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moespree : 8/17/2019 12:49 pm
His name was Shemp and he was a 15 year old Basset Hound.

Though I could see signs, and his age being an obvious still felt like a shock to me. He had his best day in a long time this past Tuesday, but there was nothing that could be done. It all just happened early this morning. He aspirated and his lungs clogged with fluid.

This is particularly difficult for me because for most of his life it was just me and him. Also due to circumstances in my life and work I was with him pretty much 24/7 for 15 years and that's no exaggeration. 24/7.

I've been told by people today that 15 years for any dog let alone a Basset Hound whose average age is 8-10 is remarkable and that I should be proud of the life I gave him. I am proud of that and I suppose in time that will give me some comfort. But as of this moment now I'm really struggling with the whole thing.

He was a very special dog to me and I will miss him very much.

I don't usually make posts like this, but I thought this might help me out a bit to talk it through, so thanks for reading.
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I'm sorry for your loss bud.....  
Kev in Cali : 8/17/2019 1:47 pm : link
It's not easy losing a pal that's been a part of your life for so long. Cherish the memories and just know they lived a good, long and fulfilling life.
I'm sorry, brother...  
rebel yell : 8/17/2019 1:47 pm : link
I keep mentally preparing myself for the same with my aging coonhound, but nothing can really prepare you for the loss of a companion who is steadfast, loyal, never judgmental and always loving. Very few humans have those attributes, but dogs sure do. Hang in there. It might not feel like it, but eventually the pain will subside and what remains will be the happy memories.
Still think about my German shepherd  
justafan : 8/17/2019 1:48 pm : link
At least once a week and it's been teep year's. Her name was beast and as I always dais, she was my beast friend. But i think about the good rarely the end. Sorry buddy. Dogs are such good pals. I got this picture of her in a Justin tuck jersey the second time we downed the pats. Love that pic.
sorry for your loss  
RasputinPrime : 8/17/2019 1:53 pm : link
truly our best friends.
Sorry to hear that.  
GiantsUA : 8/17/2019 1:54 pm : link
Dog's are the best, hopefully in the future you will get another dog.
Iím sorry for your loss.  
odunde : 8/17/2019 1:57 pm : link
As a dog owner itís hard to think about.
You're not alone  
Poktown Pete : 8/17/2019 2:10 pm : link
It's awful, I know.

As some have already said here, it's the price we pay for having the blessing of such a loyal friend in our lives.

If dogs go to the hereafter (and I'd like to believe they do in some form or another)then we can hope to be with them again someday! I hope the following helps:

Rainbow Bridge Poem

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our pets are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; Her eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flyingover the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress thebeloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your dog, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

~Author Unknown
It is the worst  
X : 8/17/2019 2:12 pm : link
cried for two weeks when my Lab died. Hang in there.
im very sorry  
mattlawson : 8/17/2019 2:22 pm : link
it sucks
So sorry for your loss Moe  
Blue21 : 8/17/2019 2:27 pm : link
AcidTest : 8/17/2019 2:34 pm : link
condolences. I am very sorry for your loss.
Sorry for your loss  
OdellBeckhamJr : 8/17/2019 2:50 pm : link
you think you know how much you love your furry fella when they're alive but once they're gone its crazy how big of a place they had in your heart.

I lost my 14 year old black lab a couple years ago and not a day goes by where I don't think about him.
God Bless you and Shemp  
No Where Man : 8/17/2019 2:57 pm : link
Sorry for Your Loss,  
clatterbuck : 8/17/2019 3:19 pm : link
those that get it, who have experienced the love and companionship, understand fully.
always a sad time  
ColHowPepper : 8/17/2019 3:42 pm : link
when this happens, and somehow tears flow more easily for a beloved pet on whom we project our entire inner life and love. Bear up as best you can and honor him, and yourself
sorry for your loss  
snickers : 8/17/2019 3:44 pm : link
We have had 4 dogs and it never gets easier. Unconditional love and more of the same. I would not want it any other way but believe me I feel your pain. Memory eternal.
Sorry for your loss - hang in there  
Daniel in Kentucky : 8/17/2019 3:55 pm : link
When I lost my dog I cried like a baby.
I know how rough it can be.
Very sorry to hear moespree  
Dr. D : 8/17/2019 4:22 pm : link
Funny, i was just thinking of my late friend right before i saw your post.

My Airedale, Tiki, was 15 and a half when i had to put him to sleep about 13 mos. ago. I cried like a baby a lot. Sucks.

Hang in there.
Sorry for your loss, Moe  
adamg : 8/17/2019 4:26 pm : link
It seems pretty clear you were a great owner and dad to him. I hope you start to remember more of the good times and focus less on this tough time. But, it's perfectly legitimate to feel bad and mourn. Hope you start to feel better soon.
pjcas18 : 8/17/2019 4:28 pm : link
Schemp, sorry for your loss Moe.

No words I can say to help you feel better, just offering my condolences.
Sorry moespree...  
Jimmy Googs : 8/17/2019 4:51 pm : link
the day your dog dies is just an awful one for certain. In so many ways, dogs are just better than people...
Sorry for your loss  
davek3698 : 8/17/2019 5:09 pm : link
Here's another nice, apropos poem.
I Loved You Best - ( New Window )
you lost  
FranchiseQB : 8/17/2019 5:12 pm : link
a member of your family. I wish you well and hope in time you can heal and find another great companion.
Man's best friend says it all  
Torrag : 8/17/2019 5:38 pm : link
RIP Shemp. Those of us that have traveled this road understand what you're feeling. Unconditional love. Be well.
It is tremendous pain and grief  
arniefez : 8/17/2019 5:41 pm : link
I feel for you. Some people will never understand don't worry at all about them. I hope you can find some peace quickly. Talk to people who understand and try to be around caring people.
RIP Shemp!  
GiantSteps : 8/17/2019 5:49 pm : link
Just sending out best wishes. I miss my dogs as much as ever, and it's been years since they passed. They're family members.
I want to thank you all for the kind words  
moespree : 8/17/2019 5:52 pm : link
They mean a lot to me and I appreciate them all.
Sorry for your loss  
steve in ky : 8/17/2019 5:58 pm : link
Losing a pet that is dear to you isnít easy. Sounds like you gave him a great life and I hope the fond memories you have of him will eventually help to ease the pain you currently now feel.
sorry for your loss  
bc4life : 8/17/2019 5:58 pm : link
It sucks, been through it a few times
Sorry for your loss  
Archer : 8/17/2019 6:01 pm : link
Just think how lucky your dog was to have you as his friend
Sorry for your loss.  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 8/17/2019 6:42 pm : link
Man that's sad....  
rnargi : 8/17/2019 6:46 pm : link
Sorry pal, hope you are ok. My "pup" is fading quickly and I'm dreading the day.
Aw man. Iím sorry  
Steve L : 8/17/2019 8:51 pm : link
Peace and love to him, you and your family.
So sorry about your buddy  
Watson : 8/17/2019 9:12 pm : link
Dogs are amazing creatures. Sounds like u gave him a long loving life.
MattinKY : 8/17/2019 9:14 pm : link
of us have been down this road; I have had dogs all my life and no matter how they left this world it was too soon and too hard on the dog and myself. The last 2 I lost were both 15. One died in my arms and the other laid down in the backyard and passed instantly. That was 2009 and 2013 respectively and not a day goes by I don't miss them both. I believe they made me a better person. I only hope they felt I gave them half as much as they gave me.
There truly are no words that help. Just know your buddy will never leave you.
its a hard thing to deal with  
Giant John : 8/17/2019 9:40 pm : link
So sorry for your loss.  
Mr. Bungle : 8/17/2019 9:50 pm : link
"If the kindest souls were rewarded with the longest lives, dogs would outlive us all."
Sorry man  
Ned In Atlanta : 8/17/2019 10:34 pm : link
May your dog Rest In Peace. Dogs are the best
All dogs  
Mr. Nickels : 8/17/2019 11:48 pm : link
go to heaven
Just got on BBI and read your post  
GmeninPSL : 8/17/2019 11:54 pm : link
I can tell Shemp was a champ and 15 years is indeed great for a dog! I went through this with my Border Terrier, Trixie this past Christmas Eve and the many kind words from the BBI family really helped. In fact I even posted a dedication Video I made for Trixie on youtube and shared it because I love dogs and in the 20 years I've been on BBI, I must have easily read 30 or 40 threads like yours and mine and every single one of them makes me sad!

This is why I had posted a video, mainly because I wanted to give a face behind the name.

I'm not going to sugar coat this in any way! And even though I may be judged in what I have to say, so be it; I cried for 52 straight days after the loss of Trixie. I paused from crying on Valentines days when I rescued a brother/sister Border Terrier combo who were a year old. But that was only a small pause because I can tell you that nearly 8 months have passed and I teared up 3 times this week alone.

I only had one dream since Trixie's passing and it came three days after she died and even though I won't get into the specifics of this dream, it turned out to be a clear and wonderful message that Trixie made it to the other side, safe and sound! I asked her to throw (send) me a bone (message) before she passed to let me know she was OK and boy did she ever.

Some 4 months after her passing as I was still going through a bad time, I decided to get a book called "The amazing afterlife of Animals" written by Karen Anderson. The book was so moving and inspiring that I decided to get in touch with Karen who is able to speak to their spirit (soul). Karen asked me if I wanted to send Trixie a message. Keep in mind that Karen Anderson knew nothing about me except my first name. She also requested a photo of Trixie and the date of her passing. Ms Anderson, the author got back to me that same day and told me she was able to connect with Trixie and went on to tell me a few things that even the most non believer would be floored!

The reason I am sharing this with you is because you sound very down as expected at a time life this! You were very close to Shemp as I was to Trixie. I worked from home the last 8 years of her life so I know what 24/7 means. Trixie was with me through the passing of both my mom and dad and we were both diagnosed with cancer on the same week. My news came on a Monday and her news came on a Wednesday, just 48 hours apart so yeah, we went through quite a bit together! I love my 2 new dogs and it's not fair for me to compare 15 years to six months, but there will only be one Trixie in my life !!

Finally, After her passing and the many signs I received that there is an afterlife and the assurance that I WILL ONE DAY BE REUNITED AND SEE HER AGAIN, I decided to open up the very first 24 hour / commercial free internet radio station that is dedicated to Pet welfare and Pet rescues. It's basically a blended music format with Pet Welfare tips at the top and bottom of each hour from 9 am - 9pm. It's all music after 9pm (EST) This is one of the ways I decided to honor my best friend. I've included a link to the station for anyone who has a dog or cat and is interested in daily tips of how to take better care of your pets.

I'm sorry this was such a long post, but I hope this helps you and some of the many folks on BBI who know that one day they will have to pass down this road.

God's Speed !!!
Link - ( New Window )
Sorry to hear this  
montanagiant : 8/18/2019 12:09 am : link
It's always a very painful thing to go through.
Fully understand and sympathize.  
Bubba : 8/18/2019 7:50 am : link
I lost my little girl nearly 2 years ago and still feel it
occasionally. They grab your heart with everything they have. RIP.
jonnyess : 8/18/2019 10:17 am : link
Ive got a houseful of furry family members, so I can totally relate.

Cherish your memories!
Very sorry for your loss..  
Sean : 8/18/2019 10:42 am : link
Dogs are family members.
Sorry for your loss  
noro9 : 8/18/2019 2:33 pm : link
Let's become like members of the family
So sorry  
since1925 : 8/18/2019 6:14 pm : link
the main thing is you made your pet a part of your family, made them feel safe and loved, that's all you can really ever do.
Again, I wanted to thank you all for these comments  
moespree : 8/18/2019 9:58 pm : link
I read through all of them and greatly appreciate them. To read some of your experiences gives me great comfort that things will get better with time.
Sorry for  
MookGiants : 8/18/2019 10:06 pm : link
your loss
arcarsenal : 8/19/2019 7:19 am : link
Sorry to hear, moe... most of us know the feeling.

It's heartbreaking for sure. I still remember that palpable feeling of this gigantic void when I had to put my first Golden down back in 2017. It was shattering.

Time heals. You'll never stop missing him - but I can promise you that it does hurt less and less as time goes on. The pain starts to be replaced by your best memories of him and you start to recall all of the great years and great times you had more vividly as you focus less and less on the very end of his life.

Be grateful for the time you had together (15 years really is a long time! - you can certainly find some solace in that) - know that you gave him the best life you possibly could have, and that the bond you had is everlasting - you'll still feel it in everything you do, even now that he's passed on.

Take care, pal. It does get better... in order to grieve, we have to have first loved. As much as the grief hurts, we'll always accept it in exchange for the years of happiness and companionship our dogs provided for us.

Best of luck.
Hang in there  
Carson53 : 8/19/2019 11:49 am : link
Sorry for your loss.
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