he liked to sleep in in her room.

I think he was saying goodbye one more time before going to join Barley.
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Last night when I came home I really felt Porter's presence even though I could not see him. I found myself reaching out to pet the third dog when I walked in and got rushed by the two puppies. At dinner I kept looking down expecting to see him at his accustomed mealtime begging spot. Sitting on the couch, I seemed to feel him slip behind me when I leaned forward (his favorite trick to get closer). And as I tucked my older daughter in, I could not stop myself tucking him in with a blanket on the beanbag seat he liked to sleep in in her room.

I think he was saying goodbye one more time before going to join Barley.
It was tough when I lost my old golden retriever. But, now all my memories of her aways make me smile. The other day, I could see her swimming in the lake when I was hiking our old trail with my current dog. Those are good memories.
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