R.I.P. my beautiful dog

Lionheart392

Professional
Hi, everyone. I just wanted to share some memories of my dog Simba who passed away yesterday aged 10.
She was a lurcher, a lot of you may not have heard of the breed because they're mainly found in the UK and Ireland. But she was the most placid, gentle animal who slept about 23 hours a day and was happiest curled up on the sofa.
We adopted her from a rescue shelter in 2004 and she has given me and my family the most wonderful memories. She was put to sleep after having a stroke but did not seem to suffer which is some comfort. But I'll miss her so much :(





 

Automatix

Hall of Fame
My condolences.
At least thanks to you and your family she could live with a family who cared for and loved her.
 

mrmike

Semi-Pro
I am sorry for the loss of your beloved dog. I've been through this several times myself and if never gets any easier. Maybe one day you can rescue another great animal from a shelter. There is nothing more gratifying than giving an unwanted pet a new home.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
Hi, everyone. I just wanted to share some memories of my dog Simba who passed away yesterday aged 10.
She was a lurcher, a lot of you may not have heard of the breed because they're mainly found in the UK and Ireland. But she was the most placid, gentle animal who slept about 23 hours a day and was happiest curled up on the sofa.
We adopted her from a rescue shelter in 2004 and she has given me and my family the most wonderful memories. She was put to sleep after having a stroke but did not seem to suffer which is some comfort. But I'll miss her so much :(





Very sorry to hear that, I know exactly how you feel as my dog (fox terrier) passed away recently ( a month ago) as well, he was a month away from his 15th birthday.

For me it was literally like losing a younger brother, a family member (I absolutely despise it when people say "well he was just a dog" ), I had him since childhood and I really feel like it will never be the same without him.

Sorry If I hijacked your thread a bit, my honest condolences.
 

Lionheart392

Professional
Very sorry to hear that, I know exactly how you feel as my dog (fox terrier) passed away recently ( a month ago) as well, he was a month away from his 15th birthday.

For me it was literally like losing a younger brother, a family member (I absolutely despise it when people say "well he was just a dog" ), I had him since childhood and I really feel like it will never be the same without him.

Sorry If I hijacked your thread a bit, my honest condolences.
Not at all, other people's experiences are totally welcome too. And sorry to hear of your loss too.
Yes, dogs definitely do become part of the family, we share our homes and lives with them and go through a lot together. It's a shame that some people don't understand that.
Thanks everyone for the kind words :)
 

oldcity

Rookie
Aww man. Sorry to hear that. Cute pup. Looks s little greyhoundish. I just gave my vizsla a big hug. Dog is is my baby
 

jswinf

Professional
Sorry. Unavoidable part of loving a pet, but that doesn't make it easier. Hopefully it won't be long before you're ready for another.
 

Fearsome Forehand

Professional
Losing a dog can be tough. Amazing how one becomes so attached to an animal. I had two dogs and was very upset when they died.

With regard to dogs, I decided long ago, that much like boats, it is better to have a friend that has one than to have one myself.

Is that breed similar to a Whippet? Looks kind of like a Whippet to me.

Edit: Asked and Answered.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurcher
 
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kiteboard

Banned
True love never spoke as well as through a dog's kiss and smile. A uc berkeley professor poisoned our cat, trees, and got away with it due to his influence, as his daughter worked with the county da, and a son was a cop, and the cops were only worried about him, not the law.
 
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oldcity

Rookie
There is a twilight zone episode about an owner and his both died then were looking for heaven. It was a nice story , maybe on Hulu. Com or one of those
 

Sentinel

Bionic Poster
Thank you for giving him a good life. Sorry for the loss. Hopefully, you will adopt another one someday.
 

KenC

Hall of Fame
Sorry for the loss, it's not easy when a loved pet passes. A mother-in-law, well that's another story :):):)

Just a little humor to help cheer you up. There is a bright side, but you rarely see it at this moment. Later, when you look back at how happy you made your pet and all the unconditional love you got in return, it masks the pain and you start to see and appreciate how life is just a great opportunity to share life.
 

ShooterMcMarco

Hall of Fame
Sorry for your loss. My dog passed half a year ago and she was 14, easily one of the worst days of my entire life. Just know your dear friend is in a better place and is not in pain anymore.
 

volleygirl

Semi-Pro
Lionheart. sorry to hear about your dogs passing. Theres nothing like having a fantastic dog that becomes part of the family.
 

woodrow1029

Hall of Fame
So sorry to hear this. She was a good looking pup. I am sure she had a great life and is watching over you and your family knowing that she had an opportunity to live a wonderful life thanks to you rescuing her.
 

813wilson

Rookie
Sorry for the loss - I know it is a difficult time. The attached is one of my favorites. Backstory:

when my wife and I were dating I told her about Jimmy Stewart's poem, Beau. Like this link, I'd seen it on the Tonight Show - my Brittany had just passed away. Anyway, that Christmas, my now wife gave me his poetry book because it had this poem in it.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwGnCIdHQH0
 

mucat

Hall of Fame
She was a beauty and from the few pics, looks like she got personality. Don't feel too despair , she had a good full life and now she is in dog heaven.
 

jdubbs

Hall of Fame
Sorry for the loss - I know it is a difficult time. The attached is one of my favorites. Backstory:

when my wife and I were dating I told her about Jimmy Stewart's poem, Beau. Like this link, I'd seen it on the Tonight Show - my Brittany had just passed away. Anyway, that Christmas, my now wife gave me his poetry book because it had this poem in it.

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwGnCIdHQH0
I love dogs. I'm just not a Jimmy Stewart fan. Sorry.
 

813wilson

Rookie
I love dogs. I'm just not a Jimmy Stewart fan. Sorry.
No apology needed - I'm not saying he was my favorite, either. But, the timing of my dog and his reading of that, whether it is good or bad, heartfelt poem always struck a cord in me.

My sister just put her chow to sleep - planned the day/had a vet come to her place.

I'm facing the same with our/my daughter's yellow lab. It's funny. you look at old and tired eyes and it makes me sad and happy at the same time. I find myself petting her more often and longer and thinking about what she's given my daughter and our family.

Sorry - hi-jacking of thread now over.....
 

Lionheart392

Professional
Thanks for the kind words everyone, much appreciated.
And yes, it's very hard, a dog of course becomes just as important a family member as everyone else. Because her death was unexpected, I was very shocked at first but now it's sunk in, it's just very very sad.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Only 10 years old ? Is that little too young to die ? are you cremating or burying your dog ? my dog died at 9 and 1/2 years of age. It was unexpected and it really saddened my family. We still have the ashes. We owned many dogs over the years but one that died relatively young was very special to us.
 
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woodrow1029

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Only 10 years old ? Is that little too young to die ?
Fedace, I think that's an inappropriate question to ask in this thread. Some breeds have different lifespans, and some dogs, much like humans have sicknesses, cancers, etc., that cause the dog not to live as long as the average lifespan.

Sorry, lionheart, you have to excuse Dr. Fedace sometimes.
 

Lionheart392

Professional
Fedace, I think that's an inappropriate question to ask in this thread. Some breeds have different lifespans, and some dogs, much like humans have sicknesses, cancers, etc., that cause the dog not to live as long as the average lifespan.

Sorry, lionheart, you have to excuse Dr. Fedace sometimes.
Thanks for your concern, Woodrow. :)
Well, her breed would be expected to live a couple of years longer but as I said, she had a stroke which can happen at any age I guess. But like I said, she didn't suffer. I'd rather she died painlessly at age 10 than die in agony at age 12.

She's going to be cremated and we're going to scatter her ashes on the country road where she went for her walks.
 

Cervantes

New User
My male cat cried out then vomited the other night. I thought he was just jealous of my girl and I making out. But the next day I found blood in his stool and he's not quite the same. I'm hoping he just found a vitamin or some drug on the floor and it will pass instead of a piece of glass or sharp object...
 

Lionheart392

Professional
My male cat cried out then vomited the other night. I thought he was just jealous of my girl and I making out. But the next day I found blood in his stool and he's not quite the same. I'm hoping he just found a vitamin or some drug on the floor and it will pass instead of a piece of glass or sharp object...
Probably best to take him to the vet just to be sure... :neutral:
 

Paul Murphy

Hall of Fame
So terribly sorry for your loss - what a beautiful, gentle looking girl.
And what a life she must have led with such a loving person to care for her.
Animals are as much a member of a family as any human, some more so at times.
We had three cats, two adopted from an animal shelter, the other adopted us but insisted on staying outside - she refused to mix with the other two (who are brother and sister).
A week ago today we were driving out of our driveway when we realised we'd run her over.
We rushed her to the vet but soon after he commenced the operation he told us her injuries were too serious.
The tears that we've shed and continue to shed.
We buried her in a place next to the house where she loved to lie in the sun.
We'll never forget her and will always honour her memory.
We hope and pray she'll be there with us in the next life.
She used to meet the car whenever one of us came home and loved to talk.
Initially I wasn't so keen on her as she kept hissing at our other "kids" when she encountered them.
But I came to love her deeply - as I say, "she was an acquired taste and I acquired quite a taste for her."
 

Lazarus

New User
Really sorry to hear that.

I used to have a french bulldog. The life expectancy of this breed is rather short, around 10 years. However, we all were lucky and he have managed to live 12 years. At the end, we had to put him to sleep since it was, probably, the most human thing to do for him at the end of his days.

That was some 6 years ago and I am, still, somehow recovering from all of that.

Gee, I was loving that dog.
 

burosky

Professional
I just saw this post and seeing that it was posted on April 1 I was hoping it was just an April fools joke (as terrible as it sounds). I guess I was just hoping against all hope that Simba didn't really leave you.

I totally can relate. We also had a rescue dog. He was already around 12 when we got him and was blind with cataract in one eye. As he aged the other eye got cataract as well and he also lost his hearing. He then had a stroke which nearly took him away from us. It took a long time but he eventually recovered. My wife painstakingly took care of him as if she was caring for a person. He gave us a couple more wonderful years. Towards the end he started to have frequent seizures. He passed away peacefully in his sleep. We had him cremated and kept his ashes. He will forever stay with our family.
 

wrxinsc

Professional
So terribly sorry for your loss - what a beautiful, gentle looking girl.
And what a life she must have led with such a loving person to care for her.
Animals are as much a member of a family as any human, some more so at times.
We had three cats, two adopted from an animal shelter, the other adopted us but insisted on staying outside - she refused to mix with the other two (who are brother and sister).
A week ago today we were driving out of our driveway when we realised we'd run her over.
We rushed her to the vet but soon after he commenced the operation he told us her injuries were too serious.
The tears that we've shed and continue to shed.
We buried her in a place next to the house where she loved to lie in the sun.
We'll never forget her and will always honour her memory.
We hope and pray she'll be there with us in the next life.
She used to meet the car whenever one of us came home and loved to talk.
Initially I wasn't so keen on her as she kept hissing at our other "kids" when she encountered them.
But I came to love her deeply - as I say, "she was an acquired taste and I acquired quite a taste for her."
i/m wilted. so so sorry.
 

Cervantes

New User
Probably best to take him to the vet just to be sure... :neutral:
We called the vet who normally takes care of them both, Simba and his sister. She makes house calls which is a good product of Russian societal interaction. However, she suggested x-ray and blood work. We were setting this up when we noticed last night he seemed back to normal with no blood detectable (I looked thoroughly). Back to happy cat that puts everything in his mouth...
 

Lionheart392

Professional
I'm so sorry. My dog is 8 and I worry that her day is coming too soon. :/

What a beauty :)
You can't know when it will be and you can't stop it. Maybe you have a couple of years left, or maybe she still has half her live left. Just appreciate whatever it is :)
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
It depends on the individual dog too. Our family had a dog with life expectancy of about 10-12 years and she lived til she was almost 15 years old. Good genes from parents play a big role
 
She was gorgeous dog and I can tell how sweet she was from looking at the pictures. I know how hard it is since my family lost ours a couple years ago; they really are members of the family. I send you my condolences. God bless. Hang in there!
 

woodrow1029

Hall of Fame
Here's my two dogs. They really are part of the family. Even my mother in law, who doesn't really like, and is afraid of most dogs, treats these two like they are her grandchildren. :)

 

ryushen21

Hall of Fame
So sorry for your loss. I've lost two dogs in my life and it really is just so hard going through it.
 
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