Man's best friend

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Armored farmer, Nov 15, 2020.

  1. sixgunner455

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    Not just a dog. A piece of our hearts goes with every one.

    There’s an old Brittany snoring next to me right now. She still gets excited to go hunt, just can’t run as fast as she used to. Her older sister passed last year - even just a few months before she got sick, she’d still drag me out to go run.

    Wife says we probably can’t have another dog due to allergies in the family. Don’t know what I’m going to do when we lose the snoring girl.
     
  2. mokin

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    I'm very sorry for your loss. You are absolutely correct that you should pat your dog every day. One day they will be gone and you will wish you did. It's a small thing to do for a companion that will give us their all.
     
  3. stillquietvoice
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    Sorry for your loss farmer, I always wanted a Britney spaniel, never have gotten one. Have had quite a few other breeds though, mostly gsd. We lost our old girl last year.
     
  4. Double_J

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    I came home today and my poor girl wanted to play her favorite game...retrieve the stuffed duck and play tug duck. We played for about 20 solid minutes, with my wife looking at me like a crazy person.
     

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  5. Armored farmer

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    We have had three Brittany's. My old male, Jake was the finest bird dog I ever had the pleasure to hunt behind. He had a knack and desire for finding birds.. he won several local field trials despite the fact that he was reluctant to point tame birds.
    This one we lost Sunday was the most obedient dog I ever knew. She was welcome in our house if she was clean , but she would pause at the open door and wait for an invitation. It was the strangest thing...the same with treats, she wouldn't take it unless you told her to go ahead. We don't know how or why she started that, but it was just her way. I go to our shop nearly every morning. The other dummy yellow dog would barge in as soon as the door was open a crack. The brit would pause and wait.
    Another thing about all three of our Britts;....They never left the yard. They had their boundaries, and i never saw them off our property. We have atvs and golf carts that we use almost daily. All you had to do was say "no, you stay home" and they would. My mrs is the dog whisperer. I think she taught them that.
     
  6. Loyalist Dave

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    Wow, sorry for your loss, and sorry for your Mrs. too. :(

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  7. Patocazador

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    My Boykin is now 15 and going downhill. She is deaf and crippled up with joint problems. She sleeps about 18 hr./day but I will go nuts when she passes.

    I have never run over one of my dogs but I would berate myself for months or longer if I did.

    My condolences to you and your wife.
     
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  8. tightgroup tiger

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    Dogs are God's gift to man.
    Things happen that we can't control, we leave our guards down for a second and something like this happens.
    Armored Farmer, I know it hurts really bad but get another pup and start over.
    We lost Arlo, my sons dog, (half Rotti and part Chow and German Shepard) a few years back and no dog will fill his place in our heart but we have room for more.

    This little fellow does a good job.
    This little dog is part Husky and loves to pull.
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    She has never hunted but she can maintain 18 mph for miles with my 180lb son on his skate board. We keep her often and have gotten attached to her and I will have my own dog, again, when I retire, and he/she will hunt.
    I don't have one know, because it's just not fair to the dog, because of my job.
    My point is that they can't be replaced, but there is another puppy out there that needs you to find him.
    Don't tear yourself up over what happened. It's hard enough to have to put an old friend down so don't keep reliving it. I've had to do it twice over the years.
     
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  9. Arkansas Paul

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    No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few humans give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish, consciously or unconsciously, that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.

    - Dean Koontz
     
  10. scallop

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    Sorry to hear that. I hate to read about the ending of any dog's life. They truly become a member of the family. 20180414_182656 (2).jpg I like my dogs better than most people. My latest Great Dane Scoob is the best dog I have ever had.
     
  11. Flintknapper

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    Such a tragic event. I would have immediately done what you did as well (end the suffering) but would dread the moment. I have a row of crosses under a huge Oak Tree in our yard where the most faithful friends I've known now lie. Many years have passed since some of them were buried there and I cried mightily at the loss of each. At the same time I remember the good times we had and will always be enriched for having had them in my life, enjoyed our time together and now cherish those memories.

    My 'hunting' dogs being chief among those....but ALL very special in their own ways. I only hope that each one of them knew just how much we loved them and I always made it a point to spend time with them and interact with them each day. Their lives are fleeting and it is well of us to remember that each Day that passes for us...is a Week for them, make the most of it.

    Know too that each time you elect to bring one of these souls into your life, you are setting yourself up for a heartache. It is inevitable that we outlive them and there will come a day when we lose them. Still....it is worth it I believe. We reap so much more from them than we can ever give back. No words are adequate (or necessary) to express how bad we feel for you and your Wife. You've been there, we've been there, so we understand each other.

    When the time is right, get another 'friend' and give them the best life you possibly can for as long as you can. Not a 'replacement', there is no such thing, just a new adventure, with a new face, personality and wagging tail.

    God Bless you my friend.

    Flint.
     
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  12. South Prairie Jim

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    We love our Dogs’
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    Very sorry to hear about your loss. It is very sad when we loose a trusted companion. I lost my Siamese Cat a few weeks ago. I got him as a stray in 2003 a week after I got back from Iraqi Freedom. He had been with me for these last 17 years. He was 19. He always was a good Watch Cat, even when old would sometimes run full speed through the house. When my wife died in 2005, for the first month or so he wouldn't leave me alone, like he sensed it. More like a dog than a cat.

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  14. Double_J

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    That story brings back so many memories of my parents cats growing up, and of my 2 current cats. After my wife's chihuahua passed back in January both cats and the dog were afraid to go near her bed, and were very clingy to to my wife for several weeks.

    They do know when something is wrong and want to help make it better.
     
  15. d2wing

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    Don't feel like that. I appreciate your sharing. I have been an avid bird hunter and have had some great dogs. It is always sad to lose one. AT least your dog did not suffer a long painful death. Right now my Labadoodle is curled up beside me.
     
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  16. Armored farmer

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    Thanks for the kind responses.
    You guys are all right in my book.
     
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    Sorry to hear of your loss farmer. While Cletus isn't a hunting dog, he's my companion, I'll give him a pat anyway.
    Best wishes friend
     
  18. 9x56MS

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    I feel your pain. I have had to perform. That sad duty myself. I am not ashamed to admit I cried like a baby afterwards. I have always owned hunting dogs mostly labs and beagles. I loved every one. Nothing makes you feel better after a crappy day than a wagging tail and a cold wet nose shoved under your hand. I remember and miss each one and every memory of them when I am hunting is treasured. I am truly sorry for your loss.
     
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  19. H&Hhunter

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    Ralphie the spinone with his side kick Junebug. I love dogs, they are my constant companions.

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