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Sounds like he's been pretty lucky. Most owner's wouldn't be so devoted or spring for that much health care. He's a cute little guy.
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Friday night, I put my best buddy to sleep. He was 16 years old and somebody threw him and brothers and sisters into a dumpster when he was 4 weeks old. He and his sister came to my hospital and they both were on IVs for a month. They were miracle puppies, and they stayed together their whole lives, until she died 3 months ago.

When I worked on the cars, he was right there with me, rain or shine. He barked to get me up in the morning, slept all day while I went to work, and came to the door when I got home, madly wagging his tail.

I'm not going to see that this evening when I get home.
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This is our daughter's dog, Sharky. He is a rescue and appears to be purebred Schipperke. The shelter estimated he was about 7 or 8 when she got him about 5 years ago. He had been running around loose in a mobile home park for long enough to get pretty skinny...

He is been her most wonderful companion. Goes everywhere with her, nicest little gentleman to take anywhere I've ever seen. He does have one odd little quirk. If he sees someone in a wheelchair, he makes a beeline for them, stands on his hind legs with one leg on the chair and puts the other front leg on the person's thigh. I've never seen a dog this and he is 100% consistent on doing it EVERY time he spots a wheelchair.

We suspect that his original "person" was in a wheelchair and his running loose was looking for his person after they died... Who knows.

He is pretty much deaf and completely blind in one eye - but still a goes everywhere with Shelby (our daughter). She will sometimes take him to school in the backpack which odd as it looks, seems to suit him just fine. As long as he's with her, it's all good.

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This is our daughter's dog, Sharky. He is a rescue and appears to be purebred Schipperke. The shelter estimated he was about 7 or 8 when she got him about 5 years ago. He had been running around loose in a mobile home park for long enough to get pretty skinny...

He is been her most wonderful companion. Goes everywhere with her, nicest little gentleman to take anywhere I've ever seen. He does have one odd little quirk. If he sees someone in a wheelchair, he makes a beeline for them, stands on his hind legs with one leg on the chair and puts the other front leg on the person's thigh. I've never seen a dog this and he is 100% consistent on doing it EVERY time he spots a wheelchair.

We suspect that his original "person" was in a wheelchair and his running loose was looking for his person after they died... Who knows.

He is pretty much deaf and completely blind in one eye - but still a goes everywhere with Shelby (our daughter). She will sometimes take him to school in the backpack which odd as it looks, seems to suit him just fine. As long as he's with her, it's all good.

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Thanks for relating it,great story!!
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Friday night, I put my best buddy to sleep. He was 16 years old and somebody threw him and brothers and sisters into a dumpster when he was 4 weeks old. He and his sister came to my hospital and they both were on IVs for a month. They were miracle puppies, and they stayed together their whole lives, until she died 3 months ago.

When I worked on the cars, he was right there with me, rain or shine. He barked to get me up in the morning, slept all day while I went to work, and came to the door when I got home, madly wagging his tail.

I'm not going to see that this evening when I get home.

Sorry to read this. 16 years is a great run though....but I understand, the absence is powerful. We lost our 5 1/2 year old English Mastiff to Osteosarcoma 3 weeks ago. Having a hard time sleeping without her gentle snoring in the room. See her around every corner still.

Thoughts are with you...it ain't easy. Crying actually helps. You gave him a great life and were a wonderful companion. Be happy about that...actually, I'm sure you are.
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Sorry to read this. 16 years is a great run though....but I understand, the absence is powerful. We lost our 5 1/2 year old English Mastiff to Osteosarcoma 3 weeks ago. Having a hard time sleeping without her gentle snoring in the room. See her around every corner still.

Thoughts are with you...it ain't easy. Crying actually helps. You gave him a great life and were a wonderful companion. Be happy about that...actually, I'm sure you are.
Thanks, I really appreciate it. I buried him in my doggie cemetery out in the country, right next to his sister. Every time I go out there and see the rows of little tombstones dating back 30+ years, ........., well, you know.
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Friday night, I put my best buddy to sleep. He was 16 years old and somebody threw him and brothers and sisters into a dumpster when he was 4 weeks old. He and his sister came to my hospital and they both were on IVs for a month. They were miracle puppies, and they stayed together their whole lives, until she died 3 months ago.

When I worked on the cars, he was right there with me, rain or shine. He barked to get me up in the morning, slept all day while I went to work, and came to the door when I got home, madly wagging his tail.

I'm not going to see that this evening when I get home.

You gave your pups a great life.....like Mike said....16 years is a very good run.

It never seems to be enough time though does it?

I'm very sorry for your loss and pain.....will give my two 10 year old girls a big hug tonight for your baby.

Best to you....
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Don't remember who said it (Mark Twain?), but...

"If dogs don't go to heaven when they die, I want to go wherever they go".
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My condolences SiberianDVM. Hang in there.
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This is our daughter's dog, Sharky. He is a rescue and appears to be purebred Schipperke. The shelter estimated he was about 7 or 8 when she got him about 5 years ago. He had been running around loose in a mobile home park for long enough to get pretty skinny...

He is been her most wonderful companion. Goes everywhere with her, nicest little gentleman to take anywhere I've ever seen. He does have one odd little quirk. If he sees someone in a wheelchair, he makes a beeline for them, stands on his hind legs with one leg on the chair and puts the other front leg on the person's thigh. I've never seen a dog this and he is 100% consistent on doing it EVERY time he spots a wheelchair.

We suspect that his original "person" was in a wheelchair and his running loose was looking for his person after they died... Who knows.

He is pretty much deaf and completely blind in one eye - but still a goes everywhere with Shelby (our daughter). She will sometimes take him to school in the backpack which odd as it looks, seems to suit him just fine. As long as he's with her, it's all good.

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Reminds me of my Mom, bless her soul! She used to speak of her Schipperke, Schatzi. This was back in the late 1930s. Great story! Thanks for sharing.
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sounds like he's been pretty lucky. Most owner's wouldn't be so devoted or spring for that much health care. He's a cute little guy.
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Friday night, I put my best buddy to sleep. He was 16 years old and somebody threw him and brothers and sisters into a dumpster when he was 4 weeks old. He and his sister came to my hospital and they both were on IVs for a month. They were miracle puppies, and they stayed together their whole lives, until she died 3 months ago.

When I worked on the cars, he was right there with me, rain or shine. He barked to get me up in the morning, slept all day while I went to work, and came to the door when I got home, madly wagging his tail.

I'm not going to see that this evening when I get home.
He had a great life and a great friend. Sorry he is not with you tonight, at least physically!
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Thanks, I really appreciate it. I buried him in my doggie cemetery out in the country, right next to his sister. Every time I go out there and see the rows of little tombstones dating back 30+ years, ........., well, you know.
****, now I am crying. I still miss Rusty from 1963 and good old Spock!
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Sorry to hear the news of your dog, SDMV.

16 years is a good long life for a pup.
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Don't remember who said it (Mark Twain?), but...

"If dogs don't go to heaven when they die, I want to go wherever they go".
Absolutely.

I'm trying to figure out a way to have my corpse cremated and ashes scattered over the dog cemetery, but I don't trust any of my relatives to actually do it.
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When I worked on the cars, he was right there with me, rain or shine. He barked to get me up in the morning, slept all day while I went to work, and came to the door when I got home, madly wagging his tail.
What a life, for both of you. How fortunate you were to have each other.

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I'm not going to see that this evening when I get home.
I can't imagine ...
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thinking about you ( S-DVM ) last night..
you've helped so many owners & their friends take that final journey..
probably shed a tear more than a few times as well..
seen the good owners & folks that should be put down..
and that's being kind..

I'm sorry for your loss..
but I take comfort in knowing someone like you..
is there for folks like us ..
when we must walk thru that door one last time..

as for your request to be scattered with your friends...
I'm available..

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Yes sir SiberianDVM very sorry for your loss. It doesn't matter how long anyone thinks 16 years is, somehow it doesn't feels like long enough. Been there done that, I proudly posted some pics of my car crazy beloved and best friend Pippa I here on this thread a couple of years ago only to find myself posting his departure too, how little I knew what was coming then.......wow, but I found a lot of great supporting friends here who share the same love and respect for dogs. I also understood then that they come to our lives as a loan from God and so Pippa II came into my life and we are tearing it up everyday like there's no tomorrow !!!!!
My best to you during this difficult episode ....
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Thanks guys for all the kind words. I believe that the best dogs find you, so I won't be surprised if one does soon.
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