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Thread: Captain - 19th July 1998 - 13th August 2011

  1. #1
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    Captain - 19th July 1998 - 13th August 2011

    Dear PT'ers,

    It has taken me this long to finally write this post without crying from the beginning........... or so I thought ..... the tears are here already

    After 13 long years, we had to say good bye to my darlin old man. We had been struggling with the decision, hoping that he would pass in his sleep, without us having to intervene at all ......... but the stubborn old guy would NOT.

    Captain was a stubborn, funny, determined, happy, sulky, smiley boy. He LOVED to go for walks, any place, any time and as often as possible. He didn't mind going to the Vet, and taught Murphy that grace!
    We noticed him struggling about two years ago - getting older, but still determined to keep up with the young Murphy, and grumpy girl Ruby. He was still the boss, and made sure they all knew it. He was getting worse, and started to fall over when walking - almost like tripping over a stone (when there was nothing there), and I had him checked over by a specialist. He had degeneration of the spine, which didn't affect anything other than his balance. He had minimal arthritis, but we watched him struggle more and more, and eventually had to make the hard decision to help him on his way to the RB.

    I still remember all the NAUGHTY things he did, even up to his old age, sneaking off with blankets, running around the house woooo'ing for his dinner and his LOVE of lying on the big bed!!! We had to help him up, but BOY oh BOY did he grumble when we tried to get him back OFF the big bed!!!

    I miss him everyday, and am convinced I see him out the corner of my eye. Murphy still looks for him when we go on our walks, as Captain always walked at his own pace, a few good paces behind Ruby and Murphy. Murphy always went back to check on him, before bounding ahead. Ruby, who always grumbled and growled at Captain, was very subdued for weeks after we let him go. They have both adjusted to not having him here, but every now and again, I see them looking for him

    We all miss him, everyday, still, but know that he is up at the RB playing with all the other PT doggies, and Phred.

    Thanks for letting me share. I know you will all understand how heartbroken I am and why it took so long for me to actually put my feelings into words and let you know.
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    M!
    "No dog is born either vicious or friendly, but rather a blank slate that is moulded, for better or worse, by the owner."

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    Awww, I am glad you were finally able to type this out, and fitting as November 1, tomorrow, is traditionally All Saints Day. And I picture him woooo-woooing up at the Rainbow Bridge, running with joy.
    I've Been Frosted

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    My heart goes out to you and you have my deepest sympathies. I know that Captain is running through beautiful fields now and frolicking along beaches without any pain. It is always so hard to lose a beloved pet and I know that Captain was a special one.

    Rest In Peace, Dear Captain.

    Hugs to you Michelle.

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    Carole, I'm so sorry for your loss. What a gorgeous boy Captain was. Try to picture him running across beautiful fields at the RB, and know he is free of pain. Keep the good memories and let Ruby and Murphy comfort you.

    Rest in peace, Captain - you will be be in your mommy's heart forever.

    ((((hugs))))
    Randi



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    I'm very sorry for your loss of Captain. He's forever in your heart. May he play happily at the Rainbow Bridge until you meet again.{hugs}

    Forever in my heart...Lacey,Sassy,Mandy,Corey,Ginger,Casey

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    I'm so sorry for your loss...

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    I am so very sorry for your loss. Captain is definitely shining down on you guys. He was such a beautiful dal. I just love the last picture you posted of him on the couch. All the photos did bring tears to my eyes. But the one of him on the beach just made me think that is how he is right now at the Bridge patiently waiting for you and "one fine day". And I'm sure Phred is giving him all kinds of loves too.

    RIP Captain
    Our goal in life should be - to be as good a person as our dog thinks we are.

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    Some people see spots before their eyes, you (and I, and lots others on here) feel spots on our hearts. Captain will be forever remembered.

    Fondly,
    Cataholic

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    I'm so sorry about Captain Play hard at the bridge, sweet boy.
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    Sweet and sad godbyes Captain! Hope you are having fun at the bridge sweetie!
    Lilith Cherry
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    "Love never claims, it ever gives. Love ever suffers, never resents, never revenges itself." -Mahatma Gandhi

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    RIP dear sweet Captain. You are sorely missed. Peace to your family whose hearts ache so.
    http://bestsmileys.com/cats1/4.gif

    LET'S GO O' S!!

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    Handsome Captain, the original spotty, you will never be forgotten and forever loved. Smile down on your mum for us, and look after her.

    Rest in peace, sweetheart.

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    (((HUGS))) to Captain's Family
    Yikes! I've been Boo'd ... right off of the stage!
    Aaahh, I have been defrosted! Thank you, Bonny and Asiel!
    Brrrr, I've been Frosted! Thank you, Asiel and Pomtzu!


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  14. Godspeed Captain...you may not have had a boat but you were the captain of many hearts...

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    So sorry to hear of your loss of Captain. He was obviously very loved. Absolutely beautiful boy. Play hard at the bridge, Captain.

    *Sammy*Springen*Molli*

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