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Old 01-04-2013, 11:26 PM
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:12 AM
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I am very sorry for your loss of Mattie. I know how you feel, my light turned off on May 15th 2011, still miss my Buddy and think of him every day. I am adding your girl to GRF Goldens that passed in 2012 list.
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I have had to say goodbye to 5 dogs that lived well into their teens over the last 17 years. Dog(s) have alawys been a part of my life, ever since I was a child, life is not complete without them. They've always been my best friend, a beloved family member and as I became an adult, they were just like my own child. Each one is very special and unique, you can't replace one with another.

When we said goodbye to our boy, soon to be 2 years ago, I'd forgotten how much it hurt. It's the hardest thing I've ever had to do and it never gets any easier, but at the same time, it's the ultimate gift of love you can give them when they have grown old, feeble, and especially if they are suffering.

Since I had forgotten how much it hurt, it also made me realize that with time, the pain would ease. It did, but it takes time. You need to let yourself grieve, let your heart heal. The memories of Mattie will always be with you, her spirit will forever live in your heart and soul. With time you will find yourself not feeling so lost, the pain will become less bearable, and you will reach the point when you think of them or remember a special moment, you will be able to smile.

I know my boy is still with me, I can feel him, I feel him everyday. We still miss him, I still cry sometimes, and I have days where I really wish he was still here. I found peace knowing he was no longer suffering and that has really helped.

I have a golden girl that I adopted when my boy was alive, she is a former puppy mill momma that will always need to be with another dog. She was grieving and withdrawing after we lost our boy too. Within a few weeks of losing him, I found a young golden boy in my County Humane Society that was in need of a home. Although we weren't ready for him, I adopted him and I knew my girl needed him almost as much as we did.

He helped heal all our hearts, he brought back much needed love and joy into our lives.

I think sometimes people don't realize how much you love a dog or will miss them until they are gone.

Take each day one at a time, give yourself and your heart the time you need to heal. Each day will get a little easier, I know that's hard to imagine right now when you are in so much pain, but the day will come.
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Missing my Packer

I can understand the hurt everyone who has lost a pet feels. Two months ago today, I had to say goodbye to my best friend Packer. She meant the world to me, whether we where fishing or snoozing together she was alwas close by. I think about her and miss her so much. We brought another joy into our lives a few weeks back and even though he has helped to ease the pain, I miss my Packer so much. I guess I can take comfort in knowing we will play catch again. Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone missing their furry best friend.
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Weeping day ..

My grief has once again been overwhelming today .. I made it thru Mattie's 2 month passing date I thought fairly well, only to fall apart all over again 3 days later.. I am so lonesome for her every day, but today it has just been a day that I can't seem to find any consolation from the grief.. I miss everything about her, and it just seems like a lifetime since I could hold her and tell her how much I love her .. I miss her little fur flying thru the air, her little nose prints on the doors, the sound of her sleeping at night, and the wag of her tail against the side of the bed when she wanted me to get up .. and those long loving gazes from her soulful eyes.. anyone reading this please send up a prayer for me ...

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My grief has once again been overwhelming today .. I made it thru Mattie's 2 month passing date I thought fairly well, only to fall apart all over again 3 days later.. I am so lonesome for her every day, but today it has just been a day that I can't seem to find any consolation from the grief.. I miss everything about her, and it just seems like a lifetime since I could hold her and tell her how much I love her .. I miss her little fur flying thru the air, her little nose prints on the doors, the sound of her sleeping at night, and the wag of her tail against the side of the bed when she wanted me to get up .. and those long loving gazes from her soulful eyes.. anyone reading this please send up a prayer for me ...

I just wanted you to know that I and many others here know exactly how you feel....we are part of a club who no one wants to belong to and we understand your pain.

When we share a love so pure and so deep, saying good bye is beyond excruciating.

I lost my beautiful Yaichi about 7 months ago, to what I believe in retrospect was hemangio, with no warning.

I won't retell my story here, only to say that I still lie in bed at night, feeling guilty for not knowing, for not doing things better, for not being able to save her....and I still cry, cry, cry all the time missing her, even though I have a wonderful new golden baby Brisby in my life.

Before I ramble too much, what I want to say is this: I/many of us know exactly how you feel...you are not alone. Don't let anyone tell you that you are grieving too long, too much etc., as everyone has their own way and their own time.

For me, everytime I read about another Golden here who has gone to the bridge, my heart mourns for my Yaichi and for all the others and the pain experienced by those who are left behind.

I don't think we ever really get over a loss which hits us at the soul level...we just learn how to live with it.

I do believe our precious fur babies who have crossed the bridge know how much we love them and miss them. I also believe they would not want us to be in the pain we are in, but would prefer we remember them with love, reverence and to pass it forward until we meet again...which I believe we will.

After 2 months of my constant crying and grief after loosing Yaichi, my boys insisted I get another Golden Pup, hence puppy Brisby.

I know it's not for everyone, however it really did help me by allowing myself to honor Yaichi's memory by trying to give a new GR pup a wonderful life full of love in her name..and because of her....and it did help ease some of the pain, although at certain moments everyday, still after 7 months I break down and cry, despite the love I feel for my new girl.

Be kind to yourself. Trust that your sweet Mattie knew you loved her with all your heart and then some. Know that she knows and knew that you would have moved heaven and earth for her if you could.

Grieve, cry...do whatever helps work through the pain at your own time and know that we all know exactly how you feel.

Sending you love and hugs.
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I'm so sorry you are feeling so down today. I do know how you are feeling though, I have been there. It does get better with time, but it never fades all the way...please remember that you will see your sweet pup again at the Rainbow Bridge. I try to keep that in my mind.
I have gotten two more Goldens since my Sandy girl passed...misty and Holly and they help me feel good, they do not take Sandy's place, but they are special to me and I'm happy. I'm praying for you.... Xxoo
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Sheeba/Matties's Mom. I'm so sorry that you are still struggling with Mattie's passing. Two months is not a long time. You got some good words from Yaichi's Mom. I also believe that you need to just cry when you need to. I lost my Harley on January 9 so it has only been a month and he is the first thing I think of when I wake in the morning and I fall asleep thinking of him. I allow myself to think of Harley and sit and remember his silly antics and try to remind myself how lucky I was to have him even though it was far too short a time. I will keep you in my prayers.
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Thank you'all so much ...

Thank each of you for your kind encouraging words, thoughts and prayers for me .. it touches my heart so much to know you understand and really do care.. and it really does help me bear the sadness a little better .. This has been the longest 2 months .. I think to myself has it really just been that long since I last held her .. just seems like a lifetime, but yet the hurt is as deep as it was then .. I appreciate all of you more than words can express ...
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sheeba/mattiemom, I am very sorry you have hard time. Just let you know you are not alone. After so many days I had very hard day today too. Hope tomorrow we have a better day. Hugs.
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