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Re: Had to put Samantha down; Now Bubba

Postby Tom_H » Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:14 pm

Russ,

Sorry for your loss. Pets become real members of our families and losing them is hard.

Tom



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Re: Had to put Samantha down; Now Bubba

Postby Lumbergh21 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:02 pm

I know it's rough. I had to put down my chocolate lab, Cocoa, last September. It was rough, but it helped having a little pug/dachshund cross. My wife took it particularly hard, but we now have a Doberman that is totally goofy yet beautiful that my wife adores. My advice is to rescue a dog; they are so full of love that it can't help but put a smile on your face.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down; Now Bubba

Postby rlown » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:43 am

Lumbergh21 wrote:My advice is to rescue a dog; they are so full of love that it can't help but put a smile on your face.


I've been following this site for 5 years and will probably be where I get my next lab: http://www.labrescue.org/

I'm still going to wait awhile. Not having a Lab has made me a better waterfowler. I don't take stupid shots that might sail the bird into the tules, which is why the dog is great to find them. It's also fun to see the dog work.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down; Now Bubba

Postby Tom_H » Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:07 pm

I have a half Chocolate Lab/half German Shorthair Pointer. He both fetches and points and follows about 20 verbal commands very well. He will sit, staring at a meal for half an hour waiting for the command to eat. He's a very smart and affectionate dog. He is 43 lb., significantly smaller than a typical lab.

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Re: Had to put Samantha down; Now Bubba

Postby rlown » Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:49 pm

I'm feeling peckish for a Yellow lab this time. That will complete all the colors. I like female dogs better, of course spayed. Samantha never ran away and was completely under voice control, even when Bubba would run through an open gate and trundle about a mile down the road, Sam looked back at me and waited for a command. I said, "find Bubba" and she was off.

43 does seem less weight than labs are carrying now. I got Sam to stay at about 69lbs.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down; Now Bubba; now Vinny

Postby rlown » Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:58 pm

Well then. This year just keeps getting stranger. Had to put my Wife's horse Vinny down yesterday. 33 years was a good run. Rear legs just wouldn't work anymore.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down; Now Bubba

Postby Shawn » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:00 pm

Oh man. that's really rough Russ. So sorry for your loss. I have to say, I didn't know a horse could live 33 years, that is a good run...but certainly must feel like losing a family member. Condolences to the both of you.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down; Now Bubba

Postby rlown » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:32 pm

Thank you for your kind words. I doused him with two buckets of water trying to get him back up, and he just sat there. (hates water) Had my wife go out and watch and let her "call the ball." After he didn't kill me with the feet thrashing around moves, she said, "call the vet.".. It was quick and quiet, with the other horse, CR watching the whole time. Vinny had a good life. CR still wonders where his friend is.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down; Now Bubba

Postby Shawn » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:38 pm

Man, that's heartbreaking - even realizing he's had a good long life. And then CR, looking for his friend. Ouch.

I know it pales by comparison, but we've had a couple of cats that were companions for quite a while. About two months ago I hear one of them making an odd sound. So I step out the front door to see one of them hovering over the other which is obviously in serious distress and subsequently had to be euthanized. The remaining cat still looks for his buddy and hasn't been the same since.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down; Now Bubba

Postby rlown » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:06 pm

It doesn't pale by comparison. They all know and remember, as do we.
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