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VarmintmistVarmintmist Posts: 8,305 Senior Member
Voted Handsome Howling champ 16 years consecutive.
Put down the wolf last night. Had him pretty much exactly 16 years. The sucky part about having dogs. Hoping he can run and bark at the Tenn Walker and wrestle with his lab buddy now.
It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.


  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Posts: 12,434 Senior Member
    Sorry to hear that, Varm.  That is always a hard day.  
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • gunner81gunner81 Posts: 683 Senior Member
    Berried my dog Bandit on Sunday and my Rebel on Wednesday Bandit was from old age and Rebel from the big C both pure Pitbull's
  • PFDPFD Posts: 1,901 Senior Member
    Sorry to hear that.  Always a tough decision.
    Hopefully we'll get to throw the ball for them again some day.
    That's all I got.

  • Big Al1Big Al1 Posts: 8,816 Senior Member
    Pets are family, always a tough loss!! Look like a dog I would have liked!!
  • zorbazorba Posts: 25,288 Senior Member
    Wow. Having gone through this several times like most people have, there's not much I can add. May he Bark In Joy!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • Diver43Diver43 Posts: 12,771 Senior Member
    16 years is a good run for a large dog.  You treated him well
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 5,433 Senior Member
    I hate news like this.  So sorry for your loss… 

    It’s a °IIIII° thing 😎

  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Posts: 2,641 Senior Member
    Very sorry to hear.  Our four legged fur babies love us unconditionally and they're only with us for a a short time!  Always hard to say goodbye and do the right thing! 
    Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

    John 3: 1-21
  • LinefinderLinefinder Posts: 7,856 Senior Member
    Sorry to hear this.

    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
  • RaftermanRafterman Posts: 402 Member
    I hate news like this.  So sorry for your loss… 

    This!  :'(
  • GrapeApeGrapeApe Posts: 600 Senior Member
    Sorry for you loss  :'(:'(:'(
    "For longer range, use a bigger case. For bigger game, use a bigger bullet." - Dan Johnson
  • jaywaptijaywapti Posts: 5,116 Senior Member
    Sorry to hear this.

  • FreezerFreezer Posts: 2,757 Senior Member
     What a handsome dog! I sympathize you, you have my condolences.
    I like Elmer Keith; I married his daughter :wink:
  • Lonewolf-PeruLonewolf-Peru Posts: 753 Senior Member
    Sorry for your loss.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Posts: 14,855 Senior Member
    16 years! You took excellent care of him, well done
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • FreezerFreezer Posts: 2,757 Senior Member
    I think it would be a fitting tribute to your friend if you could share a story or two about him. Our dogs bring us so many good time and memories.
    I like Elmer Keith; I married his daughter :wink:
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Posts: 8,305 Senior Member
    Well he had a few names..
    Originally when my daisy and brownie scouts brought him home while dealing cookies as "A German Shepard, just like I always wanted"... It was Buddy. A bunny hunting neighbor found him under a bush. Pretty sure he was a drop off as no one close claimed him. He had separation anxiety bad
    After that , it was Fuzz, Buddyfuzz, when he refused to come inside when it was -20 out and I had finished refilling the wood burner, and he would howl at me every time I called him it was Wolf, Tufel Hunden, Buddy Wolf. As he got older he started picking guard positions in the yard to which the answer to "where is Bud"? was "Position 1" (2 or 3) When the back deck became a favorite OP he became "The Protector of Castle Wolfenstien". Since he had a little French stash, Mr Mustache was used, along with each time we had pizza he would get closer, his favorite. When that happened it was Buderino Fuzzoli.

    After my mom dies and my father moved up here, I was making round trips to WVA with a truck and trailer. I came home with the backhoe on after a 14 hour drive and almost just drove past the house. I got to where I could see the garage from the road. The wife had Bud in the driveway, at night, with a hose and a really unhappy look that I picked up on from 300 feet. I knew what happened long before I smelled it.
    He and my fathers Tenn Walker were pals. He would get right up in the horses face and bark. Like 12 inches away. He would look away and the horse would snake his head towards his butt to take a taste. Mostly, the dog would realize he was about to be admonished for not paying attention and look back and bounce out of the way. The horse would come find him, so it was a mutual thing.
    He was rough on racoons. First time I saw him go after one I was trying to get him away because a racoon will mess up a dog. Well, I watched him dart in, flip the racoon 15 feet in the air, watch it come down and was all over it before it got its feet. After that you understand that Husky types are considered one of the least removed from wolves.
    He really liked Christmas.

    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • BigslugBigslug Posts: 9,875 Senior Member
    The hardest thing about pets:  unless you're into parrots or giant tortoises, they're better companions than most people and don't last nearly as long. :'(

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • Elk creekElk creek Posts: 7,934 Senior Member
    That’s tough, sorry for your loss. 
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • Mark in WVMark in WV Posts: 2 New Member
    Sorry OP. Hard losing a good dog.
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