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RIP Niko, my daughters angel of 15 years.
Our first and last day with Niko.


It’s been a tough year, but as many have said before, you know when it’s time. As you can see, she has been a warrior. My wife and daughter have given her an extra 1.5 years of good life through diet, exercise, and medication, but her health dropped off a cliff a couple days ago and she's just not going to recover. She has been an angel to our family through difficult times as we bought her as a companion to my daughter when she was diagnosed with crohns. My daughter is doing well as a nurse in Boise, but Niko has succumbed to age and arthritis and is now sick and frail. Niko has struggled up the front porch and getting up from laminate floors for the last time. My daughter is home for a couple days, and we all finally came to a unanimous decision that it was time. I am a little bit sorry we waited so long, but it's so hard to let go. She has been a gift from god and we will miss her!!!!!!!!!!!

One of our families most difficult decisions, but it was the best thing to do. Niko is no longer struggling and is finally at peace. Glad to have her home again
 

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Lost my Yellow lab "Hayden" a couple years ago, very hard, and we lost my wife's little dog "Roxy" this last weekend, Loving your dogs is so easy. Losing them is really hard. :palm:
 

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My Brother Dog "Big Dane" is on home hospice. 13years Black lab. He has Lymphoma and is loosing weight, still gets around great but I dont know how much long this will last. He is eating well but its just feeding the cancer. Hope he makes it through the Holidays. Prognosis was 6 weeks and we are at the end of Week 2. I think one more trip to the beach is in order!
 

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Well a sad day last Friday I had to my best friend down. Sadie was 14 years 8 months and really tried to hang on but cancer finally took its toll. What a great friend you'll be missed laying there in front of the wood stove. I will remember how much you loved going clamming with me and chasing those coastal pheasants for hours, chasing ducks across East Lake and making me chase you down in the boat. You will be sorely missed and like I told you during your last breaths take a right after the gates and everything will be fine. Listen for my whistle I'll be there in time to pat you on the head again.
 

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My vet sent this script in a card of condolences. Thought you all who have lost "that special friend" could use comfort and put yourself at ease that things are good and they are just waiting for that time when you meet again.

“Rainbow Bridge”
Just this side of Heaven is a place called “Rainbow Bridge”. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone, that pet goes to “Rainbow Bridge”. There are meadows and hills for all our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals that had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content except for one thing; they each miss someone very special, someone who is left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly he breaks from the group, flying over the green grass, faster and faster. You have been spotted and when you and your special friend finally meet, you can cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head and you look once more into the trusting eyes, so long gone from your life, but never absent from your heart.
 

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Jake was a great hunting dog, and a faithful hound!!!

Miss him everyday,.....
I feel for you, It's been three weeks since I had to lay mine to rest and I catch myself looking down next to my chair to see if she's there. I will say she's never out of my mind but she is in a far better place without pain and suffering. I owed it to her.
 

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Sorry Wildwood. Just re-reading this thread brings back so many memories and a very sharp ache in the heart.
 
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