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Old 12-28-2007, 01:30 PM
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I'm sorry for your loss. It's so hard to say goodbye to our best friends.

RIP, Dax. You were an amazing boy and will be missed.
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Old 12-28-2007, 06:07 PM
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Oh, gods, Melanie . . . . that's one of the hardest . . . . it just hurts.
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:57 PM
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Thanks, Everyone. It's been a sad day.

Mom stopped by a bit ago and said it all went well. He just quietly went to sleep without any fear or pain. I had offered to go with her but she'd declined and I know that I prefer to go alone when I have to go through something like this. I don't think it helps the dogs to be surrounded by a bunch of grieving people (and in fact when I was a vet tech, I saw so many animals get really scared when the people around them were crying and wailing and upset before euthanisia).

I don't know what happens after they die. But I choose to believe that his spirit has connected up with his spirit body and that he's out there running like the wind, chasing a stick, playing with Dawson and Lady and his favorite cat, Smokey Joe. I choose to believe that when I die I'll see him again and know that he's happy and is glad to see me again. Believing these things helps me feel better.

It's been a rough few months. My sister had her GSD put down in November. My old gal, Kylee, has had some rough episodes and I know that I'll be faced with this decision in the near future (she's 16). And my Trick, who is Dax's sister, is only a year younger than he is. She's pretty healthy but still - she's 11 1/2 years old and most GSD's don't live far into their teens. Seems like you start thinking about all of this when you're already in pain.

And of course it's cold and snowy and we're down to about 5.5 hours of daylight, so it's the most depressing time of the year. I can't wait for the daylight to start picking up more. Alaska in the middle of winter is a tough place to be if you're already unhappy about something.

Mom went home to have a scotch and soda. I don't tend to drink, but I'll indulge in some chocolate. And tomorrow things will be a little better, and the next day a little better than the day before.

Melanie and the gang
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:04 PM
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I'm so sorry. My heart goes out to your mom; it's a hard decision she is making but one that comes from the love in her heart.
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