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09-27-2010 02:40 PM

It wasn’t long ago that I introduced Honey to LJ’s. Everyone was so kind and shared my joy with me, giving me tips on how to potty train her.
Thank you all for your kindness, love and support during this time.

My dearest golden retriever, Honey got sick awhile ago. We were in and out of the vet every two weeks, and then it got so bad she couldn’t walk so I took Honey to a specialist in Pretoria. Honey had Meningitis. She had to stay at the animal hospital so she could be treated. I visited her two days later and her condition had improved slightly. Two days after that I was told I could fetch her, when I got there Honey was so happy and it looked like she was going to recover. For the next week Honey had to have rest, so I spent my time at her side attending to all her needs. She began to walk around and follow me every where and I mean every where. As soon as her medication was finished she was struggling to walk, lying down and getting up again was such an effort, so off we went back to the vet, she was given an anti inflammatory injection with more medication and was told she had an infection. Honey was so eager to run around, for a treat I would take her to the front garden (I had fenced off the garden, my neighbour told me to keep Honey away from the front because she might be poisoned by burglars) She would run and her back legs would just give in and she would be somersaulting down the driveway, I would run over to her to see if she was ok and she would get up and wag her tail as if we were having a game. This became the norm, last Sunday Honey just lay in her bed she didn’t seem interested in anything, she did however make the effort to go outside and do her business. By Monday Honey couldn’t walk again so back to the vet we went. The vet said that Honey would be like this for the rest of her life. I didn’t want to make the decision and he knew it. Honey was put to sleep.
In the beginning I thought I was crazy getting another dog after so many years. Honey kept me on my toes, digging up the security cable a few times, running outside either with a shoe or undies out of the laundry basket. Honey’s illness brought us very close, we were always together. She was the most wonderful companion, she made me feel like a child all over again, it was nothing for the two of us to be playing at midnight, time meant nothing we had so much fun. Whenever the intercom rang Honey would run to the front door and wag her tail she would be so eager to see who had come to visit us. She would bark in a friendly manner as if she was greeting the visitors. When the children came for the weekend Honey was in her element she adored them and they adored her.
I have so many fond memories of her, her presence is still in this house.
Honey was only a little over 10 months old. I am so lost without her.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 02:55 PM

Oh Cher,
I am so sorry you have lost your special friend. I too get very attached to animals and have been through some of the pain you feel. They ask for so little and give you so much. Honey will always be in your heart and when you feel more comfortable you may want to get yourself another friend, that’s how I have coped.
Thinking of you in your sadness.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 09-27-2010 02:56 PM

I know How you feel have tryed it a few times my self
the best advise is to get a new best freind as soon as possiple
I know its sounds crazy but its the best cure for you

take care

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#3 posted 09-27-2010 02:56 PM

thank you for sharing honey
and your joy with her
with us

however brief God gives us this love
it is a treasure for life

sorry for your loss

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 09-27-2010 02:57 PM

hmmm. so sorry to hear of your loss. from the things you’re written about honey, I know it’s a big loss, and a large void to carry now.

But as always the case- the good memories will not be lost, they will only shine bright light when you think of her. and you never know what’s waiting behind the corner to fill in those empty holes inside.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 09-27-2010 03:04 PM

Thank you for posting this. It is a tribute to Honey.

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

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#6 posted 09-27-2010 03:06 PM

We offer our sincerest condolences about your loss.

We had a Golden Cocker that lived to be 19 years old before we lost him, & he still brings back fond memories.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 09-27-2010 03:10 PM

Cher, I’m so sorry for your loss. I firmly believe you can tell a lot about a person by the way they feel about their pets. You obviously loved Honey very much, and have written a wonderful tribute to her.

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

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#8 posted 09-27-2010 03:43 PM

Cher, We lost out 11 year old Golden Retriever to a similar condition, Since she was raised with our kids, it was especially hard on all of us. We all stood around the table at the vet as she was put to sleep. At the time we thought she could never be replaced, and while that is still true, we now have our third Golden Retriever—Maggie—who has become very special, although sometimes very irritating. They are extremely loyal and loving dogs.

Sorry for your loss.


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#9 posted 09-27-2010 03:50 PM

I’m sorry for your loss. Think of the good times.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#10 posted 09-27-2010 04:18 PM


I feel your loss deep in my heart. We last a little Maltese named Gizmo to menegitis when he was a littlew over a year old. There’s still an empty place in our lives where he had stood but his memory warms us at the oddest moments…

Take Care…


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#11 posted 09-27-2010 04:30 PM

Cher, I love dogs and every one that I have had affected me in a profound way. They are such loyal and loving animals. I’m so sorry that you lost Honey. It is never easy to put a dog down, especially one that you love like Honey. However, in your heart you will always have many fond memories that will make your heart glad with joy. I’m 60, now, and I often dream about all the dogs that I’ve had. The collars of the last three that I’ve loved and cared for hang from my mirror in my truck and I often think of them while I’m driving. God Bless.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 09-27-2010 04:34 PM

Oh, poor sweetie! What a devastating this loss must be for you. I am heartbroken for you and wish I could give you a hug and some comfort. I know Honey was sunshine in your life. She was such a sweet, golden baby. Thank you for sharing her with us. You are in my thoughts.

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#13 posted 09-27-2010 04:36 PM

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved pet. It is always a sad day to say goodbye to your dog friend. There is nothing like the love for and from a great dog.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#14 posted 09-27-2010 05:05 PM

It is hard to lose a long time pet and friend. I am so sorry for your loss. I had to go thru it two times. My first dog was a Springer named Lady and had the same thing your Honey had. It was hard to put her down but harder to watch her fall and not be able to get up. My second dog, also called Lady was a Golden Retriver and she had epilepsy which is quite common in goldens. She took people epilepsy medicine her whole life.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#15 posted 09-27-2010 05:17 PM

Sorry about your loss, Dogs become part of our family and it’s tough to lose one
May God keep you during this time .

-- 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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