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The Moon

Posted Thursday, January 19, 2012, at 7:46 PM

The Moon!
Today was one of those really crappy days... I lost my friend. He wasn't all that old, though if you think in dog years, he was well over the hill. I had to have my dog Casey put down today... one of the hardest tasks in life if you ask me. Here I sit with tears streaming down my cheeks, but I know in my heart it's all my selfishness and he is without pain.

Casey came into my life almost 14 years ago. He followed a long line of English Springer Spaniels in my family. My mom and dad had Springers, and I had 2 of this great breed of dog myself over the years. Our Springers all had health problems so we decided we'd try a different breed...

Casey was different all right. Casey was a Golden Retriever. What a goof! Our home in Colorado Territory had one of those magnetic dog doors on it and Casey loved it as a pup. He'd get a full head of steam up in the back yard, fly through the dog door, and put on the brakes on the hard wood floor and sliding all the way across the room.

Casey loved people. I suppose that folks that come over to visit may have been a bit nervous having a 85 pound "puppy" wanting nothing more than a pat on the head and a chance to sniff their hand. Casey loved the outdoors, but he loved being with us more.

Over the years he picked up the nick-name "Mooney" for some reason that I really don't recall now. The Moon was my constant companion, and loved rides in the Jeep, camping, long walks in the country and everything a dog should I guess. No matter where I went, The Moon was right there with me always supervising events when he wasn't chasing birds and rabbits on the farm(stead).

Cancer got the best of my Moon at age 13 years 11 months, though his tail wagged right up 'till the end. If Casey had feelings, I hope he felt he a good life, he sure helped me enjoy mine! He died in my arms this morning.

So long buddy... I'll be lookin' for ya at the Rainbow Bridge! In the mean time, have Max and Panda show ya around!

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and I hope every pet owner gets a chance to read "The Rainbow Bridge". I think it can be googled. I can seldom read it without the tears welling up.

-- Posted by doodle bug on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 6:08 PM

Thanks for the kind words and the great poems... it really means more than you know to us.

I'd seen that story before DB, but had forgotten and really glad you posted it.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 12:57 PM

Oh how we loved Casey Moon! Thanks for posting all of the many reasons for us to enjoy :-) Love you guys!

-- Posted by laurap on Tue, Jan 24, 2012, at 9:26 AM

I am sorry for the loss of Casey a.k.a "The Moon". Our pets love us unconditionally and with all their being. May the memories you have in your heart bring you some comfort until you are reunited.


-- Posted by coolidge on Sun, Jan 22, 2012, at 3:58 PM

the following is kind of a long read, but I have always enjoyed it (I think it would be apt for any pet owner). Enjoy your memories and wait for the next dog to take over your life.

A Dog's Purpose

(from a 6-year-old boy).

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa , and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane

might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said, ''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?''

The Six-year-old continued,''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.


-- Posted by doodle bug on Sat, Jan 21, 2012, at 10:23 AM


-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Fri, Jan 20, 2012, at 7:07 PM

Brian and Casey

By Arley Steinhour 012012

A dog is our best buddy,

What else could he be,

Too vibrant to be fuddy-duddy,

And, too much heart to be a tree.

The next time that you see him,

He'll surly wag his tail,

You'll both be young and trim,

Together you can run a mile.

So, don't feel badly in your heart,

You need no tears, for memory,

Casey will reside in a special part,

Of your heart and Family Tree.

Hold your head up, and proclaim,

A great dog owned a part of your life,

Knowing he'd wait in Snow or rain,

Soon together, without mortal strife.


I celebrate your love and memories for Casey.

-- Posted by Navyblue on Fri, Jan 20, 2012, at 5:45 PM

Sorry for the loss of your good friend Brian.

My best friend closed his eyes last night, as his head was in my hand. The Doctors said he was in pain, and it was hard for him to stand.

The thoughts that scurried through my head, as I cradled him in my arms. Were of his younger puppy years, and OH.....his many charms.

Today there was no gentle nudge, with an intense "I Love You Gaze", only a heart that is filled with tears remembering our joy filled days.

But an Angel just appeared to me, and he said, "you should cry no more, God also loves our canine friends, He's installed a Doggy Door".

Jan Cooper - 1995

-- Posted by Geezer on Fri, Jan 20, 2012, at 7:44 AM

It is a pain that takes time. Dogs can never just be replaced, that why their mans best friend. Sure we have our disagreements, but with their eyes, they look at you to say "I can never hate you".

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, Jan 19, 2012, at 9:05 PM

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