December 10th, 2012 12:34 PM
Rudy's last day
Rudy, our 12 year old rescue Aussie is going Home today...
Mom's taking him. I can't do it. I took Cody a while back.
Rudy was a bipolar dog. literally, maybe.... after all, he was my best buddy all day long... when I was home alone with him... but come the night, when I would get home ( I work 3-11s, wife works 9-5), I was tolerated while I took him out... but once back in... it was all I could do to get into the bedroom without losing a limb.
Rudy was abused, by a male, when he was young...of this, we are certain... Unfortunately, we couldn't trust him when we had guests in the house... ever... and it has only gotten worse over the years... And he had arthritis in his hips... and the Chiropractic treatments really helped... but still couldn't get over his mean streak...
It culminated in two fights with one of his sisters... both dogs pretty cut up as a result... and the last one I tried to split them... I got the wounds to show for it...
Christmas is coming... people will be here... Rudy would spend it locked in his room or in his crate... No life for a dog.
Because of his hips he couldn't go on walks with me any more...
Regardless of his short comings... I'm gonna miss that damn mutt.. And I told him that when he hears me call his name in vain... It's Bill Cosby's fault...
See, a long time ago, Bill had a skit where he thought we shouldn't be bothering God with our curses... and anger at others, and suggested we use the term... "Rudy Dangit" instead of the alternative....
Rudy Dangit, I'm gonna miss that hound... And, Rudy Dangit, if all my dogs aren't in Heaven when I get there... I'm gonna be Rudy dammed mad about it...
Say hello to all the good dogs I've been blessed with over the years, Rudy.
And even those Rudy Dammed cats...
And I'll see you on the rainbow bridge, my friend...
It could be worse!
December 10th, 2012 12:37 PM
Sorry man. Good tribute to him.
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December 10th, 2012 12:46 PM
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December 10th, 2012 01:04 PM
Mans best friend till the end. Sorry for your loss.
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December 10th, 2012 01:11 PM
He was lucky to have such an understanding owner. A lot of people would have given up on a tough dog.
Originally Posted by oakchas
December 10th, 2012 01:15 PM
My condolences. Great tribute.
I have a four year old Golden Retriever that stays closer than my shadow does. I work from a home office and she is hardly ever more than four feet away. I dread the day I have to do what you are doing. But sometimes we just have to forget our feelings and do what's best for our faithful companions. My prayers are with you.
December 10th, 2012 01:16 PM
Thanks for the good thoughts guys...
And really, though I have some scars.... I couldn't have asked for a better protector for my wife when I was out of the house... Worth the trade off... besides... We were Best Buds during the day, Rudy Dangit!
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December 10th, 2012 01:32 PM
Putting down my last dog was the hardest thing I've ever done. I feel your pain.
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December 10th, 2012 01:41 PM
Sorry to read of your loss. As hard as it is to do it is the kindest thing to do and end their pain and suffering.
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December 10th, 2012 01:45 PM
Sorry dude. Doing the right thing isn't always the easiest, but you improved his life, and he obviously did yours too. Be thankful to have had him, he will be in a better place.
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December 10th, 2012 01:50 PM
There is nothing I can say........... to make you understand that I feel your loss.
Both the wife and I were there to send off our last two dogs. I never lost a Marine in combat (thank god), but I would have cried just as hard if I had, as I did when we had to do the right thing for the dogs. No, Marines (humans) are more important to me, but the same bonds.... last... regardless.
We still hear them bark and run the stairs in the house (hardwood floors with echos). It is really strange.
God Speed to your friends that will be there to frollic with you some day.
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December 10th, 2012 01:50 PM
Been there, done that, many times. It never gets any easier. I see from your post that Rudy was pretty much a PIA, but remember the good times, and the pain will recede into the background after a while.
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December 10th, 2012 02:06 PM
Rudy's last day
He was loved and well cared for. He was a loyal and unconditional companion. Just let the joy he brought to your life be his legacy.
December 10th, 2012 02:28 PM
Been there, done that and it ain't no fun. Sorry man I know how it feels.
December 10th, 2012 02:43 PM
My coputer gets blurry when I read of Rudi and all the good loyal best friends we all have had over the years. Sorry for your loss and Rudi will be waiting for you when it's your time. I had to put my buddy Mac down - he was 17 and I still miss him and his goofy routine. The pain in your heart will lessen over time but you never forget them, especially when you read about another owner having to put their best friend down.
" Life is tough and it gets tougher if your stupid." John Wayne.
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