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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-21-2010, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Good Bye My Big Ben

Ben Dobrovodske Lazne 8/8/1999 - 7/21/2010

Well I really not sure where to start as this has caught me by surprise. I guess it will be from the beginning when we had gone out and were picking up our Ghost. Cathy had caught a glance at Ben and it was love at first sight although I had to keep reminding her that we were here for Ghost and not Ben. Ben was 6 at that time and we didn't even realize he would be here in our Kennel later that year, or at least I didn't.

Ben was an well titled boy that came from Slovakia with titles including a SCH-3, IPO-3, ZVV3. In the later part of 2004 we had the opportunity to purchase Ben along with his mate Zerbal. She was carrying a litter sired by Ben.

On October 5th we had 6 Ben puppies 4 males and 2 females which one of the males was just like Ben in everyway you could think of. Ben was the first dog that taught me how to handle a dog doing bite work as he was just just so graceful and was such a pro at what ever I threw at him although we never had another litter conceived from him he had taught us so many life lessons. I do have him to thank for his wonderful daughter Becca and his granddaughter Tara.

In the last few weeks we had noticed him slowing down a bit and just thought that his age was starting to catch up with him as he would have turned 11 on the 8th of August. This morning I went out to the kennel and let him out for his first of three rotations for the day. He had gone out past all the other dogs in the kennel as he does everyday without giving us a bit of trouble as some of the other males do. I let him in and back to his run he went like he does all the time waiting for me to shut his door to his run.

Then this afternoon I went out to let him out and he had already passed sometime while we were doing other things here at the house. Poor boy I only wish I could have been there with him when he took his last breath only to let him know that I was here with him so he didn't have to leave this world by himself. I found him laying on his side as if he was sleeping and by the look of it he had passed peacefully.

Ben RIP and some day we will be together again my boy

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 07-21-2010, 10:20 PM
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So sorry for your loss. Ben sounded amazing...

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Oh my I am so sorry. Will you have autopsy done? RIP Ben
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I am so sorry to hear this.. Ben knew you loved him and cared for him.. do not think otherwise.

I am so very sorry for your loss..

Run free at the bridge Ben until your family can meet you there...

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Oh my I am so sorry. Will you have autopsy done? RIP Ben
No I'm not going to do any cutting on him, I feel and so does the vet that his heart gave out. He will be cremated tomorrow and we will save his ashed for our new home hopefully soon

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I am so very sorry. What a shock for you - so sudden. But was a blessing for your great Ben to be spared pain. " I found him laying on his side as if he was sleeping and by the look of it he had passed peacefully".


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I am so so sorry. I think he knew how hard it would be for you to be there at the final moments and spared you. Ben sounds as though he was such a strong dog and just had to do this by himself.
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Oh dear, I am so sorry for you loss. I always think about how in the natural world, animals go off by themselves to die -- that is totally natural for them. While I think it's really important to be with them when we need to put them down, and I know in your heart you wish you were with him, it sounds to me that he died with dignity. RIP Ben.

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I am so sorry for your loss, he sounds like he was a wonderful boy

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Chuck, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful Ben.

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