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Old 08-29-2008, 09:44 PM   #1
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Lost my hunting buddy...

This may sound campy... but I don't care... So here goes...

Last weekend I had to put my hunting buddy down. She was my best buddy and unconditional best friend. She retrieved her first Kansas pheasant at 10 months old and was always ready for more after that.

She was by my side for 14 years, and now the house feels empty... and what really sucks is so do I. Her name was Shasta... a black lab with more character than most people I work with every day, and some of those I hang out with every weekend.

I'm trying to start looking for a new pup... or perhaps an older started dog with potential... but we all know that they can never replace what's been lost.

I know I'm not alone out here... but this hurts and sucks and I miss her.

I don't really know why I'm posting it here... other than anyone looking is a hunter and can relate on some level.

I'm tipping a few back in her honor tonight... you all can join me if you like. Here's to good dogs everywhere, and I hope they all go to Heaven... cause if they don't... I don't want to go either.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:48 PM   #2
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sorry to hear about your hunting buddy my friend!!! its really tough losing a pet!!! they are a bonafied member of the family!!! just remember all the great hunts you had with her and all the time she was your companion.........guaranteed she never complained about anything or wanted for anything either!!

here's to shasta, my friend!!
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:56 PM   #3
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Thanks, Will.

I figured if anyone out there would find this one... you would.

I appreciate the kind words. I'll always remember the hunts and good times.

And thanks for the toast... I raised a glass back to ya.
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Old 08-29-2008, 09:59 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear that.
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:03 PM   #5
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Thanks, chris4x4...

Looks like you have a lab of your own, by the avatar.

I appreciate the chime-in. It's hard to let them go.
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:12 PM   #6
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Thanks, chris4x4...

Looks like you have a lab of your own, by the avatar.

I appreciate the chime-in. It's hard to let them go.
It is, my friend. My heart goes out to ya. She is still with ya, though.
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:01 PM   #7
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Unhappy

My condolences. A good lab is hard to beat. They are best damned dogs. Get you a new pup in her memory.
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Old 08-29-2008, 11:01 PM   #8
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So sorry for you lost. She is lucky to have you for 14 years.
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i know how it feels to put down your companion man.... im very sorry....
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Old 08-30-2008, 12:36 AM   #11
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I know how you feel, I had to put my best friend down, although he was not a hunter ( English Springer spaniel ) he was as you say better than most humans we deal with on an everyday basis. I am lost without him, but we must go on. I have a good friend who is a breeder of German Shorthair Pointers, black and tan in color, truly a great hunting dog, if you are interested, pm me and we'll talk. Until then, take your time, don't rush things, and as the magnet on the refrigerator " May I always be the person my dog thinks I am "

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This may sound campy... but I don't care... So here goes...

Last weekend I had to put my hunting buddy down. She was my best buddy and unconditional best friend. She retrieved her first Kansas pheasant at 10 months old and was always ready for more after that.

She was by my side for 14 years, and now the house feels empty... and what really sucks is so do I. Her name was Shasta... a black lab with more character than most people I work with every day, and some of those I hang out with every weekend.

I'm trying to start looking for a new pup... or perhaps an older started dog with potential... but we all know that they can never replace what's been lost.

I know I'm not alone out here... but this hurts and sucks and I miss her.

I don't really know why I'm posting it here... other than anyone looking is a hunter and can relate on some level.

I'm tipping a few back in her honor tonight... you all can join me if you like. Here's to good dogs everywhere, and I hope they all go to Heaven... cause if they don't... I don't want to go either.
Tacohunter Iam so sorry to here about your pup i know just how you feel
i have a black lab and he is also 14 yrs old and hanging in there strong old
guy and like you he is my best friend.
And no your old friend can never be replaced .
but think of the times you can have with a new pup
And the fact that new pup is geting a new home.
Heres to Shasta lets all have a drink.
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Sorry to hear about the loss of your hunting buddy.
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Old 08-30-2008, 09:02 AM   #14
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I have to say I'm a bit overwhelmed at the responses here... I truly appreciate everyone's comments and kind words.

Thanks to all of you... from me and from Shasta.
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Im so sorry man! Stay strong
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I understand exactly how you feel. I had to put my Springer down today.. 13 years we had him, really hard losing a pet that you've had that long.
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I understand exactly how you feel. I had to put my Springer down today.. 13 years we had him, really hard losing a pet that you've had that long.
sorry 13 yrs is a long time
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My condolences to you and yours, dually. I hunted behind some great Springers in the past and they are smart, loyal little dogs.

Thanks for sharing... As you can see, there are lots of supporting comrades here and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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yeah i hear ya. my dad ran over my lab when i was six. ruined me for a long time. finally he went to gaffney SC and got missy Jane our basset hound. i love her to death. but i understand what its like.
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Sorry to hear that man. I know how it feels, I lost my lab 2 years ago. I know have moved along and gotten another dog, but my lab Ebony is always with me. I don't have kids so my dog is my baby to me. My dog now is a 1.5 year old weimeraner, I hope I get to snjoy her just as long as my last dog. Best wishes to you and I hope you get another great dog to spend 14+ years with
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