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Old 04-08-2009, 05:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Like a cat or a dog? Mine just died at the hospital at the age of 5. Its weird because I've never lost someone as close to me as my dog. My parents are deciding what they want to do whether to have it buried in some animal farm or have a real funeral for it... Obviously I want the real funeral, but my question is, is it better to see your animal one last time when it is passed and about to be buried or not see it and remember it from when it was alive and how great a pet it was?

I cant get over how it was here doin its thing 3 days ago and now I'm never gonna see it again.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is really sad.

My sister had her fish die after a year. She was pretty sad as well I think she just flushed it down the toilet
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm sorry for your loss, Thriller.

Had a cat for quite a long time. She was 16 years old, and it was just really really sad when she passed away. I had the vets deal with her rather than doing something myself. It was too much.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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my family dog of 16 years was put down a couple of weeks ago. i knew it was coming so i basically said my final goodbyes to her when i was last visiting st.catharines. it's going to be weird going home and not seeing her there now. every other family dog i've had was put down without my knowledge, something to this day i have a problem forgiving my parents for. the final goodbye means a lot to me. i love dogs and i also think of them as part of the family. i don't know how anybody couldn't.

anyways, sorry to hear about that thriller

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I have my 14 yo dog 15 yo cat and another 20 yo cat buried in my back yard. I have stones for them.

My current 4 cats and dog will someday join them.

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Floyd Effer 1988-2002

Shelby Effer 1990-2003

Dog video is down...

Sorry about your loss. But having them for a short while is better than not at all.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:31 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sorry for your loss Thriller but I totally know where your coming from. Sure pets aren't human, but they are apart of your family. We had two cats that passed away within the last couple years and I never realized how hard it would be to deal with their passing away.

Anyhow, we had our cats cremated because it was covered through our pet insurance (best investment we've ever made), but do whatever make your family feel is right.

Sometimes the best way to deal with a pet loss is to adopted another and give them a good and safe home to live.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Because it was unexpected, I guess it might work best to see it one last time, but it likely won't make a huge difference either way. It's going to feel like you've lost a limb or something for a while. I've seen way too many pets come and go now, and it never gets easy. Keep those memories and in time they'll outshine the loss.

Sad to hear about both your guys' beasts.
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I have my 14 yo dog 15 yo cat and another 20 yo cat buried in my back yard. I have stones for them.

My current 4 cats and dog will someday join them.

Memorial Sites

Animal Effer 1984-2004

Floyd Effer 1988-2002

Shelby Effer 1990-2003

Dog video is down...

Sorry about your loss. But having them for a short while is better than not at all.
Those are great Efman.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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when my uncle turned 70 his dog died a few days later. i asked him if he would get a new one and he said "you see, 7 goes into 70 just too many damn times. i've buried too many close friends, and i just can't go through that again." i'll never forget those words. i am a real softie for dogs (yeah, yeah benzo, for everything else too), so i feel your pain thrills.

my family lives in a rural area and we always bury our pets in the woods behind their house. there's something about blistering up your hands digging through clay and boulders to carve out a resting place for your pet that is incredibly cathartic. it's the only way i ever get over it.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My cat died two years ago. I had her since I had any notion of reality, from 4 to 20. So basically, she was always part of my life. Really really weird when she was gone.

Waited a year till I got a new cat. Now I have two. I fucking love em but the other one was something special. Sorry for the lose dude.
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Old 04-08-2009, 06:13 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear that, thriller.


Just try to remember that this one really crappy moment is a small price to pay for the five years of wonderful moments thay you and your family shared with your dog.
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:01 AM   #12 (permalink)
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ive lost many pets, just about 2 weeks ago my cat who was 23 years old (yes, i know, hard to believe, but he was) died, we put him down, it was a hard thing to do, he has been with my family since i was 6. He was in constant pain for the last few months, blind and deaf aswell (altho he lived that way for about the last 4 years), but now he was literally rotting from the inside, you could smell it, and he would cry all night...... my kids really dont understand where alvin is, they know he was sick, but they think he is coming home soon, my oldest gets upset when i tell him alvin is gone forever....
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:00 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Sorry, Thrills. That really really sucks, bro.

To answer your question.... yeah, seems like we all have a story.

Before we had kids, my wife and I adopted a kitten and it wouldn't shut the fuck up, so they told us to get a companion. We had every intention of getting another kitten or young cat.... but when we went to THS, we fell in love with this old (13 yrs), obese, crooked-tailed, black cat. It reeked of urine because it was too fat to clean itself (about 25 lbs)..... but we adopted it. It wasn't long before he was pissing 79 times a day (usually missing the box) and the vet told us that he was diabetic. So, we gave him 2 shots of insulin a day every single day for the next 7 years. Once that started, he got much healthier, lost some weight, cleaned up, played with his little buddy and was generally as adorable as a cat could be. Then, when he was 20, he started to slow down... had trouble with his hind legs, got tired real fast. We took him to the vet and they ran a bunch of tests ($750 - bastards), but couldn't figure out what was wrong, so we took him home. Within 2 days, he got much worse.... back to the vet. This time, a much more experienced doc felt him for about 3 seconds and told us there was a tumor the size of a baseball in his abdomen. They said it wasn't sure how long he could go... maybe a month, maybe 6. The next day, he got so much worse (I had to carry him to the litter box, he couldn't even walk), that we decided he had to be put down. So, we spent an hour saying goodbye... taking pictures... crying a lot.... and then walked him over to the vet and had him put down. We both stayed in the room while they did it.... I don't advise anyone does that... I sure won't the next time. It was awful.

The next week was so horrible. The pain of the loss and the whole experience was unbelievable. I've never cried so much in my life. Orson was the best cat ever.

Sorry for the long story.
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:12 AM   #14 (permalink)
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sad news thrills... i feel for ya man.
just after moving into my new place i got a puppy. he's 1 and a half now and i love this little guys so much... he's actually sitting beside me as i type this. i dont know what i'd do if i lost him, and its only been a year and a half. we're real close.
to answer your question, yes, i think you should see him before he's buried. pet him, cry, feel his fur... it'll be like he's sleeping, and you can get some closure.
i think thats what i'd do.
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Old 04-09-2009, 11:11 AM   #15 (permalink)
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This thread is depressing.

My cats are getting up there (15 and 11) and the younger one is diabetic. I've had lots of scares with both of them and spent thousands of doallrs on medical bills. I dread the day something happens to one of them that can't be fixed.
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Acie. My former dog was diabetic. Needles every morning. She went blind and I had cataract surgery done. My guess is her 14 years cost over $20K. Just be glad they have you and they are having a long life.

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The three black and white ones are Grandma, Mother and baby...three generations.
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:55 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Cool. this was a really depressing Thread so thanks Raptorman, that was much needed.
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:57 PM   #18 (permalink)
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You know human relationships are of course the #1 priority in life but to lose something that has sunch unconditional love and affection is just so sad to lose.

Well give it some time and I'm sure you'll think of your pet in a different light. Good Luck
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Old 04-11-2009, 12:41 PM   #19 (permalink)
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My cat Sequel was born 4 years ago!

http://ca.geocities.com/efman@rogers.com/Sequel/

And a tough birth it was.
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