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    Ode To A 17yr Old Dog

    I've Been Boo'd

    I've been Frosted






    Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.

    Eleanor Roosevelt

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    Thanks for making me cry, Liz!

    Myndi will be 17 on Thursday, and tho she is still sharp as a tack most of the time, she has her "senior moments". Her hearing is still good and she has cataracts but still sees well in spite of them. The legs are pretty wobbly, but she never misses a chance to run (trot) to get in the middle of any activity that she thinks she should be included in. I just enjoy her every day that she remains with me.......for sooner, rather than later, it will all come to an abrupt halt. How very lucky I have been to have her in my life for so long.
    I've Been Boo'd
    Thanks, Barry
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    My little dogs - two heartbeats at my feet.
    by Edith Wharton & Me
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    Ellie - Mom to the Fuzzbuttz

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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    Sorry Ellie. I thought the story could not be described as sad, but maybe bittersweet. No doubt about it, Doug is a much loved pooch no matter what his age. (just like your Myndi)
    I've Been Boo'd

    I've been Frosted






    Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.

    Eleanor Roosevelt

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    That was a beautiful story.
    nice to know that he's that important that he goes with them
    or they don't go at all.

    I seen something on criagslist a few month ago saying their kids were grow now
    and they wanted to travel. So it was time to give away their 16yr old cat
    did I say

    Doug is a lucky, much loved dog bless him family

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    I just about lost it reading this. Oberon is now just three months from his eighteenth birthday, and so much of that article hits so close to home.

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    Very nice story. Blessed is the person who knows the love of an old dog.

    Forever in my heart...Lacey,Sassy,Mandy,Corey,Ginger,Casey
    HAPPY HOWL-O-WEEN!!!
    I'VE BEEN BOO'D!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizbud View Post
    I thought the story could not be described as sad, but maybe bittersweet.
    Bittersweet it definitely is - way more than sad. It actually does my heart good to read stories such as this, because I know that the dog was very much loved and well taken care of, or it wouldn't have reached such a wonderful old age.

    I'm just overly sensitive and the tears come on easily - with Myndi being so old and also having lost Sparky only a few months ago. As Steve Arnold said in his post: "so much of that article hits so close to home".

    I really wish sometimes that I wasn't such a big softie........
    I've Been Boo'd
    Thanks, Barry
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    My little dogs - two heartbeats at my feet.
    by Edith Wharton & Me
    Sparky the Fuzzbutt - PT's DOTD 8/3/2010
    RIP 2/28/1999~10/9/2012
    Myndi the Fuzzbutt - Mom's DOTD - Everyday
    RIP 1/24/1996~8/9/2013
    Ellie - Mom to the Fuzzbuttz

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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    Awwww. Lucky is fifteen and Pepper is sixteen, although, except for their white faces, you would never know it. They are still full of all things terrier.
    "We give dogs the time we can spare, the space we can spare and the love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made" - M. Facklam

    "We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers - thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams."- P.S. Beagle

    "All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king." - J.R.R. Tolkien

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