My beloved Samson is gone, died on 8/25/08

I thought I already replied, but I don't see it. Anyway- i am sooooo sorry for your loss. I'm sure Samson was at peace when he went because you adn your family were there with him. Thank you for your thread. I am going through a similar situation with my dog and need to remember to love on him a little more since he wont be around much longer. <<<hugs>>>
Originally Posted by shelli
Show him all the love you can, while you can.


Yes, we may get another dog later, much later. At first, dh said this would be our last since he wants to travel more on vacations, etc and we have no one to watch a dog. (my dogs have never kenneled well, and most hotels don't take dogs over chihuahua size). It's always been hard to plan trips around the dog (I don't mind).

But he came home Monday and said he had thought about it, after speaking to coworkers, that it's not fair to say never. He knows we are a dog-loving family.

To be honest, I didn't think I could get another dog after my last guy died, but I did get Samson because dh traveled for business at the time and I was alone. But I think it gets harder each time to put them down, and I don't know if I could do this again.

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I really am so very sorry. Some people never understand how an animal can mean so much, but the comfort and love pets gives us is just as precious as human love. I know how upset you must be feeling right now. I personally have never lost a pet or had to put one down so far, but the thought of it makes me feel sick. Your post made me cry. Please give yourself time to grieve and don't bottle up your feelings. I hope that someday when you are all ready you will be able to take a new dog into your home.
I'm so very sorry.
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I'm so sorry CurliLocks. I am sure he was comforted by you all being with him. I think it was a good idea that you had him cremated. I had my dogs cremated and I often walk by and put my hand on their little urns. It makes me feel that they are still with me in a sense. And I believe that they can still feel my touch where they are (in doggy heaven). I'm sure you have lots of happy memories to treasure.
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Curlilocks, I am so very sorry. I could feel and see the love that your family has for Sampson while reading and I sobbed.
I'm so sorry.
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I'm so mad right now. The vet called to say they have Samson's ashes, but there were problems. The reason it took so long was that the original box came a bit smashed up, then the girl noticed the name was spelled wrong (Sampson - we spelled w/out the p). So she ordered a new box, and as she is doing that she asks where the paw impression is. They said there wasn't an order for one, and she insisted, they found the paperwork, but it wasn't done. It's not like they can do it now, and my son (and I) really wanted to have that. It's one of the reasons we chose that company's service over another the vet offered.

We have one print we did in cement a few years ago, but this would have been a nice small plaque for my son to have in his room. We're very upset.

Obviously, the vet refunded the fee for the print, but DH wants to push for a bigger refund from the cremation company, he's so mad. We just hope they at least sent back the right ashes. We're going to pick him up this evening.

Today was a really rough day for me, I just really felt out of sorts, maybe I had a feeling something like this was happening. *damn*

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Im sorry that happened! I'd be very upset and angry too.
I am so sorry. This made me teary because it brought back memories of when we had to put our dog down.
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I am so sorry for your loss and the mess up with the paw print. It has been just over a year since I lost my last dog and the 14th will mark 2 years since I put down the one before that. Two years ago my loss was very similar to yours as my first sheltie quit eating and slowly faded over four days. It was agonizing to watch but also like she chose her time to go. Last year my 'old man' (as I called him) suffered a stroke on a Friday night, recovered, and then had another on Tuesday night. The vet (bless him) came to my home at 2AM and put him down for me. I had them both cremated and buried them under a special tree I bought in their honour in my back yard.

I do have other dogs now but still miss those two. It is so difficult to lose a companion. My thoughts are with you and when I go home I will give my pups an extra hug and a treat in memory of Samson!
Oh I'm so sorry! That would make me angry too! Is there any way you can make a cast of the print you have and make a copy for your son's room?
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CurliLocks, I am so very for your loss.
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Oh I'm so sorry! That would make me angry too! Is there any way you can make a cast of the print you have and make a copy for your son's room?
Originally Posted by Bailey422
We were thinking of that too. It's in cement, so we thought maybe we can get something to fill it gently (that won't stick), then use that to make a new impression in something else for him.

I also feel sad that he was actually sitting around at the vets during the mess up with the box, and then an appt with a roofer took too long yesterday afternoon, so we didn't get to pick him up yet. I'm going to go soon.

Ceileigh, and everyone with pets, give them all a big hug and a treat when you get home.

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I'm so sorry. I'm away from my dog right now at college and I miss her terribly. She's 11, and though she's very active and strong I can't help wondering how long she's going to be around. We've had her since I was 7, so I don't really know what life would be like without her. I'm so sorry that you lost your pet. It seems like he was very loved and he was probably happy to have you so close to him when he passed.
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I'm so sorry. I'm away from my dog right now at college and I miss her terribly. She's 11, and though she's very active and strong I can't help wondering how long she's going to be around. We've had her since I was 7, so I don't really know what life would be like without her. I'm so sorry that you lost your pet. It seems like he was very loved and he was probably happy to have you so close to him when he passed.
Originally Posted by CurlyCasey
I know. Samson was also very healthy and strong until the last 6 months or so. The vets could never believe he was 13! Esp for a large/huge breed mix. I hope she has a long, healthy life and you get see her often.

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Samson's ashes are here now, over the fireplace. The cedar box is nice. My son wants to have a funeral service for him later. It still doesn't seem real.

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I know what you mean about it not seeming real. I was in shock still when we had a little funeral service for our dog. Oh, I wish we had him cremated! Now we are moving and we can't take his grave! I can feel that pain all over again.
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I know what you mean about it not seeming real. I was in shock still when we had a little funeral service for our dog. Oh, I wish we had him cremated! Now we are moving and we can't take his grave! I can feel that pain all over again.
Originally Posted by Curls=Beauty
I'm sorry. That is hard. A few of our other childhood pets were buried in the yard. My dad had to dig up their graves and move the bones when the state messed up our yard during freeway construction.

Moving, and the fact that he was just too big to bury, are why we chose to cremate. My last dog was cremated too because we knew we'd be moving in the military. Although we're settled now, there is nowhere to bury a large dog (without uprooting half the yard) and this way they will both go with us if we move.

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