I lost my best friend

I lost my best friend

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    I lost my best friend

    This morning I said goodbye to my best friend of the last 13 years. Pierce passed away peacefully at home with a Dr.’s assistance, on his own bed, with me by his side. Last night it became evident that though his spirit said yes, his body was saying no. He had slowed down considerably the last few months, but yesterday was the first time that he was unable to get up and support his own weight. I knew that though he wouldn’t want to leave my side, I had to help him go and not allow him to suffer.

    The medical staff from Road to Home made his transition as peaceful and comfortable as anyone could want for their dog. I was able to hold him one last time in our favorite spot in our home as he passed. Though I am heartbroken, I couldn’t have asked for a better dog to have passed in a better way. Though old and slowly becoming infirm, Pierce had continued to show a love for life that has been such a positive influence on my life. He led as good a life as any dog could want. If he had an odometer it would be somewhere around the 10,000 mile mark. He will forever be my gold standard for a good dog. And, even in the end Pierce kept his over 12 year record of no accidents in the home.

    If there really is a Rainbow Bridge, I’m sure Pierce is giving Chloe kisses as they make the long wait on the other side to wag their tails for me and go on a walk again.

    The following is kind of a more concise obit for Pierce that will be used in Road To Home's online memorial.

    Pierce was the best friend a man could want for 13 years. In his time he grew up sneaking drinks at fraternity parties, he walked somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 miles, he always pursued his lifelong goal of digging to China, and he had a perfect track record of no accidents in our home for more than 12 years. He was so much more to me and others and he will always be my gold standard for dogs.

    Road to Home's compassionate care for Pierce's final moments made a tough day a lot easier for both of us. Pierce was able to stay at home and never had to leave his favorite bed, in his favorite room with his favorite person by his side.

    The Tenth Dog Commandment; Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say: "I can't bear to watch it," or "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there. It may be the hardest of all the commandments to fulfill, but Road to Home has helped me bear that burden for which I will always be grateful.


    Born 7/1/2000, Passed 11/27/2013
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    Sorry for your loss, man.
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    Sorry Rammer. They become a family member.
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    My deepest condolences!

    I've shared my life with a number of animals and their passing never gets any easier, yet I believe that without the bonds we shared, both of our lives would have been much the poorer.
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    I am so sorry for your loss...!!! I am a huge animal lover myself.....it is very hard to lose a member of your family...
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    Sorry, they can definitely STEAL YOUR HEART.
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    Very sorry to read that you lost such a great long time pal.
    It surely does hurt something awful.
    Please add my condolences to the others.
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    My condolences. The loss of our friends is very hard to take. You did right by him and he loves you. God bless.
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    I'm sorry for your loss. They are special.
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    I'm so very sorry that you had to say good bye to Pierce. He was obviously loved and looked like a sweet guy.

    You can take measure of a person in how they treat their animals. You're one of the good ones.

    RIP Pierce...till you both meet again.
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    I heard a lady telling my mom one day,she didn't understand how someone could get attached to a dog.I started to ask her if she was human,but i didn't.

    I feel for the OP.I have a lab and it's part of the family like so many others.

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    Sorry for your loss brother...there must be a reason we outlive our dogs..I do not understand why, but we do.
    And its never easy... May the Lord be with you...
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    I have a problem with critters too....they do tend to move in and become a part of us. You're better by far by having than not having had but I'm sorry for you.
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    You're the man he thought you were. Peace. Sorry it hurts so bad.

    At home, with you, in his bed, can't get any better than that.
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