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Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug

jacqui.c 03 Feb 07 - 06:04 PM
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Subject: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: jacqui.c
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:04 PM

Tami had to have her dog put down today. Clancy, a sixteen year old yellow dog, hurt his back about a week ago and wasn't recovering well. He was in a lot of pain sitting, walking and lying down and Tami and her partner, Jason, finally decided today that his quality of life was so poor that the only thing that they could do for him would be to let him go.

SINSULL and I took them to the vet and stayed while Clancy was put to sleep. He went quietly, looked after by people who loved him. WE went on to one of Tami's favourite watering holes and had a wake in Clancy's honour. This was a bar where, until someone complained to the authorities, Clancy would jump up on a bench and join his people at the bar.

Over the last two years I have got to know Clancy at Mary's song circles. He was a quiet, dignified, well behaved dog but Tami has stories from when he was younger that suggest that he was quite a character. He was definitely a lot nicer than some people I've met.

AS you can imagine, Tami and Jason are both very upset right now and I think some Mudcat hugs would definitly help.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:06 PM

Consider it done in Idaho. And another glass will be raised this evening.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: artbrooks
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:08 PM

Hug on the way via PM. We had to put one of our cats down a few years ago (cancer), and I understand that "it's for the best" is scant comfort when it is a fur person you love.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:09 PM

Of course. Hugs all around for peace in a time of great loss.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:10 PM

So sorry to hear this news

So here's a 'M A S S I V E' Geordie hug aall the way from the UK.

Treasure aall the moments and cherish aal the mem'ries of Clancy - He wasn't one of man's best friends for nowt!!

All love te yez
G-P


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Jeri
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:12 PM

Aw, jeez... sweet old guy. I'm so sorry, and you can have all the hugs you want. Clancy couldn't have had better people.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: skipy
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:20 PM

Hug, it is 7 years since Walter left us, he was the best pussycat in the world, I know how you feel.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:20 PM

Oh, darn, this is never easy. My condolences and lots of {{{{{HUGS}}}}}. I've been looking at our Merlee whose muzzle is getting grey thinking it might be time to get a young pup for him to raise and to perk him up.

All my sympathies,

kat


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Gizmo
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:31 PM

All my sympathies, and I know how hard it is to say goodbye to the furry friends.

Big huge hugs, and my sympathies to both Tami and Jason.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Bert
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:40 PM

Lots of hugs on the way.

Now everybody join in with "Old dogs and Children and Watermelon Wine" and wish him good speed on his journey to wherever old yellow dogs go.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: RangerSteve
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:49 PM

Hug.


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From: Leadfingers
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:52 PM

(((HUGS))) and commisserations from over here too !!


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Charley Noble
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:52 PM

So sorry to hear this, Ranger 1. We know you did your best.

Charley Noble and JudyB


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Alba
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:52 PM

{{{{{{{BIG HUG}}}}}} Tami.
Love
Jude


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: bfdk
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 06:53 PM

Oh, Tami, my heart goes out to you!!

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{ BIG HUG }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

It hurts like hell to let them go, but you did what was best for Clancy, and you have to hang on to that thought in the sad days ahead. Your pain is still there, but Clancy is no longer in any pain, and no pain will ever touch him again.

I only met Clancy the once, but what Jeri said is true, he was a sweet old guy..

Lots of kind thoughts heading your way!

Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Alba
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 07:04 PM

Just wanted to send{{{ Hugs}}} to Jason too. Friends step forward when hard times come along. Jacqui and Mary my love goes to you both for being right there for Tami, Jason and poor Clancy.
Jude x


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Maryrrf
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 07:07 PM

So sorry to hear this. I have an elderly dog too, and I know I will face this someday soon.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Micca
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 07:18 PM

Tami and Jason, as someone who knew Clancy over several years I am so sorry that this has happened, I know that you wouldn't want him to go on suffering unneccesarily but it must still be so hard to let the lovely old boy go. I will miss his gentle intelligent stare and his sitting on my leg in the truck , and his wet nose in my ear. He was a noble fella and very much loved and will be missed not least by me.
hugs to you both, you are in my thoughts tonight
Micca


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: catspaw49
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 07:28 PM

All the hugs you want from Ohio...My oldest Weim is arthritic with dysplasia in the hips, almost completely blind and deaf. Somehow though he keeps plugging along and is pretty happy. All too soon he will be less than happy as will Karen and I. Someone said their main fault is that they don't live long enough.......But they're just so damn great while they are here! Clancy sounds a great friend.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: kendall
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 07:31 PM

I'm sorry I didn't go to the wake, but, I had to put my dog down a few years ago. His name was also Clancy, and I still miss him.
I owe you a hug.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 07:34 PM

Oh Tammy -- I am just so sorry. I am soooooooooo sorry - big hug next time I see you.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Deckman
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 07:51 PM

Hey Tammi ... Hang in there ... Bob and Judy from Puget Sound country!


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 07:53 PM

Oh, Tami, just because we suspected it was coming doesn't make it any easier. But he's a young healthy dog again on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge (and in your memory).

What you've once held in your heart is never gone, but it's not really quite the same as having Clancy right there with you (and us).

I'm glad you shared him with us -- he's a neat dog; gonna miss him.

Big hugs. Losing our friends -- furry ones included -- is very hard.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 08:22 PM

From us, and from Faulkner the sedate, a BIG hug.

~Susan & Hardiman


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: ranger1
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 08:44 PM

Thank you all so much. Kendall, could you please post the poem to a yellow dog for him? It's almost like it was written for him...

I know it was the right thing to do, but there's this big Clancy-sized hole in our hearts right now. And my daddy said that I can a)deck and b)dismember anyone who so callously says "he was just a dog".

I love my Mudcat family so much, thank you all again, I don't think we could have done it without SINS and Jacqui (and Kendall in spirit) and our neighbors Kathy and Peter. Ben Hur Lampman said that the best place to bury a dog is in his master's heart. This is too true. He went without pain and his tail wagged twice at the end. I know it was just his nervous system, but it feels better to think that it was him letting us know that it was OK, we did the right thing in lettin him go. God, this sucks...


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: MAG
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 09:00 PM

It's OK to grieve for however long you need to.

My sympathies.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 09:10 PM

Real sorry to see the news, Tami. I know how much it hurts to lose a pet. While I was having breakfast, getting ready to go to my first day of kindergarten, and feeling very frightened to begin with, my puppy got out and ran into the street in front of our house. We heard the squeal of breaks, the yelp, and the breaks peeling out, and went out to find my puppy dead in the road. And then, it was off to my first day of school.

Anyone who hasn't given their heart to a beloved pet has no idea how much their loss hurts.

Big Connecticut hugs heading up your way.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: JennieG
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 09:28 PM

Tami, this is sad news, we have lost animals over the years and each time it left a gap in our hearts and our lives that took a while to heal. Hugs coming from Oz for you and Jason.

Hugs
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 09:39 PM

Clancy and Seamus used to romp around the back yard together. This year, Clancy was just not in a romping mood. He was a wonderful old and dignified yellow dog. I will miss him.

Take care of each other, Tami and Jason. And if you need to fill that hole, I will send Alice over to keep you company.

Auntie SINS


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: GUEST,LilyFestre
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 10:21 PM

(((Hugs from our house to yours)))

Much love to you,

Michelle & Pete

Abu, Amos, Belle, Jake, Little Guy & Elby *WOOF*

Fester, Daphne, Goose, Norm, Millie, Bernie, Emma & Sid Vicious =^..^= *MEOW*


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: KT
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 10:25 PM

Tami and Jason, I'm so, so sorry......There's no way around this. My heart's with you both.

KT


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: ranger1
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 10:28 PM

Thanks, KT. He always did wonder why we wanted the stick back when we threw it away in the first place, but he was a very obliging dog and brought it back without questioning our sanity...


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: JudyB
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 10:30 PM

Tami & Jason -

So sorry to hear the news. Hugs to you both, and to Mary and Jacqui for being there with you when the rest of us couldn't be.

Love,
JudyB


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 10:33 PM

So sorry, Tami and Jason.

I just took a mosey through my email file for this gem. I thought it might give you a little comfort at this time. (It DOES relate to the subject. Just hang in with it.)

Elmer

-----------------------
IF....

If you can live without caffeine,

If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, though no fault of yours, something goes wrong,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him / her,

If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,

If you can face the world without lies and deceit,

If you can conquer tension without medical help,

If you can relax without liquor,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, gender preference, or politics,


THEN, you have ALMOST reached the same level of spiritual development as your dog.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Alba
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 10:41 PM

Thank you Elmer
That is cool.
Warmest Wishes to you
Jude


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Sorcha
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 10:42 PM

Aw dammmmm dammmm dammmm Tami. Been not quite a year since we lost our two. I know how you feel. I'll help you deck anybody who says just a dog.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: ranger1
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 10:43 PM

Oh, and Spaw, it was Sir Walter Scott who said that. When our Donald went six years ago, I gave a copy of that quote to my gramma. It's still on the fridge today. It's next to a picture of Clancy and me at Back Cove in New Harbor when he wasn't much more than a pup. Seems like both yesterday and forever ago.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 10:47 PM

Hugs from here too... take care and don't be afraid to bawl like a baby, it helps.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: ranger1
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 10:50 PM

Liz, what're you doing up at this hour? Isn't it like ten of four in the UK? We've been bawling like babies the whole week. Time will make it better. Have Micca tell you about the auld lad, they got on well together.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Tinker
Date: 03 Feb 07 - 11:22 PM

Tami, do not let Sinsull send Alice over !!! Distracting she may be but evey friendship needs a few limits. Bubba's gonna get a few extra treats tonite. Big hugs to you both.

tinker


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Janie
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 12:14 AM

How heartbreaking, Tami. I'm so very sorry.

{{{{{{{{{{{{HUG}}}}}}}}}}}}

Janie


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Slag
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 01:39 AM

Big hugs. My heart goes out to you. One of the hardest things I've ever done was having my 14 year old German Shorthair put down.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Alec
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 01:41 AM

A hug from the North Sea including one from 2 cats.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: KT
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 02:31 AM

Tami, I bet he did TOO question your sanity....but he loved ya anyway!!

KT


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Micca
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 05:31 AM

For anyone wondering who we are talking about, for some pix of the Old Warrior Try Here


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Partridge
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 05:40 AM

Big Hugs to both of you. I'm sat here crying for a yellow dog I never knew, but I do know the heartbreak when a loved dog leaves us.
Its 25 years since my black lab (butch) died. He was my best mate.

Thinking of you and sending warm happy and a little bit sniffly thoughts,

love

Pat x


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: freda underhill
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 05:43 AM

a big e-hug for you ranger (and another for you pat!)

freda


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 06:03 AM

Thoughts sent from Yorkshire. It's difficult with animals because you can't explain to them what's happening. I've been there so I know how painful it is.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: gnu
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 06:05 AM

Thoughts and prayers.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Deckman
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 07:47 AM

Tami, perhaps this poem by Robinson Jeffers will give you some comfort. Bob

THE HOUSE DOG'S GRAVE (Robinson Jeffers)

I'VE CHANGED MY WAYS A LITTLE: I CANNOT NOW
RUN WITH YOU IN THE EVENINGS ALONG THE SHORE,
EXCEPT IN A KIND OF DREM: AND YOU, IF YOU DREAM A MOMENT,
YOU SEE ME THERE.

SO LEAVE AWHILE THE PAW-MARKS ON THE FRONT DOOR,
WHERE I USED TO SCRATCH TO GO OUT OR IN,
AND YOU'D SOON OPEN: LEAVE ON THE KITCHEN FLOOR
THE MARKS OF MY DRINKING PAN.

I CANNOT LIE BY YOUR FIRE AS I USED TO DO
ON THE WARM STONE,
NOR AT THE FOOt OF YOUR BED: ALL THE NIGHT THROUGH
I LIE ALONE.

BUT YOUR KIND THOUGHT HAS LAID ME LESS THAN SIX FEET
OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW WHERE FIRELIGHT SO OFTEN PLAYS,
AND WHERE YOU SIT TO READ - AND I FEAR OFTEN GRIEVING FOR ME-
EVERY NIGHT YOUR LAMPLIGHT LIES ON MY PLACE.

YOU, MAN AND WOMAN, LIVE SO LONG, IT IS HARD
TO THINK OF YOU EVER DYING
A LITTLE DOG WOULD GET TIRED, LIVING SO LONG.
I HOPE THAT WHEN YOU ARE LYING

UNDER THE GROUND LIKE, ME YOUR LIVES WILL APPEAR
AS GOOD AND JOYFULL AS MINE.
NO, DEAR, THAT'S TOO MUCH TO HOPE: YOU ARE NOT SO WELL CARED FOR
AS I HAVE BEEN.

AND NEVER HAVE KNOWN THE PASSIONATE UNDIVIDED
FIDELITIES THAT I KNEW.
YOUR MINDS ARE PERHAPS TOO ACTIVE, TOO MANY SIDED,
BUT TO ME THEY WERE TRUE.

YOU WERE NEVER MASTERS, BUT FRIENDS. I WAS YOUR FRIEND.
I LOVED YOU WELL, AND WAS LOVED. DEEP LOVE UNDURES
TO THE END AND FAR PAST THE END. IF THIS IS THE END,
I AM NOT LONELY. I AM NOT AFRAID. I AM STILL YOURS.

Robinson Jeffers 1941


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: jacqui.c
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 07:58 AM

What wonderful pieces Bob and Elmer.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: kendall
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 08:04 AM

I'd be glad to post YELLOW DOG for you.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: kendall
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 08:08 AM

Here is the poem my friend wrote on the loss of his dog. It tears me up ever
Yellow Dog

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

Whose ashes grace the forest way
We roamed together yesterday.
And, to the wilder god I pray:
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.

Bill Levenworth cr 1994


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: ranger1
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 08:21 AM

Thank you all. I love Mudcat, where else could I get hugs and condolences from people all over the world?

Micca, those pics are lovely. That was a beautiful day, wasn't it?

Clancy was my college graduation present to myself. I was renting a room from some cousins and they said I could get a dog. My cousin Brenda and her little boy Joe drove me to the shelter and we started looking around. I was looking for something shepherdy or terrierish, definitely not a lab or a golden or any sort of mix of either one. My criteria were: male, housebroken, good with kids and neutered. I had a husky/shepherd cross picked out that I liked, but I checked them all out several times. The beagle doing the wall of death around his kennel and barking hysterically was out. So were the two that growled at Joe. It was a lovely spring day (May 13th, 1992, it was a Wednesday) and a lot of the dogs were outside enjoying the weather. There was this one dog, a quiet fellow, who stood there and politely wagged his tail when I stopped and said hello to him. He had a thoughtful crease between his eyes and seemed mildly surprised that I had stopped to talk to him personally. He was this skinny, gawky yellow dog, obviously some sort of retriever mix. I liked him, but I did want that husky/shepherd. I then did one of the smartest things anyone looking for a dog can do: I talked with the shelter manager. I told her what I needed, she told me not to get the husky/shepherd, she didn't think he could be trusted around kids, but she had the perfect dog. She came back out with that skinny, gawky, quiet, polite fellow who'd been outside and said: "I don't know a whole lot about this guy's past, but he's very sweet." I didn't take a whole lot of convincing and named him Clancy right there on the spot. I'd always thought that would be a great name for a dog. He was about 18 months old at the time and had dumped off on the side of the road in Newcastle, Maine. The shelter had had him for over a month and no-one ever came to claim him. Stupid people. I'm glad they didn't realize what they had, because I would have missed out on 15 really great years with a really great dog.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 08:43 AM

Your Secret Santee wishes you the best too.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Spot
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 01:07 PM

Ranger 1

          Been there , done that .. its awful... time heals a bit

          Remember the good times...

                         Spot


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From: beardedbruce
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 02:23 PM

{{{HUG}}}


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 02:55 PM

Tough call Tami, I know just how it feels.
Strength and comfort to you and Jason.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Big Mick
Date: 04 Feb 07 - 03:35 PM

Tami, I'm not around these parts much these days, but I am relieved I checked in today. You know that you have a Big Mick hug coming at you both right now. I am so sorry for your loss.

For what its worth, I have a new pup in my house right now. He is a chocolate brown Labridoodle and his name is Riley. Handsome young man, he is, and too damn smart for his own good. He has woven himself right into the fabric of our family, dispensing liberal doses of puppy love and extra wet kisses to all within sight. And he quickly figured out that if Momma ain't happy, nothing is good. So he spends a lot of time spoilin' Mary Lou. Today I will sing him KT's "It's a Dog's Life", read him the poems Kendall and Deckman posted, tell him about a wonderful old gent named Clancy, and tell him he needs to use him for a role model.

Much love to you and Jason. Grieve hard, then get on with the fond memories.

Love,

Mick


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From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 01:33 PM

So sorry to hear about the loss of your dog. May the memories be sweet. {{{{hugs}}}}

Linda Goodman


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From: Hawker
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 01:54 PM

Much Love from Cornwall and a comforting lick from my staffy Hawker. Hang on to all those special memories, I have no doubt you made the right decision and that shows just how much you loved him.
Sleep well Clancy.
Kindest thoughts and hugs to you and yours,
Lucy x


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From: Cool Beans
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 02:09 PM

Hugs to you, Jacqui. WE've had to put down a cat or two in our family and it's always hard and it's alwys sad. After a while, though, the good memories remain and the twinges of sadness are fewer.


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From: Becca72
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 04:37 PM

Tami,
I'm sorry I'm just getting to this post today (had my own issues this week) but you can count on big hugs from further down in southern Maine. I owe you a real one next time I see you.
I still get weepy when I think of Kendall's yellow dog, Clancy. They are magnificent creatures. How lucky we are to know them, even if it is for too short a time. Cherish the memories.


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From: Joybell
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 06:05 PM

Tami and Jason, Hugs hugs and more hugs from Aus. Sweet thoughts and happy memories.
Joy, Hildebrand and Elle (our new old-lady dog)


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From: ranger1
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 07:08 PM

Jason and I were talking about some of our favorite Clancy moments this afternoon and I was reminded of some of the people that he met over the years.

The second summer I had him, we lived above the museum at Colonial Pemaquid. I used to take him for long walks first thing in the morning before I started work and one morning there were a couple of guys and a kid that had come in by boat and were wandering around trying to figure out when the restaurant opened. I thought the older guy looked kind of familiar, but didn't think a whole lot about it. Clancy ran up and introduced himself, sat on the guy's feet and looked up at him adoringly. As he's petting my dog, I realize that it's Ted Kennedy. He's having this long conversation with my dog, and then says exactly two words to me: "Nice dog."

The first year I moved to Portland, about nine years ago now, the Clancy Brothers played at a place called Raoul's. As a joke, I'd taken a photo of Clancy Dog with me and I got Bobby and Paddy Clancy to sign it. They thought it was a riot. After the show, Paddy Clancy asked if he could come out to meet Clancy Dog. He spent a few minutes petting him and agreed that he was fine dog.


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From: SINSULL
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 07:42 PM

Ted Kennedy and the Clancy Bothers, Wonder who Clancy liked best...
RIP old man. We miss you.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: kendall
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 07:45 PM

My Clancy ran over Julia Child's Dacshund in a fit of energy release. She was not amused.


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From: ranger1
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 07:54 PM

Mary--the Clancy Brothers, of course! And Kendall, thanks for the visual. I needed that laugh.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: catspaw49
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 09:23 PM

I pulled this off one of the Doggie boards about a year or so back.......

Why Dogs Don't Live As Long As People

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-
old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his
wife Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very much
attached to Belker and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the
family there were no miracles left for Belker, and offered to
perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it
would be good the four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure.
They felt as though Shane might learn something from the
experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's
family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old
dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was
going on.

Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The
little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any
difficulty or confusion.

We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering
aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than
human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next
stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life
like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?"

The four-year-old continued, "Well, dogs already know how to do
that, so they don't have to stay as long."

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.


~Author Unknown~


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Alba
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 09:24 PM

Tami have another...
{{{{{{{{{Big Hug}}}}}}}}
Thinking of you
Jude


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: KT
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 10:11 PM

Thanaks Spaw, There go the waterworks all over my keyboard again.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Alba
Date: 05 Feb 07 - 10:18 PM

Right there with ya KT.
That's why Tami got another hug.

Spaw...fight me off if you like but here's one for you too..{{{{Big Hug}}}}}

Jude


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Wordsmith
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 02:56 AM

Many hugs and sympathy from me and a sympathetic *meow* from Nikki, my remaining cat, to you and Jason. Lovely pictures of Clancy. Nice stories of Clancy and Ted and the Clancy Bros.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 04:53 AM

Spaw I bet that post was lovely and I also suspect it would have laid me low. So sorry my friend, but I haven't dared to read it.
G ¦¬]


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: kendall
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 08:00 AM

Spaw, that was beautiful.


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From: jacqui.c
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 08:05 AM

{{{{{{{{Spaw}}}}}}}}}


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: ranger1
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 09:45 AM

Thanks, Spaw, That was a good one. It's getting a litle better for me, I've actually had thoughts of going to the shelter and filling out the paperwork. I'm by no means ready to get another one just yet, but it would be nice to have all the paperwork filled out. Jason's still having a very hard time.

One of the hardest things is the routine is missing. For 15 years, the first thing I did when I got up in the morning was take the dog out. I'd wake up and he'd be looking at me with those big brown eyes of his, the expression in them usually some variation of "well it's about time you woke up!"

He was a great trail dog, we hiked a lot of mountains in Maine and New Hampshire together. The time we hiked Mt. Washington, we'd gotten above tree line and Clancy stepped off the trail for a sniff. We'd gone past him when he got back on the trail and he got confused and went down the trail instead of up. There were a few minutes of panic on my part, then my uncle yelled down the trail "hey! Anyone seen a yellow dog with a red backpack? Answers to Clancy." People passed the message down the trail until someone saw him (he'd backtracked almost a mile), and then there was a chain of people calling "Clancy!" all the way back to us. As he'd run by people, they'd all clap. He stuck pretty close for the rest of that hike.


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From: Alba
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 09:59 AM

Tami I love the image of people calling Clancy's name down the path in chain fashion and then Clancy running past the clapping Hikers back up the Mount Washington trail. That is a great image in my mind:)
Thanks for sharing it.
Jude


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Amos
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 09:59 AM

Tami,

What a beautiful picture!! Thanks for a smile, and here's a toast to Clancy, wherever he is.


A


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: kendall
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 01:48 PM

When my Clancy died it wasn't long before I went and got another dog. Although Seamus will never be able to replace Clancy, he has made his own place in my life. And, he has taken to Jacqui like hair on a lollipop.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: ranger1
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 02:04 PM

Would that be doghair on a lollipop?

BTW, the post that Spaw contributed was originally published in Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul as "Rites of Passage" and is by Robin Downing, a vet from Windsor, Colorado.

I've been reading a couple of good books that are helping with the grieving process. I bought a bunch when our terrier, Donald, died. He and Clancy were best buds in life and now they're together again, wherever it is that good dogs go when they leave us. Anyway, the book I like the best is Old Dogs Remembered edited by Bud Johns. The Chicken Soup books are pretty good, too.

Last night, while I was sawing wood, Jason was going through the photo albums picking out pix of our boy. We'll scan them and put a link at some point this week.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 03:17 PM

Oh, boy. I'm so sorry to hear the sad news. We've been through it, too, and I must confess the only time I've come close to punching somebody's lights out since I left the armed forces was when my dear cat Cecil died and a colleague made a stupid joke about the vet bill.

There's no such thing as an ordinary house dog (or house cat), any more than there's such a thing as an ordinary child or spouse or parent.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: catspaw49
Date: 06 Feb 07 - 03:19 PM

Wow.....That's good to know. I pulled it from a Weim site and it had no attribution. I am glad it was in fact a real story. It rea as though it might be ala "All Things" but I didn't know. Thanks....and again, my best thoughts to you.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Becca72
Date: 07 Feb 07 - 03:48 PM

Thank you SO much Spaw for posting that story. It was sent to me last year when my cat, Mara Jade, passed away and I have been looking for another copy.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: KT
Date: 08 Feb 07 - 12:00 AM

I REALLY like the last 8 words of Spaw's post.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.

KT


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Col K
Date: 08 Feb 07 - 05:57 PM

I remember walking on the beach with you and Clancy last time I was over and he was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was a wonderful friend to you and to Jason and he will be missed by all those who had met him.
Love and hugs to you both
Colin


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: ranger1
Date: 09 Feb 07 - 03:56 PM

OK, I'm over the worst now. Jason's still a basketcase, but we all heal on our own schedule. The next issue is how to tell my 10 year old nephew. He lives in Kentucky and I only get to see him in the summer. I don't want him to come north and find out then, and I'm not sure how best to break it to him. Any help is appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: gnu
Date: 09 Feb 07 - 04:24 PM

Just be completely honest and factual and focus on the good side. Your heart will guide you in this.


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: Becca72
Date: 10 Feb 07 - 12:15 PM

I hear you have a yellow visitor this weekend. Please make sure he doesn't further tarnish the family name in the dog park down the street!


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Subject: RE: Ranger1 needs a Mudcat hug
From: CET
Date: 10 Feb 07 - 06:24 PM

I haven't quite made my mind up about the virtual Internet type of hug, but you can be sure that there is a real one waiting for you the next time we meet. As for how to tell your nephew, I agree with gnu. There is only one way to tell bad news - do it honestly and directly. Your nephew may appreciate the fact that you thought enough of him to tell him.

Edmund


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