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Old 03-17-2012, 10:32 PM   #1
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I had to put my buddy Art down today.

He had been getting along fine until yesterday, when his back legs just gave out while I was walking him. This morning he couldn't even get up, and had laid there and made a mess on himself. I knew it had to be today, although I pretty much knew that last night. He hadn't been showing any signs of being in pain, and he was eating pretty well up until two or three days ago when I noticed he had left some food in his bowl. He had been steadily losing weight, even though he was eating, so I knew we were in the final lap. I took him to a nice little country vet up where I live now. They were really decent to him, and I was with him as he drew his last breath. I sort of lost it for a minute when I asked if he could keep his stuffed man with him when he went, but it passed pretty quickly. I'm not exactly feeling awesome or anything, but my buddy Rob came up right away and helped me get him to the car and stuff. He took me out for Mexican afterwards at a really nice little place called La Tolteca. I thought that was pretty nice of him. He also helped me move a sofa bed upstairs from the basement before he left. I had to squeeze that last one in there today, while my 'pity factor' was still high. lol

I loved Art as if he were my best friend. Because he was. I hope his life was better for having crossed paths with me, because mine certainly was better for having known him. I have plans to get another one just like him, but I figure I'll wait a bit, and give him a decent period of mourning. It sounds kind of stupid, but I feel sort of disloyal for thinking about a puppy right about now. But I won't let something like this shut me off emotionally. I won't be one of those people that go through this and say, "Oh he was such a good dog! I'll never get another!" That doesn't even make sense to me. But, on the same note, you feel like you're abandoning the memory of your dog by contemplating another. This is one I think I'll let myself off the hook for. Grief is natural, as long as it's kept in proportion to the actual events.

Art was the best dog in the world!

And so it will be with the next dog I share space with.

Because Art's gone, and life goes on.

The king is dead!

Long live the king.

I love you Art. Travel well buddy.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:47 PM   #2
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I'm sorry Lipskip. It's always so hard to say goodbye to them. I made this a while back...

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Old 03-17-2012, 11:12 PM   #3
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My condolences. Rip Art.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:21 PM   #4
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Sorry for your loss. RIP, Art.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:31 PM   #5
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:38 PM   #6
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Rip Art.......fine looking dog you were.
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Rip Art.......fine looking dog you were.
Dude, he had a way of carrying himself in one fashion, where he had proportions sort of like a big ol' hound dog, but when he got interested in something or we were rough housing, he got right god damned ripply with muscle. I mean, he got WIDE. He was 195 at his peak, which is about where he was at in the pic with him sideways in the snow. You can see a little of what I'm talking about in that pic, but in total honesty, it doesn't do him justice. He was an intimidating dude, but the biggest powder puff you'd ever meet. He was everybody's friend. Dog didn't have a mean bone in his body. I think he'd have defended me if he'd have had to, but he was the best temperament I could have asked for.

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Sorry for your loss. RIP, Art.
I repped ya recently, but thanks man. Means a lot.
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It always hard to say goodbye to family, sorry for your loss.
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