Duke (German Shepherd?) Rest in Peace

No tip just a picture of my dog and best friend for the last ten years. His name is Duke and he would do anything I asked him or I taught him to do. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with some sort of cancer about two weeks ago and we had to have him put to sleep last week.



By jjs

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July 29, 20050 found this helpful

Hi jjs,
So sorry you lost such a good friend. He's a beauty.

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By Cate (Guest Post)
July 29, 20050 found this helpful

What a gorgeous dog! A credit to you. This must be a terribly difficult time for you, but Thank you for sharing Duke with us.

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July 29, 20050 found this helpful

It is so hard to lose a pet. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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July 29, 20050 found this helpful

I'm so so sorry about your sweet dog. You gave him a wonderful forever home. He knew he was a deeply loved friend.



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By Piper (Guest Post)
July 29, 20050 found this helpful

I'm so sorry for your loss. We had a blonde shepard, Sheba that had cancer and also had to put her down. When my children were little she never left their side when outdoors. They are truly dedicated animals and terribly loved by their owners.

Take care and God Bless you.

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By Louise (Guest Post)
July 29, 20050 found this helpful

Duke is not gone - - -he's at the Rainbow Bridge where all good furbabies go when they leave us. He will live on forever in your heart. He looks like a beautiful dog.

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July 29, 20050 found this helpful

So sorry to hear about your loss. Our pets are just like family and it hurts to lose thoughts are with you at this time...he was such a beautiful dog

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By bekkicat (Guest Post)
July 29, 20050 found this helpful

What a champ! I am going to have to put my Fred-dog (15-yrs old, mutt-dog) to sleep within the near future.


It's so hard to figure out when, without waiting until he is just writhing with pain. How does one know when?

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July 29, 20050 found this helpful

You were truly blessed to have such a beautiful friend, and while it is painful to go on without him, I hope that you will be comforted by the many loving times he shared with you. I believe that Duke has just crossed over and someday you will be rejoined.

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By Roberta (Guest Post)
July 30, 20050 found this helpful

I too lost my beloved Shepard to cancer and I miss her terribly, even 2 years later. I know she's still with me because every so often I see her shadow standing near me. They never leave us, they just wait until we can join them where there is no cancer and sadness.

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July 30, 20050 found this helpful

Such a beautiful dog and what a loss. We had to put our lab/retriever mix dog, Sammie, to sleep a couple of years ago. She was 14 and had developed breathing problems. I, too, asked my husband many times how do we know when it's time.


He said I would just know, and I did. She had a bad breathing attack, lost control of her bowels and I couldn't bear to see that happen again. It was so sad, but it's our responsibility to give them that gift after all they give to us.

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By Vanet Uvino (Guest Post)
July 31, 20050 found this helpful

A beautiful dog. I'm so glad he had a good home for as long as he did. I'm sure he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. In his memory, when the time is right, find it in your heart to adopt another puppy to love as you loved Duke. So many unwanted dogs out there. It's sad. Thank you for sharing Duke.

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By Claudia (Guest Post)
August 1, 20050 found this helpful

Couldn't help but cry when I read your message and all of the warm, sympathetic responses. My oldest dog is 10 and I will likely have to face the same hard decision one day. But you can comfort yourself that you were a good mom all these years.


I echo the thought that, when you are ready, try adopting a new family member from a rescue organization. I know you'll feel good about yourself if you do. Any dog will be lucky to have you as their mom, but a rescued animal need you more than others.......

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August 7, 20050 found this helpful


Time to let me go my friend,
Because my life no one can mend,
Its better to let me go this way,
Than watch me suffer night and day.

I'm happy to go, my time has come,
My quality of life is no longer fun,
Ive been so ill, so its not a bad thing,
To let me go forever resting.

Stay with me till I drift away,
Fast asleep forever I pray,
To relieve me from suffering and pain,
What more can I ask from my best friend.

Don't be sad, I'll be free from pain,
Never to be ill ever again,
I know you'll miss me being there,


But all the memories you have to share.

Thank you for being my best friend,
And all my needs that you did tend,
Try not to be sad, try not to cry,
Now is the time to say goodbye.


There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.

When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. The old and frail animals are young again. Those who are maimed are made whole again. They play all day with each other.

There is only one thing missing. They are not with their special person who loved them on earth. So, each day they run and play until the day comes when one suddenly stops playing and looks up! The nose twitches! The ears are up! The eyes are staring! And this one suddenly runs from the group!

You have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet, you take him or her in your arms and embrace. Your face is kissed again and again, and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet.

Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.

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By Rosanne (Guest Post)
July 14, 20080 found this helpful

Im sorry for the loss of your beloved pet. I, too, had to put my little boy, Skeeter, to sleep two years ago. He was 19 years old and was in pain. Even though I didnt want to do it, I had to; it was the most merciful thing I could do for him.

My whole family was devastated. My husband, his "daddy" still refuses to speak of him; its just too painful for him. Skeeter had been a well-loved member of our family for so many years. The pain never goes away entirely but it does become bearable.

Again, my sincere sympathy for your loss.

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