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    Default What was your first dog like?

    Nero is the first dog I ever had and I can't really remember anymore what it felt like not having him by my side... but it must have been a very sad existence. He is 5 now and no puppy anymore. Recently it hit me that I may have another 5 - 10 years with him. That's all! And that's if I'm lucky. The thought of him not being there anymore or me owning another dog feels... strange... and sits very uncomfortably.

    How did you feel about your first dog? Did you ever get over it? Really over it I mean?

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    I'll never forget the first time i laid eyes on my little black Labrador pup we named 'Storm'.

    He taught me more than anyone or anything ever has ...... love, loyalty, devotion and protection.

    At 12 years old a huge tumour grew out the bottom of his back paw. We fought it for as long as we could. I remember changing the bandages on the terrible wound everyday.

    My dad told me it was time to let him go ..... i wasn't having a bar of it.

    "Would you put me down if i had a tumour in my foot ?" i asked him. My old man said "Off course not" .....and that was that.

    Eventually it got to a point where he seemed to give up the fight and i had to too.

    I've never forgotten that day and i never will.

    I'm not religious at all ....but i know that big black buggers waiting patiently for me alongside my Ridgeback 'Scooby'. One day i'll have them both back again.

    RIP boys.


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    And No .....I'lll never get really over it. I dont want too either.


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    My first dog (the family dog when I was a child) was pretty much perfect in every way. He was absolutely bombproof! I was still in primary school when he died from a cancer tumour on his leg, so I was quite young... and to be honest, I don't really remember it... I don't tear up when I think of him, but I do have fond memories of him.

    I lost way too many pets when I was a kid (Oscar, Fluff, Bob, Tiger, Kimba, Tigger, Sasha, Frodo and Bunny) All of these from either old age, unexpected sickness or tragic accidents. I wouldn't go as far as to say I'm used to having pets pass... but I am definitely well aware of the grief it brings and how I like to deal with that... Probably more so than most people my age.

    Most of the pets mentioned above are either cats or small pets like rabbits). To be blunt, I do actually think I have gotten over their deaths. For some reason I didn't bond with them as much as I'm bonded with my current pets... could be a mix of my age at the time and the fact that some of them I didn't even have for very long... Don't get be wrong, I'd be absolutely devastated if I lost any of my cats or ferrets right now. I can talk about the loss of the pets mentioned above without getting emotional. However I lost Minky my ferret nearly 1 year ago now, I did have quite a close bond with her, and I do still tear up If I think about it too much.

    Dodge (even though I refer to her as mine) is a family dog. I love her to pieces and honestly can not imagine a world without her, but I am not her favourite person. She chose my dad pretty much as soon as we got her. Their bond is incredible, she likes me but wouldn't go out of her way to do anything for me, she's definitely a one person dog. So even though I love her to pieces, our bond isn't as strong as it is between her and my dad. But despite that, the day she passes will be a terrible day for me... to be honest, I don't even know what i'll do to cope...

    Koda on the other hand chose me. He is solely my dog, the bond we have is exceptionally close. I have no doubt that Koda would put his life in danger to protect me if needed. To lose a bond like that is absolutely unthinkable to me. I will probably be an absolute wreck for a week or two.

    I can not see myself "getting over" the death of Dodge or Koda... I am quite an emotional person... so something like that would probably end up being a very sensitive subject for me for many years.
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    My first absolutely mine, kind of dog was Perdi who was a lab cross with something skinny. She was from the pound and very thin and from day 1 devoted herself to us. I cried buckets when I lost her, I Was away and someone left the garden gate open, hit by a car. ... Totally devastated, miss her still... Completely empathic and tuned in to me 24/7.

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    Harley is my first dog, owned on my own. He definitely is my baby and I think it will take a long time to move on when he passes. I don't think we will get more dogs for a very long time after both of ours pass away. Harley is 6 this year and Bella is coming up to 5 so we are only looking at another 5-10 (being optimistic).

    Growing up we had a lot of dogs, we lived on a farm and were quite poor so they all passed away for various reasons (snakebites, ticks). It was always devastating at the time, but then we did always move on. I still remember every single one though. I don't think I will ever forget.

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    Yes you do move on but you never forget and I have found it gets harder each time. It also depends on the relationship you have with the particular dog. I recently lost one of the most special dogs that I have ever owned. Despite having my other young dogs her loss is going to take me a long time to get over if ever. It broke my heart. I loved her so much and we had an amazing history together, she was always my number 1 dog, I still cant believe she is gone and I look for her and talk to her often. Waking up in the morning and realising she is gone is the worst.

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    When I was a kid we had a small cross breed dog can't remember too much as it was a long time ago...as kids we were not allowed to have a large dog but wouldn't have anything else now.
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    A while back someone told me if you lose someone ....pets included...... you can put them on the moon.

    That way you can have a moment and even a chat with them everynight if you need to.

    Works a treat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    A while back someone told me if you lose someone ....pets included...... you can put them on the moon.

    That way you can have a moment and even a chat with them everynight if you need to.

    Works a treat.
    In the weeks following the loss of my girl I talk out loud to her all the time telling her what an awesome girl she was. My other dogs always change slightly their mood when they hear me using her name. Living on a farm is good because then people cant hear and dont think I am crazy LOL

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