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    An Old Dog's Prayer

    A Dog's Prayer

    If it should be that I grow weak,
    And pain should keep me from my sleep
    Then you must do what must be done.
    For this last battle cannot be won.

    You will be sad, I understand;
    Don't let your grief then stay your hand,
    For this day more than all the rest
    Your love for me must stand the test.

    We've had so many happy years
    What is to come can hold no fears,
    You'd not want me to suffer so,
    The time has come please let me go.

    Take me where my need they'll tend
    And please stay with me until the end,
    Hold me firm and speak to me
    Until my eyes no longer see.

    I know in time that you will see,
    The kindness that you did for me
    Although my tail its last has waved,
    From pain, and suffering I've been saved.

    Please do not grieve, it must be you.
    Who has this painful thing to do,
    We've been so close, we two, these years,
    Don't let your heart hold back its tears.

    Robin Hooper

    This was published in the last edition of Shooting Times and having had to go through this last week with my pal Buddy it did me no go at all!

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    Last edited by Hereford bull; 11-10-2013 at 18:52.
    Better barbarity than boredom

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    I know how you feel, they give so much, but by god don't they take it with them when they go. Chin up.
    Opinions are like arseholes....... we all have them, and most of them stink

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    Sorry to hear of your loss mate I've been there a couple of times myself and it gets no easier
    Atb Jim
    Last edited by jimbo1984; 11-10-2013 at 19:18.
    There are no perfect men in this world ..... Only perfect intentions

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    Just talking about this to a friend today, fitting words. I've lost 2 in as many years; one, my 16 year old springer. Yep it never gets easier.

    Sorry for your loss.

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    Sorry to hear your news.

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    It always hurts like hell!

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    Hereford Bull I know exactly where you are comming from i lost my best ever Springer last November and still miss him. I also have a Border terrier who has bowel cancer i am dreading the day when it finally arrives. We only have them for such a short time it seems unfair that we have to say goodbye to them so soon. So sorry about your loss.

    Jimbo

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    Thanks to everyone for their kind messages, mainly I wanted to share the poem. My thoughts are with you for when the sad time actually comes, lets hope he stays as pain free for as long as possible.

    Regards

    Martin
    Better barbarity than boredom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo 30 06 View Post
    Hereford Bull I know exactly where you are comming from i lost my best ever Springer last November and still miss him. I also have a Border terrier who has bowel cancer i am dreading the day when it finally arrives. We only have them for such a short time it seems unfair that we have to say goodbye to them so soon. So sorry about your loss.

    Jimbo
    Thanks to everyone for their kind messages, mainly I wanted to share the poem. My thoughts are with you for when the sad time actually comes, lets hope he stays as pain free for as long as possible.

    Regards

    Martin
    Better barbarity than boredom

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    Losing a dog hurts like hell. If there's any consolation it's that compared to my childhood in the 60's when 10 was a brave age for a dog, improvements in food and veterinary care have given me dogs working at the age of twelve and having maybe another two years of retirement. Hope you have good pic's and great memories.
    Ion

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