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Hug Your Shop Dog

by CharlieM1958
posted 08-13-2011 11:19 PM

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#1 posted 08-13-2011 11:27 PM

I am very sorry to hear this Charlie. I know that a pet can love and be loved as much as any person and it is love that comes unconditionally. My shop buddy is getting old too and has joint trouble. I read your post and think about that day that will come in our lives. I am sorry you both have lost your family member. She clearly was happy and lived a long life.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#2 posted 08-13-2011 11:28 PM

I am so sorry for you and your wife’s loss, Charlie. Just went through the same thing, I know it’s not an easy thing to experience.

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#3 posted 08-13-2011 11:32 PM

Sorry to hear the new Charlie, my best to the wife and you take care…BC

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#4 posted 08-13-2011 11:35 PM

Charlie, I’m so sorry to hear about Candy passing. I’ve been there and know what a loss it is. I just gave my dog Bingo a big hug in Candy’s honor.

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#5 posted 08-14-2011 12:06 AM

I’m sorry for your loss. Gave my 3 a hug from Candy.

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#6 posted 08-14-2011 12:16 AM

Only a dog lover would understand your loss. We have gone through that and as I write this I am looking at our little Lucy laying on the floor and know that someday we will go through it again

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#7 posted 08-14-2011 12:17 AM

Sad Charlie, hope you all can feel better soon..
Been there with our Shepard Collie cross. All the best..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 08-14-2011 12:18 AM

Charlie, you and your wife have my condolences as well. These guys ask nothing from us except to get fed and loved regularly. In return they give us their unconditional love and devotion. My best to the both of you.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 08-14-2011 12:20 AM

So sorry…she’ll be at the rainbow bridge waiting.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 08-14-2011 12:22 AM

So very sorry for your loss Charlie, been there, done that and sure do know what it feels like!
A very sad day….. our pets become such a part of the family and it is so hard when it is there time.
At least you gave her a good home and 12 wonderful years and I am sure she gave you nothing but
love in return. She is now in peace and without pain….....

You and your family take care…..........

BTW, we just lost our wonderful girl ” Bonnie” a couple of months after 15 years….. a very sad day

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#11 posted 08-14-2011 12:29 AM

Sorry for your loss, Charlie.
They are wonderful family members…

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#12 posted 08-14-2011 12:45 AM

Sorry to hear Charlie… At least she went peacefully and with those that she loved…
Ours have been gone for many years or I would most certainly be giving them a hug…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#13 posted 08-14-2011 12:47 AM

Charlie, I feel your pain buddy. About a two months ago we had to make the painful decision to have our Beaux put down after having him 12 years. He was suffering from diabetes, poor eye site (from the diabetes) and the final blow was Pancreatic inflammation. I know what you and your wife are going through. We just adopted another family member last week from the Humane Society. Hope she is half as good a friend as Beaux was. R.I.P. Candy

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 08-14-2011 12:51 AM

Sorry for your loss Charlie. I know how it feels. I just lost one of my best buddys on Monday. Had a run in with a car. The car won.

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#15 posted 08-14-2011 12:56 AM

Charlie, I am sorry to hear of you and your wife lost.

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#16 posted 08-14-2011 01:02 AM

I just gave our Roxy Girl a big hug from you. She said thanks, ‘cause she was a rescue too.

Take care bud, and give the wife unit a squeeze.
Tough times,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#17 posted 08-14-2011 01:06 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss, Charlie.

I’ve often said—mostly in jest—that I have family members that I’d rather lose than to lose a dog.

-- -- Neil

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#18 posted 08-14-2011 01:22 AM

What can I say that hasn’t been said already? On the positive side, Candy had a full and loving life with you two. Now Candy is no longer suffering. Try to let go, Charlie.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#19 posted 08-14-2011 01:28 AM

So sorry to hear of your family’s loss, Charlie.

I just got on the computer. We just finished watching Marley and Me on cable and it came on again back to back. Appropriate.

We dread the day when our Weimeraner Abby and our min. Schnauzer Molly leave us. Take care.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#20 posted 08-14-2011 01:29 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. And I can certainly sympathize. We still feel the hurt of losing our beloved Deacon more than a year ago… You can always add another shop dog to the family, but you can never replace what you lost… Each and every one is special in their own way…

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#21 posted 08-14-2011 01:32 AM

Sorry to hear it Charlie. We do become so attached to them.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#22 posted 08-14-2011 01:34 AM

All in all, I’m feeling pretty good. Thank you all for the kind and caring words. You guys are great.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#23 posted 08-14-2011 02:07 AM

Charlie, Sandra & I have always had a dog since we were married 47 years ago, always the same, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, our current little “Tess” is about 9 yo & not in too good a nick so we are not looking forward to the next year or so.
It is great to see so many LJ’s that are able to empathise with you right now, it is so easy to take for granted the friendship & love we get from our little 4 legged mates.
Thanks Charlie for the reminder to give an extra hug rirht now.
Going to look for another mate?? : )))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#24 posted 08-14-2011 02:31 AM

Sorry to hear about that Charlie!!!! She was a cute one too!!!!! I know how it feels to have a pet die in your arms. A couple of years ago, one of my cats, Tiger, got into some of my neighbors anti-freeze and died in my arms as I was trying to get him to the vet.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#25 posted 08-14-2011 02:34 AM

Our hearts ache for you and you family. The pain of losing one of these “children” is terrible and the ensuing silence can be deafening.
Lew and Mimi

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#26 posted 08-14-2011 02:38 AM

So sorry to hear Charlie. I’m giving Ninja an extra big hug right now.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#27 posted 08-14-2011 02:38 AM

I am so sorry that you have lost your Candy!! She was one lucky pooch to have had a family like the two of you. Not all pets have good owners. Please accept our condolences…
Chuck and Gloria

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#28 posted 08-14-2011 02:58 AM

Charlie, I’m so sorry to hear that you and your wife lost a beloved family member. Some would say, “It’s just a dog” but little do they realize the bond that we form with our four-legged friends. I honestly think that the love received from a pet is more true than that received from a child. We lost our Gretchen three years ago and I still hear her nails clacking across the kitchen floor and her tail thumping the wall as she came to check on me. I’m not ashamed to say that even after all this time, I still shed a tear when I think of her. We do love our pets and that love is returned many fold.

Here is a poem that I think is appropriate and that some of you may not have seen

A Dog’s Prayer

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between the blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footsteps fall upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements. And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in all the land, for you are my god and I am your devoted worshiper.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food, that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest – and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I drew, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

by Beth Norman Harris

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#29 posted 08-14-2011 03:03 AM

That’s a great prayer, Jim. Thanks.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#30 posted 08-14-2011 03:03 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss Charlie. My thoughts go out to you and your wife.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#31 posted 08-14-2011 03:04 AM

Iam sorry to hear of your loss of candy. Unconditional love she gave to you and your wife, she is not suffering any more.

-- Billp

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#32 posted 08-14-2011 03:24 AM

my condolence to you and your wife for your loss of the fammily member

take care

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#33 posted 08-14-2011 03:34 AM

I’m sorry for the loss of your friend.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#34 posted 08-14-2011 03:50 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss Charlie.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#35 posted 08-14-2011 04:56 AM

We will give ours a special hug from Candy too. Sorry to hear of your loss. They ask so little and give so much. It does hurt so when they go.

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#36 posted 08-14-2011 05:00 AM

My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss, as a pet is truly a part of the family and a dear friend. Having to make the decision to put down a pet is also one of the hardest things I think I have had to do. Hugs to all, two legged, four legged, winged and scaled.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#37 posted 08-14-2011 05:01 AM

Charlie Sorry to hear about your loss, Jim beautiful post
Hope all is well :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#38 posted 08-14-2011 05:31 AM

Charlie – I feel your pain as I have lost many canine family members over the years. The best advice I have is to get another one soon. I know it hurts to lose them but it is far worse to have never had them. My current best friend is a 17 year old Jack Russel [Peggy Sue] and I dread the day she leaves me. Keep your chin up my friend.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#39 posted 08-14-2011 06:05 AM

I also offer you my sincerest condolences on your loss. You are so right that you were blessed to not have had to “make that God awful decision and have to take her to the vet.” And Candy was indeed blessed to be in the arms of those she loved and who loved her when she needed to go. You say all in all you are feeling pretty good but don’t be surprised if like Jim Crockett above stated that 3 years from now you will hear something that will remind you. And I will be thinking of you in the morning, because as pet owners we all have our morning rituals with our animals even if it’s as simple as just opening the door. By her pictures above she indeed looks like a kind pooch and there is no better dogs to get than rescues who are “Purebred Mutts” they seem to be boiling over with an abundance of love. So I too will sign off here and call over my “Buick” and “Nala” and give them an extra special hug this evening.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#40 posted 08-14-2011 06:26 AM

very sorry for your loss

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#41 posted 08-14-2011 08:12 AM

Charlie, sorry to hear you lost your companion!
We had to put down our Rottie just before Christmas last year and it just hasn’t been the same around here since…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#42 posted 08-14-2011 09:06 AM

Losing a pet is very sorrowful. Time will only heal the wounds.


-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#43 posted 08-14-2011 09:50 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss Charlie. I can’t give Lady Bird a hug as she too departed a few years ago. She was an awesome dog! One save on the house and one save on my son’s Mustang. Who knows how many more we don’t know about? Almost like losing a parent, but not quite.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#44 posted 08-14-2011 10:35 AM


Sorry to hear about Candy. It’s so sad to lose a best friend.

-- Steve--

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#45 posted 08-14-2011 10:40 AM

hang on Charlie, when i lost my “milou” border terrier/griffon now almost 2 months ago i had a horrible 5 days after that. he was going so bad suddenly that i had to get him put down the day i was supposed to do my final oral exam. they let me do it the day after, though at the moment it was the least of my worries.
i feel privileged that i had my dog 17 years, found him when i was 9 yrs old, lost him at 26. so as far as i have memories of my life, he was there.
apart from becoming deaf the last year, he never had any health issues or ever got sick. he was actually doing well until 3 days before he died. we suspect he ate rat poison because he was bleeding to death internally, before that i was not at all expecting or preparing for his death as he was still going so good.
so cherish them while you have them, they don’t die slowly and you rarely see it coming soon enough!

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#46 posted 08-14-2011 02:09 PM

I’m really sorry about the loss of Candy, Charlie. She was a beautiful dog and had a lot of love in her face. I can only imagine how much that you and your wife will miss her. God bless.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#47 posted 08-14-2011 02:15 PM

@Charlie: you and your wife have my sympathy. It’s never easy.

-- Life is good.

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#48 posted 08-14-2011 02:56 PM

Sorry for your loss. Get well soon.Good memories never go away.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#49 posted 08-14-2011 03:33 PM

Terribly sorry about your family’s loss Charlie. I sit here reading this with my home boy at my feet… I cant imagine him not being there one day. My heart goes out to you. I remembered an email I received the other day. Figured I would share….

In the dead letter office of the US postal service.

Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’ Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.
Abbey isn’t sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by. Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I’m easy to find. I am wherever there is love.


-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#50 posted 08-14-2011 03:51 PM

Thanks again to everyone.

Dan, that brought a tear to my eye the first time I saw it, and it did again this morning.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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