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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 04:09 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy RIP Franklin

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 have a three year old son, a wonderful husband, and two border collies (who I love very much they just aren't the same), and it should be easy to move on. Shepherds have this way of borrowing into your heart. He always knew how I was feeling. His smile (that classic GSD smile) could light up the room. He was soooo good with my son. It was one week from the time we found out he was sick to his kidneys failing. He went incredibly fast and I am left numb and crushed. 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? I will upload a picture of him soon. He was so special, everyone who knew him loved him.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 04:25 PM
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I am so sorry for your loss. What you are feeling is absolutely normal. I went through the same thing when we lost our beloved Rudi after 10 years. He also went quite suddenly. Although I will never forget Rudi, we now have two 2 year olds that we adore. We always say it took 2 German Shepherds to ease the pain of losing our first German Shepherd.
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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 04:27 PM
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I feel your heartbreak. We lost our boy Sol six months ago (he was 8 1/2) due to a sudden illness and I/we are still not over it. We have a border collie/Jack Russell mix and he still misses his brother too. A few months ago we brought home littler mates – GSD’s (almost 22 weeks old) and they bring so much joy to the house and the house is once again alive but I can’t help but cry and still grieve over Sol. Only a true dog lover knows what it’s like and can understand. It isn’t easy and no one around here expects you to “get over it”.

Just think of all the happy times and let the tears flow as often as you need.

I am terribly sorry for your loss. (((Hugs)))
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post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 04:38 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss.

Yes, your feelings are absolutely normal.


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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 04:43 PM
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So sorry for the loss of your precious boy Franklin, allthough the pain will lesson with time the emptiness will always be there. It is a sad welcome that brought you here but interacting with others on this forum I hope will be a positive for you. Yes please share pics with us when you can, we love pictures on here.

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post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 06:42 PM
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I am so sorry for your loss. Franklin sounds like a wonderful friend who loved his family with all his heart and soul.I try to think of our girl who passed this summer as watching and protecting us still just doing it from a place she can do anything again. This site has been so helpful and you will find understanding and people who understand. Take care.

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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 07:00 PM
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sorry for your loss Franklin sounded like a very special friend ..... Rip Franklin

"A House Is Not A Home Without A German Shepherd"
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post #8 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 07:18 PM
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I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad you came to this board to share with us. It is important that what you are feeling is validated as being normal. Give yourself time to grieve and don't let anyone steal that from you. Sounds like Franklin was a very special boy. Please accept my condolences. R.I.P. Franklin


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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 07:48 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss and I totally understand. It's been 3 years since I lost my best friend Rowan. He remains in my thoughts daily and while I have a beautiful big boy named Finnigan...Rowan will always hold a special place in my heart as my first GSD. Franklin will never be far from you...
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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-17-2012, 07:55 PM
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I am so sorry for your loss. I think all of us on this site totally understand that special,unique bond we share with our GSD'S. I also have other dogs and when I spend one on one with another, I do enjoy it but it is not the same as me and my boy. So yes it is totally normal. Take care. RIP sweet Franklin

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