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(Level: 231.5 - Posts: 1088)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 1:19 AM
We had a sad day today. My son's dog died. He was just a pup -- 7 months old -- and very sweet. He was my son's first dog. He is heartbroken. It's hard to watch him grieving. The dog chased my husband's truck down the drive, darted between some trees, and popped out right in front of the truck. My husband never even saw him.
They took him to a very good veterinary clinic where he was being kept overnight, but they just called about an hour ago to say that he didn't make it. My husband feels just awful even thought there was nothing he could have done to prevent it. My son had the dog out in the yard--and the dog just took off running unexpectedly. He had never done that before.
Sorry the message is such a downer, but I needed to "talk." I know that many of you are animal lovers and will understand.
(Level: 143.3 - Posts: 2765)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 1:45 AM
wow, sorry to hear that. I've lost a lot of dogs over the years, and it is never easy.
(Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 2:02 AM
Animals are family, too. It's very hard to lose a "family" member.
So sorry for your loss.
(Level: 184.3 - Posts: 924)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 2:12 AM
Diane, I can only imagine how your poor husband must feel. Your son might also be thinking that it was his fault because he couldn't do anything. Some dogs have been known to chase cars in a playful way. Help your son to understand that animals do not have the ability to reason and what happened was no ones fault. Time heals all wounds. My heart goes out to you and your family.
(Level: 160.1 - Posts: 5412)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 2:34 AM
Diane, I am really sorry this happened. It is so painful to lose a beloved pet, especially when it's a tragic accident.
(Level: 69.4 - Posts: 240)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 6:48 AM
I really feel for you Dianne, I have lost 2 dogs tragically and it hurts, just like losing one of your kids.. tell your husband These things happen and not to blame himself for something he could do nothing about.
(Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 7:02 AM
Damn shame Diane. Sorry for all of you - particularly your husband. Can't have been easy telling your boy. I agree with whoever above me (didn't catch who - sorry)said that dogs are family too.
Hope your son won't be put off getting another dog, eventually.
(Level: 199.4 - Posts: 1024)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 7:28 AM
A very good vet told me once, in a similar circumstance, that all doggies go to heaven. I don't believe that *people* go to heaven, or that most of us would deserve it, but dogs should go if anyone does. Sorry for your loss.
(Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 7:31 AM
I'm so sorry for you and your son Diane. We experienced that 12 years ago when we moved from Dallas to the country. We had been here a year and my daughter had been waiting til we moved here to get a dog. Hers was about a year old and got poisoned (won't go into it) but it broke my heart to have to tell her. Dealing with loss on any level with a child is always difficult because of their innocence...I hope that his little heart mends and opens up for another animal...they teach us so much love! I know that Katherine's dog was never replaced in her heart, but she has had room for more
(Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 10:11 AM
I lost my Buddy kinda like that. Sharpei/elkound mix who just showed up one day. He was the most loyal dog I've ever had. If strangers came, he would run out and stand in front of my children. When I was fly fishing, he would go out as far on the rocks as he could, and sit there and wait for me until I moved to another spot. The dumb@sses we have now run off and chase butterflies so fishing with them is miserable.
He apparently followed my car clear out to the highway one day. When I came home that night there was no Buddy and I knew something was wrong. He didn't like anyone else but his family so I knew he wouldn't have gone with anyone. I finally found out through the local humane shelter that they got a call on a dog hit on the highway (apparently the police always make the animal shelter go out with them if there is a possibility a dog is injured and not dead) but she said when they got there, he was dead. I was at work when I found out. I got up, locked my office door and sobbed and sobbed and sobbed. And I wouldn't talk to my husband for about a week after that because I had bought the invisible fence and it had been sitting in the garage, uninstalled, for about 2 months.
That was almost 3 years ago and I still get choked up about it. Sorry for your son and how sad he must be right now, and how awful your husband must feel.
I'm a big believer in adopting poor lost doggy souls so when you choose to replace, I hope you consider going to your local shelter and finding some poor thing that was abandoned and just wants a family to love them. My 3 fool dogs are all somebody's throwaways.
(Level: 217.8 - Posts: 5920)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 10:27 AM
I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you and your family.
(Level: 163.0 - Posts: 673)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 11:03 AM
Echo what Sheri said. It is hard to lose a family member. Take care.
(Level: 207.1 - Posts: 1332)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 12:10 PM
how horrible for all of you, Diane. watching your son and husband go through this must be agony for you. i hope father and son can share some time this weekend to grieve together. sharing is the best way to heal.
i like what Kaelin said about her daughter. it's true. we can never replace the loved ones we lose, but we have a great capacity to love others when the time is right.
my best to you all.
(Level: 231.5 - Posts: 1088)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 1:49 PM
Thank you all for your kind words. I feel less alone just knowing your thoughts are with us.
(Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 3:47 PM
So sorry about your puppy Diane....They ARE family and it hurts so much to lose them.
I would suggest having a Memorial Service, where each of you makes something or brings something that represents the love you all had for him....and each of you makes a short speech about what you loved about him, before you bury the artifacts.
Please get another puppy, sooner rather than later, to show your son you trust him to look after another dog. That may help to relieve the guilt he feels. And it will help him to know the two of you really trust him still - because it wasn't anyone's fault.
Good wishes to you all for a lessening of the hurt. And I hope an early return to
dogownership to show your son - Love is not limited to one person or animal....
and you don't hold on to the hurt, but keep faith in Love and Good Intentions.
(Level: 55.4 - Posts: 172)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 5:23 PM
Wow, so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. I know how sad you must be.
(Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sat, 26th Jan '08 5:37 PM
A similar thing happened to a family dog of mine when I was younger. We gave her away to a family on a farm because we couldn't afford to keep her living in apartments anymore. This farm was about twenty minutes from where we were living, and she was hit by a car about a mile from our apartment, we think she was trying to come back home. I definitely remember it as one of the most tragic losses of my childhood. So sorry for your loss.
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