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Old 09-17-2012, 07:59 PM   #11 (permalink)
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the line between here and there is very thin, love is the bridge. his energy will always be with you. i am so very sorry for your huge loss, your feelings are absolutely normal, all dogs are wonderful, but shepherds are something just a little bit more extra special. grieve as long as you must...but someday you will look into another pair of eyes and it'll all begin again. take care, everyone here totally understands. rest in peace franklin, you were very much loved.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I am so sorry for your loss.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:03 PM   #13 (permalink)
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So very sorry for your loss and yes when they go it's so very hard, hang in there time will lesson your pain. When mine of 12 years passed, my husband said, that the passing of alot a people in his life did'nt hurt as bad as losing that dog and I had to agree.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:23 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Thank you so much for all the support and understanding. Coming home from work it felt like I was holding my breath just knowing he wasn't going to greet me at the door with a smile and a wagging tail.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:37 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,
I am new to this forum. I decided to come on here and post because I had to put my beloved German Shepherd, Franklin, down on Friday due to degenerative myelopathy. I am so heart broken, he was a part of me and he went so fast. He was only 8 years old. I picked him up when he was 6 weeks old and we bonded instantly. He was my friend, and nothing feels right with him gone. I came here because I don't feel like anyone understands why this loss is effecting me so strongly.. I guess I just want someone to tell me this is normal. My house feels so empty. The other dogs keep looking for him and they don't leave my side. How do you move on? How do you let go? .
Your posts brings tears to my eyes because I lost my beloved Shadow to DM last November. I don't know if it is normal or not but I felt the same way you are feeling. Its been 8 months and I still do. What I find is helping me most is working with a rescue to help other dogs. First I adopted a little mix puppy off the kill list at a local animal shelter. I socialized him and worked very hard to get him over his fear of people and vets. Now he is a part of our family. Next I started to help the rescue by cross posting Shepherds in need to this forum then by actually going out there and spending time with some of their dogs. I have fallen in love with another Shepherd. She is not my Shadow, but is a very special older dog and I hope I will get to spend the years with her that Shadow and I should have had.

I am so sorry for your loss.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:56 PM   #16 (permalink)
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What you describe is perfectly normal. I'm going through the same thing, as I had to put my girl to sleep last weekend after 13+ years with me. Hug your spouse and your kids and your other two dogs, I'm sure you're all going through some loss. Take solace from eachother, and keep us posted on how you're all doing.

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Old 09-18-2012, 10:01 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Very sorry. We went through the same last week with our 10-year old.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:54 AM   #18 (permalink)
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This morning is proving hard. I miss him so much. I find myself expecting him to put his head in my lap, the way always did when I was upset about something. My other dogs are being great, they wont leave my side. They have never been that way before. Thank you again for all the support.
ScubaJoe, I am also very sorry for your loss.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:54 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I posted several pictures of Franklin today, if you have a chance feel free to check them out.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:58 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Franklin was a beautiful dog. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing. RIP Franklin.
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