[bct] Re: for a special friend/partner

  • From: "Rose Combs" <rosecombs@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2006 20:14:09 -0700

He is probably at Rainbow Bridge waiting for you.  It is never easy.  

Rose Combs

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[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Scott Howell
Sent: Monday, January 02, 2006 3:35 PM
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Subject: [bct] for a special friend/partner

Folks, this has been one of the most difficult days I have had to  
face in a little more than four years. I'm not completely why I'm  
sharing this to the extent I am, but other than a means to remind  
myself and others who are dog guide handlers to never forget the  
special bond you have with your dog. Well Nyack was my third dog  
guide, my second from The Seeing Eye. He worked until he was ten  
years old. He was the finest guide in his prime and to the ver last  
the most loyal animal I have had the honor to work wtih. My current  
dog is vertainly no slowch, don't get me wrong, but Nyack had grit,  
attitude, and a work ethic ununmatched yet. This dog was always  
behind me, I mean I couldn't go anywhere and not turn around to find  
him there; not until recently. Nyack wwas always a very thin  
Shepherd, I spent a lot of time and expense making sure he was  
healthy, but he never gained weight which in the end was ok, but yet  
of course he didn't look well cared for when you could see all his  
bones. Well in any event over the last month I've noticed he was  
loosing more weight, but when he was having problems relieving  
himself, I knew something was really wrong. He alwas made it outside,  
but I was running out of yard for the dogs to park in so I need to  
get him to the Vet. I took him down to the Vet today to see if there  
was anything they could do. I have been faced with the fact that he  
is nearly twelve and isn't going to live forever. I never imagined my  
Vet not even asking questions when he saw him, he just told my wife  
and I he wanted to weigh him before anything else. Well as I  
expected, he had lost about 7 pounds and for his size and low weight  
to begin with , this wasn't a good sign. Well to not drag the story  
on and I'm sure you know where I'm going with this, I had Nyack put  
down. You know it was hard with my first Lab Jack and I knew what to  
expect and I even did a little better, but its still very painful. I  
guess the point of all this is that he bond between a dog and his/her  
handler is very special and unique. Give your pups a pat and always  
keep in mind their service to you.
Nyack will be coming home in a week or so in a box to assume his  
position atop my bookshelf.


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