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    We’d been visiting my ex-Brother-in-Law out in Norco, when we stopped-off at a small Pet&Feed store on our way out of town. The X and I had been talking about getting a 2nd dog to give our 1st some company, so, as we walked-in, we’d asked if they knew of any dogs for adoption

    Yup

    So, out in the back of the store was a big cardboard box . . . with six pups in it

    What kind?

    Lab and Aussie, I think

    Perfect. I’d had that mix before and she was a great dog. Tough enough to be outside, not too big, not too small . . . + super-smart

    Anyway --- of the six pups, three were conked-out at one end of the box and stayed asleep. And of the three that were up, one was pretty active --- jumping-around, biting and nipping and just generally acting crazy. One Shy One was getting jumped-on pretty-good and looked whipped, like he’d given up . . .

    . . . but the other one was sitting there all calm, jus’ chillin’. So the Crazy One turns his attention to the Calm One and starts jumping on him . . . who puts-up with his nonsense for a little bit --- then, when he's had enough, turns and pins the Crazy One down . . . ‘till he backs-off and goes looking for somebody else to mess with

    Hm. Calm nature --- with a long fuse. And stands-up for himself . . .

    So, I take the Calm One outta the box --- which he isn’t too happy about . . . and put him out in the middle of the floor, all by himself, away from everything. He’s a little anxious, out there all alone, whining softly

    Then, I take this little ball off of one of the shelves, get down on the floor in front of him --- and roll the ball past him

    Instantly --- not a moment’s hesitation, before he even knows what he’s doing . . .

    . . . he goes right after that ball

    Strong ‘play-drive’. So, he’s trainable --- and all I’ll need is a ball. ‘Play’ is his reward



    That was five homes, four companies, two moves cross-country, one marriage . . . and almost sixteen years, ago. Always been My Favorite



    We stopped ‘playing’ a few years back. We'd had a dog that blew her ACL 'cause she played so hard, so I was always careful about him not hurting himself. And he slowed-down a lot, too, especially this last year. Our walks got slower, the distances shorter. And he'd started limping, too. And I wouldn’t let him take the stairs, anymore. In the evening, I carried him up. And in the morning, I carried him down

    When it comes to Porty, I’m all in . . . the ear-thing and the eye-thing and the skin-thing and the liver-thing --- even the limp-thing. But he wasn’t having fun, anymore . . . not on our walks, not at the park, not even our hikes . . .

    . . . and on Friday, he was hurting so bad, he could barely lay himself down to take a snooze



    I put him down, last Saturday. Had a Vet come by the house. Zovig and my Sister came by. Our local Vet gave me an anti-inflammatory to take his pain away, and it was a huge relief to see him move and smile, again. As soon as my Sis got there, he wanted her to take him for a walk. So they took a short stroll over to a shady patch and just plunked-down there on the lawn. She even went back to the house and brought him his water bowl --- he’s always been a big drinker

    When The People came by, he looked happy. Love seeing his Porty Smile. We small-talked for a while, told the story of his name (Mel Gibson Movie ‘Payback), then they gave him some treats . . .

    . . . then a shot . . .


    . . . then another . . .





    . . . and he's -------------------------- gone





    Then we lay him on a gurney --- I put his head on a pillow . . . and load him into their truck



    Think that’s the 1st time he’s ever gone someplace without me



    And when his ashes come back, we’ll go to the beach . . .





    . . . then I’ll say good-bye



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    We had to do the same on Sunday for the last known member of clan Dolemite.
    Dolo passed last July, but his daughter Sadie held on for a little longer. They were 17 and 16, so they lived full lives, traveled the country with me buying Porsches, went on planes, did everything little dogs can do. They will be missed.

    They are now together in death, buried under the big tree in the front yard.

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    No Idea . . .

    . . . how much I miss him . . .


    . . . took him everywhere I could







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    Quote Originally Posted by LongRanger View Post
    . . . how much I miss him . . .


    . . . took him everywhere I could







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    They are family, truly. Dolo and Sadie came to work with me every day, this was their bed in Brooklyn, where they chased rats as big as them!

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    Looks like a great dog … and when they’re gone, its tough to understand beforehand how much you miss them. My guy died a year ago, March 27th. Miss him a little bit every day.
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    . . . how much I miss him . . .


    . . . took him everywhere I could







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    The stories shared over the past couple of days really show how attached we become to our 'best friends' with LongRangers lovely story of Porty having me to dry my eyes.
    So,,, without further ado we shall straighten our backs and with a raised chin move right on along.

    One of my dogs has taken to chewing holes in the dog beds. They have one each and sleep in either. I am not one for reprimanding my 'mates' over much and was more curious.

    Fred is the GUILTY party.

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