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Topic: In Memory of Shaggy
Message: Posted by: Chrystal (Mar 2, 2004 08:50PM)
Today, I had to make one of the toughest decisions of my life when I brought Shaggy in to the vetís office. I knew it was her time although that didn't make it easier. Especially when they placed the blanket on the floor and I said my goodbyes, she looked up and licked my face. The needle went into her vein and she closed her eyes one last time.

Shaggy was not only a working partner but considered a family member. She's pictured with me in my Avatar, which at this point is difficult to look at without feeling sadness. I will miss this wonderful Old English sheepdog whom lived with me for 15 years.

Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Mar 2, 2004 09:34PM)
I understand how you must feel Chrystal. My Boston Terrier has been one of my closest and most important friends ever. And Iíve met a lot of people along the way. I also know what a great animal lover you are. It's really tough when you love such a creature and they, unconditionally over the years, returned their love for you. Keep your chin up high.
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Mar 3, 2004 06:16AM)
I'm so sorry Chrystal. I don't know what else to say.

Message: Posted by: Neale Bacon (Mar 4, 2004 12:40PM)

I am so sorry too. I am very attached to my cats and I know what it's like when that time comes.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Message: Posted by: ventman (Mar 5, 2004 12:54AM)
I am so sorry.
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Mar 5, 2004 07:54PM)
My heart goes out to you Chrystal. It doesn't matter what type of animal it is, they all get to be part of the family.
Message: Posted by: Chrystal (Mar 5, 2004 10:43PM)

Thank you everyone for the kind words, it really does mean a lot to me.

Message: Posted by: Vincent (Mar 6, 2004 04:57AM)

I was sorry to hear about the passing of your friend and companion.
I know this can be just as difficult as any other loss.
It's great that you guys had the time you did to spend together and be each other's friend.

I hope that time will give you additional comfort and you will not hurt as much as you do now.

God Bless You

Message: Posted by: Ron Reid (Mar 7, 2004 03:25PM)
Hi Crystal:

I'm very sad to hear this; I'm sure you gave Shaggy a very wonderful life.

Message: Posted by: Chrystal (Mar 7, 2004 06:35PM)
Thanks to you both Vincent and Ron. My thanks again to those that posted previously.
Message: Posted by: peterng25 (Mar 9, 2004 01:12AM)
My Chihuahua cross, Blondie, was put to sleep Nov 19, 2003. She had cancer, which was destroying the bone in her lower jaw, with profuse bleeding in the last days. I will never forget the pleading in her eyes when the painkiller finally failed to ease the pain, the night before I had to say goodbye.
(The same day, I picked up a 2 month old puppy. I can't live without a dog). :bg:
Message: Posted by: Glenn Watson (Mar 9, 2004 05:49PM)
I know what a friend a dog can be. I am sorry for the loss of your friend. Oblique
Message: Posted by: Bill Hallahan (Mar 10, 2004 11:45AM)
Sorry for your loss, Chrystal. :(
Message: Posted by: Steven Steele (Mar 10, 2004 06:39PM)
I'm so sorry to hear you lost Shaggy, Chrystal. I have two older pets (actually my childrens, but they didn't take them when they moved out) and I know the day is coming.

I've had to do this in the past and when I was in high school I worked for a veternarian and we did this all the time and it never got easy.

Again, so sorry,
Message: Posted by: Chrystal (Mar 11, 2004 09:38PM)
Again, thanks to everyone that offered their condolences. I do miss my friend but find solace she was aged and lived a good life and if I had my choice she would have lived forever. Still, it was hard to say goodbye to my faithful buddy and I appreciated all the kind responses.

Peterng25 I'm sorry about the loss of Blondie. It's tough to make that choice but I'm glad to hear you've got a new pup. May you enjoy him/her for years to come.

Message: Posted by: redstreak (Mar 19, 2004 12:22AM)
Sorry Chrystal, I had to put my cat to sleep a couple weeks ago too.
Message: Posted by: Chrystal (Mar 20, 2004 12:46AM)
Thanks Redstreak and I'm sorry to hear about your cat. I think people that have never experienced a bond with a pet don't quite understand how upsetting it is when you lose one. They are family members whom rush to greet you when you arrive home and seem to know our moods and often sit quietly near you or on your lap (if they fit.)I was lucky to get a puppy a few months ago, the same breed Shaggy was and have formed a bond with him although she was irreplaceable and will always be missed. Thanks for taking the time to offer condolences and please accept mine for your pet.
Message: Posted by: sdgiu (Mar 22, 2004 08:44AM)
Sorry to hear of the loss of your friend and companion.
The bond between people and their animals can be as strong as that of family, and I understand your loss. May you always enjoy the good memories of your friend.
Message: Posted by: MagicAndBlackjack (Apr 2, 2004 12:58PM)
I am sorry this is such a late post, but I haven't been on the Cafť much lately.

My condolences go out to you and your family.
I know how hard it is to lose such a beloved friend, as you know my dog, Shea, died in September, 2003.
I had been praying for Shaggy since you sent me that Private Message a little while back.

It sounds like Shaggy was a stellar companion. Remember the good times.

Once again sorry this reponse is so late, but I extend my condolences to you and your family.

In remembrance of Shaggy,