Saying "goodbye" to Sunny

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  1. DEC

    DEC Elite Refuge Member

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    Sorry ... I always hate reading these threads as I cry like a baby when others' dogs pass ...

    Late yesterday my family and I had to say "goodbye" to our yellow girl ... Sunny. This past week has been the worst few days of agonizing decision making of our lives. Sunny was nearly 13 1/2 years old and this past Monday I took her to the vet and he confirmed what I had feared ... lymphoma. The vet gave her a shot of vitamins and a few days of prednisone to ease her so that we as a family could prepare, say our goodbyes, and close her life out on our terms. So yesterday I let her slip quietly and peacefully away. It was the toughest of decisions, but in retrospect the right decision. I read some great advise as I was trying to cope with this decision the past few days ... "no one has ever regretting putting a loved dog down a day too soon, but everyone has always regretted waiting one second too late."

    What a great dog she was for our family. I bought her as a puppy from a friend in 2004. My oldest daughter, who was 5 at the time, picked her out. I trained her myself ... so far from perfect as I had no clue what I was doing. She ended up being a heck of a goose dog. She would lay in her blind all day waiting on that one flock. She would go to the end of the earth and back after a downed bird and always deliver to hand. She lived to hunt, chase tennis balls, eat, be under our feet at all times, and just loved being a clown and making us smile. She was as bullheaded at times as they get. She was the most loving and friendly dog that you ever would meet. She was an absolute comedian and knew she could make you laugh. They say that there is that one dog that is just a bit more special than all of the others ... Sunny was my ONE. I sure hope that there are dogs in Heaven, because I could not imagine a paradise where she wasn't there waiting on me. It is my prayer that we get to share endless golden corn stubble fields with skies full of geese once again.

    Craig's Sunshine Colby ... aka ... "Sunny". September 23, 2004 to February 15, 2018

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  2. Luigi Daniele

    Luigi Daniele Elite Refuge Member

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    She was a beautiful dog. Sorry for your loss :(
     
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    May she rest in peace, DEC.
     
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  4. Rick Hall

    Rick Hall Elite Refuge Member

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    Appears she had a wonderful life. My condolences to all who loved her.
     
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  5. FieldLabLover

    FieldLabLover Elite Refuge Member

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    What a lovely tribute to Sunny. You can see in her eyes what a great dog she was. Thank you for sharing.
     
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    Lucky girl to have such a great family to live with. You gave here a wonderful life, so sorry for her passing.
     
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    bruce Elite Refuge Member

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    Damn... Now you put tears in my eyes. So many people never know the deep bond a person can have with a special dog.
     
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  8. Sodfather

    Sodfather New Member

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    A beautiful female sorry for your loss.
     
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  9. Timber Hole

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    Pic of Sunny and your girls is priceless. Sorry for your loss.
     
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    Sunny was a beautiful dog, sorry for your loss
     
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