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Losing A Friend

Marlene Geiser

Posted on June 7, 2019 19:38

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One of the most painful experiences some of us have to face, is the loss of a dog that we have come to love.

A neighbor of mine just lost her dear friend. The friend was a sweet, red dog that she and her husband loved very much. Right after this woman and her husband had to put the dog down due to illness, she came to my door crying hysterically.

I understood the pain she was feeling, as my husband and I have lost many dogs during the time we have been together. One of them was a red Golden Retriever named Starker, and when I met my husband, the dog immediately became part of my life. Unfortunately, the dog had epilepsy, and during the time we traveled across the country in a truck and trailer, he, and an Alaskan Malamute named Princess, were our constant companions. We were faced several times with the potential loss of the dog due to his illness.

On those occasions when the red dog had an attack, we had to rush him to the nearest veterinarian for help. So on the day that he finally passed, the two of us could do nothing but cry.

All afternoon of that day, Starker had stayed at my side in the living room. However, when my husband called me after taking the dog for a walk, he told me that the dog had collapsed on the street and he was taking the poor creature to the nearest veterinarian.

He came and got me, and the two of us took our friend to be seen. Nothing could have broken my heart the way it was broken when we were told that our friend had to be put to sleep. There are certain moments we can never forget, and that was one of those moments.

There was no way that we could find a replacement for our dear friend. He was truly a one of a kind dog, and no other dog that had entered either of our lives previously could possibly leave us with the same sense of loss.

It took over six months for us to recover from the experience, and finally, the veterinarian who had taken care of him recommended us to a family that lived nearby and was raising dachshunds. We went to visit with them with very mixed feelings, and finally agreed to accept the runt of the litter who clearly would need a home, and she stayed with us for quite a long time.

What remains true is that no other dog we had had will ever replace that big red dog. He will remain the friend we will never truly replace, and we both think of him often and wish he were here right now.

 

Marlene Geiser

Posted on June 7, 2019 19:38

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