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  1. #1
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    Dearest Dasher

    I'm writing this now because later I won't be able to do it. In a couple of hours, vet will send him to the RB. My heart is shattered. I never thought I'd lose him to cancer, too. He can't eat and is having trouble breathing. Last night he was able to eat baby food. I love him too much to let him suffer. He's still got his happy outlook and that makes it harder. We went on a short walk. He let me know when it was time to turn around and head home. I can't imagine my life without him. This apartment is going to be so cold and empty.
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    9/3/13
    I did the right thing by setting you free
    But the pain is very deep.
    If only I could turn back time, forever, you I'd keep.
    I miss you


    I hear you whimper in your sleep
    I gently pet you and say, no bad dreams
    It will be alright, to my dog as dark as night.

    Fur as dark as the night.
    Join me on this flight.
    Paws of love that follow me.
    In my heart you'll forever be.
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    How I wish I could hold you near.
    Turn back time to make it so.
    Hug you close and never let go.
    11/12/06




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    {{{hugs}}} As hard as it is, you are doing the right thing. With a cat we had, we didn't want to wait until he was sick and miserable - we knew what the end would be.

    Just know that many hearts and thoughts are with you.
    "Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get." -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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    Valerie, you will be held in our thoughts and prayers all day today! Tell Dasher when he gets to the Rainbow Bridge, look for Gracie, okay! She was another bid (mostly) black dog who went grey early in the silliest way, and never lost her wag. She will know where there are bunnies to run with, and where to find goodies.
    I've Been Frosted

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    I'm so sorry that Dasher has to leave so soon - and no - it doesn't seem fair. But he will leave knowing happiness and love, and will wait patiently for you and those that he loved over the years. If he likes little playmates, I'm certain that Myndi and Sparky will be first in line to meet a new buddy.

    {{{Hugs}}} to you at this sad time, and may you find your surroundings not staying too cold for too long. I personally find the sound of silence here to deafening. I feel your pain, just as so many others here in the PT community have experienced also.

    RIP Dasher - fly free with those new wings of silver and gold. And don't forget to drop in on Mom occasionally - it will help her to feel better knowing that you are still watching out for her.
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    Thanks, Barry
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    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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    I'm so sorry for your loss! Prayers for you as you deal with the pain and emptiness. Goodbye Dasher! RIP!
    Owned by one silly Springer Spaniel, with pawprints on my heart left by many other pets!


    Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go, and then do it. --Ann Landers

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    You and Dasher are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart breaks for you. It is very courageous of you to let him go before his suffering increases with the horrible cancer. Sending you hugs and kitty purrs of comfort.
    Gayle - self proclaimed Queen of Poop
    Mommy to: Cali and Diego (six year old kittens)
    (RB furbabies: Rascal RB 10/11/03 (ferret), Sami RB 24/02/04 (dog), Trouble RB 10/08/05 (ferret), Miko RB 20/01/06 (ferret) and Sebastian RB 12/12/06(ferret), Sasha RB 17/10/09 (border collie cross)

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    Sending enormous hugs to you, Val and Dasher. ((((HUGS)))
    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!


    "That's the power of kittens (and puppies too, of course): They can reduce us to quivering masses of Jell-O in about two seconds flat and make us like it. Good thing they don't have opposable thumbs or they'd surely have taken over the world by now." -- Paul Lukas

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    {{{Hugs}}} and prayers to you. RIP dear Dashed - you go with much love.
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    LET'S GO O' S!!

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    Oh Valerie, I am so sorry to hear that Dasher's time has come. Such a hard decision for you. You are both in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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    We love you, Dasher~

    Oh Valerie, dear friend for so many years, I'm hearbroken, in tears, reading this. Your beautiful, precious baby...I'm so sorry, so very sorry. Such a beautiful boy, and how blessed he was to have you as his mom. It's the hardest thing imaginable, making that selfless decision. There are no words, except that you and your precious Labbie boy are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so sorry, Val. *tears*

    Star,Tigg'r , Mollie and the10 Gallon Gang!

    And my Rainbow Bridge Furangles...Jingles, Cody, Fritz, Chessa, Satin, Buddy, Lizzie, Oliver, Squeaker, Moonbeam, Rosie, Ruby~

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    I'm so sorry Val. I remember when you adopted Dasher. What a great life he had with you. You gave him a second chance.
    He will be with you forever in your heart. (((hugs)))

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

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    I'm so very sorry...

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    My heart aches for you. I'm so sorry for your loss. You did the right thing in letting him go. Hugs and comfort sent from TX to you during this most difficult time Goodbye handsome Dasher, rest well sweet boy.

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    I'm so, so sorry Val. (((hugs))) RIP, Dasher.
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    Rocky, Jenny, & Ginger.. forever loved & always in my heart..

    I have been frosted!

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    I am so sorry.

    There is no doubt that Dasher lucked out when your two paths crossed. You made him one very happy dog, and I know he made you a very happy human in return.

    ((((((HUGS))))))

    Rest easy, Dasher.
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