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Old 11-04-2015, 12:55 PM
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Default Re: Soaphie the sophisticated is an angel October 29, 2015

She is a pup, and beautiful. Such energy, and fun.
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Old 11-04-2015, 03:29 PM
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I was very sorry to hear about Soaphie. It is so hard to lose our constant companions.

I found it hard when we lost our little Toby dog earlier this year, and we still have three other dogs including diabetic Eddie. It must make your house very empty to have lost both your girls so I completely understand you thinking about Susie (who looks lovely).

A few weeks after we lost Toby I re-read the poem "A Dog's Will and Testament" and we thought it might be time to find another dog to fill Toby's bed. I trawled the rescue sites and initially found a little white terrier dog rather like Toby. My husband said that maybe we should look for one that was quite different as we couldn't replicate Toby. So...I found a rescued Bedlington terrier girl who we adopted. We soon found that she was pregnant and went on to have five puppies. I often used to imagine Toby looking down on us dealing with her five naughty, bitey, fight-y puppies (and their endless wet newspapers) and thought he would be having a good laugh at us all.

Everyone feels differently about when it is right to think about another dog and it all depends on your own situation, but there are so many in need of loving homes, and not enough people to love them as they need.

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Old 11-04-2015, 06:01 PM
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What a beautiful girl!

I can tell you that after I lost Sparky, Spirit helped me heal (and I signed a contract for her just 6 weeks after Sparky passed, and brought her home 7 weeks after that). She didn't take Sparky's place, but she somehow managed to create her own space in my heart, and now I can't imagine life without her. So glad you're looking into Susie :-)
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:12 PM
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What a lovely girl! I have to have a furry band-aid for my heart every time I lose a special animal. I just have to have something living to care for - it may seem really selfish or the wrong reason, I guess in a way but I don't feel like I am replacing a dog. I think our babies take up so much of our hearts, that when they are gone, we just don't have anything to use all that love for and I don't want it to go away. The thing is I have always had dogs I adored and loved but Maggie is different and I really just don't know how I will function without her. I really worry and have so much anxiety - will her time be up in 6 months , 1 month, a week, a few days ? It has definitely pushed me to spend more time with her. But my life and schedule revolve around her. She is my identity and I am not sure who I really am if I am not Maggie's mom. I think that must be the hardest part. My husband always says we can do all of this traveling and doing fun stuff that we haven't done much in years. I just can't imagine what a normal life was before diabetes so none of that appeals to me.

Grieving is just so personal and I think you just follow your heart - no right or wrong time lines. Just do whatever to get through the days.
Maggie - 15 1/2 y/o JRT diagnosed 9/2007, Angel status on 6/20/16. Her mantra was never give up but her body couldn't keep up with her spirit. Someday, baby.......
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:47 AM
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Just visited the board and read about Sophie. I'm so very sorry. Good thoughts coming your way.
Jim/Marijane & Spirit, Newfoundland, born Dec 22, 2007, 115lbs. DX Oct. 2011, 18.5 units Humulin 2x per day. Hills WD kibble, Hills WD can made into gravy, boiled chicken. Spirit passed on June 9, 2016 and it had nothing to do with diabetes.....farewell my buddy.
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:23 PM
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Hi Tami, Saw you were on when I was checking in and just want you to know you have been ever present in my thoughts.

Losing your Soaphie and Mandy's Piper have brought up so many feelings in me. I hope I will get a chance to write them all down. If so I will write it in my and Ruby's thread because I want it to be clear that I am speaking only of myself and how I experience grieving and death.

Almost 2 yrs. since losing Maggie- longer since my brother and today was spent in and out of tears. Just letting you know you don't walk this road alone.

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She was a courageous Boston Terrier who marched right on through diabetes, megaesophagus, and EPI until 14.
Lucky for both of us we found each other. I'd do it all again girly.
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Old 11-06-2015, 07:20 PM
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What a beautiful pup! She'd be one lucky gal if all works out.
Holli & Decker // diagnosed November 5th, 2011 // Journeyed to the bridge January 26th, 2013, surrounded by his family at home // 9 years old // Levemir insulin // Hypothyroid // C1-C5 cervical spinal lesion // weight 87 lbs // Run with the wind my sweet boy. Run pain free. Holding you close in my heart till we meet again!
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Soaphie & Sydney's Mom View Post
from the emails from the lady - Susie chases her cats non-stop - some of which are 13 years old and don't appreciate it. I guess they hired a behaviourist to try and help - but he said he can't fix it.

We'll see - still need to convince E.
Have friends with cats and dogs in the same house. One has 3 Labs and 2 old cats. They don't like each other, but they "tolerate" each other. Over the years, when one of the Labs would pass away, she'd bring another one in to her home.
The new arrival would start off chasing the cats, but after a while would accept the cats are there, and would "tolerate" them. In the vast majority of cases, dogs & cats do not like each other, ... but will do fine in the same house after they become familiar with each other. They just seem to stay away from each other.
Otis Farrell dx'd 12/10, best friend to his dad, Bill, for over 14 years. Left this world while in his dadís loving arms 10/04/13. Sonny Farrell dx'd 1/14, adopted 5/15/14. Left this world while in his dad's loving arms 9/06/16. Run pain free, you Pug guys, til we're together again.
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Old 11-09-2015, 07:57 AM
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Hi Tami,

I've been offline for a while, so I am just learning about Sophie's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. When I read that it the time had come for her to get her wings, I knew you did everything you could for her to make sure she knew she was deeply loved. My heart goes out to you.

I hope things work out with Suzie, she is such a pretty girl!

Sending you cyber hugs and well wishes,

Audrey & Bazzle
Bazzle - My sweet German Shepherd Chow Chow boy, born approximately 6/7/2002, adopted 8/7/2002, diagnosed with diabetes 12/28/2012, lived happy and healthy on Novilin 70/30 and Hill's Science Diet WD... Continued his journey into the next life on 5/15/2016. I miss you baby boy; you'll stay in my heart forever.
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Old 11-09-2015, 08:04 AM
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We are taking a pass right now on all dogs, unfortunately. My husband isn't ready (which I do understand - we have been through so much with two diabetic dogs with more than diabetes as their issues).

I am doing the "borrow a dog" track. I will be walking our neighbors dog whenever I feel like it.
Soaphie = 15 yr old Border/Berner mix dx 07/08. ~8.25 units a.m./p.m. vetsulin, blind/deaf. Ultra Senior, Vital Beef/Bison, Brown Rice and lots of loving. Soaphie passed on October 29, 2015. Sydney = 14.5 yr old Aussie/Shar Pei mix dx 11/10. NPH-varies w/ predinisone a.m./p.m., blind/deaf. Sydney passed on June 3, 2014.
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