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Old 07-19-2005, 12:36 PM
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Yes - that this was triggered by our son, whom we thought we knew better, who grew up with Travis since Travis was a puppy and knew his personality, makes it that much harder to deal with emotionally.
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:22 PM
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I am sry about having to make that desiscion.It must of been a bit hard even for you wife, but your stepson was only making a reaction.

but he is in a better place now, he will your Gaurdian from now on.
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Old 07-25-2005, 03:15 PM
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It's been just over two weeks now that we've been without Travis, and I still cannot think of him without tearing up. It's tough to just write these posts. It gets a little better each day I think, but the house is still so quiet.

He is indeed our guardian who waits for us. We've taken out some old puppy photos to remember the good times with him.

We are so lucky to have Bella, as she seems to have livened up alot. She used to sleep at under the table in the dining room when Travis layed down in the den with us - he was very selective on where he would allow her. Now she rests close to us. She gets so much positive attention now - it's great medicine for our aching hearts.
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Old 07-26-2005, 09:49 PM
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Old 07-27-2005, 03:24 PM
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I am so sorry for your loss. Travis did have a good life. I am glad that I am not in your shoes...I don't think that I could ever be around your son again. Why would anyone kick a dog who was growling?!?!? Whey would anyone kick a do g anyway?!?!? I am sorry, I just have a hard time dealing with the fact that Travis had to be put down due to a triggered reaction on your son's part. I understand he was holding his child but he has been around Travis long enough to know better. Travis didn't deserve that. I am sorry...I just had to get that off my chest. God bless you! You seem like such a good father. Give Bella a BIG kiss!
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Old 07-27-2005, 10:41 PM
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OMG I am out of tishue now!!!. My heart is breaking after reading this thread. Your sadness is apparent, and i feel it. God bless you Travis. RIP and know you were loved.
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Old 08-10-2005, 01:06 PM
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A month has passed, and it is still so difficult. Everytime I remember Travis, I get very, very sad and always cry. The only thing that helps fill the void is to see how happy-go-lucky Bella is now. She used to need Travis' permission to get affection and other attention, now she's number one, and seems to enjoy it.

The most difficult part is how quiet the house is now. Bella rarely barks, and never whines. Travis was a constant whiner, and barked at everything. It used to be annoying, now it is missed - how odd things turn out!

At first I wanted a companion for Bella as soon as possible, but now we are going to wait awhile, and give Bella all of our pet attention for awhile. A good friend has asked us to care for her dog (6-yr old mix) while she travels, but we have to examine that more closely.

Life continues to be an adjustment for us all - but how glad I am to be fortunate to have had the time we've had with all of our dogs. Another reason why I want another dog is that I cannot imagine being without at least one dog, and they can leave us oh so quickly. But I feel we have been truly blessed as dog-lovers, and look forward to more fond memories of our special "kids" - the ones we've loved and lost, the ones we have and continue to love, and the ones in our future, who will get the love built from all of them.

Thanks again to all.

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Old 08-12-2005, 05:31 PM
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Hi, Phil. I hear you. It never gets better. Heck, my Eli died in his sleep last January and I'm still grieving terribly. I guess I always will. And knowing the way he went should give me comfort. I wondered something, though... does the punk (sorry if it's a family member) who prevoked him have any regrets and understand what he caused?
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Old 08-15-2005, 12:46 PM
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Maybe it never gets better, just less frequent. My stepson, the family member who triggered the attack, may never understand. That makes it even more difficult. In his mind, he was protecting his child - he was actually endangering his child by kicking Travis and thus provoking the attack. The aftermath of a child with a bruised and cut face is enough in his mind to justify what he did. He is saddened for our loss, but I don't see any acceptance on his part of any responsibility. D*mn, it is still so difficult to talk about this!

Tonight, I will light another candle for T. His memory will continue to burn bright in our hearts.

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Old 09-16-2005, 08:46 AM
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I am VERY SORRY! I read everbodys post from page 1-3! I teared up! My heart was pounding i could feel for you! I am SOO sorry! We had a pure bred Sheltie who we got when he was a puppy. We raised him. HE WAS THE BEST DOG! He was so sweet never hurt anyone. When i was little i would watch a movie and he would lay down on the floor and i woud get a blanket and lay down and rest my head on him! He didn't care! He was sooo sweet! Well it came to him being 5-6 years old and he didn't act right so we took him to the vet. He had kidney disease! We got back from vaca. and someone was petsitting him for us (my grandpa) and he was doing horrible! Next thing you know we had to put him to sleep!! I was so sad and still after now it has been 3 years i think of him and i tear up! I now have 2 excellent dogs. But no animal could replace him!
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