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I'll never forget the day he passed. He was so resilient, that I really thought he would keep beating the odds, so even though we knew his time was near, it was still unbelievable.

I always say he was "the heart" of this forum. He made us laugh, he made us cry, and he shared with us his knowledge.

I too still have a good morning sunshine message in my inbox and he is still listed as my friends. Every once in a while I will be reading an old thread, and a post from him will show up - it always makes me smile.

Hugs to you and Tyler, Cindy. I am so glad that you have stayed in touch with us through GRF and Facebook.

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Miss my friend. It is hard to believe that it is 3 years. He was the funniest and wisest guy. I still remember talking to him the first time on another forum when my Beau had his first seizure. He helped me to stay calm and was always online when I needed him most. Bama is such a gift to my family and is the best personality and I like to think a big part of that is because of Hooch. Thanks Hooch for being a great friend and letting me get one of your pups.

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I still think of Hooch often. He was a great guy and a wonderful friend to many on this forum. This forum is what it is, in many ways, because of his influence here... and at the same time, it could never be what it was without him. Hugs to you and the rest of the family, Cindy.

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I still think of Hooch often-I really miss him. He was so funny and so wise at the same time

Hugs to Tyler and you, Cindy.

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I still think of Hooch often, too.

I remember long nights of staying up and talking to him.

I also remember calling him a couple of times to sing him an annoying song to make him laugh (there was a video I used to post in his threads all the time just to annoy him haha).

We always teased eachother. GRF lost a great man and a great friend.

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Just wanted to bring up this thread in Memory of our friend Hooch.

We miss you Hooch!

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Funny-I was just thinking about Hooch earlier today.

Miss you, Hooch.

Hugs to Cindy and Tyler.

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Hard to think how long he's been gone. I feel very blessed that I've been around long enough that I was able to "know" him. Many prayers for Cindy, Tyler, his mom and other family.



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I often think of Hooch as well he was a good guy

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Hooch

God Bless Hooch! Such a kind man.

I know you are caring for all of the animals at the Rainbow Bridge!!

Tucker, Tonka, and Karen

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