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Ben_jamin
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Tell us about yourself: My name is Ben. I've been a dog lover for my entire life. I currently own a GSD (Hopper) and a Boxer (Phoebe). They are my kids and best friends.

As far as DS's go, I've never owned one and this is the reason I'm here. I'm looking to learn more about the breed since I'm thinking of adding one to my family.

Hopper

Post by Ben_jamin » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:32 pm

I know that he was not a DS but I don't think you all will mind the post too much.

I had to say goodbye to Hopper yesterday. I believe this was the hardest decision I've ever had to make and I haven't cried like this in years. There just are no words to adequately describe the hurricane of emotions flooding through me right now. The guilt, even though I know I did what was best for him, the sadness... my best friend is gone and there is a hole in my life now. The whole world just feels a little bit darker and grayer.

I don't know what comes after this existence, I can only hope that I will meet him again there. In essence, I hope that he truly will be waiting at the bridge.
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Hopper - Waiting patiently at the bridge.

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Post by Raven » Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:55 pm

Know that you have not traveled this grey, lonesome road alone...and know that while you feel a hole in your heart right now, there will be a day when it is filled with memories that will only make you smile.

...We are given our memories so that we may have wildflowers in winter...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. You did what was best. And doing what is best can be the hardest thing we ever do.
Though I can only hope to become the person who my animals believe I am, the things that they have taught me have made me a better human being. ~~~Sharon~~~

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Re: Hopper

Post by johninny » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:08 pm

Having gone through that in mid-2012, i cried with you at the thought of the pain. as if everything else is not enough, that sensation of guilt despite having done the only humane thing is just horrid and strange.

Hopper is truly a gorgeous and attentive dog that i would have had trouble not taking home if ever given the chance. i am sorry his last year was not up to his expectations, but i am sure he appreciated your care and support during this time.
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Re: Hopper

Post by Pit$Bull » Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:35 pm

R.I.P. Hopper
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Re: Hopper

Post by Dutchringgirl » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:22 pm

I hear ya on how hard it is to make this decision. Been there too. We are here with you in your sorrow.
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Re: Hopper

Post by Stacy_R » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:11 am

Hopper is beautiful.... It is so hard to say goodbye, even when you know it is best. Feeling your pain and sharing your sorrow in SC...
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Re: Hopper

Post by centrop67 » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:52 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Had to make the decision twice in one year myself.

I too got a little teary reading your post.

Rest in peace Hopper.
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Tell us about yourself: My name is Ben. I've been a dog lover for my entire life. I currently own a GSD (Hopper) and a Boxer (Phoebe). They are my kids and best friends.

As far as DS's go, I've never owned one and this is the reason I'm here. I'm looking to learn more about the breed since I'm thinking of adding one to my family.

Re: Hopper

Post by Ben_jamin » Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:50 pm

Thank you all for your kind words and sentiments. It feels a bit selfish (I wouldn't wish this for anyone), but it is comforting to know that there are those who have been through this and understand.

I want to say more, to express my gratitude to you all but I don't know how to say it. Just thank you.
Ben, Ginny & Phoebe.
Hopper - Waiting patiently at the bridge.

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