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I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today-so did kat

catspaw49 28 Aug 10 - 10:13 PM
Jeri 28 Aug 10 - 10:30 PM
Maryrrf 28 Aug 10 - 10:32 PM
catspaw49 28 Aug 10 - 10:35 PM
Ebbie 28 Aug 10 - 10:37 PM
Amergin 28 Aug 10 - 11:11 PM
olddude 28 Aug 10 - 11:44 PM
Rapparee 29 Aug 10 - 12:00 AM
katlaughing 29 Aug 10 - 12:53 AM
Little Hawk 29 Aug 10 - 01:06 AM
BlueJay 29 Aug 10 - 01:40 AM
Stilly River Sage 29 Aug 10 - 02:29 AM
Leadfingers 29 Aug 10 - 03:31 AM
Richard Bridge 29 Aug 10 - 04:06 AM
gnu 29 Aug 10 - 06:03 AM
fat B****rd 29 Aug 10 - 06:59 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 29 Aug 10 - 07:58 AM
Phil Cooper 29 Aug 10 - 08:16 AM
Beer 29 Aug 10 - 08:41 AM
JennieG 29 Aug 10 - 09:17 AM
VirginiaTam 29 Aug 10 - 10:14 AM
Bill D 29 Aug 10 - 10:22 AM
ranger1 29 Aug 10 - 12:43 PM
GUEST,number 6 29 Aug 10 - 12:53 PM
Bobert 29 Aug 10 - 12:54 PM
Wolfhound person 29 Aug 10 - 12:55 PM
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wysiwyg 30 Aug 10 - 09:39 AM
Raptor 30 Aug 10 - 11:07 AM
Ringer 30 Aug 10 - 11:08 AM
GUEST,Neil D 30 Aug 10 - 02:49 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 30 Aug 10 - 03:12 PM
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Subject: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 10:13 PM

Its been coming for over a year. Weimaraners rarely live past 12 and she was a bit over 14. Sissy was the best dog I that ever owned me. We got her through a rescue as it was so rare to see a long haired Weim in Rescue and she was a perfect match for Jaeger and almost the same age.

When we went to visit her, it was almost classic. We looked at each other and we came to an understanding on the spot. She loved the family but from the gitgo she was "Daddy's girl." Big Sis was the strongest alpha female I had ever encountered and made sure other dogs including poor Jaeger treated her as the Queen she thought she was. I loved that hound like none other.

She used to go everywhere with us or just me and was a hit at every drive-thru I frequented. She was beautiful and knew how to charm folks. She loved stopping at Tim Horton's where she got a fritter......she could recognize Tim's as we came up and if I passed by she barked at me. In the past year when she has been too frail to travel she would see us come in with a Tim's cup and politely sit in front of us and bark! "HEY! YOU got coffee----Where's MY fritter?"

Like any other dog lover I have a thousand tales about her but I'll not go there. Most of us love the Rainbow Bridge idea and I'd like to believe it too but, uh....................In any case, if there is a Rainbow Bridge somewhere, somehow, and if only one dog of our lifetimes can show up, I am sure that Sissy will be the one waiting for me.

Tris went with us to the Vet's today and stood behind us saying "Goodbye Sissy" several times as they did the injection. It was a tough experience for him but one he needed and he's better with it all now. LOL.......I'm not................I know I owed it to her but it just sucks.

Damn...........Whoever it was that said a dog's only fault was that they didn't live long enough knew of what they spoke........still sitting here crying.................geeziz I loved that girl........


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Jeri
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 10:30 PM

Spaw, I'm sorry she couldn't live forever, and glad you belonged to each other. I'm not sure, but I think you got her when you were on Mudcat. I sorta remember. Maybe just a story in my head. In any case, a big hug from me.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Maryrrf
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 10:32 PM

Spaw, I am so sorry to hear this. I know how it feels, and there's nothing right now that can fill the void. My condolences.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 10:35 PM

You're memory is right Jeri. We got her in 2002 and she was 6 then. I think I posted some pics once upon a time opf camping which she loved.

and thanks Jeri............


Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 10:37 PM

Gads. Do I ever know what you are going through. I 'lost' my Cairn a couple of months ago and I still cry.

{{{{long hug}}}}


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Amergin
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 11:11 PM

YOu know, I wish these special furry friends we bring into our lives, our homes, our hearts, our families could live as long as we do....then we wouldn't have to suffer the heart break of saying good bye so often. Making that decision is awfully hard, because it is the right one....you done right by her...I am sorry your heart is hurting right now, mate.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: olddude
Date: 28 Aug 10 - 11:44 PM

I am so sorry Spaw, that is one of the hardest things in the world to go through. Every dog I ever lost was a gut wrenching ordeal for me and my family. They are part of us, like kids and when you have to put one of them down it just hurt right to your bone marrow .. I am sorry buddie.

I got an old wiener dog my doolie and I just dread the day that happens and it will not be too long from now either. He is very very old and although the vet says he is still in good shape it can change anytime at his age ..

I am sorry buddie


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Rapparee
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 12:00 AM

Sorry, Spaw. Look at it this way: you got Someone Upstairs watching over you now.

As I've said before, if they don't allow dogs in Heaven I ain't goin'. 'Course, there's doubt I will anyway....


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: katlaughing
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 12:53 AM

Oh, Peachesdarlin'...I remember when you got her and how much you loved telling us about her, her beauty, fun personality, her love, and her keeping everyone in their place. I've got tears running down my face...so good that Tris was there, but damn it is so hard to do the "right thing." Our Merlee is 14 now and quite spry, though he's gone deaf...never know how much longer they will go on.

Bunches of {{{{HUGS}}}} for you all from Rog and me,

luvyakat

P.S. If there is a Rainbow Bridge, I don't think you'll have to settle for just one; I think they will ALL be there.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Little Hawk
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 01:06 AM

Yeah, I know how that feels. It hurts like hell. I hope to meet my special canine friends after I go too. That's a kind of love that never fails.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: BlueJay
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 01:40 AM

Spaw, I empathize. We recently lost our Lucy, age four, to a surprise cardiac arrest on the vet's table. Doesn't matter how you lose them, it still hurts. Several died of old age, another hit by a car. Had to give one up for aggression, (to a pound) and one for housing circumstances, (to a good family). Took in a rescue dog last year, a pointer named Jack. GREAT dog. After a few months we had to part as neither our house nor yard can take a big dog for very long. Loved that dog. At least we were able to get him to one of those "no kill" shelters.

The world would be a more stable place if the dogs lived for eighty years, and the humans lived for fifteen!

Regards, BlueJay


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 02:29 AM

It hurts to lose them, but your life was much better to have had her and taken the plunge to love her whole-heartedly. We can't not love things for fear of losing them. We have to love them while we have them, mourn their loss, and rescue the next great dog that is the perfect fit with us.

Big hug, Pat, and though I'm not particularly fond of that Rainbow Bridge stuff, I know people mean well by it.

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Leadfingers
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 03:31 AM

Commisserations Spaw - But at the least , you gave a dog a good home and a good life !


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 04:06 AM

Sorry to hear that. I think deciding on that last injection is the only thing in the world that can still make me cry.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: gnu
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 06:03 AM

Awww geez.... sniff. I can't add to the above comments.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: fat B****rd
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 06:59 AM

I'm not a hard man , but I have missed people less than our Border Collie. Best regards to you Spaw and take care.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 07:58 AM

Love to all of you, dear Spaw- what a loss.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 08:16 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss, Spaw. Can't add more than what's been said.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Beer
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 08:41 AM

It is never easy Spaw. If your a lover of pets they become part of your family. We lost our two in the same year. Dug a hole in the fall as I had a feeling that we would loose her before the frost left the ground. I was right. Shanna died in Feb. and Stone in July. We have another one now that we rescued from the pound.
ad.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: JennieG
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 09:17 AM

Part of the family is right. So sorry to hear about your loss, Spaw.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 10:14 AM

I have no words for you dear. I do hear. I hear and feel your sorrow.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 10:22 AM

durn sneaky animals! They make themselves at home in your heart, and just refuse to stay as long as you need them....oughta be a law...


*snnffff*


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: ranger1
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 12:43 PM

Spaw, I'm so sorry.

Tami, J-boy and Bandit


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: GUEST,number 6
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 12:53 PM

so sorry for ya Spaw.

it's a tough thing to do ... even though it had to be done.

We put our Otis the hound down a year ago ..... I still haven't got over it yet, and never will ... he was not only part of our family but a great friend and companion.

biLL


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Bobert
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 12:54 PM

Man, I hate these kinda threads 'cause it reminds me of being in that same way, Spawzer, and I know exactly what yer feelin'... Like a big ol' hole in ya' where a close friend used to be...

I'm real sorry for your lose!!!

Sniff!!!

B~


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Wolfhound person
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 12:55 PM

Sympathy and licks from Jessie (14 years collie x retriever)and Bentley (7 years wolfhound x bearded collie)

Best remedy is another one...

Paws


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: olddude
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 12:58 PM

You need to talk buddie you have my number, anytime
Hope Karen is feeling better. You both are in my thought and heart

Dan


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: jacqui.c
Date: 29 Aug 10 - 07:52 PM

(((((((((Spaw)))))))))


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: ragdall
Date: 30 Aug 10 - 01:45 AM

Spaw,
I'm very sorry that you had to say goodbye to Sissy. Critters can own us as nobody else can and nothing can fill the huge empty space they leave behind.

rags


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Fred McCormick
Date: 30 Aug 10 - 04:44 AM

Brother, do I know the feeling! I had to have my own dog, Ben, put down a few months ago. I just felt as though my whole world had been torn apart. And in truth it had.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Becca72
Date: 30 Aug 10 - 09:25 AM

Spaw,
I'm so sorry. Having lost a few furry friends myself, my heart aches for you.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Aug 10 - 09:39 AM

Pat, you probably already know this, but I feel for ya, in my prayers.

So sorry I missed meeting her.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Raptor
Date: 30 Aug 10 - 11:07 AM

sorry


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Ringer
Date: 30 Aug 10 - 11:08 AM

What Stilly River Sage said.

What Wolfhound person said.

So sorry.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 30 Aug 10 - 02:49 PM

You have our deepest sympathy.
                      Neil and Christina


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 30 Aug 10 - 03:12 PM

I certainly mourn with you. I have gone through that loss several times. All dogs are good, and soon own the owner.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Dave Swan
Date: 30 Aug 10 - 03:29 PM

Awww damn, man. I'm so sorry. I know you loved the hell out of that dog and gave her a great life. Furry little thieves take you heart and never give it back. Big hugs to everyone there.

D


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: GUEST,999
Date: 31 Aug 10 - 01:28 PM

Sincere condolences, Pat.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: kendall
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 07:41 AM

I got up this morning feeling like death taking as shit, wondering how many more days our old Seamus has with us and I read this. You have my deepest sympathy Spaw.

                         YELLOW DOG

You keep your lofty, abstract god.
Myself, I choose a child of Pan
An ordinary dog who does for love what mortals can.
Who stretches out her mortal frame
Determined, although she is lame
For one more walk beside her man.

Whose ashes grace the forest way
We roamed together yesterday
And, to the wilder god I say,
"Give her soul some woods to run
A stick to fetch, a patch of sun.
And, near her, Pan, preserve a place
For me, come from a lesser race."

This was written by my friend, Bill Levenworth and it tears me up every time I see it.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 10:26 AM

So sorry to hear that, my Blenheim Cavalier Bonnie had to be put to sleep a couple of years ago. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I miss her gentle faithful character and her looking at me with those big brown eyes but I am so glad she was mine and remember the good times.

Take care.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: olddude
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 10:55 AM

For you and Karen my friend



Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We bring you our grief in the loss of our Sissy and ask for courage to bear it. We bring you our thanks for her who lived among us and gave us freely of her love. We commit our friend and companion into your loving hands. Give us eyes to see how your love embraces all creatures and every living thing speaks to us of your love. Amen


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 11:07 AM

Shedding a tear here at work, Spaw, for you and your dog and my Ed. It hurts so much to lose them.
SINS


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: kendall
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 01:34 PM

Of all the natural shocks that flesh is heir to, why do we take on such sorrow by getting pets?


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: maeve
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 01:46 PM

Easy, Kendall; because of the inherent joys. It's very like our choice to have friends, to love other people: Life with loved ones is smack dab full of joy when you go looking for it.

m


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: olddude
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 02:38 PM

ya figured they will break your heart about every 14 years ... and we still get them .. my old guy just sitting here on my lap. I will have a melt down ... I already know it is coming ..

He is 13 or so the vet tells me. Rescued him 8 years ago so we are not sure.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 05:04 AM

>Of all the natural shocks that flesh is heir to, why do we take on such sorrow by getting pets?<

The love is unconditional.


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: GUEST,vrdpkr
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 10:13 AM

The Power of the Dog
Rudyard Kipling

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie-
Perfect passion and worship fed
by a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumor, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find - it’s your own affair -
But ... you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone - wherever it goes - for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ‘em, the more we grieve;


For when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-term loan is as bad as a long -
So why in - Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: catspaw49
Date: 04 Sep 10 - 09:29 PM

Many, many, thanks to all of you for the wonderful posts, PMs, E-mails, and phone calls. This has always been a pet-lovin' bunch around here and I appreciate the support.

Some suggested another dog and specifically another Weimaraner as they have always been my breed but I don't think I'll even look for one. I don't want another dog or another Weim......I want Sissy........and I can't have her. For me, Sis was different than any of the dogs that came before.......I dunno' why. Sometimes an animal and a human have some weird sort of bond........however it worked, she and I had it.

We still have four wonderful cats and a handsome black hound we rescued, or I should say Karen did, from the double yellow line in the middle of a busy highway. He's a bit confused as to where Sis went but he's a happy goof and a great guy......and he likes the extra attention.


Thanks again for all the love and support!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: Bobert
Date: 04 Sep 10 - 10:28 PM

Sniff...


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Subject: RE: BS: I Said Goodbye to a Great Hound Today
From: KT
Date: 05 Sep 10 - 01:23 AM

Thinking of you Spaw, with caring and sympathy.

I did a double take today, when I saw my old dog's look-alike, and in that split second before remembering, my heart skipped a beat. And it's been eight years.


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