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trapperjohn
December 24, 2006, 12:14 AM
Ever since i was a little boy of 6 or 7 i wanted a dog I could hunt with ( I am now 39). Because of a dog allergy as a boy my parents never got one. Then along came college and then a long stretch as a professional single person, so no dogs in my life. The past spring my wife and (at the time 1 year old daughter) came home with a 6 week old mountain cur cross that we considered and ofter refered to as "Gracies (my daughter) puppy".
Turned out this was not only a good family pet but had the makings of a great treeing dog, Afte over 3 decades I finally had a dog I could hunt with. I had been having a ball taking Maizie (the dog) out squirrel hunting, coming home, and letting my toddler rewrd the dog with a bowel of squirrel guts. I had planned on working wiht the pup a lot of christmas vacation on her hunting ability and general obedience. I have been amazed with some of this dogs abiliteis and her instinct to hunt. this all ended tonight.
I and my family were pullling out when i felt the truck run over something, my siter in law said " I think you ran over Maizie" I looked in the rear view mirror and sure enough she was right. I stopped the truck and told them not to watch while i walked back to check on my hunting companion. I had seen her thrash her way off the road and knew it was bad. When i arrived her eyes were bulging and unblinking and she was silent but i saw what appeared to be gasps as her mouth moved a bit as if searching for air. With moist eyes and a heavy heart i pulled my carry piece, said "I am so sorry" and ended her misery.
This is only tangentially gun related but i wanted to vent at not only losing my hunting buddy, but killing my daughters "puppy" as well. It broke my heart when we got home and out of the truck and I heard my little girl calling "Maizie, maizie", Her totally unaware of what had happened, me knowing that maizie will never answer.

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ripcurlksm
December 24, 2006, 12:18 AM
Aww, right before Christmas too. I'm very sorry to hear that. RIP :(

mrsig
December 24, 2006, 12:43 AM
That is so sad. I lost my dog three years ago, but he is still in my children's prayers every night. A new dog found us recently, but she will never replace the old one. The new one does catch mice for me to shoot... The last sentence is true, and keeps this gun related...

- Sig

Glockamolie
December 24, 2006, 12:48 AM
I am very sorry for your loss. There's not much I can think to say, except don't beat yourself up over it forever. It was a terrible accident, but just that - an accident. Keep your head up, and when the time is right, get another dog.

RP86
December 24, 2006, 12:52 AM
I lost the dog I grew up with 2 years ago, it was really hard for me. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, I can only imagine how you feel. Be thankful you live in an area that you can actually get away with firing a weapon. If people even heard a .22 go off around here I would be in cuffs in minutes.

-Ryan

10-Ring
December 24, 2006, 12:53 AM
Sorry for you loss :(

Fu-man Shoe
December 24, 2006, 01:22 AM
Sorry to hear that.

May she Rest In Peace.

You can take comfort in the fact that you
provided a good home for her, and that she
had a happy life, with a master that loved her.

What dog could ask for more?

cassandrasdaddy
December 24, 2006, 01:25 AM
sorry man i know what thats like. and doing the right thing is hard like so many right things. i'm looking at my old girl here now wasn't sure she'd make xmas and still wonder about the new year but she looking at me and wagging wondering what i'm crying about

i hold my daughter when i'm sad all that love in my arms helps

51Cards
December 24, 2006, 02:18 AM
Sorry, man ...

doughboy
December 24, 2006, 02:34 AM
I have to tell you,the exact same thing happened to me many years ago.My dog was a really good( mostly) pit bull with a great disposition--not mean at all,full of energy,loved to romp and play.He rode in the back of my pick-up.One day I pulled into my driveway,the dog had jumped out of the back of the truck,and when I cut the wheel to turn in,I felt it go over the dog.The dog was writhing in pain with a broken back and other injuries.I had to get the weapon and put him out of his misery.I still feel bad about it many years later,so I empathize with you and what you had to do.Luckily I' ve had several really good dogs since then.

Rem700SD
December 24, 2006, 02:37 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss.
I had a similar experience with a German shepard while building a fence many years ago. He was hiding under a heavy laden trailer from a fast approaching thunder storm. I pulled forward and that was it. Ironically, the dog's name was Thor.

Dan

busy_squirrel
December 24, 2006, 02:40 AM
That's sad man, my condolences. I remember watching my dad shoot my favorite pet when I was 8. It was hard but it wasn't in misery anymore.

David904
December 24, 2006, 03:13 AM
I'm so sorry.

Srigs
December 24, 2006, 03:16 AM
I'm sorry for your families loss of a friend and hunting buddy. Hang in there!

ArfinGreebly
December 24, 2006, 03:27 AM
Been down that road.

Wife's wondering why I'm over here sniffling. Told her I'd just recalled the loss of our family dog, no big deal.

It may still grab at you years from now.

Your new dog may never understand why she gets hugged for no reason. She won't ask, though. She'll know she's loved, and that's enough.

Limeyfellow
December 24, 2006, 03:57 AM
Its always hard to lose a dog. I lost one a couple of years ago on Christmas day so spent the day doing a doggy funeral in my little graveyard on the back of the yard.

Mr White
December 24, 2006, 07:00 AM
Sorry to hear about your dog, Trapperjohn.
That would have to be about the hardest way for someone to lose a pet.

Autolycus
December 24, 2006, 07:46 AM
I am very sorry. Dont beat yourself up over it. Its hard to lose a good friend.

trapperjohn
December 24, 2006, 10:06 AM
thanks for the support guys. and for letting me know its ok to be deeply saddened by the death of an animal. I had no idea i would be this sad over a dog. I had just looked out the front window and saw squirrels in the front yard. That is something that would have never happened yesterday. Seeing that created a wave of sadness and a feeling as if my property were now unguarded. that Dog lived for 2 things, being with her family and chasing squirrels. Not always in that order.

Stickjockey
December 24, 2006, 10:23 AM
Amazing how close they get, isn't it?

That sucks rocks in spades, Trap.

Ala Dan
December 24, 2006, 10:33 AM
So sorry for you, and the loss of a good dog. I can fully understand the
heartbreak felt by all. Best too you and yours~!

Black Knight
December 24, 2006, 11:04 AM
My wife lost her border collie a couple years ago just after Christmas. I know how you feel, its something no one such have to feel. You and your daughter need a new puppy. It won't replace her but it will ease the pain faster than time alone. God blessed you with her and may he do so again. My wife and I are so sorry for your loss.

x-varmints
December 24, 2006, 01:52 PM
Trap,
So very sorry to hear about your sudden loss. Just keep in mind when the time is right, you may wish to do as I did and check the local shelters. I fully intended to get a new pup after having my lab of 14 years put down after a severe stroke in April '06. But, when I came across this five year old at the shelter, well you know it was "gee, can I keep him?....."

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shaggycat
December 24, 2006, 03:09 PM
Sorry to hear about that, especially so close to the holidays!

birddog
December 24, 2006, 03:13 PM
Damn, friend. My heart goes out to you.

Tokugawa
December 24, 2006, 04:22 PM
Really sorry to hear about your loss.

popeye
December 24, 2006, 04:47 PM
My sincerest sympathies: My little dog Rita was diagnosed yesterday with a really bad arthritic left rear knee. She's ten and also has rapidly advancing heart disease in the form of a "murmur". An operation on the knee might kill her due to the heart issues. So happy holidays to me. To be honest I hate the holidays. I am almost 60 and I believe in Temporal and Eternal Punishment. I swear it seems like I'm paying for the sins of my youth. Rita is a much better soul than I.

Joe Gunns
December 24, 2006, 07:37 PM
I am very sorry. The passing of a loyal friend under such circumstances is a hard thing. AS others have said, forgive yourself, it is one of those things.

telomerase
December 24, 2006, 07:59 PM
My condolences. At least you were able to end the suffering quickly. A lot of dogs (and humans) have much tougher ends from cancer etc.

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