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A Big Hole In Our Lives
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Darryl (Mo)    Posted 05-20-2003 at 10:02:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had to have our much-loved dog Kato put down about 3 AM this morning. Kato (named for the Green Hornet's sidekick, not OJ Simpson's deadbeat friend) was a large sable German Shepherd and was about the nicest, gentlest dog you'd ever meet. His sable coloring and 'smoky' dark face made him appear menacing to those who didn't know him, but there wasn't an ounce of meanness in him and he was everyone's friend. We were aggravatd when the kids made a house dog of that big oaf years ago, but it quickly got to the point where we wouldn't have had it any other way. It's amazing how those dogs can work their way into our lives and hearts. I guess it's thier unconditional and selfless love and devotion. His canine friend and accomplice Pepper is in a sort of daze and hasn't sorted things out yet but he knows something is very wrong. I half expect to see Kato nearly every time I turn around and look at one of his regular spots. This is gonna take some time to get over, but writing about him is a sort of cleansing thing. Thanks for listening. It helps.

Yankee    Posted 05-21-2003 at 17:49:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
My family and I send you and your family our deepest sympathy in this time of the loss of a loved one.

Dell (WA)    Posted 05-21-2003 at 05:39:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Darryl........I've buried 8 Australian Shepherds on my RockyRidge SheepStation in the last 20 yrs, and it never gets eazy. And yes, Pepper will "know" and miss Kato.

A friend once wrote: "There may come a time when your dog is not able to enjoy life. As an old dog, he may suffer with pain and discomfort. As your dog's BEST friend, you OWE him the blessing that only you can grant. While in the comfort of your arms, you can let him go painlessly in seconds without further suffering."

Be not ashamed of the tears...........Dell

Sonny    Posted 05-21-2003 at 04:29:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I want to express my deep regret for your loss and to wish you and yours Brightest Blessings. You will be in my prayers.. This night there will be a new star in the heavens. That stars name will be Kato. I'm sure it will shine brightly.

Cathy In Oregon    Posted 05-20-2003 at 19:23:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just wanted to take a moment to say that I am so sorry for your loss. I am a pup lover myself and I know that there isn't anything like a good dog.
There are so many pups out there who deserve a good home and never get it. I know that Kato knew that he had it good and had given lots of wonderful love in return.
I'll keep you and your family in my prayers tonight.

Redneck    Posted 05-20-2003 at 17:50:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Friend,our hearts go out to yall.

Fawteen    Posted 05-20-2003 at 13:28:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know just how you feel, Darryl. I had to have my Rottie put down due to cancer in his sinuses, and I cried like a baby at the vet.

For Dog People, our dogs become part of the family and are missed nearly as much.

Jimbob    Posted 05-20-2003 at 14:57:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Contrary to popular belief, animals cross-over per John Edwards. The pets are not gone forever per John Edwards.

Fawteen    Posted 05-20-2003 at 16:09:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got something animal related for John Edwards: it's a two part word, and the first part is "Bull"...

Darryl (Mo)    Posted 05-20-2003 at 13:33:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
How true! Last night at the vet's it was like trying to decide about pulling the plug on one of the kids.

Terry Nelson    Posted 05-20-2003 at 12:35:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Darryl, sorry for your loss of Kato. It sounds as if he was a very special friend. We baby our labradors and they appreciate it and repay us many times over with loyalty, love, and affection. I'm sure Kato lived a wonderful life, albeit a short one. That was yours and your family's gift to him. Pepper will mourn but will also be challenged by his new role as the "Alpha" dog but he will grow into it. Best wishes.

Darryl    Posted 05-20-2003 at 12:50:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, Terry

Yeah, we tried to give him a good and happy home. I think he knew how much we loved him.

MikeC    Posted 05-20-2003 at 11:46:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My heart goes out to you. I've been there and done that, and still get teary eyed when I read your post.

Now I'll have to go give my dogs a hug.


Darryl    Posted 05-20-2003 at 12:19:47       [Reply]  [No Email]

DO THAT!! Hug 'em and spoil 'em! It's one of life's cruelties that we usually outlive our pets. They don't last long but the memories of them do. It's a good time to think of the PEOPLE in our lives and maybe spoil them a little, too. ;^)

Tom A    Posted 05-20-2003 at 11:30:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I am very sorry for you. Our first "kid" was a dog, and we had to put her down for cancer. That was years ago, and I'm still tearing up writing this.

In my opinion, the best medicine is to go to the "pound" and find another friend--not as a replacement, but simply because you can't have too many friends in life.

good luck,

Darryl    Posted 05-20-2003 at 12:37:12       [Reply]  [No Email]

We've had to go through this with some other dogs over the years, but it's a lot worse this time. Kato and Pepper were/are like two parts of one dog. I don't know how Pepper will get along without him. They did everything together. My wife retires from the local school district in a few days so it will help that Pepper will have company and not have to be alone for long.

Sometimes it seems almost silly to let dogs affect us as much as they do. I'm having a bad time dealing with losing this one. Me!! Big bad martial artist!! Always getting banged up/hurt in one way or another. A few weeks ago in a weapons class I managed to slice off half of a fingernail with a sword. No big deal... "It's mind over matter. I don't mind 'cause it don't matter!" This is worse than physical pain, but I'll get over it. Just gonna take a little time.

As for getting another dog, I'll have to think about that. I'm old enough now that it's just possible that a new dog could outlive me and I don't think I'd want that either.

Willy-N    Posted 05-20-2003 at 15:12:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
We give the old ones a home because most people want young dogs. Neufs have brought us so many good times we rescue the older ones to live out there remaining years at out place. It is part of our job to give back some of what we recived. It would take a very long list to give you the Names of all our buddys we have lost in the last 20 years but we will never be with out our dogs. Get another one there is allways time for one more. Mark H.

Randy    Posted 05-20-2003 at 10:28:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sorry to hear about your loss. Have lost several in the last 6 or so years. Doesn't get easier either.
I thought the only reason we have furniture is for them!
Looking at my little girl bullmastiff making her way into the house after digging up the back yard for us. Quite a sight. Every moment is so precious.

Darryl    Posted 05-20-2003 at 12:47:27       [Reply]  [No Email]

We've lost some others over the years too, but this one was sort of special. We never had one with this much personality or, I don't know, 'presence' I guess you might say. He was really something. His 'other half' is still with us and hopefully will adjust OK. You're right about moments being precious. Last night I was feeling very guilty about the times over the years when I yelled at him or got impatient. Now I'm mostly remembering the good times with him and that's easier to think about.

Clipper    Posted 05-20-2003 at 18:24:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
My heart goes out to you and I hope the healing comes quick for you.If people were as good as dogs this world would be a better place for all.

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