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Had to put Samantha down

Postby rlown » Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:46 pm

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She's the one on the right. This was taken before Cushings ravaged her systems several years ago. I miss her. Did the final walk with her and the shot. She never backpacked with me as she got sick before I was to outfit her. She did duck hunt with me regularly. Loved to swim.

Now I'm stuck with what's on the left. :) Bubba is a kick in the ass but wants to know where his sister is. They were the same age. 10.2

Russ



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Re: Had to put Samantha down

Postby Shawn » Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:58 pm

So sorry for your loss Russ. There never are any good words for this, truly one of life's difficult experiences by way of losing mans best friend. No doubt she enjoyed a great life with you and it's those memories that will persist beyond the grieving.

Rest in Peace Samantha.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down

Postby maverick » Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:01 pm

Mans best friends is the perfect description for these great companions! They bring
us so much joy and happy memories which we will cherish forever. May Samantha
rest in peace.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down

Postby ERIC » Sun Oct 14, 2012 7:42 pm

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Re: Had to put Samantha down

Postby freestone » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:14 pm

As the dog lover that I am, I feel your pain. Thank you for posting a picture of her.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down

Postby LMBSGV » Sun Oct 14, 2012 8:58 pm

Very sorry Russ. When you have to put down a longtime pet, it always ends up being a lot harder to deal with than one anticipates.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down

Postby rlown » Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:04 pm

Thanks guys for the kind words..
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Re: Had to put Samantha down

Postby austex » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:27 am

I feel the pain. Had a golden for 17yrs. Was a constant companion and fished with me. We had a going away party a few days before so all that knew him could come and "say goodbye". I eyes well up a bit now as I write this. I remember dropping him off; was speechless and sobbing. He was a gift from my wife for my 30th bd.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down

Postby sparky » Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:30 pm

What a bummer rlown.

In situations like this there is "Nuthin' left to do, but smile smile smile"
There is a million ways to be human, all are worthwhile.

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Re: Had to put Samantha down

Postby Bad Man From Bodie » Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:04 pm

Dang Russ.....Sorry to hear that!
You know how I feel about my lab. My eyes are welling up as I write this too. My lab is getting up there in years, she’s been a better friend and companion than most two legged critters. My 6yr old just got done reading where the Red Fern Grows with mom. I have a hard time putting it to words (the connection between a man and his hunting dog). Sorry for your loss. I like the poem below. Just remember, she’s probably sitting in that ole duck blind in the sky thinking to herself, thank God I don’t have to worry about that guy getting me all excited then missing!

My old bird dog
It's the first day of season,
He knows it for many reasons.
Up before first light,
He always begins to excite,
looking for clues,
he carefully studies what I do.
Is this a false alarm? He watches my pick,
YES! It's the thunder stick!
Another year gone by,
he anxiously begins to cry.
A new year and the first day,
many birds to find, we pray.
I see his face so well,
as headlights reflect a guard rail.
In the truck while its dark,
I glance at his face, so gray mark'd.
His eyes wide,
fill'd with pride,
my old huntin' buddy by my side.
Ridin' with his master,
'can we get there any faster?'
Down the road we go,
memories, they begin to flow.
Cherishing hunts of the past,
thoughts of great times, forever last.
My buddy is old and his days are few,
my eyes water as I don't know what to do,
without my buddy, so loyal and true.
Though his body tires easily from years,
we will hunt with joy and shed no tears.
We hunt as one,
'til life says, 'you're done'!
I'd like to think that the man upstairs,
has a bird huntin' place, the answer to our prayers...
There we hunt in perfect autumn weather,
so many birds, still together.

Author, Dave Jones, inspired by a seasons first hunt and my old dog 'Chief'
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Re: Had to put Samantha down

Postby rlown » Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:02 pm

thanks for the kind thoughts.. I don't miss. Well, i have and that confused her and my friends dog as well. We have to be better now, shotwise. Two of us are dogless and the other is in training.
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Re: Had to put Samantha down

Postby 87TT » Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:43 pm

It's wierd but as i was reading this I thought of the little cedar box with the ashes of my black Lab Domino and my new (5yrs) yellow Shawna came up and stuck her head on my knee. Sorry for your loss.
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