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Old 12-03-2007, 05:14 PM   #1
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Our brewery namesake, Jackie, was put to sleep this weekend. This was absolutely one of the hardest things that I've ever had to do and, for the wife and I, the recovery time is not going to be short. There's a little more info under the "Namesake" link on our web page below if anyone is interested.

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Old 12-03-2007, 05:17 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear it, man.

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Old 12-03-2007, 05:19 PM   #3
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Aw, damn, man, I'm sorry. That's just the worst. I'll definitely raise a pint tonight to him. I didn't even know the guy, but my heart sank when I read your farewell. We're here for ya.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:20 PM   #4

You have my deepest sympathies. Losing a pet can be very hard, so don't feel like you need to rush the grieving process just b/c Jackie was not a human.

I'll hoist a pint in his honor.

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Old 12-03-2007, 05:26 PM   #5
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I've posted this link before. Others I have spoken to, that have had to make that difficult decision, told me that they found it affirming.

To love dogs is to know death and to accept that there's never a time we are more morally obliged to speak for them than when they face the end of their lives.
I know there is a day that I will be reading the Katz column with the burden of responsibilty and I do not look forward to it.

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Old 12-03-2007, 05:33 PM   #6
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Sorry to hear that Nate. Regards to you and the wife.

You know, nothing better to take away the pain than to buy a puppy ASAP.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:37 PM   #7
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Sorry about your loss, I've yet to lose a dog that I've really grown attached to yet, but I do have 4 dogs now and one is close to 11. i suspect I will understand a little better soon. It's crazy how attached you get to your pets, they really become friends.

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Old 12-03-2007, 05:37 PM   #8
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I'm sorry for your loss.
Losing a pet is always hard but it sounds like Jackie was very special to you.
I will most certainly hoist one for you and Jackie.

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Old 12-03-2007, 05:41 PM   #9
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Tough breaks man. We had to put one of ours down this past year. Ain't easy, to be sure.

While not as eloquent as the article by Mr. Katz mentioned above, I've always thought that this quote said the same thign in fewer words.

When the need arises - and it does - you must be able to shoot your own dog.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:42 PM   #10
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As a dog owner, I think we need to make sure we keep ourselves grounded from time to time and stop thinking about them as children who should some day bury us (or dig us up, depending on the dog and their love of digging).

Dogs are lucky in that we can say "It's time" and they can go in a painless, peaceful manner. How many of us would prefer that our loved one could tell our doctor the same thing, should we find ourselves in a terminal situation? Put yourself in their paws: would you prefer prolonging the inevitable or to go out while you still have the ability to say "Goodbye".

I don't think that many living creatures fear death as much as they fear the loneliness caused by the absence of those we love. I don't fret my own death but I'm saddened by the loss of time I'll have with my son and family. I'm not afraid of my dog dying, I'm afraid of how my life will be less joyful when she's gone.

You may believe your dog to go on to "Doggy Heaven" or that great Indian "Happy Hunting Ground". My belief is that nature is too efficient to not recycle life. So think about your dog not as ending, but as having a chance to begin again. Even though I'm an agnostic, I have a feeling that life happens more than once and sometimes if someone is really good in life and really does something the karmically prove themselves worthy of a reward, that being gets to come back in their next form as a dog. I can't imagine much better than the life of a dog that's loved and brought into a family as a member, not just a pet.
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